With its year-round hot and humid weather, combined with the traffic choked roads, Kuala Lumpur (K.L.) can prove to be a very trying place for visitors who come here for business or pleasure.
WORDS BY NAVJOT SINGH.
IN recognition of the pressures of life that the hustle and bustle of the city can bring upon one’s mind and body, there has been a rise in the number of spas and wellness resorts that have been set up – both in the heart of the metropolis and on the outskirts of this impressive concrete jungle. Spending some valued time at one of the spas in K.L. should be on the ‘to do’ list, just as much as enjoying K.L.’s shopping, culinary and adventure scene.
There are a number of opulently designed wellness facilities where personal indulgence takes on a whole new meaning for guests. Here is a selection of spas and wellness resorts that you may wish to experience.
Located right in the heart of the city centre, the Spa Village Kuala Lumpur at The Ritz-Carlton is a heaven for the senses. The gong has to go to the fabulous state-of-the-art spa-treatment Village consisting of an amazing eight treatment suites in total with six of them featuring twin beds and the other two featuring single beds. There is also an outdoor cabana, which has three beds.
Situated around a 45-minute drive from the international airport, the splendid Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort is an oasis where treatments will leave you surrounded in an ambiance of sheer peace, relaxation, and calmness. It houses eight exclusive treatment rooms – including two couples’ rooms for incurable romantics – and also features a relaxing spa lounge for post-treatment wind down.
If you wish to enjoy a range of authentically Malay therapeutic massages and treatments then try the fully comprehensive RimBa SPA at the Royale Bintang Hotel. This spa is considered by many critics to be one of the best in the city. Each of the private treatment rooms feature en-suite steam bath, private Jacuzzi, and shower facilities.
Situated around a 20-minute drive from downtown K.L., the sensational Mandara Spa, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is a great place of adventure for the whole family and can be an excellent choice for a great fun day out. The spa offers at least 30 treatments that use specially selected local ingredients for scrubs such as mango, coconut, and other exotic plants. Nearby is also the famous Sunway Lagoon Theme Park and shopping mall.
One of the signature treatments offered by the Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa, located on the 2nd floor of the Midvalley Megamall, is quite unusual and is one of the latest trends in spa therapies. Ichthyotherapy, known as the ‘fish treatment’, involves dipping your feet into a pool full of Garra Rufa fish and allowing the fish to naturally exfoliate your dead skin hence smoothening and rejuvenating the feet.
The award-winning Swasana Spa at the Impiana KLCC is surrounded with exceptionally beautiful architecture that is both pleasing on the eye and to the senses. Over 30 tempting treatments are offered, which include five spa packages. Opt for the Impian Swasana, one of the signature packaged treatments that will leave you feeling revitalised and bring you to a complete meditative state and feeling refreshed.