The Dusit Thani is Bangkok’s flagship hotel, designed with a traditional Thai influence with intricate carvings adorning the doors and turrets glittering here and there. A doorman in royal Thai costume (including pointed headgear) greets me as I enter the grand foyer and escorts me in.

Recently celebrating its 40th birthday, Dusit Thani has seen its fair share of royalty, celebrity and action. Some of that action very recent in fact when, only three weeks prior to my visit, the hotel was shot at by Red Shirt protestors. A sniper is rumoured to have taken aim from the rooftop restaurant here on the 21st floor. There are still some impressive bullet holes in the windows, from which you could have viewed all the action during the campaign.

21 floors down as I make my way to Devarana Spa, I enter another world completely. A grand marble staircase leads to a secret palace. Devarana means “Garden in Heaven” and the spa takes its inspiration from this theme.

The name dates back to ancient Thai literature, called “Tribhumpharung”, also known as “Trai bhumikatha”, written by Praya Lithan. Fittingly, the spa was designed by a reknown Thai writer, Ploy Charyaves.

Devarana Spa promises its very own healing garden of heaven with an emphasis on pampering and wellness using world class spa products as well as traditional herbal preparations using fresh, natural ingredients. It’s East meets West health and beauty practises are sourced from age old therapies and modern knowledge.

I’m sampling the Devarana massage, a combination of five massage types. As I lie down on the massage table my senses are greeted with a steaming bowl of kaffir lime and coriander. A fragrant herbal compress in pressed gently over my body from my feet working up to the back of my neck.

Soothing Thai music featuring harp and flute lull me almost to sleep as the massage starts. A combination of the strong pressures of Thai, ayurveda and shiatsu techniques, balanced beautifully with Swedish and aromatherapy influences resulting in an incredibly soothing massage.

My 90 minutes in Heaven’s garden finishes with a relaxing head massage before I emerge refreshed and completely stress-free.

Dusit Thani Bangkok, 946 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Thailand.
www.devaranaspa.com

About Deborah Dickson-Smith

Deborah plays the mother role in a blended family of seven. She's a travel blogger, diver and passionate eco warrior. She has lived in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, London and now resides in Sydney’s northern beaches with her Brady Bunch-style family. Follow Deb here: @where2nextblog and @diveplanit