A few steps ahead, a nice lady in a smart uniform is pointing out a giant nest in the trees, large enough to easily hold four people. She asks if we’d like to look inside, but we politely decline – we’re already late for our appointment.
Before we get too off track, we should reveal that we’re at Indigo Pearl’s Coqoon spa, having just checked in for an afternoon’s treatment in the Coqoon Suite.
The suite, more of a private villa really, comes complete with a bedroom, spa room, private pool, steam room, sauna, and Vichy shower.
While guests can stay for as long as three days (can you ever have too much of a good thing?) we’re just here for the afternoon, a few hours’ escape from the children on the weekend.
We’d been to Indigo Pearl several times for their excellent Sunday brunch, but had never ventured to this side of the resort before.
Off to the side of the main lobby, you start your spa treatment at an open-air reception area, where staff gently help you fill out a form detailing what type of treatment, pressure and oil you’d like, as well as any particular areas you’d like worked on.
After the formalities are out of the way, you’re then escorted to one of the eight treatment rooms, which includes The Nest. Seemingly suspended in the air (after darkness falls, clever lighting really drives home the effect), this Bill Bensley designed wonder is a triumph of the imagination, but on this sunny morning, is not our destination.
Surrounded by a rusting corrugated iron wall (part of Bangkok-based Bensley’s industrial chic vision for the Nai Yang resort), the Coqoon Suite offers complete privacy for guests. Inside, dual spa beds lie in wait for us, while the Vichy shower – with its array of nozzles – looms in an antechamber.
Our treatment today is the ‘Coqoon Pampering’ package (four hours, B16,000 per couple), which involves a foot ritual, your choice of 90 minute body massage – we opt for relaxing and Coqoon rebirth – followed by a 30 minute moisturising, exotic aroma milky bath.
The next two hours were a true delight, a soothing yet invigorating experience that left us both feeling calm, relaxed and rejuvenated.
The benefit of booking the Coqoon Pampering treatment is that you’re welcome to hang around for another two hours, and make use of the steam, sauna, Jacuzzi and pool, instead of having to immediately face reality (and two screaming children), so we took our time before, reluctantly, heading back to the lobby, our car, and the world outside.
To book a spa treatment at the Indigo Pearl, call 076 327 006, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit indigo-pearl.com