Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Spa Village, The Majestic Malacca, Malaysia


The infinity pool and gym area
The relaxation room where you're invited to do just that before and after treatments with cold towels, hot tea and refreshing snacks.
Enormous treatment rooms give a feeling of spaciousness and peace. All are equipped with rain and hand held showers, and this couples room even includes a bathtub.

The Spa Village at The Majestic Malacca go far beyond my dreams and expectations of an exemplary spa experience - professional therapists, quality products, capacious, and classy decor - no detail is left unattended. While The Spa Village is owned and managed by YTL hotels, each area cleverly embraces the surrounding culture to provide a unique experience based on local expertise and traditions. The healing rituals of the Baba-Nyonya - Malay Chinese - are honoured in Malacca. The essence of the location is not only captured in the therapies but also in the architecture where you will find the original style has been maintained with features of wooden floors, heritage hues, traditional furniture and ornate porcelain tiles. Even staff apparel and accessories for storing products and presenting refreshments are themed accordingly. This homage to the local culture entitles guests to an exclusive encounter, unable to be rivaled in a different location.

My experience began with a preappointment earlier in the day where I exchanged information with staff about my diet, sleep and clothing preferences. This determined my body type and led to recommendations towards warming or cooling treatments, explanations of each and selection of such. Aspring to make use of the pre-treatment facilities I arrived 30 minutes before my actual appointment. Warm smiles by the staff and whiffs of soothing scents greeted my entrance. I was soon shown to a luxurious changing area with private locker, shower, bathroom and accessories I could only wish I had in my own bathroom, to strip off the outside world and prepare for renewal. Once gowned, I headed to the Peranakan Chinese day beds and bathed in the muffled sun rays allowed by the floor to ceiling windows and sheer curtains. Purveyed with cold scented towels, hot tea and refreshments my mind began to hush and my body decelerate. 

Drawing on the 12 step Peranakan wedding preparation for ladies, all guests receive a complimentary half hour hair ritual which involves washing, scalp massage and combing with a wooden comb (later presented as a keepsake). On each of twelve days leading up to the marriage ceremony, Nyonya ladies are traditionally pampered and beautified which involves a different ritual every day. Integrating cultural routines into treatments further accentuates the one-of-a-kind attention at Spa Village. Feeling invigorated and refreshed, it was then time to be shepherded to the private treatment quarters.

Spacious is an understatement. Each room has two treatment beds, a lounge, washing area, toilet, shower, dressing room and closet. Larger than some apartments I've viewed, these expanses are a far cry from some of the claustrophobia-inducing chambers I've experienced in KL. The decision of which locally blended oil to use, with their own corresponding medicinal properties, was left up to my nose. My therapist then explained the treatments I had chosen, checked for understanding and questions and got me prepared for my Yoghurt Guava Leaves Body Scrub. Leaving me laundered and lustrous dead skin cells were scrubbed away and toxins extracted with the natural antibiotic attributes of the yoghurt and guava leaves. Upmost care was taken by the therapist throughout to ensure my comfort and seek feedback. After a thorough rinse down in the high powered shower I was then ready to be pampered further with a Balinese Massage. Varying in tempo of acupressure, rolling motions, long strokes and percussion this kneading was the ultimate tranquilizer. A soothing pot of herbal fruit tea, some pickled vegetables and time on the couch ended my treatment. 

Returning full circle to the relaxation lounge my biggest worry was, "When can I next return?"

Reason to visit:  a unique, but world class, Peranakan spa experience

Spa Village
Majestic Malacca
188 Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai
75100 Malacca
Malaysia
+603 2783 1000

18 comments:

  1. Love the decor of the spa room, it's so calming ... The Yoghurt Guava Leaves Body Scrub must have been excellent.

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    1. I think I was drawn in by the thought of the taste of the yoghurt and guava - two things I love to eat - they turned out to be refreshing scrub material too :-)

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  2. oh, so great the interior, double up the enjoyment huh... :)

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    1. Visually appealing places always get me off to a great first impression. :-)

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  3. the outside looked so modern but the inside decor looked so classic... love it! what a lovely R&R experience.. =)

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    1. Too true - I can't wait to go back!

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  4. We're usually so focused on food when we're in Melaka! Perhaps next time we need to consider some pampering treatment too.. =D

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    1. It was a lovely distraction away from food for a while - particularly a great thing to do in the afternoon when it's just too hot to be on the street. :-)

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  5. wow looks great and good relaxation..
    any good package?

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    1. Mmm... they do offer packages for combos of treatments, can't quote what they are off the top of my head though. They do have a summer holiday package running for accommodation and food for Malaysian residents so you get a pretty good deal with all meals included with your room. Check out their website for the latest deals. :-)

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  6. Peranakan spa? That's something I have to try! Since Rif is peranakan. :)

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    1. Oh yes indeed you must. Rif being Peranakan is the perfect excuse! :-)

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  7. I've been to PLR, TJR and CHR's spa village but not the one in Majestic Malacca yet. Maybe I shd drop some hints to Hubby soon LOL.

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    1. Hee! Do hints ever really work with men? I think you're best bet is to just tell him straight up. ;-)

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  8. i keep telling folks this, but y'know, i've never actually experienced any spa package before. but on stressful work days like today, i wish i could whisk myself to the majestic malacca and spend a few hours in their spa village, heh :D

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    1. Maybe if you keep telling people they will get the hint and book you in for a session. ;-)

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    2. Maybe I oughta drop some heavy hints too, haha.

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  9. Looks gorgeous! Woulfd love to visit!

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