Take five to revive
Taking time out is a must during any holiday, and there are plenty of places to leave you feeling well and truly pampered in Temple Town.
If exploring all the wonders of Angkor has left you feeling in desperate need of some rest and relaxation, then try one of Siem Reap’s plethora of spas for a dose of unwind time. For centuries, massage has been used as a form of relaxation with archaeological evidence stretching back to many ancient civilisations, including in China, India, Japan, Egypt, Rome and Greece.
You’ll find a host of treatment and massage options, from Swedish, Thai, Balinese, Japanese and Chinese to Hawaiian and traditional Khmer. Ranging from cheap massages to spas where you can splurge, you’re sure to find somewhere to make you feel on top of the world and ready to hit the temple trail all over again.
To soothe the soul, head over to the sumptuous Bodia Spa at Heritage Suites Hotel to watch the sunset from the newly-created tropical garden roof terrace while enjoying a foot massage. There’s also a branch in town located above U-Care, and one at Templation Angkor Resort. Indulge in one of the spa’s many treatments, which include the Bodia Classic Oil Massage (60 minutes for $32) and the couple’s package, ‘In The Mood For Love’ ($125 per person). Beautifully designed natural decor complements the 100% natural treatments, which are made in-house. The tranquil spa boasts 16 single rooms and five doubles.
Frangipani on Hap Guan Street has dedicated itself to the art of healing by taking inspiration from its surroundings and incorporating some of the ancient secrets of Asian beauty. Offering a tranquil environment with running water and tropical plants inside, the spa offers a variety of massage treatments, body wraps, scrubs, facials and waxing. Firm favourites on the menu include the Tropical Massage (60 minutes for $25) and the Tropical Facial (60 minutes for $42). All treatments, except waxing and those under 30 minutes, include a complimentary foot bath.
Islands Massage in the Old Market is a cheap and cheerful favourite with tourists and expats alike. Combining traditional massage techniques with alternative remedies, the air-conditioned salon offers a range of relaxing therapies priced from $4 up, including body, foot and four-hands massage. Islands Massage is open daily from 10am to late.
Kaya Spa is located inside a beautifully renovated colonial house, also on Pi Thnou St. Enjoy traditional massages and special treatments such as aromatherapy, candle, stone or Khmer massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures and more. If you like the products they use, you can also visit their boutique and discover a full range of 100% natural wellness products.
Drift away with Samadhi Yoga by Navutu Dreams Resort on Navutu Road, which holds a variety of daily yoga classes to help put you in a serene state of meditative consciousness, surrounded by lush rice fields and sugar palm plantations. They also have an elite staff of masseuses and wellness experts on hand, with the focus on whole body health and healing.
For those on a tight budget, Pub Street’s Temple Massage offers 60 minute foot massage for only $1.50! You’ll also find a body oil massage amongst the options here, in ambient surroundings with fast Wi-Fi, so you can surf while you soothe.