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Why Thai spas are the talk of the spa world

Take a tour with SPA MAGIC of 32 outstanding Thai resorts, their spas and the treatments that have made them unforgettable. Lots of detail, pix and videos. If you're planning a trip to Thailand, this book will help you decide where you want to stay and what treatments you'd like to have while there.
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Why Thai spas are the talk of the spa world

“It’s the touch,” says Jim Carr, whose new book on Thai resorts and spas takes you on a magical tour of 32 outstanding resorts, their spas and the treatments that have made them unforgettable.

“I asked that question of a lot of people in the Thai spa industry and got a lot of answers but at the end of the day, I put it down to the special touch Thai therapist, that and a desire to please and a strong Buddhist belief of being of service to others,” said Carr

As one spa manager told him: “We do treatments from the heart”.

That somehow gets translated into the their touch, he says.

In gathering information for the book, Carr visited more than 60 resorts and their spas – from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north to Phuket, Krabi and Samui in the south.

One of the most memorable is Dhara Dhevi Resort in Chiang Mai. It's like something out of Disney World but with a decided Thai slant with its pointed double and even triple roofs and turquoise swimming pools. Its spa, which focuses on wellness, features a number of Ayurvedic treatments. The spa, itself, is a replica of a Mandalay palace and striking in every detail.

His book, SPA MAGIC, is available as an ebook at Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Amazon, Scribed,24 Symbols, Tolino, Overdrive and Playster. It features lots of pictures as well as videos to help give you a sense of presence.

Plus in-depth details of treatments offered by these spas. “Many people spend an hour of more pouring their spa menu of treatments,” he added.

A more expensive print edition is available from Amazon.

Wellness treatments figure prominently, with an emphasis on Ayurvedic and Traditional Thai and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“Pampering treatments like facials, scrubs, wraps and massages also figure prominently at all spas, although wellness is clearly the way of the future,” said Carr, a former financial journalist. He currently as an associate editor for Spa Canada Magazine and writes a blog about Thai resorts and spas –

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