According to a Thai wellness brand, luxury spas across the country are embracing hot springs and onsens, despite the country’s tropical climate.
Good news for Thai people who enjoy onsens and springs. They can simply head for the nearest luxury spa in Sukhumvit or anywhere in the country, as onsen services and the like are becoming increasingly accessible across the country, particularly in major tourists destinations like Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Pattaya and the capital, in particularly, Sukhumvit Road and the K Village retail complex in Rama IV Rd.
Leading Thai wellness brand, Panpuri says that it is looking to open its first onsen in Gaysorn Complex on Ratchaprasong Road, on the 12 floor, with the aim of bringing in fans of bathing.
Puri Co is the operator of Panpuri Wellness and Spa, and, according to its CEO; Vorravit Siripark, says that this is the first onsen in the capital downtown, giving travellers and visitors in the area who enjoy a trip to a luxury spa in Sukhumvit an alternative activity to enjoy.
The onsen will only be one of the features at the 100-million-baht Panpuri Wellness and Spa, which also has other wellness-related services on offer, like an organic spa, wellness bar, studio, body massages and meditation, among others. There are 10 onsen pools separated by gender, plus two smaller individual pools.
The onsen system was designed by a consultant from Japan that was hired by Puri Co, with the hot springs themselves imported in powered form from several Japanese cities.
The wellness centre had a soft launch back in December of 2017. Mr. Vorravit, a self-described spa and massage lover, says that the wellness centre had good responses, better than what they expected.
He says that there is a huge potential for spa and wellness centres in the Kingdom, with the country having welcomed 35.4 million international arrivals back in 2017. Currently, Thailand is ranked #1 globally as a spa-holiday destination in the world, which generated a total of 32 billion baht in revenue back in 2015.
Vorravit says that Thailand’s beauty and healthcare market has an estimated value of 200 billion baht, with a projected annual growth rate of 8% between 2016-2020.