10 Best spa and wellness resorts to explore outside of KL
If you're looking to pamper yourself to a quick spa break, take a look at this great list of spa treatments in KL here. But if those are too close to the bustling activities to your liking, then plan a getaway to one (or more) of these scenic local destinations to reset the mind, body, and soul, so you'll return refreshed and raring to take on the rest of 2019:
At V Botanical Spa, your pampering session will take place in one of the five open air villas perched on a hillside, nestled in the serenity of the ancient rainforest and overlooking the beautiful Datai Bay. Let all your stress and worries melt away with your choice of relaxing treatment from the extensive spa menu, and be lulled to a state of utter bliss by the sounds of the Andaman sea's rolling waves in the background.
It may be hard to peel yourself away from the waters when you're on Gaya Island, but trust us when we say setting some time aside for Spa Village Gaya Island is well worth it. A spot of tranquil amidst lush mangroves, its spa programmes combine the therapeutic properties of natural local ingredients with the traditional healing practices of Sabah's indigenous people.
Penang is always a good idea. It will make every Malaysian's dream getaway—eat to your heart's content on the island, and make time to revive your senses at Chi, The Spa. The spa villas sit in a quiet corner of the resort, surrounded by greenery, with a variety of wellness, facial and massage treatments on the menu. Read about Associate Editor Gwen Ong's experience at the spa here.
The Spa Village Pangkor Laut draws upon the healing cultures from countries across the region (China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali, and of course, Malaysia), offering a comprehensive and diverse tapestry of spa treatments. Try to book your stay at one of the Spa Villas, which all have stunning views of the sea, and you'll have direct access to the Spa Village too.
If you prefer to bask in a cooler climate over island hideaways, then you'll find The Chateau an idyllic haven tucked away amongst the tropical rainforest up in Bukit Tinggi. Just like the rest of the resort, La Santé Spa uses only organic ingredients and materials for its treatments, providing you the ultimate pampering experience so you will leave the retreat fully rejuvenated.
The first natural hot springs wellness retreat in Malaysia boasts more than 40 holistic experiences to recoup peace and restore your well-being. The resort's comprehensive menu runs the gamut from Traditional Chinese Medicine inspired treatments to Malay healing rituals, including day spa programmes that address your specific lifestyle needs. Check out our editors' spa reviews here.
If the crystal clear waters and pearlescent sands of the South China Sea can't dissuade you to disconnect from your work emails, let the quaint spa at The Taaras in Redang Island whisk your mind and body away to ultimate relaxation. Must-dos include the Taaras Signature Massage (incorporating heated aromatic herbs and spices in a poultice to soothe your muscles), facials and treatments for jet lag recovery and even sun burns.
Tanjong Jara Resort's Spa Village isn't hailed an award-winning sanctuary for no reason. The heritage-rich haven is known for its traditional Malay treatments for both men and women (and couples if you're on a romantic getaway with your significant other). Expect indigenous herbs and plants in your face and body treatments and the expertise of skilled resident Malay healers at the spa. Full review here.
Planning to indulge yourself on this spa getaway? Reach out to The Geo Spa at Four Seasons Langkawi to have a personalised spa experience curated to your needs. Worth mentioning are the signature wellness rituals that help with detoxification of the mind and body along with promoting digestion, blood circulation and the like—trust us when we say that there's something for everyone at this bucolic retreat.
The five-star resort's Iridium Spa spans 800 square meters—an intimate space that stands out for its contemporary aesthetic (spot the fully-marbled walls). If you have plenty of free time and nothing on your itinerary, immerse yourself in the eight-hour long Awakening treatment that includes a meditation session, body scrub and wrap, 90-minute massage, herbal bath with a high-tea session, facial, and last but not least, a hand and foot spa. Talk about a complete, head-to-toe restorative experience.
Full review of the resort here.