Did you know?
Fish therapy is on offer at some of the Kai Thai Spas – a unique therapy to remove dried skin from the feet
Kai Thai Spas offer customers the luxury of Thai body treatments at affordable prices – and you don’t have to travel too far to find them (or to Thailand for that matter).
The spas boast deep, vibrant colours, Thai statues and sculptures, soft cushions, canopied beds and highly skilled therapists. These spas started in Johannesburg, but have branched out to Pretoria and Durban.
What is immediately reassuring about the Kai Thai concept is that you’re getting the real deal – most of the therapists learnt their craft from Kai Thai International in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and are well versed in traditional treatments.
For the uninitiated, a Thai massage is a little different from your garden variety Western massage – in Thai massages, the focus is on working the energy lines and pressure points, and can be a pretty vigorous workout.
In terms of treatments, there is quite a variety on the menu, and you have the choice of really lingering (take a 90-minute treatment) or just dropping by for a quick 30-minute fix-it massage. Facials and body scrubs are also an option, and there are special packages if you want to combine treatments.
These spas offer wonderful respite and relaxation. With sit-down corners, day beds and herbal teas available, you can really make a morning or afternoon of it. Escape the world outside, which magically recedes, and step into Kai Thai’s soothing space. You'll leave feeling revived, both physically and mentally.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Kai Thai Spas head office
Tel:+27 (0)11 793 4773
Best time to visit
Open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday, but call first to make an appointment.
What will it cost
Treatments vary from inexpensive massages to longer, more intense massage options. A Thai aromatherapy massage will cost in the region of R330 for 60 minutes, or R440 for 90 minutes.
Length of stay
Book yourself into the spa for half a day and enjoy some meditation time.
What to pack
Where to stay
There is a wide variety of accommodation in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. You can also stay over at Rothbury Country Lodge, outside Johannesburg (which has a Kai Thai Spa).
What to eat
Next door to the Kai Thai Spa in Parktown North, you'll find the Kai Thai Express restaurant. Try out the spicy Tom Yum Kung or prawn curry.