Review: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur’s Spa Village
A luxury urban oasis
The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur reopened this year with a major facelift and the redesign extends even to its award-winning Spa Village. To give us a better idea of the refreshed luxury retreat, we were invited for a first-hand experience with two of their signature treatments: the Sensory Sound Bath and Chinese Peranakan. As I headed to the hotel that afternoon, my mind was filled with several questions—Chinese Peranakan would involve some kind of rattan beating, right? What is a Sensory Sound Bath?—and my knot-filled muscles were excited for any kind of massage.
My first question mark was answered as I entered the newly designed Sensory Sound Bath Room, the only one of its kind in Asia, and where a gong stood near the head of the mattress on the floor. With twinkling lights on the ceiling that resembled stars in a dark lit room (with candles, even), my mind was already in a restful state.
The treatment uses a combination of traditional healing practices and the unique point of it is the relaxing vibrations emanating through the specially-designed floor that will transport the body and mind to a state of perfect inner harmony. It began with a full body, deep tissue massage inspired by Thai and Tui Na techniques and, using warmed stones and essential oil-infused compresses. It was a rhythmical massage (I chose 'medium' strength) and my muscles were aching slightly gleefully as the therapist effortlessly found all the knots in my shoulder and neck, and soothed them.
Then, it was an Indian head massage focusing on the mama points; and at this stage, my conscience was slowly drifting in and out because it was that relaxing but the back of my mind reminded me that I needed to stay awake to know what to include in this review. Frankly, I almost didn't want it to end but it did, with the last portion of the treatment concluding with a 10-minute Sound Bath from the Symphonic Gong where the gentle frequencies enveloped my body, harmonising the subtle energy and nerve paths.
For my next treatment, the Chinese Peranakan, I was brought back to the main massage room where I had changed into a bathrobe earlier. There are two beds as Spa Village also caters to couple experiences, for anyone who's interested. As the name suggests, the treatment is a cultural tribute and incorporates several Asian elements. First, it was a Milk Nectar Meditation to calm the nerves followed by a Pearl and Rice facial, which honestly was my favourite part of the whole session. It included a Traditional Egg Undulation and Mulberry Leaf Eye Treatment—unique and surprisingly relaxing.
Things took a slightly different turn for the next bit of the Chinese Peranakan treatment. My thoughts of it are similar to the ones I have when taking traditional Chinese herbal medicine—it's good for you but that smell. Called a Moxa Naval Activation, a mixture is applied to the stomach area and it's meant to improve metabolism, ease digestion and jet lag; then comes the Rattan Tapping Qi-Gong. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt. The treatment ends with a custom oil massage using both Chinese acupressure and Malay massage.
Once the treatment has concluded, the therapist (kind of) dressed me up in a bathing cloth for a short soak in the outdoor bathtub filled with milk nectar and flowers. The feeling was rather surreal to be staring at the back of a building next door but eventually, my mind gave in to the peaceful surrounding in that small yard and it was time to jump into the standing shower near the tub.
While Spa Village provides all the necessary amenities in the massage room—including a hair dryer—to wash up post-spa treatments, my relaxed and rejuvenated mind and body would have loved nothing more than to go back to the hotel room upstairs (if only) and then reappear for a delicious dinner at The Library. Now, that would make the ultimate staycation in the urban city. Alas, it was off to dinner outside the city and back to my humble home in Petaling Jaya. But you can enjoy that perfect day because...
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