Indulge in a little pampering at Spa Village Cameron Highlands, which takes full advantage of the curative properties of tea
INDULGE IN A LITTLE PAMPERING AT SPA VILLAGE CAMERON HIGHLANDS, WHICH TAKES FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE CURATIVE PROPERTIES OF THIS ANTIOXIDANT-RICH BREW.
Cameron Highlands’ locals regard knowing the intricacies and subtle distinctions between the dozens of grades of tea as something akin to an art form. Yet it doesn’t take long at all to grasp the healing benefits of an antioxidant-rich cuppa.
It helps explain why the luxe Spa Village at Cameron Highlands Resort takes advantage of tea’s holistic properties, as well as those of other flora that grow wild around the fertile region. Upon entering the spa, all guests slip into a sarong and bathrobe before immersing themselves in a restorative bath of strong black tea and other aromatics such as chrysanthemum blossoms, yellow roses, mint leaves or fresh strawberries. During the bath, raw sugar gently exfoliates, limes calm aching joints and tea grounds rubbed on the face give the skin a natural radiance.
The ever-popular Strawberry Escapade takes full advantage of the luscious fruit that grows rampant in the cool climate. Following a leisurely soak, guests enjoy a rejuvenating scrub of puréed strawberries, yoghurt and crushed oats. The latter act to help rub away dead skin, while the former two are high in alpha hydroxy acids, which enhance the elasticity and softness of the skin. As the mixture sits, beneficial nutrients seep into the body to nourish, moisturise and revitalise guests from head to toe. A slow, soothing massage with warm, strawberry-perfumed almond oil provides the final touch, ensuring deep relaxation.
Local ingredients and traditions are equally central to other options on the spa menu. The famous Yellow Champagne Roses first planted by a Scotsman in the 1950s appear in a cleansing petal scrub, while the mint and thyme once loved by British officers are the primary components of a fragrant body wrap designed to boost circulation.
Even the ancient healing practices of the Semai, the area’s original inhabitants, come into play. Also known as Orang Asli, the Semai possess a vast knowledge of the curative properties of plants foraged from deep in the jungle. Their centuries of accumulated wisdom are a boon to modern- day travellers seeking restoration. It all just goes to show how many surprises a simple cup of tea or a bundle of blooms may contain when placed in the right hands.
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SLOW, SOOTHING MASSAGE WITH WARM, STRAWBERRY-PERFUMED ALMOND OIL PROVIDES THE FINAL TOUCH, ENSURING DEEP RELAXATION.