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Spas and spices in Selangor

Here’s the place to calm the senses, tickle the taste buds and satiate your hunger for adventure amid the comforts and amenities of Malaysia’s wellendowed state
The Straits Times - October 4, 2011
By: Zackaria Abdul Rahim
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Spas and spices in Selangor
SELANGOR is special because of its spas.
To feel like a million bucks in Malaysia’s wealthiest
state (based on per capita GDP), head for a spa treatment
in the hotels, resorts and standalone outfits.
The Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is located beside
the popular Sunway Pyramid (right), an all-in-one
destination with its shopping, hotel and amusement
park all located in the same vicinity. For those
looking to pamper themselves, the hotel’s Mandara
Spa (above) beckons.
From aromatherapy massages, wraps, facials, scrubs
and baths with high quality essential oils and ingredients,
there are more than 30 treatments at the Mandara
to melt the blues away amid green foliage.
Spa suites with private bath, steam shower
or both as well as a manicure and pedicure
pavilion are among the amenities here.
The other popular spa is at the Palace
Of The Golden Horses Hotel at the Mines
Wellness Resort City. The Rumah Tanjung
Spa chooses the five-star anise as its icon
to represent the five-star treatment that
its guests experience here.
Step into its lobby and you’re welcomed
with the fresh scent of lemongrass.
Whiffs of peppermint, believed
to have curative effects, linger in the walkway to the
treatment rooms.
Special
Besides facials, massages, manicure and pedicure,
you can also try its infrared sauna, which is believed to
help reduce stress, improve the immune system, relieve
pain and aid detoxification.
In the heart of Petaling Jaya (PJ), the five-star One
World Hotel boasts the Thann Sanctuary (above, left),
which was awarded the Conde Nast Global Hot Spa
Award in 2006. Spread over 4,000 sq ft, the day spa
consists of seven treatment rooms and two VIP treatment
rooms with private shower and jacuzzi.
The contemporary décor of Thann Sanctuary that
uses warm, dark colours brings an immediate feeling of
serenity to make you forget your hectic lifestyle. There is
a range of massage and treatments at the Thann Sanctuary
but its Signature Massage is notable for its deep tissue
oil massage that combines palm strokes and thumb
pressures to reduce tension in the body.
Another spa in PJ is Khareyana Spa, which is located
in a bungalow surrounded by lush greenery. In September,
it offers a promotion on its slimming and anticellulite
treatment.
At the Curve (above, right), a shopping mall in Selangor’s
Mutiara Damansara town in PJ, the Urban
Retreat Spa aims to bring the spa experience
closer to people as they go about their shopping,
dining or take time out for a movie at the mall.
In the body massage menu, you can
choose from aromatherapy, Thai yoga, deep
tissue or lymph drainage massages. There’s
also something for your head, hands and feet.
Beyond the spas
Besides the spas, two other popular activities in Selangor
for tourists are learning to cook and having fun in the forest.
At the LaZat Malaysian Home Cooking Classes, you
can spend half a day learning how to prepare homecooked
Malaysian dishes. Conducted in English, the
classes are kept small from three to 10 students per class.
Before the cooking, you’ll learn more about the ingredients
such as chilli padi, turmeric plants, lemongrass,
curry leaves, kafir and lime, all of which are
found in the herb garden in the compound.
You can use traditional utensils such as stone mortar
and pestle, kukur niyur (coconut scraper) and kuali
(steel or brass wok) to prepare your kampong cuisine.
For a different kind of experience, the Skytrex Adventure
offers jungle trekking by clearing aerial obstacles
suspended between 3m to 22m in the air.
You can enjoy the Malaysian tropical rainforest
while having fun in the SELANGOR is special because of its spas.

SELANGOR is special because of its spas.

To feel like a million bucks in Malaysia’s wealthiest state (based on per capita GDP), head for a spa treatment in the hotels, resorts and standalone outfits.

The Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is located beside the popular Sunway Pyramid, an all-in-one destination with its shopping, hotel and amusement park all located in the same vicinity. For those looking to pamper themselves, the hotel’s Mandara Spa beckons.

From aromatherapy massages, wraps, facials, scrubs and baths with high quality essential oils and ingredients, there are more than 30 treatments at the Mandara to melt the blues away amid green foliage.

Spa suites with private bath, steam shower or both as well as a manicure and pedicure pavilion are among the amenities here.

The other popular spa is at the Palace Of The Golden Horses Hotel at the Mines Wellness Resort City. The Rumah Tanjung Spa chooses the five-star anise as its icon to represent the five-star treatment that its guests experience here.

Step into its lobby and you’re welcomed with the fresh scent of lemongrass. Whiffs of peppermint, believed to have curative effects, linger in the walkway to the treatment rooms.

Besides facials, massages, manicure and pedicure, you can also try its infrared sauna, which is believed to help reduce stress, improve the immune system, relieve pain and aid detoxification.

In the heart of Petaling Jaya (PJ), the five-star One World Hotel boasts the Thann Sanctuary, which was awarded the Conde Nast Global Hot Spa Award in 2006. Spread over 4,000 sq ft, the day spa consists of seven treatment rooms and two VIP treatment rooms with private shower and jacuzzi.

The contemporary décor of Thann Sanctuary that uses warm, dark colours brings an immediate feeling of serenity to make you forget your hectic lifestyle. There is a range of massage and treatments at the Thann Sanctuary but its Signature Massage is notable for its deep tissue oil massage that combines palm strokes and thumb pressures to reduce tension in the body.

Another spa in PJ is Khareyana Spa, which is located in a bungalow surrounded by lush greenery. In September, it offers a promotion on its slimming and anticellulite treatment.

At the Curve, a shopping mall in Selangor’s Mutiara Damansara town in PJ, the Urban Retreat Spa aims to bring the spa experience closer to people as they go about their shopping, dining or take time out for a movie at the mall.

In the body massage menu, you can choose from aromatherapy, Thai yoga, deep tissue or lymph drainage massages. There’s also something for your head, hands and feet.

Beyond the spas 

Besides the spas, two other popular activities in Selangor for tourists are learning to cook and having fun in the forest. 

At the LaZat Malaysian Home Cooking Classes, you can spend half a day learning how to prepare homecooked Malaysian dishes. Conducted in English, the classes are kept small from three to 10 students per class. 

Before the cooking, you’ll learn more about the ingredients such as chilli padi, turmeric plants, lemongrass, curry leaves, kafir and lime, all of which are found in the herb garden in the compound.

You can use traditional utensils such as stone mortar and pestle, kukur niyur (coconut scraper) and kuali (steel or brass wok) to prepare your kampong cuisine.

For a different kind of experience, the Skytrex Adventure offers jungle trekking by clearing aerial obstacles suspended between 3m to 22m in the air.

You can enjoy the Malaysian tropical rainforest while having fun in the air.

 

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