Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:00

Bliss at The Barai

The Barai Spa at the Hyatt Regency, Hua Hin, Thailand redefines spa treatments, creating a one-of-its-kind exclusivity. A special invitation to Luxe Point India had Purabi Shridhar sampling the myriad delights.

It is indeed possible to be in heaven while still firmly rooted to the earth. The uber luxury residential spa, The Barai at the Hyatt Regency, Hua Hin, Thailand, a piece of paradise is testimony to that!

Facing the Khao Takiab (Chopstick Mountains) silvery beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, The Barai, spread over 4.5 acres has 8 suites and 18 treatment rooms. If that wasn’t enough, the suites have en-suite treatment room. The stunning stand out element is the architecture, the fulcrum that maps out a rejuvenating and peaceful journey of both body and mind. While the spacious suites, four balcony and four pool, are a play of soothing pastels, the spa and the shade is a natural dye obtained from wood. Unlike the all white ambience generally prevalent in spas, the one single dominant colour here infuses both energy and relaxation. Barai in Thai means the pool and it is the Barai, like an oasis in the courtyard of the spa that emits that total sense of serenity draining out every bit of tension and negativity. Not surprising, The Barai was awarded the Outstanding Spa of the Year by the Tourism Authority Thailand.

The magic begins right at the start. The path leading to the spa is lined with big slabs with little gaps between them. The logic is to slow you down. The arrival gallery after that is a spectacular passage with soft diffused lighting, a cocoon of peace. You move into the wall of stars, with star cut outs on the outer wall letting in natural light and creating a breathtaking chiaroscuro on the walls. What awaits next is the tranquility court, a long narrow swimming pool surrounded by a Zen garden and an opening at one end that provides a dazzling view of the Gulf of Thailand.  The treatment rooms are bliss zones with an outdoor open air bath in a high walls enclosed courtyard. The wooden shutters of the treatment rooms have coloured glass inlays that stream in sunlight.

The range of spa treatments - from The Barai Signature Spa treatment (90minutes) to The Barai Element Spa Rituals (three hours, 15 minutes) and the Barai Healing Spa Rituals ( two hours, 30 minutes) - are all rooted in traditional Thai health rituals aimed at balancing the four elements of water, earth, air and fire. The Barai is one spa, says Chalaphan Muangkamchat, assistant director, where nothing is rigid and customized wellness programmes is the by word.

I opt for the The Barai Element Spa Rituals and water is the element for me because earlier for more than an hour, the Buddhist master, Sajja-phol Padaeng had introduced me to the fascinating world of Buddhist Coaching and Meditation and suggested the water element. I was also lucky enough to be given an insider view into the making of the custom Thai herbal compress; the best of medicinal herbs and spices are wrapped in a muslin ball and heated with steam. Beginning with the open air warm bath, the treatment with the warm Thai compress transport one to another world that I plead guilty of slipping off into deep sleep.

 

From there to the Mcfarland House, the more than hundred years old restored two-storey beachfront restaurant with its sweeping views, lounge ambience and delectable Thai and Western menus with the perfect balance of elements is more nirvana.

Yes, at The Barai it is possible to be in heaven while still on earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumeirah Group introduces the newly opened  - Zabeel House by Jumeirah during its road show in India

Jumeirah Group introduces the newly opened - Zabeel House by Jumeirah during its road show in India

18 October 2018

It’s the season for travel roadshows in India and you can't miss it if you want to travel and know the enticing packages that...

Stir up your wardrobe this season Love Moschino is now in Delhi

Stir up your wardrobe this season Love Moschino is now in Delhi

11 October 2018

The iconic Italian luxury brand Love Moschino opened up its stylish doors for the style conscious people of Delhi last week a...

Sorrento at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi is buzzing with its new menu

Sorrento at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi is buzzing with its new menu

10 October 2018

Sorrento Shangri-La’s - Eros Hotel, New Delhi has introduced a new menu much to the delight of its patrons and the already li...

Sunil Mehra introduces a shoe lounge at his studio in Gurgaon

Sunil Mehra introduces a shoe lounge at his studio in Gurgaon

08 October 2018

In his artistically done up studio filled with Indian artifacts, paintings and stunning wall-decor bespoke menswear designer...

Hello ChaoBella you were delicious

Hello ChaoBella you were delicious

01 October 2018

So you have Chinese on your mind but your heart is also singing Italian. If you are a Delhite this is one feeling you know wh...

Ferrari Portofino debuts in New Delhi in all its beauty

Ferrari Portofino debuts in New Delhi in all its beauty

29 September 2018

Happy days for the street of Delhi are here as Italian luxury car brand Ferrari launched for the first time in India, the Fer...

NYKAA LUXE OPENS AT THE CHANAKYA, NEW DELHI

NYKAA LUXE OPENS AT THE CHANAKYA, NEW DELHI

19 September 2018

Move over Sephora, Nykaa Luxe is here armed with its astounding artillery of beauty weapons that Indian women are going crazy...

Flavours of Yangtze at the Eros Hotel, Delhi

Flavours of Yangtze at the Eros Hotel, Delhi

17 September 2018

Most of us have Chinese food to our hearts content whether it's at a party, wedding or just take-aways. Once in while you do...

Enchanting Royal Fables season10 at the Mansion, Hyatt Regency, Delhi

Enchanting Royal Fables season10 at the Mansion, Hyatt Regency, Delhi

17 September 2018

Beautifully lit and executed with colours of happiness and grandeur The Milestone 10th Edition of The Royal Fables at the Hya...

Glenfiddich host World’s Most Experimental Bartender in Delhi

Glenfiddich host World’s Most Experimental Bartender in Delhi

09 September 2018

It was an evening of fun yet serious competition as Glenfiddich hosted the third season of the World’s Most Experimental Bart...