From The Straits Times    |

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A spa vacation or spa-cation offers us a chance to reset, recharge and unwind. The good news is that we don’t have to travel far: there are plenty of scenic getaways that are just a short flight away.

If you’re on the hunt for an unforgettable wellness retreat close to home, look no further than The Peninsula Bangkok. Overlooking the western side of the historic Chao Praya, The Peninsula is a stone’s throw away from the Saphan Thaksin skytrain station and iconic landmarks such as the Royal Palace. 

A standard deluxe room in the hotel spans more than 485 square feet and every inch of the space is well thought out from its indulgent marble bathroom to its state-of-the-art sound system. 

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There’s plenty to love about this charming riverside hotel that boasts impeccable service and epic views of the city’s skyline – not least its wonderfully calming The Peninsula Spa. 

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Set at the naturally peaceful far end of the hotel, the haven offers an array of traditional Eastern and Western beauty and wellness treatments.

Our pick is The Essential Mind  which opened with a full- body massage with aromatic essential oils to melt away stress and tension, and closed with a Tibetan singing bowl sound bath to restore balance. When you’re done, extend your “me-time” with a restorative steam shower and hydrotherapy bath. 

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Peel yourself away from the spa and revel in the hotel’s three-tiered, 88-metres long pool and gym which offers complimentary HITT, pilates, water aerobics, Muay Thai and yoga classes.

Afterward, refuel at the hotel’s four hotels and bars on site. There’s Thipatara that serves up authentic Thai cuisine by the river; The River Cafe and Terrace offers an extensive selection of international fare; The Mei Jiang is the go-to place for delightful dim sum and The River Bar if you fancy a tipple. Bliss.

The Peninsula Bangkok is located at 333 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand.