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Spacations Thai-style: 3 blissful Bangkok hotels

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The Royal Orchid Sheraton beckons with outdoor treatment areas for massages. Credit: Mandara Spa.

By Orbitz Staff

Bangkok hotels offer all the same amenities you can find in places that specialize in all-inclusive vacations and spring break destinations, with a few notable exceptions. First, you can score spring or summer vacations at unbelievable prices. Second, you don’t have to settle for someone else’s idea of Thai cuisine – once in country, it’s all authentic. And then of course there’s the broad diversity of spa treatments and massages that are the trademark of Thai vacations. Here are three of the top Bangkok hotels that deliver unequaled value with a heavy emphasis on massage.

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
It’s difficult to believe that you can get a five-star luxury hotel for under $200 per night, but at the Shangri-La this is nothing out of the ordinary. Seated on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, the hotel offers stunning views from elegant rooms – but if you’ve traveled this far, it would be criminal not to partake of the CHI spa’s broad array of therapeutic treatments, which includes healing stone massages.

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
Another five-star hotel at three-star prices, the Royal Orchid is well known by spa enthusiasts for its Mandara Spa, which places emphasis not only on a variety of treatments, but also on tranquil surroundings that accentuate the experience. If you’re not averse to the royal treatment, spring for the Mandara Massage, a spa treatment so thorough that it requires two therapists per person.

The Regent Silom Hotel
If you’re looking a place where you can take in some super relaxing spa treatments, hit the spicy Bangkok nightlife, and have a comfortable bed so you can charge up and do it all over again the next day, the Regent Silom might be perfect for you. Situated in the heart of downtown, the hotel puts you within walking distance of tons of clubs and attractions, but it’s the Sabai Thai massage (traditional Thai massage, oil massage, herbal compresses, foot and facial massages, manicures and pedicures) that really make this a standout among other highly rated, low-cost establishments of its ilk.

Take advantage of low-cost beach vacations or dive into the heart of the city with some extra spending cash in tow by looking for special time-sensitive offers on flights and trips.

Insider tip: For pampering a little closer to home, book an all-inclusive vacation at featured Orbitz resorts. From Cancun hotels to Punta Cana hotels, look forward to skin-softening facials and toxin-relieving massages.

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Vince Font is a travel writer with a deep love of weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations.

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Posted on: May 13, 2011 | Tags: | Category: HotelsCategory: International VacationsCategory: Spa VacationCategory: Travel Tips

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