My favorite part of going to the spa isn’t the treatment itself (though that’s a close second ;) but the teas served before/after the treatment. The teas are a small but essential touch. It encourages you relax upon arrival. And when leaving, it offers a feeling of completion.
Each spa does it different. Some do green teas, most do herbal teas.
In Thailand the brews were particularly special (and now I have an urgent desire to explore spa teas in Japan! Vietnam! Russia! The list goes on.) I’ve highlighted a few favorites for xoVain, which include the…
…green mulberry tea at Paresa in Phuket. Mulberry is grown throughout Thailand and the dried leaves are commonly used for infusions. It’s served chilled with honey at the beginning…
…and hot (without honey) and a side of local pineapples post-treatment.
At Let’s Relax Spa in Bangkok, they start with a chilled pandan tea…
…and finish with hot oolong (grown in Chiang Rai) and a dish of sticky rice and mangoes.
The most memorable spa tea was at Dhara Dhevi’s Deva Spa. It’s a combo of ginger, raw honey, and dried bael fruit (pictured below). They serve it chilled at the beginning and hot at the end with an excellent fruit and nut bar.
I emailed the girls at the spa for the tea recipe…enjoy, enjoy ^-^
The Deva Spa Bael Tea
- 4-6 dried bael fruit pieces
- 2-3 slices fresh ginger
- 2-3 tablespoons raw honey
- 400 ml water
Bring water to a boil and add the dried bael and ginger and simmer for 15 minutes. Add honey and stir to dissolve, adjusting sweetness to taste. Serve hot, or lightly chilled (but not over crushed ice, as it lowers digestive ability).