By Chris Wotton

IF all of the skyscraper city action that Malaysia’s sprawling metropolis cities have to offer gets just a little too much, and you need to soothe those aching bones, what better way to do so than with a trip to one of the country’s leading and trend setting spas? From massages to manicures, and a whole host of other beauty and wellbeing treatments, you will be ready to hop back on the tourist trail and discover some new natural wonder before you can say ‘oil me up, baby’.

The other great thing about spa treatments in Malaysia is they don’t have to break the budget and you’ll often find they are a lot cheaper than they might be back home in Europe. So even if this is not a luxury you normally afford yourself at home, it could well be something to consider when you’re away. A note of caution though, while there are plenty of budget options available particularly in tourist districts, the old adage of you get what you paid for rings true. Spend just a little more and you’ll really be guaranteed an extraordinary experience. Here are a few picks to tempt you when you’re travelling in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Spa. Pic: Hotel Casa Velas, Flickr.

Spa. Pic: Hotel Casa Velas, Flickr.

theSpa
Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, tel.

Thirty four floors up the Traders Hotel in the capital Kuala Lumpur, theSpa by Shangri-La knows how to do pampering. The memorable vistas of the famous Kuala Lumpur skyline will be enough to relax you in themselves, but take a deep breath and enjoy the treatments on offer which guarantee to ensure your inner and outer wellness. theSpa, with its chic and understated interiors that only add to the experience, pioneers the idea of the spa-within-a-spa, with cabanas featuring personal changing facilities and showers.

On the treatment front, their Deep Herbal Peel treatment first uses a soft tissue massage to gently tease toxins to the surface level of the skin, for them then to be removed through the skin. A walnut scrub follows as part of an intense exfoliation to refresh the skin. We also like the sound of the body retexturizer treatment – this unique body wrap uses kukui nut oil, traditionally used to protect the delicate and sensitive skin of babies, and lotus oil to promote skin hydration and restore the skin’s natural functions. Ginger oil is thrown in for its role in relieving muscle and joint pain.

Rose petal bath. Pic: Dennis Wong, Flickr.

Rose petal bath. Pic: Dennis Wong, Flickr.

Urban Retreat Spa
Lot 15, Second Floor, 1 Jalan Mont Kiara, Mont Kiara
Lot 157, 1st floor, The Curve Shopping Mall, 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Urban Retreat Spa, with branches in both Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, boasts a treatment menu with massages including aromatherapy, Thai style and deep tissue, along with a lymph drainage massage that uses the spa’s signature candle massage oil to warm, work and invigorate the whole body for through-and-through detoxification. Body spa treatments include full body scrubs, masks and wraps and use of the Jacuzzi.

Jerejak Rainforest Resort
No. 1, Mk. 13, Daerah Timur Laut, Pulau Jerejak, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Penang, tel.

On the island of Penang, the Jerejak Rainforest Resort makes for the perfect getaway from an all too hectic daily lifestyle. The rainforest styled jungle makes this a dream for nature lovers, and the setting for the resort’s spa really makes it what it is. From your spa chalet, nestled on top of lush greenery towards the top of the resort, it is just a short walk to the open air spa. And with open air comes great views, which can only complement the rich variety of massages and treatments on offer here. Not only is your body cleansed on the outside by the work of the professional staff at the Jerejak’s spa, but the natural and relaxed ambience and peaceful environment thoroughly relax, restore and cleanse you from the inside. The panoramic view alone will revitalise you!

Massage. Pic: Daniela, Flickr.

Massage. Pic: Daniela, Flickr.

Choose from a range of aromatherapy massages based on the traditional therapeutic styles of the Javanese, Sudanese, Balinese or Thai people, along with your own choice of oils to suit your mood and the sensation you want – rejuvenate your body, spirit and mind as these pure blended essential oils are applied to your body and massaged through your skin; while enriching the skin you will experience physical relief, a clear mind and relaxation. The spa also offers treatments for tired feet that includes a foot bath and aromatherapy oil massage, a luxury bath with whitening rose petals and relaxing aromatherapy minerals – or just plump for a package, including a heavenly face massage.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to find out more about travelling to Malaysia, please visit the Tourism Malaysia website

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About the author…

Chris Wotton (UK)
A twenty-something with a medically incurable addiction to travel and a taste for southeast Asia in particular, Chris is a travel writer who is most at home seeking out lesser known spots and discovering their local culture and food – in Malaysia and beyond. Chris tweets @mountsushi and writes about regional and global destinations at www.theworldandhistuktuk.co.uk.

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