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.

YTL Life - - Contents - DIANA HUBBELL

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.cameron­high­land­sre­sort.com

SLOW, SOOTH­ING MAS­SAGE WITH WARM, STRAW­BERRY-PER­FUMED AL­MOND OIL PRO­VIDES THE FI­NAL TOUCH, EN­SUR­ING DEEP RE­LAX­ATION.

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