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BEST ON-DE­MAND COU­PLE’S TREAT­MENT

NAILS ON WHEELS

Love Boat – Full Cir­cuit Spa Mani & Pedi, RM500 for one hour to 90 min­utes

The treat­ment: For the im­pec­ca­bly groomed cou­ple, this full cir­cuit nail care is for you. A four-step man­i­cure sys­tem starts you off with an ex­fo­li­a­tion, then your nails get metic­u­lously trimmed, fol­lowed by a six-step sys­tem in­volv­ing a soak, soft­en­ing, scrub, mask, mas­sage, and smooth­ing lo­tion, all done in the pri­vacy and com­fort of your own home.

Tip: A re­lax­ing pre-req­ui­site to a ro­man­tic date night, or if you are newly hitched, con­sider this a mo­ment for two to re­ally suss each other out. As they al­ways say: the cou­ple that grooms to­gether, stays to­gether. Tel: 012-689 9293.

BEST SEN­SO­RIAL ES­CAPE FOR COU­PLES

SPA AT THE HIL­TON

Ul­ti­mate Bliss, from RM810 for two hours

The treat­ment: Af­ter a full body scrub, the Fu­sion Mas­sage will elim­i­nate all bod­ily stress and ten­sion. Whether it’s tra­di­tional urut, pres­sure point, lym­phatic drainage or just clas­sic knead­ing, choose the tech­nique that’s right for you. Fi­nally, a warm bath in­fused with Ocean Dream­ing Bath Oil caps the bliss­ful ses­sion.

High­light: The spa wel­comes you with an in­vig­o­rat­ing sen­so­rial feast of laven­der, lemon­grass, and pep­per­mint oils. Hil­ton Kuala Lumpur Ho­tel, 3 Jalan Ste­sen Sen­tral, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2264 2264.

BEST COU­PLE’S THER­APY

THE MA­JES­TIC HO­TEL KUALA LUMPUR

Malaya Golden Cher­son­ese, from RM1,500 for two hours and 30 min­utes

The treat­ment: A de­lec­ta­ble cou­ple’s ther­apy com­pris­ing of ba­nana honey hair masques, pa­paya co­conut scrub, lime blos­som bath, and a lux­u­ri­ous bunga ram­pai mas­sage. In­spired by Bri­tish ex­plorer Is­abella Lucy Bird’s de­tailed study of plumed birds, lus­cious fruits, and heavenly fragrant flow­ers in Bri­tish Malaya, this is one epic ex­pe­ri­ence for the cou­ple who like to spa to­gether.

Did you know? Is­abella Lucy Bird was a fa­mous ex­plorer who de­tailed her chron­i­cles in her book The Golden Cher­son­ese (the an­cient name of the Malay Penin­sula.) The Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamud­din, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2785 8070.

MOST RE­LAX­ING COU­PLE’S TREAT­MENT

EN­ERGY DAY SPA

Cou­ple’s Re­lax­ation Mas­sage, RM416 for one hour and 30 min­utes

The treat­ment: A half-hour steam ses­sion detox­i­fies, and soothes tense mus­cles. The en­su­ing mas­sage leaves you to­tally tran­quil.

Tip: Fan­tas­tic for re­leas­ing stub­born knots, this mas­sage beau­ti­fully re­con­nects. Level 4, Great East­ern Mall. Tel: 03-4256 8833.

Dur­ing treat­ment, stay close to­gether and try to main­tain as much phys­i­cal con­tact as pos­si­ble. Touch plays an im­por­tant role in mak­ing that ever­last­ing con­nec­tion with your loved one. As Au­drey Hep­burn once said, “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

BEST WEEKEND GET­AWAY FOR COU­PLES

BE UR­BAN WELL­NESS

Cou­ple Yoga, RM250 per class for one hour and 30 min­utes, RM2,200 for 10 classes

The treat­ment: This takes place in an airy room of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and the one-on-one (or two) ses­sion means you get the un­di­vided at­ten­tion of the in­struc­tor, Bal­raj. He’ll work the ses­sion around you and your part­ner’s ex­per­tise lev­els for an ef­fec­tive, calo­rie-burn­ing work­out that doesn’t over­whelm. There are a lot of part­ner-based poses, which in­volve both of you work­ing to­gether to sta­bilise, sup­port, and bal­ance each other.

