It’ll soon be the weekend before Valentine’s Day week! Want some quality time with your man without venturing too far from home? The Traditional Royal Malay Treatment at Spa Village is the perfect pampering adventure for lovebirds in town. Follow us on a sensorial journey of sights, sounds and smells as we bring you along for the royal ride!
Chapter 1: The Scenic Path
The path to Spa Village at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is a serene one, with lush greenery and sparkling fountains in your midst, enhanced by the sound of trickling water and leaves rustling in the wind. As you set foot into the spa lounge, you’ll be greeted with refreshing ice cold towels and the sounds of a tropical rainforest. The room is dimly lit, with the smell of lemongrass, bergamot and eucalyptus permeating the air, adding to the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
Chapter 2: The Royal Parlour
You and your partner are then ushered into a private parlour, with two plush massage tables positioned side by side. A huge wooden bowl filled with warm water and red rose petals is placed at the foot of each table. At one side of the room, you’ll see a medley of all-natural herbs, oils and traditional concoctions. As you look to the other side, you see two body steaming pods that look like little village tents. The parlour leads out to a private garden, complete with rain shower and a massive hot tub.
Chapter 3: Ultimate Relaxation
Here, gentlemen are treated like the Malay warrior, Hang Tuah, while ladies are pampered like the beloved princess Tun Teja. The three-hour long experience starts with a foot scrub of sea salt, rose water, kaffir limes and pandan. This is followed by a full face and body massage with a warm, comforting blend of essential oils. Traditional Malay music softly plays in the background, lulling you into a comfortable daydream as all the tension and tiredness in your muscles are rubbed, kneaded and pressed away, bit by bit.
Chapter 4: Of Scrubs and Milk Baths
After what seems like almost an eternity of peace and relaxation, you are roused from your reveries with a nourishing scalp massage and rejuvenating facial. The former involves a hair mask made out of pounded candlenut, sesame oil and pandan leaves. As the mask is working on your hair, your face will be double cleansed, exfoliated, massaged, nourished with a face mask, and then toned and moisturised with a mixture or aloe vera and cucumber water.
It’s now time for a full body scrub! Every inch of your body is gently scrubbed with a ground mixture of rice grains, turmeric and olive oil. You are both then led to the private garden, where you are left alone to shower under warm running water. To the corner of the garden, a very warm milk bath infused with pandan, roses, kaffir limes and jasmine is beckoning. The scent of it all is heavenly – you breathe it in, basking in each other’s company.
Chapter 5: The Grand Finale
After a hot bath, you are rubbed with a special blend of scented oils, and led to sit in the steaming pods for ten minutes to eliminate the toxins from your bodies. You take a final rinse with cold water before getting dressed. As you leave the parlour, you are served with a pot of herbal tea and a delectable treat. You clink your teacups and share a kiss – it’s an intimate experience, and one that’s definitely worth sharing with the one you love.
Spa Village is available daily from 10am to 9pm. To make a reservation, call Spa Village Kuala Lumpur at +603 2782 9090 or visit ritzcarlton.com.