Thanks to its location hidden deep in a residential area of Sukhumvit, the leafy complex of Rasayana Retreat is perfect for those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge their batteries with a full-day retreat. Among the menu of holistic treatments, the highlights have to be the detoxification and therapeutic massage options. The one-day package lets you experience both, starting with an infrared sauna session, followed by a salt scrub, detox bath, oil pack, aromatherapy massage and a colonic detox.
Tucked away within a beautiful compound of wooden Thai houses, this spa takes you on a trip back in time thanks to its traditional setting and a series of massages and therapies that utilize old-school principles. One of the most popular is the Wat Pho Healer, named after the famous Thai massage school. It starts with your choice of body scrubs using Thai herbs, and is then followed up with a choice between an Ayurvedic massage, or an herbal compress and oil massage. The program ends with a more focused massage for your head, feet, back and shoulder.
New eatery Calin Café offers up a French-influenced dining experience. The Parisian-style venue serves dishes like razor clam with garlic and chili (B390), eggs benedict with salmon and zucchini (B260), and croque monsieur (B260). There’s also bakery offerings and six choices of coffee using Cafés Richard brand beans starting from B130.
Chiang Mai boutique coffee roaster Pacamarahas just opened its first café in Bangkok. The place sells beans, coffee-making equipment and, of course, cups of coffee starting from B55. In line with one of Bangkok’s hotter trends, they also offer craft beers from Hitachino Nest.
Buzz: Dentist turned fashion designer Wilasinee just opened her second cozy little shop in Terminal 21.
Vibe: The store definitely aims for the cute and girly crowd with its light pink walls and candy-toned clothing hanging from gold clothes racks. It looks a bit like a studio or gallery with its framed artworks on display.
The buzz: This stylish new eatery continues the run of intriguing contemporary Thai restaurant openings around town. It’s run by chef couple Bongkoch Satongun, who used to work at Blue Elephant, and Jason Bailey, who has ten years’ experience working with Thai cuisine. The dishes here take their inspiration from Thai royal cuisine, but while guaranteeing a true taste of Asia, they also make the most of modern techniques, artful presentation and some new ingredients.
Chic new eating house Paste continues the run of intriguing contemporary Thai restaurant openings around town. Run by chef couple Bongkoch Satongun and Jason Bailey, who take their inspiration from Thai royal cuisine, everything is homemade from locally sourced ingredients. The pair employ inventive techniques and artful presentation to come up with dishes like saeng wa (grilled king prawns with lemongrass, ginger and crispy catfish, B420) and jasmine and cinnamon smoked wild sea bass fillet with black vinegar, mint and peanut (B500). Keep an eye out for our Open Door.
Yet more sweets have arrived in town with the opening of new bakery Gute, whose partners are involved in cafés in Japan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The place employs a mix of French, German and Japanese baking techniques to come up with delights like coeur des bois (a heart-shaped Bavana cream with raspberry puree filling, B100), chocolate banana (B42) and croissants (B22).