Pangkor Laut Re­sort’s Spa Vil­lage draws on a wealth of holis­tic heal­ing tra­di­tions from all over South­east Asia

Spa Vil­lage Pangkor Laut draws on a wealth of holis­tic heal­ing tra­di­tions from all over Asia.

YTL Life - - Contents - Words DIANA HUBBELL

The story of Malaysia is not the tale of a sin­gle cul­ture, but rather an in­ter­wo­ven ta­pes­try of tra­di­tions, be­liefs and eth­nic­i­ties cre­ated over the course of cen­turies. At Spa Vil­lage Pangkor Laut, a sprawl­ing tem­ple of well­ness at the core of Pangkor Laut Re­sort, highly skilled ther­a­pists tap into a well­spring of dif­fer­ent Asian heal­ing tra­di­tions from In­done­sia, Ja­pan, China, In­dia, Thai­land and the in­dige­nous peo­ple of Malaysia.

The Spa Vil­lage of­fers a cu­rated selec­tion of the best and most ex­clu­sive treat­ments from each tra­di­tion. For in­stance, Chi­nese Foot Pound­ing, a re­flex­ol­ogy tech­nique de­signed to re­store align­ment, was once only avail­able to the high­est con­cu­bines in feu­dal China, while the ex­fo­li­at­ing Shang­hai Scrub his­tor­i­cally was a priv­i­lege re­served for no­ble­men. In be­tween, a visit to a minia­ture Ja­panese-style bath­house with a warm­ing soak in a Roten­buro pool boosts cir­cu­la­tion much like a clas­sic on­sen. Mean­while, a cool dip in a Malay foun­tain fol­lowed by deep in­hala­tions of four kinds of in­cense awak­ens the mind.

For the full spa ex­pe­ri­ence, many guests se­lect one of sev­eral com­bi­na­tion pack­ages de­signed to work in tan­dem to aid dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the body. An Ayurvedic Day, for ex­am­ple, be­gins with an in­vig­o­rat­ing yoga session and in­cludes a fa­cial, hair treat­ment and mas­sage, all of which use a cus­tomised selec­tion of aro­matic, pu­ri­fy­ing oils con­cocted to help re­store the prakruthi, or body’s con­sti­tu­tion. Mean­while, a Chi­nese Day seeks to re­bal­ance the body’s qi, or life-giv­ing en­ergy, and re­store har­mony to dis­parate el­e­ments through treat­ments such as gu fang xun shen, in which smoul­der­ing medic­i­nal herbs re­lease a pun­gent smoke with po­tent cu­ra­tive prop­er­ties.

Fi­nally, Malay Day turns to thou­sand-year-old wis­dom from the time of the Malacca sul­tanate. An in­te­grated ap­proach to well­ness, one that em­braces the best of Asian heal­ing tra­di­tions, of­fers guests all the restora­tive ben­e­fits of cen­turies of learn­ing. Those who en­ter Spa Vil­lage Pangkor Laut exit with both a nat­u­ral glow and a deeper un­der­stand­ing of this mul­ti­cul­tural land.

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