A Taste of Thailand at Isika in Melbourne

by Glenn Reynolds

Chiva-Som at dusk

Thai health and wellness resort Chiva-Som

Chiva-Som at Isika

This time I had been beaten. You see, I love having to guess what’s for lunch and I especially relish the challenge of picking the hidden elements that tie the whole dish together. Today I was enjoying lunch, literally in the clouds, at Isika, Crown Metropol’s sensational sky-high residential day spa. Today it was raining heavily, with clouds sweeping across Melbourne in front of me. The torrential rain followed by brilliant sunshine was a perfect accompaniment for the sensory Thai dishes placed before us.
Until 22 April, award-winning Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som will provide Isika’s diners and spa enthusiasts with a “Taste of Chiva-Som”, showcasing their award-winning spa cuisine and signature treatments. Leading Chiva-Som therapists will join the team at Isika to provide some of the resort’s most popular treatments including Rolling Release Therapy, Haven Body Polish and Chiva-Som’s ever-popular Signature Massage.

couple treatment

Couple Treatment

Isika therapists will also offer a range of their own signature spa and massage treatments using products from U.K.’s cult beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates and the exclusive Italian beauty brand, Comfort Zone and access to the spa’s hair salon, haven relaxation lounge and sky-high nail bar. Access is also available to Isika’s vitality pools and steam rooms.
Earlier in the day, I met my therapist in the haven lounge for a Deep Tissue Massage. She lead me to my private treatment room, complete with ensuite, for the start of a sublime deep-tissue massage with wonderful aromatic oils. As a member of the physiotherapy team at Chiva-Som it was clearly evident that my therapist had a great knowledge of muscular anatomy, as she worked her way through the routine, adjusting my limbs, applying strokes to the origins and insertions of the muscle groups, and focussing on key areas of tension. It was a flowing, integrated experience, moving from sector to sector with ease, without breaking the flow, providing a truly relaxing massage from head to toe.

Feeling absolutely relaxed, I found myself sitting down to a fabulous lunch, prepared by Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat, Executive Chef at Chiva-Som.
Poached Pear And Prune

Poached Pear And Prune

Each dish had all the elements of truly great cuisine: aroma, colour, texture and composition on the plate, followed by great tastes that enlivened the palate and lingered well after the food left my mouth. The integration of flavours was particularly noticeable, with wonderfully fresh and fragrant ingredients. Surprised and intrigued by turn, I really enjoyed each of the courses, although I couldn’t always pick the subtle magic ingredients. Each dish was an inspiring creation, using traditions from Europe and Asia, made from wonderfully fragrant ingredients from around the world, but with a uniquely Thai signature. For instance, for dessert, we had a poached pear, a French tradition poached with wine, but here we had a distinctly Thai experience poached with coconut water and chai tea.

Paisarn will host a number of three-hour spa cuisine cooking classes in the purpose-built Culinarium, located within Crown Metropol. Places are still available for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April, with guests to learn from the master chef himself, and take home a DVD of the experience.

Executive Chef Paisarn

Executive Chef Paisarn

“Chiva-Som’s spa cuisine revolves around their philosophy that food should be fresh, healthy and full of flavour. We combine fresh produce with quality herbs and spices to create flavours that not only tempt the senses but are also on par with the dining experiences found at the world’s top restaurants,” said Executive Chef, Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat.

Isika was the perfect venue for holding this joint event. A superb residential health and wellness spa destination in Melbourne, Isika offers private spa accomodation, with food prepared by Gordon Ramsey and his team at … with spa treatments, physical exercise and yoga, nutrition and health advice available to clients. It’s an all encompassing, inspiring place to unwind, reach some goals and enjoy some sensory delights along the way.

A Taste and Touch of Chiva-Som – at Isika until April 22

Culinarium cooking classes are $240.00 including an instructional DVD. Places are still available, but contact Isika soon to secure a place.
Spa treatments are available from $55.00.
Chiva-Som has just been named Best Overseas Health and Wellness Property by Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Awards 2011.

For more information or to make a booking please contact ISIKA:
Tel: 03 9292 8327
or email: isikachivasom@crownmelbourne.com.au
or visit: www.isika.com.au.

Crown Metropol - Isika Healing Suite

Crown Metropol - Isika Healing Suite

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