That particular morning when I made my way to the Mandara Spa, Sunway Hotel Resort and Spa, I was the lone soul on the path that seemed to take me to some hideaway! Nevertheless, I got to pause and enjoy the lush greenery, the quiet surroundings and took some pics too. At the end of the 10 minute walk, Mandara Spa came into view - its low roof barely seen among the lush greenery. I was greeted by several lovely smiling ladies.
It was a lucky raffle draw at the December ABWM Charity Bazaar that got me a wonderful voucher to pamper myself. The smart looking voucher says 80 mins of Balinese massage for a sensory experience. Well, it was an offer I couldn't refuse!!
It certainly was peaceful inside this plush haven of Mandara Spa. Seeing the neat looking ladies who seemed to exude an air of serenity themselves, seriously I thought I was the odd frazzled being in their midst!! All the more so, I was ready to have the massage. Reni, my therapist gave a welcome drink of chilled ginger tea and a nice cool towel to freshen my face and hands. A promising start for what's to come later.
A native Balinese, Reni, in her soft -spoken voice, explained the different aromatheraphy massage oil blends that I could opt for: ( per brochure)
Mandara - sandalwood, patchouli, cananga and ylang ylang oils. Our signature blend is romantic and uplifting.
Island spice - a spicy mix of clove, ginger and nutmeg oils to stimulate , revitalise and brighten your spirits.
Harmony - mandarin, lavender and bergamot oils to balance body and mind. Strengthening and rejuvenating.
Tranquillity - stress reducing blend of lavender, vetiver and cananga oils to impart a sense of serenity. An effective jetlag tonic.
Then she escorted me to one of the 10 rooms for massage, located in a serene, green garden. All the rooms are named after flowers and I stepped inside Frangipani.
Before long, I was relaxed and feeling so comfortable on the massage bed. The Mandara aromatheraphy massage was working! I could feel the drumming of my heart beat 'soften' and an inner calm creeping in as the massage progressed. Everything helped with the cosseting - the essential oils , the soothing, lilting Balinese music coupled with Reni applying her skills to knead away knotty muscles and tensions in the body. There was no mistaking the expert glide of a good therapist's hands. All the skin rolling, kneading, acupressure, reflexology made many magical moments. 'Yes, this is life!' Why wait to pamper yourself?
Some people just enjoy regular massages and they swear by the benefits, both physical and mental - proven by scientific research. Others may not be so inclined for whatever reasons of their own. One of feeling ticklish when stroked by the therapist.
Soon the 80 minutes ticked away and it was time to pick myself up (reluctantly) when Reni gave me a gentle wakeup call. Not that I slept but I was feeling sooo relaxed. It was great! A drink of chilled water ended the session of Balinese massage.
I thanked Reni and her colleagues. Then I strolled back to the main building, a lone soul again, soaking in the greenery once more before I headed for home, feeling much relaxed.
p.s. I was an early bird. The Mandara Spa is busy and clients need to book for appointments.
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Bandar Sunway 46150
Selangor Darul Ehsan