Our experience at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur began with a warm gentle greeting by reception and escort to a pleasant lounge area. Hints of scented oil stroked the air and soft tunes chimed the background. Our shoes were removed and replaced with slippers. A choice of hot or cold hand towels was given along with lemongrass tea with honey. Our therapists soon entered and introduced themselves by name, dealing out a health questionnaire and then leaving us again to complete the form and enjoy the refreshments.
We had booked in for the Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapies which last 1 hour and 50 minutes. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy is combined to create treatments based around the five elements of Wood (Awaken), Water (Reflect), Metal (Release), Earth (Flourish) and Fire (Bloom). A comprehensive survey and personal consultation with the therapist including a sampling of the oil options leads to a selection designed to meet your individual needs.
It turns out that hubby and I both were in need of an Awaken package relating to the Chinese element of Wood. The aromatherapy oil used in this treatment contains neroli and lavender claiming to relieve mental tension and, mandarin and grapefruit for a gentle energy boost.
With our belongings safely stored, and now changed into our robes, we were led into separate treatment rooms. Soft lighting and elegantly chic design surrounded the centerpiece massage bed. Laid out with freshly laundered towels and oils, I noticed that this bed would fit my length (my feet often hang over the end of massage beds in Asia due to my foreign height). Smiling at the bed size, I sat in the cushioned chair ready for the foot ritual.
Told to close my eyes and breathe deeply, cymbals were softly struck once to inaugurate the treatment. A cleansing of my tootsies ensued in a bath bestrew with fresh flowers and essential oils. A flurry of movements on my lower leg and pressure points seemed to stimulate blood flow into my usually cold feet and a drying off with a fluffy towel left me feeling cleansed and ready for the massage.
Laying face down on the bed I was covered with a towel and made comfortable with a slight elevation of the feet relieving tension in the lower back. Throughout the treatment my therapist checked that the temperature and pressure was to my liking. I don’t know if it was planned or not but the background music seemed to time the treatment. Long S strokes up and down the entire length of my back danced to sensual sounds from the Middle East. As the massage progressed the tunes changed seamlessly from those of the East to classical piano when my meridian points were firmly pressed (with warning from the therapist beforehand that it might be painful). Another single strike of the cymbals reverberated the air tolling the knell of the session. Robed again, my caretaker gave me a few minutes of advice in the form of stretching recommendations for the mornings and a suggestion to eat more vegetables. The combination of Oriental and Western practices culminated in both a healing and relaxing experience.
The facilities that come with a spa treatment are worth arriving early or staying later for. An enormous locker and change room feature luxurious bath products, electronic key system to secure your belongings and a spacious mirrored area fully equipped with hair dryers and beauty products to get yourself ready to face the world again. The showers are a whirl of sprays and temperature controls. Go for a rain shower, hand held stem or set the jets to spray you from the sides. A steam room, dry sauna, hot and cold Jacuzzis and a relaxation lounge with magazines, tea, coffee, fresh fruit and cold ice lemon water are all at your disposal when visiting the spa for a treatment.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is open from 10am until 10pm daily. Reservations are highly recommended and I personally suggest allowing some time before or after your treatment to enjoy their complementary facilities.
Reason to visit: highly trained therapists, relaxation facilities included in every treatment, luxurious surrounds
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2179 8772