Penaga Spa by Tanamera, Hotel Penaga, Penang
The Penaga Spa by Tanamera is located in the gardens of the Penaga Hotel. An airy patio holds the reception area, which benefits from the natural green surrounds and lovely art pieces by a number of the resident artists the hotel has hosted over the years. One of the earliest artworks is a feature wall, a mosaic of broken tiles, stones and ceramics that provides an inspirational backdrop to the entrance. Round stained glass windows filter the outdoor light leaving muted hues in the treatment rooms.
|Artwork in Garden|
We’re greeted with a cool peppermint towel and hot hibiscus tea as we meet our therapists and fill out a questionnaire highlighting our areas of need, any injuries or special considerations. It’s here too where we choose an aromatherapy oil of our liking. Herbal, ginger, coconut, coffee and basil are all options, but we both find the tropical scent of coconut the most alluring. Indigenous plants from the region are used as the primary ingredients in Tanamera’s spa products, which feel natural and unprocessed.
Three double rooms are fully equipped with a separate changing room including shower, sauna and toilet. All rooms have a claw foot bathtub, which is a wonderful thing to soak in after a body treatment.
|Clawfoot Bathtub in Treatment Room|
I partake in a Warming Massage (60 minutes RM175), which combines a dry scrub and massage into one session. Tanamera’s powder is adapted from the principles of Ayurvedic udsadana and features turmeric, ginger and rice powder as the main components. As it’s a dry application is helps to warm the skin and is not the sticky gooey mess I often find is the case with wet body scrubs. It’s claimed to increase circulation and have detoxifying properties, which in turn leave the skin feeling silky soft and reduce cellulite. It’s such a relaxing setting I nod off a couple of times during the scrub down. A rose petal and jasmine flower bath finishes the session and slices of fresh lime are given to help remove excess scrub.
|Couple's Treatment Room|
Hubby tries the Malay Traditional Massage (60 minutes RM140), which is a nice change from the common Balinese and Thai massages offered everywhere else. It celebrates the traditional Malay techniques of stretching, stepping, long kneading strokes and pressure applied to various parts of the body. Hubby also receives a 30 minute Body Compress, which is complimentary when you book a 60 minute massage (until May 31, 2014). Mangosteen peel, various roots, lemon grass, kaffir lime peel and galangal not only emit a refreshing aroma, but too discharge their natural oils leaving the skin lightly moisturized after the treatment. Our therapists are gentle sweet ladies, best suited for those who prefer a light to medium strength massage.
Penaga Spa by Tanamera is in a lovely location and a treatment here is a great option when you need a break from the mid afternoon heat, or to relax after a hot day of sightseeing.
|Penaga Spa Products|
Reasons to visit: green, heritage setting conveniently located in the heart of George Town; relaxing treatments offering a good activity to break up walking the streets of the town.
* For the months of May and June, The Spa at Hotel Penaga is offering some great deals in celebration of mothers and fathers. Check out their website or give them a call for details.
The Spa at Hotel Penaga
Corner of Jalan Hutton and Lebuh Clarke
10050 George Town
+6 04 261 1891 ext. 8017
+6 010 288 2554