How can you not make time for spas when you are in the country that is best known for them, right? The Barai by Hyatt Regency is an award-winning destination spa located in Hua Hin, Thailand, that worths traveling for. Not to mention when it is only 5 hours away from Hong Kong, which includes a two-hour flight and a three-hour drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport. I was first captivated by the images of the place when I was doing my research prior the trip (the most stressful yet enjoyable part of traveling for a Virgo perfectionist – I know, don’t hate, please), and my immediate reaction was adding it to my to-do list. It was a definite no-brainer. I love architectures and interiors that have a good mix of traditional and modern touch, so the Cambodian-temple inspired design really spoke to me. And boy, did I make a good decision!
Once passed through the dreamy red corridors to the reception area, it feels like you had stepped into another dimension on earth. One that is so serene and calming – exactly what one needs for a relaxing getaway. You can tell the designer had ultilized mostly natural lights and shadows, in a very thoughtful way, to create a mysterious and peaceful atmosphere for the visitors. The muted palette of the buildings is also one of the unique features of The Barai. I can instantly see a whole fashion collection made out of those tasteful colours. The treatment menu might not be the most extensive one out there, but quality is all that matters. As expected, my therapist was very well-trained and skilful at massaging. The super-spicy ginger tea and sweet confectionery served at the end are also a perfect complement to a 2 hours long treatment. I am already looking forward to the next visit with the hope to make it a therapeutic trip solely by joining one of their wellness programs. Ok, til next time, then.