Soothe aching limbs and busy minds at Cambodia’s best spas and wellness retreats
More than just a luxurious resort, Navutu Dreams is a carefully considered centre dedicated to wellness and health. Set away from central Siem Reap, within a beautiful garden complex that features three pools, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all, with the hotel’s experienced team on hand to ensure that you can rest, relax and detox to your heart’s content. A diverse range of yoga classes are taught daily on site and, alongside its calming spa, guests can benefit from Chinese medicine, with acupuncture and cupping available. Holistic treatments, such as reiki, can also be explored. A standout experience is the sound bath, where crystal and Tibetan bowls are used to immerse the subject in layer upon layer of undulating sound and gentle vibrations. With detox programmes and healthy food also on the menu, alongside chic contemporary accommodation, it’s time to dream away your tensions at this heavenly oasis of calm.
From the charming butterfly pea welcome drink, which changes from blue to purple in a moment, to the warm and friendly environment, it’s clear that much thought, love and effort has been put into the holistic haven that is Frangipani Spa, which is located on Hup Guan Street in Siem Reap’s burgeoning boutique enclave Kandal Village. With elements of wood, water, fire, earth and wind all represented in its surrounds, and the quality of treatments very much at the fore of its ethos, Frangipani has been a go-to destination for those looking to unwind in Temple Town since the turn of the millennium. Try the Kampot pepper scrub, said to stimulate the body’s fat-burning system and rejuvenate tired skin. Or for the ultimate indulgence opt for a four-hand body massage, where two skilled therapists co-ordinate to soothe away tension and transport you to a world of relaxation.
With an impressive, newly renovated hub located a step away from the busy heart of Phnom Penh’s riverside, and two further settings in the tourist centre of Siem Reap, Bodia Spa is one of the Kingdom’s leading sanctuaries. The ‘Cambodian cocoon’ makes the most of the country’s natural ingredients and even has a range of domestically produced spa and home products under the well-respected Bodia Nature brand. Masseuses stand ready to pummel away pains, with visitors given the option to choose the oil best suited to their needs, including ylang ylang and eucalyptus, whilst cucumber juice, coconut water and avocado are among the soothing ingredients used in indulgent treatments. With fruity vitamin facials, clay wraps and herbal compress massages, Bodia’s team are on hand to wash away the strain and stress of life, leaving you ready and refreshed for a new day of touring the country.
Transport yourself to a stylish getaway at Bliss Spa on the capital’s leafy Street 240, set handily near stand-out sightseeing spots such as the National Museum and the Royal Palace. Pass through the sophisticated boutique, which is packed with floaty apparel covered in intricate prints, to locate the spa’s tucked-away entrance. From there, a short walk leads you to the striking building’s impressive central atrium. An enticing turquoise plunge pool lies at its centre, with the open space lined by balconies and staircases. Within the complex, spa therapists offer body exfoliations, facials, manicures, massages and waxing, amongst a range of other treatments, but the spectacular surrounds will make your day of pampering feel all the more special. Leave feeling invigorated before sampling the boutiques and cafés and restaurants of this most elegant of roads.