It was only two weeks ago that we awoke one sunny morning in this exotic hideaway located on a lush tropical, privately-owned island – the Pangkor Laut Resort. We had to literally pinch ourselves to believe that we were in the paradise. Pangkor Laut. Wow. For us, this place is heavenly beautiful!
One of the not-to-be-missed highlights is the world-renowned, award-winning Spa Village. The Spa Village is rated as one of the best in the world. Be sure that you try out their spa treatments as they offer the most indulgent pamper experience ever! Here’s a glimpse of some of the highlights:
The setting at the Spa Village is just so beautiful, idyllic yet luxurious, with every corner carefully decorated with lots of greenery and water features. The surroundings makes one feels so relaxed and refreshed in an instant. This definitely helps setting the right atmosphere before the spa treatment!
While waiting at the nicely decorated lounge area, we were each served with a glass of lemongrass juice as welcome drinks.
Our spa package was an 80-minute massage treatment which gave us the choice to choose from Malay, Balinese, Swedish to Aromatherapy. We were also told to come 45 minutes earlier to enjoy their signature bath house experience, which is a complimentary before every spa treatments.
So now, let’s find out what is this whole bath house experience about!
Bath House Experience Ritual
The experience started with a soothing foot bath in a basin filled with warm, soapy water and flowers, followed by an invigorating foot pounding, a traditional practice enjoyed by the concubines of old China, which is believed to improve blood circulation.
We were then escorted to the respective bath houses (separate bath houses for female and male).
At the changing area, I was asked to remove my clothing and kept all my belongings in a locker. A brown sarong was then wrapped professionally by the assigned attendant. With my locker key safe-pinned onto my sarong throughout the whole spa experience, I was then taken to the next section to enjoy the traditional Malay ‘circulating’ bath. Ladies, if it’s the time of the month, freak not, you don’t have to miss this whole awesome thing, your attentive attendant will provide you with the necessary item – tampon.
At the Malay bath, I was asked to walk through the water curtain, take a dip in the cold water and walk to the other end of the rectangle pool. This is to resemble the traditional practice by the Malay families bathing in the rivers and by the waterfalls.Before that, I was given a coin to toss into the wishing well. To be honest, I don’t get how this relates to the Malay bath, but I guess this is some element of modernity added to spice up the whole bath experience?
Moving on was the herbal inhalation therapy. Using a combination of herbs and flowers from frangipani blossoms to citrus peel, chrysanthemum blossoms to peppermints in four steam boxes, this therapy helps to detoxify, calm, uplift and de-stress one’s mind and body. Leaned forward and inhaled deeply, not only that this opened up my senses, it also left me refreshed and calm.
Japanese bath house
I was then lead to the Japanese bath house to proceed to a Japanese-style cleansing session with “goshi-goshi” cloth, followed by a dip in the heated Rotenburu pool while sipping on a cup of warm herbal tea. After a good 10 minutes, it was time for the Shanghai scrub, which was traditionally offered exclusively to males.
In the private scrub house, the attendant gently scrubbed and exfoliated my back and washed down with warm water. Clean and fresh, I was then wrapped in a batik sarong of my choice, which I got to even bring it home!
Thereafter, I was brought to the Library – a pavilion facing the sea to enjoy a cup of calming tea. Ah, life can’t be any better than this..
The whole bath house ritual made a really wonderful experience as it helps to slow down, unwind and prepare one’s mind and body for the spa treatments. It is really an excellent transitional stage from one’s usual sense of busyness to a total stage of relaxation.
We were then ushered into a private treatment room for a Balinese massage. The well trained, highly experienced masseur of mine was really good in detecting sore points on my body. Using rolling motions, long strokes and acupressure, she kneaded and ironed out the knots in my muscles. While listening to the soothing background music, I dozed off really fast. 80 minutes passed by so quickly without us noticing.
After the massage, it is best to take a stroll in the beautiful landscape garden of the Spa Village.
Alternatively, you can also opt to laze down in the little hut facing the sea while reading some books.
Or take a swim at the infinity pool which offers a great view of the sea.
If you love the therapy oil used during your treatments, simply drop by the souvenir shop located next to the lounge area.
If you’re visiting Pangkor Laut without trying out their spa treatments in the Spa Village, it is as good as going to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower! Hence, pre-booking of your spa treatment is essential to avoid last minute disappointment! And of course, such fantastic experience costs pretty penny (*Ouch*)! A quick tip is pre-book the Malaysian Resident Package and you will get an 80-minute treatment at a lower price!