High­light: The in­struc­tor is highly skilled and very pa­tient, so be­gin­ners can learn and have fun. 11F/L Work @ Clear­wa­ter, Changkat Se­man­tan, Da­mansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2095 1999.

MOST IN­DUL­GENT COU­PLES TREAT­MENT

SPA VIL­LAGE KUALA LUMPUR

Trade Winds, from RM1,500 for three hours

The treat­ment: Com­plete with out­door show­ers, your pri­vate cou­ple’s room con­jures the sense of a hol­i­day villa in Bali or Phuket. Of course, you need not travel so far for this pop­u­lar East-meets-West ex­pe­ri­ence. A tan­ta­lis­ing body scrub be­gins the course (Terra Timur for him, Pa­paya Gen­tle Body Scrub for her), fol­lowed by the clas­sic duo of a Swedish Mas­sage and a Euro­pean Fa­cial.

Tip: For city slick­ers who need a get­away in the city, Spa Vil­lage Kuala Lumpur is nes­tled right at the top of the Ritz-Carl­ton, Kuala Lumpur like a blue-eyed oa­sis in the ur­ban storm. The Ritz-Carl­ton, Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2782 9090.

MOST DECA­DENT SPA TREAT­MENT FOR TWO

ST. GRE­GORY’S PARKROYAL PE­NANG

Love Birds, RM850 for two hours and 30 min­utes

The treat­ment: Sit­u­ated along the fa­mous Batu Fer­ringhi beach, this spa is a ro­man­tic choice to unwind. The lux­u­ri­ous treat­ment be­gins with a body scrub, an Aro­matic or Ba­li­nese body mas­sage, and capped off with a Thalgo Soothing fa­cial. Trust the soothing treat­ment, fragrant oils, soft light­ing, and mu­sic to leave you re­laxed.

Tip: The Pearl of the Ori­ent comes to mind when we are in need of a sea­side es­cape. Sit­u­ated by a pri­vate white-sand beach, the Parkroyal Pe­nang is top-notch and in the per­fect lo­ca­tion. St. Gre­gory’s Parkroyal Pe­nang, Parkroyal Pe­nang Re­sort. Tel: 04-881 1133.

MOST IDYL­LIC COU­PLES RIT­UAL

SPA VIL­LAGE TAN­JONG JARA

Cou­ple’s Spa Ex­pe­ri­ence, from RM1,355 for three hours

The treat­ment: It’s a pam­per­ing Dan­dan Pu­teri Tu­juh for her and Panji Alam for him. Em­brac­ing the con­cept of Sucimurni (em­pha­sis­ing pu­rity of spirit, health, and well­be­ing) the spa keeps to Malay tra­di­tions in its treat­ments. Start­ing with a mandi bunga out­doors, you will be treated to a mas­sage, hair mask, and body scrub. Next, a soak in an out­door tub filled with milk and rose petals adds ro­mance. A fi­nal body steam­ing brings the com­plete re­ju­ve­na­tion to a lus­cious end.

High­light: Tra­di­tional Malay wed­dings are all about the pomp and siz­able ex­trav­a­gance, and th­ese cou­ple’s rit­u­als are based on tra­di­tions made for roy­alty, so he can feel like a pow­er­ful war­rior, and you like a princess at the end of it all. Tan­jong Jara Re­sort, Batu 8, Off Jalan Dungun, Dungun, Tereng­ganu. Tel: 09-845 1100.

MOST RE­FRESH­ING BODY RIT­UAL FOR COU­PLES

SPA VIL­LAGE CAMERON HIGH­LANDS

The Se­mai, from RM1,000 for three hours

The treat­ment: Named af­ter the in­dige­nous peo­ple of Pa­hang, and in­spired by the tra­di­tional use of lo­cal fauna, this ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence is one to be de­sired. With pro­fes­sional and friendly ther­a­pists as well as name­sakes such as Tok Batin Mys­ti­cal Treat­ment For Him and The Jun­gle Se­crets of Anti-Ag­ing For Her, this ex­quis­ite treat comes highly rec­om­mended.

High­light: Se­mai refers to the in­dige­nous peo­ple, or Orang Asli, of Pa­hang. Culling from tra­di­tional medicine lore, this is a great way to achieve a healthy glow. Cameron High­lands Re­sort, By the Golf Course, Tanah Rata, Cameron High­lands, Pa­hang. Tel: 05-491 1100.

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