A Thai festival in the New Forest

Thailand’s wildest, happiest – and wettest – festival takes place in April – and a luxury spa in the New Forest is helping to bring the Thai new year in style.

Songkran, the most important date in the Thai calendar, is celebrated from April 13-15, when the whole country indulges in a host of friendly water fights to celebrate the new year.

Water is used to symbolically wash off all the misfortunes and bad luck of the past year, welcoming in the new year with a fresh start.

All across the country, elephants spray delighted crowds, children hurl pails of water at each other, and jasmine-infused water is gently poured over the hands of elders to symbolise renewal and good fortune.

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Learning more about this wonderful tradition is part of a day of pure indulgence in the New Forest, where the luxury SenSpa at Careys Manor, is celebrating its Thai heritage by introducing a limited-edition Songkran Spa Day.

The exclusive package features a cleansing Songkran body scrub, using hibiscus, ylang ylang and neroli, and a nourishing massage infused with an exotic blend of lavender, starflower and jasmine, to beautify and renew.

SenSpa subtly blends Eastern and Western philosophies to create an indulgent and luxurious experience, and its state-of-the-art facilities combine with authentic Thai therapies to leave your body glowing, your mind renewed and your spirit soothed.

Guests can soak away their cares in the world-class hydrotherapy pool and enjoy mouth-watering Thai cuisine in the beautiful Zen Garden restaurant.

The limited-edition Songkran Spa Day costs £159 per person, and includes:

  • Unlimited use of SenSpa’s facilities
  • A 60-minute limited-edition Songkran scrub and massage
  • A light breakfast and selected refreshments
  • A choice of class on arrival
  • A two-course Thai lunch

SenSpa is part of the historic country house hotel Careys Manor in Brockenhurst, the perfect retreat for a spa break in this stunning part of the British Isles.

W: Senspa.co.uk          T: 01590 624467