Meliá Chiang Mai, an urban hotel that opened in April, has unveiled its YHI spa with a menu replete with treatments for women, men and children such as massages that aim to combat cellulite, ease muscle tension and prevent hyperactivity.
Featuring seven treatment rooms designed in an underwater theme and a Thai herbal sauna and steam, the hotel’s spa is the third YHI spa to open in Thailand. Meliá Hotels International’s signature spa debuted in Thailand at Meliá Koh Samui in early 2020 before Meliá Phuket Mai Khao launched its spa in late 2021.
Inspired by the goddess YHI, responsible for life and light and personified by the sun for the Karraur First Nations people in Australia, Meliá Chiang Mai’s spa uses ancient Asian healing wisdom combined with modern wellness techniques. Its broad spectrum of treatments include massages, body scrubs and wraps, facials, hydrotherapy, manicures and pedicures.
YHI Spa’s 90-minute signature treatment starts out with Tok Sen, an ancient Northern Thai massage that relaxes the muscles with the rhythmic tapping motion of a wooden hammer and stick made from a tamarind tree. The treatment transitions into a unique Spanish massage that strives to reduce cellulite, tighten the skin’s flabbiness, and relieve fatigue, tension, and muscle spasms.
The “360° Spa Signature Treatment” comprises 45 minutes of yoga and meditation, a 30-minute herbal blended steam, a 90-minute aromatic massage with Thai herbal compress balls, and a 360° cuisine set menu created via a cooking process to minimize food waste and reduce greenhouse emissions.
The 120-minute “Spa Rituals” includes “Couple Indulgence” for two beginning with a milky bath followed by an aromatic massage. “Balance Wellbeing” kicks off with a body mask followed by a detox massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to ease anxiety, and an oriental foot massage. The “Fit for Men” package affords a deep tissue massage to release stress and muscle tension and a facial to pamper the skin.
The 90-minute “Body Sensation” treatments include “Well Release” that treats sunburn and calms the skin with a soothing body wrap, a scalp massage and facial treatment. Under “Well Recovery”, a Cymbopogon body scrub to remove dead skin cells precedes a detox massage. “Well Restore” brings together a traditional Thai massage focused on pressure points and a hot oil scalp massage.
YHI Spa pays tribute to Thailand with massages such as “Traditional Thai” that focuses on the body’s pressure points and “Thai Lanna”, underscored by a Thai herbal ball compress massage to relieve aches and pain. Other 60 and 90-minute massages include anti-stress, aromatic, deep tissue, detox, and foot massages. Various body exfoliation, body wrap and facial treatments are on offer to nourish and brighten the skin such as a “White Tea and Camellia Body Polish” and the “Ageless Facial Treatment” that incorporates natural antioxidants from water lily, liquorice and cactus extracts. The herbal blended steam, sauna, milky bath and aromatic herbal bath to alleviate stress and stimulate blood circulation are among YHI Spa’s 30-minute hydrotherapy sessions.
For children aged six to 12 years, a 45-minute or 60-minute “Kids Therapy” aims to prevent hyperactivity by starting with stretching and animal yoga poses before a gentle massage with HARNN coconut oils to stop skin irritation. YHI Spa’s treatments are based on organic Thai wellness brand HARNN’s products, made with natural ingredients via methods handed down the generations of Thai artisans.