BOR­ROWED CUS­TOMS

Im­merse your­self in age-old rit­u­als and heal­ing tech­niques passed down for gen­er­a­tions, and you’ll un­der­stand why they are still favoured in to­day’s tech-ob­sessed world.

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MOST EX­OTIC SPA TREAT

HAM­MAM SPA Sul­tana Ham­mam, RM550 for three hours and 15 min­utes The treat­ment: Greet­ing you within the doors of an im­pres­sive arch­way is an al­lur­ing treat for the senses. Your Ham­mam and Gom­mage jour­ney be­gins in a bath area where you will be slathered with a mix­ture of henna and au­then­tic black Moroc­can soap. Af­ter a rinse, you lie on a mar­ble slab as your ther­a­pist vig­or­ously scrubs down your body, leav­ing you with baby soft skin. A deca­dent body and hair mask later, in­dulge in a 75-minute aro­mather­apy mas­sage and a pu­ri­fy­ing fa­cial. Tip: Sen­si­tive skin types may not bode well with the ag­gres­sive na­ture of the body scrub, so if you are con­cerned, do make it a point to in­form your ther­a­pist be­fore­hand. Level 4G, Pub­lika So­laris Du­ta­mas. Tel: 03-6201 0881.

BEST MOROC­CAN DETOX TREAT­MENT

HAM­MAM SPA My Favourite Con­cu­bine, RM315 for two hours The treat­ment: The sug­ges­tive name is a tell-tale sign of how op­u­lent this two-hour Turk­ish bath can be. Not one for the bash­ful, this treat­ment will re­quire you to strip down to naught as a full body scrub and bath en­sues Ham­mam-style. Pam­pered to your heart’s con­tent, you are in­stantly trans­ported to the beau­ti­ful mys­ti­cism of the Mid­dle East. Lie back, re­lax, and chan­nel your in­ner Moroc­can princess. Did you know? Pub­lic ham­mams are an im­por­tant part of Moroc­can cul­ture. Men, women, and chil­dren all make it a point to visit their lo­cal ham­mams weekly for hours at a time as it is be­lieved to re­store spir­i­tual well-be­ing and even pu­rify the mind and soul. Level 4G, Pub­lika So­laris Du­ta­mas. Tel: 03-6201 0881.

BEST HOT STONE TREAT­MENT

EN­ERGY DAY SPA Sig­na­ture Hot Stone Combo Mas­sage, RM244 for one hour and 30 min­utes The treat­ment: Dex­ter­ous hands mas­sage deep as warm, smooth stones are stroked along tired back mus­cles to re­store vi­tal­ity. Why we love it: Per­formed by an ex­pe­ri­enced ther­a­pist, rest as­sured you will feel the right pres­sure ex­actly where you want it – your ther­a­pist knows ex­actly what’s ail­ing you, even if you haven’t been able to con­vey it pre-mas­sage. Level 1, Da­mai Sari, Mont’ Kiara Da­mai. Tel: 03-6201 7833.

BEST IN­NER HEAL­ING RIT­UAL

MERID­I­ANS On­take Warm Bam­boo, RM80 for 25 min­utes The treat­ment: A sig­na­ture treat­ment unique to Merid­i­ans, (the ther­apy cen­tre run by an ex­pe­ri­enced dis­ci­ple in Ja­panese heal­ing arts, Oran Kiv­ity) this in­volves a rhyth­mic ap­pli­ca­tion of heated bam­boo on your skin. With the right pres­sure and rhythm as well as the aid of a metronome, it is hyp­not­i­cally re­lax­ing and calm­ing. High­light: Great for tight mus­cles, swollen ar­eas, and con­tu­sions, this unique tech­nique was ac­tu­ally de­vel­oped by Kiv­ity him­self as an ex­ten­sion of merid­ian fre­quency stud­ies by Dr. Yoshio Manaka. 3-3A, So­laris Mont’Kiara. Tel: 03-6211 8817.

