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Eranda Herbal Spa, the spa with a view.

Eranda Herbal Spa, the spa with a view.Eranda Herbal Spa is set high on a breezy mountainside, amongst more than 7,000 square metres of palm trees and beautiful tropical gardens, with views over the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The location is truly exceptional, and epitomises the luxury of a natural spa experience. Here you enter a magical garden of cascading and tinkling waterfalls, stunning architecture made of natural materials with thatch-roofed circular salas, as well as air-conditioned treatment rooms, stone walkways and stepping stones leading you up through the spa grounds and gardens, graceful, polite and attentive staff and of course, those spectacular ocean views. All this adds to the atmosphere of calm, peace and tranquillity at this very special and extremely serene spa.


Eranda Spa has been running since 2002, so they have had plenty of time to perfect and enhance their trade. Only natural products are used, together with traditional treatments, and only the most qualified, friendly therapists are chosen to be part of the Eranda team. The masseuses are all trained at Wat Po in Bangkok, the Thai authority for massage. After qualifying, they undergo a six-month probation period, when they practise only on other members of staff and learn to blend the Thai massage with western techniques. In a final exam, they have to give a massage to the spa owner. If they pass, and not everyone does, only then will they be certified by Eranda to work with their guests. You may think that it is relatively easy to get a massage on Samui, which is true, but what is not so easy is to find a fully qualified, experienced and exceptional masseuse.


There are many different body and facial massages and treatments to choose from, as well as the herbal steam cave and plunge pool or Jacuzzi experience. Prices are all very affordable and excellent value for money. You can choose from many different massage styles: ancient Thai, hot stone, luk pra kob (hot herbal compress), as well as Eranda’s own signature massage. This is a whole body oil massage and is extremely relaxing and very therapeutic. There are also body wraps and scrubs along with facial treatments such as the Pure Gold Eranda Facial.Eranda Herbal Spa, the spa with a view. The sublimely blissful packages will ensure that you are relaxed and pampered for anything from two and a half hours up to five hours, depending on which one you choose. Holiday experiences don’t get much better than that. If you are unsure what to choose, the spa manager is always on hand to help you decide which treatments or package would be best for you.


The most popular package is the Samui Sensation. It is three hours of total bliss (including 25 minutes for changing and drinking tea afterwards) and includes; 30 minutes in the steam cave and plunge pool area, a 90 minute full body oil massage (Eranda’s Signature Massage) and an additional 35 minute facial or foot massage at an open air sala or in an air-conditioned room. So what should you expect if you book this package?


Firstly you will be asked if you require transport to the spa. Eranda offers a free round-trip pick-up service from your resort or villa in the surrounding areas of Chaweng, Bophut and Choeng Mon. Please check that they can accommodate if you are in another area of Samui. The driver will arrive in the Eranda branded mini-bus and deliver you safely, calmly and directly to the spa, all ready to de-stress and unwind. When you arrive at the reception sala, you are greeted by friendly staff that will welcome you and greet you by name, as well as offering you an iced and deliciously cooling ginger and tamarind drink. Take a look around here; it is a beautiful round and thatched open area, with a fantastic view over the trees to the ocean. Your serene and relaxing Eranda experience has already begun. A number of different oils will be presented to you, smell them all and decide which one appeals to you most, this will be used in your massage. You are then presented with a natural woven bag containing everything you need for your spa experience; a key for your locker, two sarongs (which you are shown how to wear), disposable underwear and a towel. You don’t need to bring anything of your own. Everything is explained in a clear and concise way as you are shown through to the changing area, where you will find your locker, shower area and toilet. When you emerge on the other side, comfortably dressed in your sarong, you are given a pair of sandals to wear around the spa.


Now you are attired perfectly, and your masseuse will lead you up to the herbal steam cave and plunge pool area. She will explain that the recommended time in the steam cave is five minutes, followed by five minutes in the plunge pool and then repeat. She will be waiting nearby in case you have any problems or lose track of the time. The steam cave is beautifully scented with lemongrass and lime, and the temperature rises to a maximum of 43 degrees.Eranda Herbal Spa, the spa with a view. Inside, there are wooden benches at different heights, sit high if you like it hot, or stay low if you are unsure of the heat. When you have had enough, emerge and take a dip in the cooling plunge pool whilst admiring all the tropical gardens that surround you. When you are ready, head back to the steam room. After you have had your last plunge in the pool, it is time to shower and get really clean before your massage. But first, enjoy relaxing in your fresh and dry sarong with a cup of tea or glass of water and some delicious local-made pineapple jam cookies. Now you are really ready for that massage.


Your masseuse will lead you to your chosen massage area for two hours of blissful serenity. There is very low-level music playing in the background to set the atmosphere, but the main sounds you hear are the natural, harmonious sounds of waterfalls tinkling and birds tweeting. The Eranda Signature Massage from your trained and experienced masseuse is a truly magical experience. The best of western and Thai techniques are employed with a whole body oil massage. Your masseuse will adapt the pressure until it is just perfect for you. So just relax, give yourself permission to feel the calm and blissful serenity that is experienced with a well-trained and expert masseuse. After 90 minutes, don’t worry, you still have another 35 minutes of either a facial or foot massage to enjoy.


When it is time to begin descending slowly from your cloud of tranquillity, you are led back to the changing area. You can decide to leave the natural massage oils working their magic on your body or take a shower. All shower, hair and body gels, lotions and potions are available for you to use if you wish. When you are ready and there is no rush here, you emerge back into the reception area and are served with honey tea,Eranda Herbal Spa, the spa with a view. and more of those delightful little pineapple jam biscuits. Just take your time to bring your senses back to the real world. The reception area also sells the same products that the spa uses. On display are natural soaps, shampoo, massage oil, tiger balms and even mosquito repellent. When you are ready and able, the driver will deliver you safely and calmly back to your resort or villa, where maybe a session by the pool is now called for.


This package is currently on promotion at an extremely fantastic price of 3,100 baht per person! Every treatment is listed on the Eranda website, along with detailed information. You can ask questions or book by phone or through their website. All queries are answered quickly and proficiently by fluent English speakers.


Eranda actively promotes green awareness, and prides itself on its natural setting that is only available at the best spas in the world. It has won various awards including “The Award of Outstanding Performance for Health Tourism” from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The spa is also a proud and dedicated member of the Thai Spa Association and the Samui Spa Association.


So where is this award winning, calm and tranquil green environment, with that magical view and ocean breezes, with those highly trained masseuses with their magical hands? It is located in the very north of Chaweng. If you are travelling from central Chaweng, stay on the beach road for about a kilometre after Samui International Hospital. You will find the entrance on the left-hand side before going up the last part of the steep hill that then leads down into Choeng Mon. Opening hours are from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm, and the quietest time is in the morning. Relax and enjoy the magic!


 Karan Ladd


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