In our previous review, we checked out Thai Airways’ Royal First Class lounge and ground handling at their hub in Bangkok. One of the key parts of that offering is the Royal Orchid Spa, occupying 667 square metres across the hall from their Concourse D lounge complex.
Available to passengers on Thai operated international services in Royal First Class and Royal Silk Class, the spa brings a touch of Thai to waiting for your flight.
Royal Silk (business) class passengers can avail themselves of a 30-minute neck & shoulder or foot massage, while Royal First class passengers are also offered a 60-minute full body oil or Thai massage.
The check-in attendant had offered to arrange a massage for us. It is important that you specify a time when accepting this offer, otherwise you might find yourself taken straight to the spa from check-in. We much prefer to have time to make a pit-stop in the Royal First lounge to get settled in before a massage.
At our appointed hour we strolled across to the spa, where we were asked to sign a liability wavier before being turned over to a masseuse and led to a treatment room.
It seems that we are put in a differently configured massage suite every time we are here. This one seemed to have its own sauna, although it isn’t clear when the spa would have enough time that you could have the room for a spare hour to use it. We’ve also had treatment rooms with a massive jacuzzi in the corner, which has begged the same question.
The suite also had its own shower and separate toilet.
We digress. We were left to change.
We were then able to choose our oil. We opted for a Thai massage, so no oil was required.
What followed was about 50-minutes of stunning massage. Despite having had many, many Thai massages all over the world, we’ve never had one that was so painful to start with. By the end we were fully relaxed and refreshed.
We were then told we had ten minutes to shower and change, while our masseuse waited outside. Plenty of jets on the shower here and L’Occitane amenities too.
Feeling refreshed, we were led to the ‘Royal First Zone’ of the spa to relax and offered tea. Some will like to linger for the next half hour. We lasted about 30 seconds before we upped and left back to the Royal First Lounge.
As long as you have a few hours before your flight to spare, we highly recommend taking the time to have a massage prior to your international premium class flight on Thai Airways departing out of Bangkok.