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March 19th, 2006
My Perfect Day

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Just when I thought nothing could get any better than my naked night of thunder and lighting, my next night at Banyan Tree was just as exceptional. I experienced the Spa Ryokan treatment, which goes from 7:00 pm to 1:00 pm the next day. I was given my own therapist who served as my private maid and waitress.

I was moved into a Spa Ryokan villa. It is a villa with a private rain shower and sauna room, outdoor shower, outdoor bathtub, and massage area with two massage tables and a ton of oils ad massage products.

My first treatment of the night was the “Rainmist and Rain Shower,” that was followed by an 18-course dinner in my room. The dinner was tiny portions of a cornucopia of Thai delights. Yummy!

After dinner I was treated to the most spectacular bath ever! I read about those lucky people who bathe in orchids and milk, but I never thought I would be one of them. Sure enough, my wonderful therapist prepared the bath for me while I was eating dinner. The bath was filled with orchids, lined in votive candles, and surrounded in tropical plants. I felt like I was on a movie set–it was unbelievable! Once I got into the bath, she poured the milk in. WOW!

That night I slept like a baby wrapped in Egyptian cotton sheets and more relaxed than I have been in years.

The next day started at 8:15 am, when my therapist brought me a plate of fresh fruit to enjoy before my morning yoga class. After the hour-long class I enjoyed a traditional Thai breakfast (when you sign up for this treatment, you can choose between Western or Thai food).

Breakfast was followed by a refreshing facial in my private massage area. After the facial, came the foot massage, then after the amazing foot massage I was treated to a “Asia Blend Massage.” With each of the services, you get to choose what type of facial and massage you prefer.

This experience was more than I could have ever asked for and I have never been so pampered in my whole life. At first, I was feeling a tad guilty about all the wonderful things that were happening to me. I think it is natural for us women to get uncomfortable about being spoiled and pampered. It is so hard for us to get into the moment and just enjoy that space. Our minds dart from one issue to the next without stopping the inner chatter. Well, I am happy to report that I did stop it, and it was heaven.

Banyan Tree Resort and Spa
Phuket
www.banyantree.com
+66 76 324 374

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