Spas

Spas

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Getting a lovely massage, facial, body treatment or pedicure is a quintessential part of the Cambodia relaxation experience, and even the expensive spas are affordable by Western standards, so go ahead and treat yourself.

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With a very central location on Street 240, Bliss is a firm favourite among expats, thanks to the beautiful, restful elegance of the setting, the supreme professionalism of the staff and the high quality of their products. Pricier than other spas, yet there is not one occasion where we have not felt that this is entirely worth it. They offer a full range of spa services, with facials at $48 to $58, pedicures and manicures for $10-20, waxing from $6 to $30, scrubs and wraps for $26 and $30 respectively and massages starting at $26. They also offer a $55 per person “Bliss night package” which includes a 60 minute massage, a set menu of snacks and canapés, two glasses of wine per guest and the use of their lovely premises for just your group. In high season making a booking is a good idea. Highly recommended.

Bliss out at Bliss. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Bliss out at Bliss. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Samata Pristine Samata doesn’t market itself as a spa, but as a health and wellness studio, and there’s plenty of reason why. They offer a range of relaxation and beauty services, including massage, scrubs and waxing, but also offer a few things you won’t find in any spa in Cambodia, such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, osteopathy, podiatry, therapeutic yoga, Pilates and Reiki. The founder has also created a line of aromatherapy products, using premium natural oils and scents, sourced from all over the world. Prices start at $26 for a one-hour aromatherapy massage, or you could go for a quick half-hour back and shoulder massage for just $15. A body scrub with Vichy shower (five shower heads positioned over the massage table) costs $30. Waxing starts at $8, with a bikini at $20. You’ll find Samata in the heart of BKK1 on ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.

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