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The Spa and Gym, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
There’s nothing like a good sweaty cardio session and strenuous weights workout to get you warmed up for a spa treatment. The ultimate in health packages has you first releasing your stresses through exercise and then fully recovering with a relaxing body treatment. The Spa and Gym at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur is set up for both.
The gym, a relatively small space compared to some of the giant chains out there, cleverly dons the feeling of ampleness through the use of double story windows, frosted glass and, an abundance of mirrors. A well laid out floor provides enough equipment to cater for peak hours and, allow you to skip in a slipshod fashion from machine to machine in the down times.
Following the liberation of tension in the gym, the Hilton spa is conveniently positioned next door, importuning you to make an appointment. Soft lighting, a central sound system radiating soothing tunes and, the aroma of a blend of lavender, lemongrass and peppermint welcome your arrival, encouraging you to breathe more profoundly and slow your pace. Warm sandstone and rich Italian marble flooring are complemented with the earthy tones of dark wooden furniture. Bursts of colour enliven the scene with fresh flowers in every room.
Massages, masks, scrubs, facials and wraps dominate the menu, with packages combining two or more treatments the most popular options. It’s hard to find quality time with hubby these days so we signed up for the Couple’s Ultimate Bliss Package. We were to experience a Fusion Massage, Full Body Scrub and Bath infused with Ocean Dreaming Bath Oil in a private suite.
After deciding upon your therapy, you’re guided to a consultation room. A questionnaire, filled out over sips of warm ginger tea, is used to identify your neediest body parts – feet, legs, back, neck, head or shoulders - and your preferred pressure - soft, medium or firm - to customize the massage, targeting your individual areas of need. While your room is set up, you get changed into appropriate clothing.
Spa changing rooms are light, bright and equipped with basic products such as cotton buds, moisturizer and hair dryers. Lockers contain disposable panties, a robe, slippers and towel. Awaiting your exit, a therapist leads you to a treatment room where you have a choice of oils for the massage.
The techniques of the Traditional Urut, utilizing pressure points, stretching, lymphatic draining and classic movements, combine to form the Fusion Massage. Therapists checked in with us regularly regarding pressure and we both found their skill to be standard and professional. The second part of the treatment was the Body Polish.
Scrubs are not usually my favourite treatments. Afterwards, I appreciate the baby smooth skin, but during I often feel uncomfortable coated with sticky wet glumps of goo and find myself counting the seconds until it’s over. The LI’TYA products from Australia used at the Hilton spa, however, are changing my opinion on this piece of a therapy. Coming in the form of a dry salt, the grains are sprinkled on top of your skin and massaged across with oil, leaving a slightly gritty impression, but no sign of moist disagreeable mucilage, as is the customary deal.
The final segment of our Couple’s Ultimate Bliss Package was a hot bath infused with Ocean Dreaming Bath Oil. The only piece missing from the finale was a glass of red wine. But, I’m sure with advance notice, the Hilton could easily take care of that for you.
Costing RM810 for a couple (single option also available for RM430), the treatment lasted two hours. If you’re paying a visit though, you should save time to utilize the facilities. A Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room all await. The gym operates from 6am to 11pm and the spa opens at 10am and closes at the same time as the gym.
Reason to visit: airy well equipped gym, professional spa treatments, LI’TYA spa products
The Spa and Gym
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
+6 (03) 2264 2830