Monday, September 29, 2014

Romancing The Spa

One of the greatest sensuous pleasures we can indulge in with our lover is in the spa. Give yourself over to the nurturing hands of an experienced therapist to soothe you, relax you, stroke you and to pamper you. What better way than to share a wonderful experience in a spa? For a special occasion like a honeymoon, birthday, wedding, a reunion or a budding romance make a memorable celebration of your love with a specially tailored spa ritual. My partner had just returned from Canada after a long absence and I desired to make his visit a memorable one by sharing my favourite addiction of being pampered in the spa. Here are some fabulous spas to indulge in hedonism.

I’ve had the privilege of enjoying some fabulous luxurious treatments throughout Asia but I must say the most exotic experience was in the Prana Spas Private Suite, which is a magnificent spacious room especially created for a couple to be treated like and a king and queen. You enter an exotic world of ancient Persia, India, Egypt and Morocco, with plush Persian carpets, coloured glass lamps illuminate the room, a hand-painted mural on one wall depicts the relics of ancient Rajastan while a tent-like curtain surrounds an enormous black iridescent sea shell-shaped bath large enough for four people to languish in warm bubbling water. The therapists and personal butler are dressed in traditional costumes representing these ancient times to create an authentic experience.

There are four choices to choose from in the private suite: Eastern Mystique, Jewel of Nile, Sinbad’s Seven Voyages to Health or One Thousand and One Nights or you can create your own experience. My partner and I selected the Jewel of the Nile, 240 minutes of luxury. After being ushered into the magnificent chamber, we changed into comfortable wine coloured robes and slippers then sat on an enormous round sofa with many plush cushions. The butler came in and showed us the menu of ala-carte canapés, wines and champagnes to choose from. We chose four canapés and a bottle of sparkling wine. Then the butler asked us to approve a selection of music to enhance our experience.

We savored a glass of sparkling wine to get us in the mood for the coming pampering while sitting in comfortable chairs with our feet in warm water with semi-precious stones on the bottom of the foot bowls as the ritual began with a foot bath. Next we climbed on the massage beds and the female therapists applied the twenty-four karat gold infused massage oil with dancing fingers over our bodies. Gold has long been used for its healing properties and beauty enhancement. The profoundly relaxing therapeutic massage eliminated all our tight muscles and knots and culminated in anointing the seven chakras with precious gemstones being placed on each energy centre to promote the flow of positive vibrations for fifteen minutes of tranquility.

Our attendants continued with a natural product facial, cleansing the face and exfoliating the skin followed by a relaxing face massage then culminating in a genuine powdered pearl mask to brighten and enhance the face. Our crowning glory was now given attention by applying warm oils and rosemary to nourish the scalp and hair as we were gently massaged into a state of bliss. Our soothing journey down the Nile was completed with a legendary Cleopatra milk bath in the opulent shell shaped bath. A tray of canapés and bottle of sparkling wine sat on the side of the bath for us to enjoy the solitude for thirty minutes in warm bubbling milky water. After being saturated with milk we donned our robes and retired to the huge sofa to finish our drinks and snacks. After awhile our attendants softly knocked and asked to enter our private world to inform us that our four hours of paradise was finished. After we leisurely dressed we emerged feeling like a king and queen.

If you and your sweetheart prefer a state of the art spa that is sophisticated and chic then the new Heavenly Spa at the Westin Resort in Nusa Dua is the place to go. Heavenly Spa just opened last December and contains all of the latest technology. The focus is on holistic wellness, combining sacred Balinese rituals in their spa treatments to promote stress release, detoxification and rejuvenation. It’s best to arrive at least 30-45 minutes early to partake of the complimentary thermal room before your treatment. This is an ultra-modern locker area with electronic locks that open with the touch of your personal bracelet. Inside you’ll find a fluffy white robe, a pair of slippers and stretchy underwear for your treatment. Both the male and female locker areas have an herbal steam room, Himalayan salt-sauna and a large hydro pool. It’s a great way to relax and warm your muscles before your treatment. There’s also a shower close-by to rinse off after any of these.

We were escorted to our treatment room by our experienced therapists down a long winding tunnel that was lined with copper coloured sheer fabric that hung and fluttered gently as we walked by. It reminded me of being inside of a shimmering caterpillar with marble and glass walkways. We entered our spacious couple’s treatment room, which had a double doorway that could be opened over-looking a garden. The room was tastefully decorated in creamy marble and cream coloured covered massage tables. My friend and I were each seated on either side of the doorway for the ritual footbath. Afterwards the therapists asked if we had any areas that needed more attention or should be avoided during the ninety minute Heavenly Spa Signature massage. Then without further ado we were asked to lie face down on the electronic massage bed which could be adjusted for each therapist or also brought to a sitting position. I must say it was the most comfortable massage bed for not just the body but also the face. A heated towel was placed over the back to relax the muscles as she started to massage my legs. The expertly trained therapist worked every knot out of my muscles. It’s a very gratifying massage which also included a lovely pressure point face massage for the finale.

Following our massage we were escorted to the relaxation area and were served ginger tea, fresh strawberries, walnuts, almonds and yummy organic chocolate. Here we relaxed, savoring our tranquility and feeling of bliss.

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