BEST TRA­DI­TIONAL MALAY MAS­SAGE

ESSA SPA AT THE GRAND HY­ATT HO­TEL Malay Urut, from RM300 for one hour The treat­ment: Based on Malay tra­di­tions and heal­ing be­liefs, Essa Spa’s ren­di­tion of the Malay mas­sage uses lo­cal spices with herbal oils for deep tis­sue knead­ing. High­light: Ex­plore a range of ra­muan to suit your body’s con­di­tion and en­ergy. The heal­ing elixirs from Malaysian rain­forests work won­ders. Grand Hy­att Ho­tel, Jalan Pi­nang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2181 1234.

BEST ASIAN BODY TREAT­MENT

THE SPA AT MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL KUALA LUMPUR Man­darin Ori­en­tal Sig­na­ture Spa Ther­a­pies, RM655 for two hours The treat­ment: Any­one who walks through the ma­hogany thresh­old of this renowned spa will come out re­ju­ve­nated and ut­terly re­laxed. Af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion to de­duce your cur­rent state of well-be­ing, you will be treated to a wel­come foot bath and mas­sage as you pick out your favourite es­sen­tial oil. Then sim­ply re­lax and al­low those gen­tle hands to shed un­wanted pain and knots, bring­ing your spirit back to per­fect har­mony. Did you know? Ex­pe­ri­enced ther­a­pists from dif­fer­ent ex­otic lo­cales in­clud­ing Thai­land and Viet­nam de­liver the most au­then­tic touch paired with well-versed nutritional guid­ance to per­fect your ex­pe­ri­ence of com­plete bliss post-treat­ment. Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Pi­nang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2179 8772.

In­vig­o­rat­ing treat­ments in the morn­ing help you feel en­er­gised and truly re­freshed; re­lax­ing, detox­i­fy­ing, and med­i­ta­tive ses­sions aid stress relief and help you sleep bet­ter at night.

BEST AYURVEDIC MAS­SAGE

THE SPA AT THE CLUB SAU­JANA RE­SORT Ayurvedic Ab­hyanga, RM395 for one hour and 30 min­utes The treat­ment: Ac­cord­ing to Ayurvedic lore, spe­cial mas­sage tech­niques tar­get your Vata, Pitta and Kapha. An au­then­tic touch en­sures that your ther­a­pist skil­fully ex­e­cutes this an­cient mas­sage to per­fec­tion. Warmed ther­a­peu­tic oils add to the sen­so­rial plea­sure as you are lulled into a bal­anced state of mind, body, and spirit. High­light: Aro­matic herbs and es­sen­tial oils are vi­tal in Ayurveda. A tra­di­tional Ayurvedic mas­sage also helps elim­i­nate tox­ins, strengthen mus­cle tone, re­lax, and re­ju­ve­nate the body. The Club Sau­jana Re­sort, Jalan La­pan­gan Ter­bang SAAS, Shah Alam. Tel: 03-7840 5026.

MOST TRAN­QUIL SPA EX­PE­RI­ENCE

SPA VIL­LAGE PANGKOR LAUT Cam­pur Cam­pur, from RM550 for one hour and 45 min­utes The treat­ment: The best mas­sage tech­niques from all cor­ners of the world cul­mi­nate in this unique spa ex­pe­ri­ence. From tra­di­tional Malay to Thai move­ments and Ja­panese shi­atsu, treat­ment is bound to send you into a state of to­tal bliss. Heated herbal pouches draw you deeper into a sen­so­rial par­adise; don’t be sur­prised if you are fi­nally able to get undis­turbed sleep af­ter. Tip: Your treat­ment at the Spa Vil­lage be­gins with the unique Bath House Rit­ual that plays host to a fu­sion of var­i­ous bathing tra­di­tions from around the Asian re­gion. Pangkor Laut Re­sort, Lu­mut, Perak. Tel: 03-2783 1000.

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