Spa-tacular Treat

We visited Spa Village on the second day of our babymoon in Pangkor Laut Resort. The experience was so divine and fabulous that I allocated a separate post for it. Being an ardent spa-goer, I must admit that this is by far, the best I’ve ever encountered. In fact, it was worth every cent we’ve paid for: RM230 per person for a 50-minute treatment plus 45-minute bath house ritual.

Entrance of Spa Village
Entrance of Spa Village

Upon arrival at the reception, we were served with a refreshing juice made from ginger, honey and lemongrass.

Enjoying my welcome drink
Enjoying my welcome drink

We were then ushered to the foot treatment gazebo. The experience began with a soothing footbath, followed by Chinese Foot Pounding, said to be traditionally enjoyed by the the concubines of feudal China. As my body’s got a room mate, I had to skip this process. 

Soaking up my feet in warm water
Soaking up my feet in warm water

The best part commenced here. Steve and I were separated and escorted to  the changing room, where I was asked to take off “everything” while the therapist tactfully shielded me with a batik cloth which she later used to wrap around my body and turn it into a rather fashionable pareo. From there, I was escorted to the Bath House.

The entrance to Bath House (picture taken after the treatment)
The entrance to Bath House (picture taken after the treatment)

First in the Bath House was the traditional Malay circulating bath, where the water is icy cold and said to be derived from rain water.

Traditional Malay bath
Traditional Malay bath

Although I was supposed to dip and enjoy the bath for a while, the chill quickly got into me and I practically ran across the pool, to the therapist’s dismay. I was then asked to sniff four types of aroma infused with natural ingredients, from the bowls placed in four different corners. Named Passion, Uplifting, Calming and Stimulating, this process immediately invigorated my senses and soothed my mind.

Next on the list was the Japanese-style cleansing with goshi-goshi cloth, followed by a dip in the heated Rotenburu pool.

Japanese-style cleansing with goshi-goshi cloth (in blue)
Japanese-style cleansing with goshi-goshi cloth (in blue)
Rotenburu pool
Rotenburu pool

The therapist then gave me a gentle exfoliating wash with the signature Shanghai scrub. After that, I was led to the spa hut, where Steve and I bumped into each other while enjoying a cup of calming ginger tea amidst the tranquil surroundings of Straits of Melaka. Once ready, we were escorted to a couple suite for our treatment. What happened after this was not photographed as we were too engrossed in enjoying the session. Steve experienced the Balinese Massage while I had the “Mian Bu Hu Liao”, also known as the Chinese Herbal Facial.

My facial session began with a traditional snuff of aromatic herbs that is said to clear the nasal passage, relieve headache and sharpen senses. The warm mulberry facial wash was next, followed by a sandalwood and winter melon scrub to exfoliate dead skin, and an acupressure massage to tone the facial tissue. It ended perfectly with a mask of crushed pearls and ginseng.  

To sum it all up, the overall experience was truly heavenly! We walked out of the spa feeling renewed and wanting more. What’s more, we were presented with a batik cloth as a souvenir. Undoubtedly, the trip to Pangkor Laut is not complete without a session at Spa Village.

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