Friday, August 8, 2014

Spa Getaway at Mandarin Oriental

Several weeks ago, my friend Anita and I decided we needed to have another girly getaway together.. but we didn't want to go anywhere which required us to take a flight. At the same time, we still wanted to feel like we were in a different environment and pamper ourselves. So when a friend told me about the Mandarin Oriental KL spa package, I knew it fit the bill. And since then I've been getting enquiries from Facebook friends and personal friends about my experience after they saw my FB and Instagram posts, so I've decided to take the time to return to my blog after a long hiatus and write about it.

The welcome gift from Aromatherapy Associates
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  • Welcome and departure amenities from The Spa
  • Daily Fit and Healthy in-room breakfast for one person
  • Spa treatments by The Spa, including:
    • Heat experience and fresh water mud wrap
    • Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy
    • Age Repair Facial 
    • 50-minute in-room massage
    • “The Art of Relaxation” session with appointed instructor
  • A three-course lunch and five-course dinner at Cascade Restaurant and Bar, beverages are not included
  • Minimum two-night stay
  • Local taxes apply

Whether you want to go and experience the above alone and pay the daily rates starting with RM1,459++ for single occupancy or RM2,307++ for two people sharing the room (RM1,153++ per person), it's well worth the price. Normally, the total cost of each of the spa treatments offered is already well over RM2000. I know. I added them up to find out! On top of that you actually get to stay two nights AND get daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. Not only that, you get a really nice welcome gift and parting gift. So really, for the price you pay, it truly is good value for money.

So here's a breakdown of our three-day in-city getaway :

Day One
2pm                    - Check in

Fruit platter in the room
The pretty flower display that greeted us upon entry into the room

6pm                    - Healthy 5-course dinner at Cascade

The beautiful view that night of the infinity pool overlooking the KLCC Park and the city skyline

The Menu

The Tuna Carpaccio along with Bread and dips

Cocotte of Young Spring Vegetables

Steamed Atlantic Cod Fish

Mango Sorbet with Tropical Fruits

8 - 10pm             - Heat Experience and Fresh Water Mud Wrap. According to the hotel spa menu, "This treatment begins with sundried sea salt to exfoliate dead skin while adding minerals to the body and stimulate the muscles. Gentle application of Revive Body Oil will invigorate and uplift the mind and spirit. The body wrap contains herbal extracts of calendula. The mud will help to increase blood flow and soften skin tone. Finally, a scalp massage relieves tension and stress..." After over an hour of this treatment, my skin felt soft and smooth and I was ready to hit the sack!

Day Two
7am                    - Fit and Healthy in-room breakfast
Getting VIP treatment with the in-room breakfast!
Had to fill up a form before the treatment
10am - 12pm       - Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy. I tell everyone now that out of all the treatments I experienced, this was by far my favourite. The spa menu explains it all... "Developed in consultation with specialists in Traditional Chinese Medicine and master Aromatherapists, each signature therapy consists of a relaxing, hands-on body massage ritual that combines the powerful effects of oriental meridien massage with the therapeutic benefits of custom-blended essential oils, created uniquely for Mandarin Oriental. Each treatment begins witha private therapist consultation in order to determine each individual's personal and current state of wellbeing. The treatment and oils are then tailored to each guest in order to leave the body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony. Guests are also provided with nutritional and exercise guidance, in order to extend the beneficial effects of the programme at home..." I usually find it hard to sleep when someone's massaging me but I was sooooo relaxed and dozed off in the middle of this 1 hr 50 mins session!

12pm                  - Healthy 3-course lunch at Cascade
3 - 4pm               - The Art of Relaxation
I needed to calm down as I was stressed from trying to drive back to the hotel in time after a recording session outside. So we had a Guru named Anand who taught us in a private class, a form of meditation.He said "I don't know what's going to come out from you when you do this because it's a different experience for everyone. All I will be is your guide to get through it." I was surprised that during the middle of the session, I started crying for no reason. According to Anand, it was a good thing as something I had suppressed was released. My friend said that she had a revelation. Who knows what your own personal experience will be, eh? ;)

Anand, freelance yoga instructor, giving us a lesson in meditation. I came out of it feeling more relaxed than when I came in and lighter in spirit as well.

8.30 - 10pm         - Age Repair Facial - According to the booklet, "This highly effective anti-aging treatment repairs the skin and works with natural oils, which stimulate collagen formation to tighten the skin. Skin is thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated, and is then massaged using lymphatic massage techniques to improve both suppleness and elasticity, before applying two masks. A luxurious scalp massage releases any remaining stress and tension. The result is a firm and more youthful complexion.."

They customized the products to suit my combination and acne-prone skin. During the 1hr 20mins treatment, they cleaned and exfoliated my skin and placed a hot towel compress for easier extraction. They also applied an eye serum and face serum and used oil to massage the chest and the face and apply the first mask. After which they applied the second mask...
Finishing off the treatment with a scalp massage followed by toner, eye cream, face cream and lip balm.

Day Three
7am                    - Fit and Healthy in-room breakfast

The Fit and Healthy Breakfast spread - juice, fruit platter with berries, yoghurt, egg white omelette with steamed asparagus, vine tomatoes, grain toast and a pot of hot coffee

 11am - 12pm       - 50 minutes in-room massage. This was the Stress Recovery massage which focuses on "complete concentration on back and shoulder, this massage improves blood circulation which will give you an overall feeling of wellbeing. Blended oils of ginger, frankincense and mandarin will assist to relax your muscles and calm the mind. Treatment is completed with a gentle scalp massage.."

My masseuse, Lynn, setting up the portable massage table.

So who should take advantage of this first-time spa package?
- Best friends
- Mother and daughter
- Couples

It makes for a great gift to your loved ones or someone special - or in our case, ourselves! - whether it's their birthday, or a friend's hen's night, or you just need a change of environment because you need a quick but not so far break from work or the kids... Whatever your reason, this makes for a great option if you can spare the cash. Again, for the price you pay, it's amazingly reasonable considering what's included in the package.

After an amazing 3 days 2 night spa pampering treat, Anita and I got to take back some of that experience with their parting gift by Aromatherapy Associates - mini bottles of bath and shower oils in 10 different fragrances.