REST AND RE­LAX

Achieve a height­ened state of re­lax­ation and well-be­ing with The Spa at Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Kuala Lumpur

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Upkeep - WORDS BY ALEX LOW PHO­TOS BY MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL, KUALA LUMPUR

HOUSED WITHIN MAN­DARIN Ori­en­tal, Kuala Lumpur, I was fairly stoked when I first got the in­vite to pay The Spa a visit. “Nice to see you again!” greeted Lee Suk Hui, as­sis­tant com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager of Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Kuala Lumpur, with a warm wel­come. There we were out­side the es­tab­lish­ment, en­gaged in a con­ver­sa­tion while I was still in awe by its warm and com­fort­ing at­mos­phere.

My reser­va­tion was at 4pm on a Tues­day and the es­tab­lish­ment was barely filled. It was then that I was in­tro­duced to Teresa Win­kler, di­rec­tor of Spa & Wel­ll­ness. De­light­ful and wel­com­ing, Teresa was ex­cited to in­form me of the var­i­ous treat­ments that they have to of­fer. Be­sides that, we also joked about men’s (for the most part) lack of knowl­edge when it comes to fa­cial and body treat­ments. The spa as­sis­tant of­fered me a cold towel and a choice of lo­cal teas; the Roselle tea ig­nited my in­ter­est and left me want­ing for more.

Soon af­ter­wards, the spa as­sis­tant es­corted me to the pri­vate treat­ment room while ex­plain­ing the dif­fer­ent steps of this sen­so­rial jour­ney.

Un­be­knownst to Teresa, I was a tad bit ner­vous. Like many men, go­ing for mas­sages and fa­cial treat­ments isn’t some­thing that

I’d usu­ally in­dulge my­self in. I was treated to The Spa’s Face and Body Treat­ment, whereby the treat­ment utilises mas­sage tech­niques that work deep into the mus­cle tis­sues with strong and firm strokes. As a mat­ter of fact, the masseuse’s soft pres­sure strokes on my body soothed me to sleep. Be­fore I knew it, an hour had in­dul­gently passed.

On top of its ex­cel­lent fa­cial care, the treat­ment also re­ju­venises the skin, leav­ing it bright, sup­ple, and re­freshed. Body treat­ments are es­sen­tially a fa­cial for your whole body, and the treat­ment suc­ceeds in leav­ing the skin feel­ing exquisitely smooth and soft. The idea be­hind a body treat­ment is that it is just as im­por­tant to cleanse, ex­fo­li­ate, and hy­drate the skin of your body as it is the skin of your face.

Leav­ing the spa, not only did I feel re­laxed and en­er­gised, but also more knowl­edge­able and aware of the prod­ucts, their in­gre­di­ents and the im­por­tance of tak­ing care of my­self. De­spite the fact that Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Kuala Lumpur is lo­cated in the cen­ter of the city, none of the noise made it into the re­lax­ing at­mos­phere that is only com­ple­mented by the sub­tle and sooth­ing color scheme rang­ing from dark brown to burnt or­ange.

A true sanc­tu­ary for the senses, The

Spa at Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Kuala Lumpur of­fers guests com­plete re­lax­ation. The es­tab­lish­ment pro­vides a form of seren­ity like no other, al­low­ing you to slip away from the bustling en­ergy of the busy city and im­merse your­self in their sanc­tu­ary of well­be­ing and re­lax­ation. AM

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