A clean environment and good nutrition are essential to a healthy life, says Don, who was asked by Secret Garden team therapy director and owner, Khun Malee, to design the retreat and its gardens. ‘I saw the spas Don created in places like Bali and the Maldives and knew his input would be invaluable,’ she said, adding, ‘I’ve spent ten years working in, and studying, health and beauty therapy throughout Asia and Australia. This experience, together with Don’s guidance, allowed me to develop the best mix of therapies and products, and led to the development of the Secret Garden Retreat as a center for rejuvenation and healing.’
Located near the entrance to Laguna Hotels, at first glance the Secret Garden Retreat seems like a shop front. But on entering, you are guided to the hidden garden, the perfect place to relax and enjoy an exotic and healing choice of therapy packages – designed to comfort and nurture from head to toe. ‘Though we encourage visitors to sample our treatments, we want to focus on the resident community, offering a variety of treatments based on what our therapists feel a particular body needs over a period of time,’ adds Malee.
Malee has recruited some of Phuket’s most talented therapists. With further training to international standards, they offer services ranging from aromatherapy massage to a detoxifying body scrub and wrap. I was invited to experience a Head to Toe package, a delightful three hours that included a one hour aromatherapy massage with lavender oil, followed by a 30 minute reflexology foot massage and a one hour facial with a variety of Jurlique organic products, used to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize my sun damaged face.
Part of every treatment package at the Secret Garden is a visit to the herbal steam room (scented with healing herbs such as prai, a form of Thai ginger, lemon grass or lime leaves), followed by a dip in the outdoor Jacuzzi, overlooking the peaceful lagoon and hills of Cherngtalay.
A visit to the newest and most welcome addition to Phuket’s thriving centers for relaxation and healing is a must for all who care about their long term health.
Secret Garden Retreat
394 Moo1 , Cherngtalay, Talang, Phuket 83100
Tel: 0-7627-0271, 0-7627-0271
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