A few months ago, I bit the bullet and went to the Spa Village on the privately owned Pangkor Laut Resort island off Pangkor Island. It was the most luxurious spa I’d ever experienced in one of the most luxurious and beautiful settings ever. It also cost me a pretty penny – very pretty penny indeed! My wallet still hurts thinking about it.
My spa package at Spa Village was an 80 minute Lomi Lomi massage and body scrub but I was told to come 1 hour earlier to enjoy the Bathhouse. What on earth was that? So I turned up 1 hour early to find out.
With every spa package comes the Bathhouse experience which is something no one should ever miss! The Bathhouses are separated into male and female territory so even if there are embarrassing slips of the sarong, its alright – you’re among your own kind :P
When you enter the Bathhouse, you are assigned a locker where you store all your belongings and all your clothes. Yes, every single scrap so you are left stark naked. A sarong is then wrapped around you expertly by the attendant, your locker key is pinned to your sarong and you start your experience.
The Spa Village Bathhouse experience
You exit the bathhouse into a large open air area with overhanging tropical trees and chirping of birds. You are given a coin to toss into the wishing well. Be sure to make a wish! :)
Then you are taken to a large pool with a water curtain and large urns pouring water into the pool. This is the Malay bath experience premised on traditional methods of bathing in the rivers and by the waterfalls. You are told to walk through the water curtain and through the pool to the other side where your attendant will wait for you. Be warned. The water is crazy cold! I was chilled to the bone and the sarong was wet and clingy.
You exit the pool and savour 4 herbal aromas to purify, relax and I can’t remember the other 2. There are 4 pots of herbs stewing and it helps relax you as you breathe in the aroma.
You are then led to a Japanese section where you are told to scrub yourself down typical Japanese style, while sitting on low stools. Once you are done, you exit to a hot pool where you sit to warm yourself back up amidst green trees and the chirping of birds. Its not a mineral hot pool though but its relaxing. After about 10 minutes, you are served hot ginger tea and led to the Shanghai scrub which was apparently only done for men in the days of yore in Shanghai.
You undo your sarong and lie on a bed and the attendant scrubs your back. When they are done, and you are clean, they wrap you back up in a batik sarong that you get to keep as a souvenir of your experience. :)
You then relax with tea for a spell and are then led to the “Library” which is a large pavilion facing the sea. There you recline like an island princess while you are served tea and bask in the warmth of the sun while you enjoy the sea breeze and the calming sound of the waves crashing to shore.
The Bathhouse experience is one to savour and something unique that I must recommend you try if you ever have the chance. The whole experience is about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The Lomi Lomi Massage and Body Scrub
From the choice of massages available, I opted to try the Lomi Lomi massage. Its one I’ve never tried before. The Lomi Lomi massage is a traditional Hawaiian style of massage of medium to strong pressure and where they use the forearms to stretch and knead your muscles.
The massage is done in a closed room or can be performed in a gazebo facing the sea at your choice. I opted for the room so it wasn’t so hot. Was the massage good?
It had to be because I fell asleep. Its been a very long time since I’ve managed to fall asleep during a body massage. The pressure was firm yet strong – the way I like it and the masseuse was very good. After 80 minutes, I felt totally relaxed and rejuvenated. I will be sure to opt for lomi lomi massages again if I see it offered anywhere else.
I followed up with a body scrub which was also done in the room. A mixture of herbs was applied on the body and once dried, they are rubbed off along with the dead skin cells. You then shower (in an open air rain shower – bliss!) and apply body lotion while sipping hot ginger tea.
After your treatment, you can opt to continue to enjoy the calm relaxing atmosphere in the Library bedecked in your souvenir sarong, or check out. I of course chose to relax. I wanted to get the maximum relaxation out of my experience! (and to make sure I got my money’s worth :P )
All too soon, it was time to go. I spent about 4.5 hours in the Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort and I left with a clear head, a lighter step and a much more relaxed body. Ready to face the mad mad world again.
My Massage and Body Scrub package set me back RM419++ Nope. Luxury does not come cheap. But for me, it was worth every single cent. And I will be back some day.
Now, does anyone know of any spa in Kuala Lumpur or surrounding areas that can give me a similar experience so I don’t have to make the 4.5 hour journey to Pangkor Island Resort (and drop a wad of cash) just to experience this again? :)
Spa Village is at Pangkor Laut Resort – a luxury getaway on a beautiful little island off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Its only open to visitors staying at the resort and the food is amazingly good there!