We haven’t had a spa review on here in a while, I’ve noticed. I have been frequenting my regular spots and haven’t been trying many new places. But I recently did – the Zen Soul Spa at Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
I came across this one during their Christmas and New Year promo and sharing with a friend, went with a Buy 2 Free 1 package. I think it ended up being RM80 or so for a 90 minute aromatherapy massage. The spa is located in a row of shop lots in Desa Sri Hartamas and my visit was not without its hiccups.
My first appointment was messed up so when I arrived, I was told that it was not possible for me to have my massage then as they had other customers. After a bit of ding-donging back and forth, I eventually got my time slot a couple of weeks later and turned up for my massage. So, is this a place I’d like to return? Let’s take a look
Zen Soul Spa is located on the first floor, in a row of walk up shop lots and the parking in the area is really horrendous. If you are familiar with the area, it is in the row of shops behind the True Fitness fitness centre at Desa Sri Hartamas. There is a large open air car park nearby but in terms of public transport, other than buses (perhaps), there is no other way to get to this area.
The spa itself is quite nicely laid out and has quite a relaxing atmosphere. This is the reception area which is quite large and there are 2 waiting areas, one on the right of this picture and one where I took the photo from. While you wait, you are served some hot ginger tea which is quite comforting if its been a cool day like the day when I was there.
Your footwear is taken away and you are given a pair of slippers after they wash your feet in warm water. The massage rooms are through the glass door that you see in the picture above. The space is a little larger than I expected.
The massage area is laid out in a manner reminiscent of Thai massage rooms – long rooms separated by curtains and a thick mattress on the floor. I peeped into the cubicles, but I would always prefer that my massage be done in a private room or a couple room if you are with friends. Cubicles separated by mere curtains don’t offer me the comfort of privacy, especially with oil massages when you have to bare all.
The mattress was otherwise comfortable, and the room was kept dim and cool but not cold. Disposable undies are provided which is a good move. However, I found that the towel I was lying on felt a bit sticky. It might be from the oil that did not wash out properly so that would be something for the spa to look into.
Massage wise, the masseuse was careful to ask if the pressure was alright, and it was relatively relaxing as the pressure was just nice although not all the knots were worked out. It was however quite an oily massage and at the end of it, you are provided with a warm towel you can use to wipe off the excess oil. There is also a shower that I noticed but it was outside by the reception which would be a bit uncomfortable to get to.
I haven’t decided if its a place I’d return to. For the price I paid (about RM80 after sharing a package with a friend) I don’t have any complaints. However, I may balk at paying the regular asking price of RM150 or thereabouts for a 90 minute massage because it didn’t wow me enough, I didn’t fall asleep, and for massages I prefer a massage bed vs the floor.
What I liked: Hot ginger tea before and after massage with some fruits at the end, Firm massage strokes, Nice relaxing ambiance
What can be improved: Less oil used during massage so there isn’t too much excess, Towels on the mattress felt a bit sticky, More privacy in the open massage cubicles, For oil massages I prefer beds as opposed to the floor because the pressure can be too hard
If you’d like to pay them a visit, their details are below.
Do you like going for body massages or are you squeamish about it? I know some people are :D I’ve learnt that I prefer shiatsu or aromatherapy massages and a good one can really work out the kinks and knots caused by daily stress. I’m still looking for that “good one”
Zen Soul Spa (link) Address: No 7-1 Jalan 22a/70a Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-62012777 Opening times: 11am-11pm