From resort spas to simple beach huts, Samui’s crop of places to get a massage includes just about every setting – all except one. It’s surprisingly hard to find a spa that’s completely set in nature with an abundance of lush, tropical vegetation. Eranda Herbal Spa is one of just a handful of venues that offers a tranquil garden setting, and then completes this with views of the sea, which is just down the road. Not many spa-goers can look up from their massage to see such natural beauty.
Located just north of Chaweng, Eranda has emerged over the years as one of the island’s most chilled-out locales when it comes to all things massage and spa. Some people are still quite surprised that such a lush setting is to be found anywhere near Chaweng and its party atmosphere. But Eranda is another side to the island’s main beach. It’s just the place to wind down from all the heady excitement, but even more than that, it’s a focal point for highly effective treatments, a place spa-goers return to over and over again.
The fact that all the treatments take place in nature simply adds to the ease in which you can unwind here. There’s bright green foliage, and lots of it, everywhere – with plants, bushes and trees all reflecting the heady tropical world of Eranda. Paths lead through the garden and cross bridges that seem to have stepped out of Japanese formal gardens. The treatment rooms are all to be found in the garden, and are all individual and entirely separate, apart from a single largish communal sala, suitable for groups. Eranda caters not only for individuals but can also host hen parties, birthday treats and so on.
There’s a comprehensive range of affordable delights including wraps, scrubs, steam treatment and all kinds of massage, either as single treatments or woven together into packages that are sure to please. There are procedures of every kind, including hot stone, ancient Thai, hot compress, as well as Eranda’s popular whole body signature massage. Relaxing packages last anything from two hours to almost five, and you can also be massaged as a couple.
The masseuses, it goes without saying, are highly dedicated professionals who will already have qualified before coming to Eranda. Then they’re on probation while they train for six months in the Eranda style, before even being allowed to practice on guests.
The spa menu is a long one, allowing for each guest to find something to his or her heart’s delight. Everything’s listed on the website, and not only can you book through the site but they also have a very efficient chat service – any questions will be quickly answered by fluent English speakers.
The products that Eranda use are as natural as the spa’s garden setting, and have been specially put together focusing on Thai herbs and fruits which are high in vitamins. At no point have any products been tested on animals, by the way. You’ll find a full range of essential oils, body scrubs, body wraps, shampoos, conditioners and soaps. Each has a unique aroma, and when you experience the various oils and lotions that your masseuse will be using, the scent will already put you in a laid-back vibe. Many guests have expressed interest in the products, and that’s why you’ll find a full selection of them in the reception sala. They’re available for purchase and make great souvenirs of your holidays as well as being ideal as original and pleasing gifts.
One of the best things about Eranda is their stress-free pick-up service that covers Chaweng, Bophut and Choeng Mon. Things couldn’t really be any more relaxing than this. Many guests avail themselves of this courtesy service at the beginning or at the end of their holidays; they arrive at Samui Airport and have a spa treatment before checking into their resort, or schedule a treatment before they jet away from the island, with Eranda looking after their luggage.
Considering the setting and the quality of the treatments, the value for money is difficult to beat at Eranda. For an unrushed time, where you’ll be pampered by professionals Eranda is top of many holidaymakers’ lists of where to go for relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.
For reservations or further information, telephone 0 7730 0323, 0 7730 0321 or 0 9832 914 45.