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RAKxa, A New Integrative Wellness & Medical Retreat, Opens Its Doors to Guests in Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’

RAKxa is thrilled to announce the first phase of its opening in Bangkok, Thailand on 1st December and looks forward to welcoming international guests as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Set in Bangkok’s preserved ‘Green Lung’, a protected jungle-clad island on the Chao Phraya River, RAKxa will deliver tailored wellness programmes designed by certified medical doctors combining advanced medical treatments with revered holistic therapies alongside renowned Thai hospitality, resulting in a world-class medical destination. Guests can expect 27 villas and one restaurant Unam when visiting from 1st December, with a further  33 villas and two residences set to open in 2021 in the second phase along with an extended menu of activities and treatments , and a second restaurant serving speciality Asian cuisine. With long- term tourist visas for foreign travel to Bangkok available for 90 day stays and longer, what better time to escape the UK and plan that winter- sun wellness relocation.

This ground-breaking enhanced wellness retreat is the first of its kind in Thailand and promises a fully transformative experience through personalised three-to-fourteen day programmes with long-term health goals in mind. RAKxa’s programmes include Detox, Weight Management, Gut Health, Mobilisation, De-Stress, Facial Solution, Body Solution, Facial & Body Solution, Immunity Booster and a Discover RAKxa programme. RAKxa’s transformative experience begins at home and carries on long after guests leave, unearthing a complete blueprint of health that enables certified medical doctors from VitalLife, a subsidiary of Bumrungrad International Hospital, and holistic therapists to prescribe a precise treatment plan based on one of the 10 packages available. VitalLife medical doctors work alongside experts of time-honoured healing disciplines in RAKxa’s Holistic Wellness Centre, bringing science and tradition together. RAKxas’ holistic treatments span Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic treatments and energy healing practices.

Completing the wellness journey is a high-tech medical gym with Olympic athlete training equipment, hydrothermal spa facilities, an anti-inflammatory food philosophy, a cleansing tea lounge, an organic garden, and an enticing menu of workshops and activities. RAKxa will offer 60 private villas and two residences each nestled by a lake surrounded by flourishing botanical gardens all in neutral tones to ensure a gentle atmosphere, creating an environment to heal and restore. A mix of traditional materials and crafts have been used in a contemporary styling to create a medical wellness retreat that has avoided the ‘spa’ look whilst ensuring the crisp, neutral tones are not associated with a hospital.

Located within a lush and expansive botanical garden, RAKxa is separated from the rest of Bangkok by a winding river, accessible by both boat and car, just an hour from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports, yet it feels like a world away. RAKxa has restored and repaired the ecosystem in an area of Bang Krachao that had been degraded and damaged over time. From planting thousands of local trees and flowers, soil regeneration, and waste clearance, to supporting local farmers and gardeners in organic farming methods, the RAKxa concept goes above and beyond. Abundant with fresh air and with gazes of green in every direction, the rural location is like stepping back in time, to a Bangkok before sky-scrapers and buzzing traffic.

Local Design at RAKxa

A mix of traditional materials and crafts have been used in a contemporary styling to create a medical wellness retreat that has avoided the ‘spa’ look whilst ensuring the crisp, neutral tones are not associated with a hospital. Traditional materials include rattan, bamboo, reclaimed wood, earth-wear, ceramics, brass, jute, mulberry paper and water hyacinth. Light colours of teal and gentle greens are used throughout the premises to soothe and restore an element of calm. Showcasing the serene location next to the river, traditional river boats decorate the gym area as well as elements such as old balers used to decorate the walls. RAKxa uses objects throughout the premises that may not traditionally be considered art, such as teapots, chairs and stools. These all have a sense of place and are considered as traditional Thai decor, based on the countries’ history. One area proudly displays 72 teapots along a shelving unit, all made from a local southern Thai pottery maker and each unique to one another. Using local artisans to create the rugs and woven wall decor, RAKxa exemplifies traditional Thai styling, creating the ultimate wellness retreat where Thai hospitality oozes through the design.

Nightly rates at RAKxa start from $2,000 per person for the Immunity Booster Package, with a minimum of a three-night stay.

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