It’s almost the beginning of a brand new year, and the perfect time to detox your body, get rejuvenated and hit the restart button. Get a fresh start on 2022 with some rest and relaxation, and revive yourself with some inner cleansing, body treatments, and clean eating at one of these wellness retreats around Malaysia in our Little Steps guide. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead!
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Missing The Hot Springs In Japan? You can now experience it in KL at Urban Retreat which is an award-winning spa that attempts to recreate the rejuvenating hot spring experience similar to the ones you can get in Japan. The indoor onsen baths at Urban Retreat are just perfect for some much-deserved pampering. You can choose from a selection of services including spa treatments, massages, and wellness therapies.
Urban Retreat Onsen Spa, Lot 2F, 163 Retail Park, 07, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, www.urbanretreatspa.my/
For those who can’t spare long hours for a retreat but looking for a quick breather, this charming massage boutique in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city promises a much-needed break from life's hustle with pampering massage treatments for adults and kids. With 10 treatment beds set in a serene ambiance, RED by Sirocco, Kuala Lumpur's new massage boutique offers a no-frills premium service at an affordable price. Choose from body massages to reflexology sessions and end the day feeling like a million dollars!
The Rub Bar, Ground Floor, RED by Sirocco, Kuala Lumpur No. 3 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, www.therubbar.com
This oldie but goodie first opened its doors in 2007 as the first Moroccan version of the Turkish Bath in South East Asia. Fast forward 14 years later, it has become a place to gather, relax, make connections, and celebrate life events like bridal parties, baby showers, and birthdays. This very important social element is one of Hammam’s main values. Explore treatments like Moorish Rhassoul Body Masque, Gommage, and even Prenatal Massage and reconnect with your body.
Hammam Spa, various locations, www.hammamspas.com
The Spa Village at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur offers a mix of the world’s most sophisticated massage and facial treatments, integrated with the healing practices of the region. Made up like a little village by itself, the spa even boasts its own unique sensory room, the only one of its kind in Asia. Paying tribute to the cultural diversity and rich heritage of KL and the surrounding area, this most stylish of hotel spas blends ancient practices with contemporary therapies, using natural local ingredients to provide opportunities for complete relaxation and recovery. After your preferred therapy is completed, guests are welcomed to relax at the spa’s outdoor nap gazebos complete with views of lush greenery and water fountains.
Spa Village Kuala Lumpur, The Ritz-Carlton, 168, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, www.spavillage.com/
Celebrating the golden era in Malaysian history, The Majestic Spa boasts art deco influences reminiscent of turn of century England where you will find yourself transported back in time. Head over here for an eye-opening experience where you start off with a welcome cocktail in hand and choose experiences like Malaya Golden Chersonese and end it with an English Afternoon Tea.
The Majestic Spa, 5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Tasik Perdana, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, www.majestickl.com/majesticspa.html
Ambient earthy tones, fresh orchids, and luxurious spa and beauty treatments make Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur a soothing retreat in Malaysia’s hot and hectic capital. Nestled within a spacious 1100-square meter of privacy is a Consultation Room, a Reflexology Lounge fit for 8 – each with its own TV and 8 Treatment Suites with 4 Suites outfitted with a private Jacuzzi, sauna, and shower. If more active pursuits light your candle, take a dip in a rooftop pool overlooking the tropical Lake Gardens framed by the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
Iridium Spa, No. 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, www.marriott.com/hotels/
There’s plenty to do in Kuala Lumpur. But if you’re looking to unwind and spend some quality time doing nothing during your stay, Sofitel SPA takes relaxation to new heights in Damansara in serene surroundings that transport you to Cloud 9 bliss. Soothe the senses with a relaxing hammam session, enjoy steam therapy in the sauna, or indulge in our exhilarating selection of massages – infused with French expertise.
Sofitel Spa, 2B, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, level, 6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, www.sofitel-kualalumpur-damansara.com/
Take a step back from the bustling urban lifestyle with a well-deserved treat at Banyan Tree Spa. The spa offers guests a Sanctuary for the Senses – a place for physical, mental, and spiritual renewal. To achieve this, the spa focuses on a non-clinical and holistic approach based on traditional Asian healing therapies. Feel the knots melt away and your tensed muscles relax under the soothing hands of their experienced therapists.
Banyan Tree Spa, 2, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, www.banyantree.com/
Situated at The RuMa Hotel and Residence, UR Spa boasts tailor-made treatments stemmed from the local indigenous techniques and traditional Malay Urut healing treatment. Tailor-made treatments using bespoke and organic formulations by one of the industry-leading creators of wellness products offer anything from 30-minute express treatments to whole-day rituals. Choose from various spa packages that include facials, massages, body scrubs, and foot rubs. Want more? They also offer gender-neutral beauty treatments and a barbershop by famed London barbers “Truefitt & Hill” complements the intelligently curated offering of their wellness areas.
UR Spa, The RuMa Hotel and Residences, 7, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, www.theruma.com/en/ur-spa/
Nestled within the confines of Kuala Lumpur’s famed Golden Triangle, Swasana Spa at Impiana KLCC Hotel emerges as the best of metropolitan luxury Spa with the melting cultural hotspot in Kuala Lumpur. All their body massages are conceptualized to provide guests with the perfect indulgence, rejuvenation, and pampering. The other Spa treatments available are body scrubs, body wraps, facials, bath treatments, and spa packages which are specially designed for ladies, men, couples, and honeymooners.
Swasana Spa, Impiana KLCC Hotel & Spa, 13, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, www.kualalumpurhotels.impiana.com.my/
Tucked away on the 13th floor of W Kuala Lumpur, their signature AWAY Spa awaits. Take a breather from downtown Kuala Lumpur and instead, slide into AWAY Spa’s aromatherapy steam baths. The spa steals the scene with body wraps and scrubs, manicures and pedicures, flower baths, and plunge pools. Keep it fun with GLOW treatments and go even further with a Traditional Urut Melayu Massage.
AWAY SPA, W Kuala Lumpur, No. 121, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, www.marriott.com/
Pamper yourself at Ozmosis Spa, an award-winning spa experience at a sanctuary of serene relaxation. Choose your nearest Ozmosis Spa outlet of the best luxury spa in Kuala Lumpur – either at Ascott KLCC, Bangsar KL, or Fraser Residence. Guests are guided to choose from an array of services ranging from natural treatments made with precious plant extracts, heavenly massages, luxurious pedicure and manicure, waxing, and results-oriented PEVONIA skincare line. They also have monthly promotions so do call to enquire!
Ozmosis Spa, Various locations across Kuala Lumpur, www.ozmosis.com.my
Get ready to step into Khareyana Spa where you’re welcome to an enclaved sanctuary with tons of tropical greeneries and an Instaworthy water garden with koi fishes swimming around. The cream bath is a popular treatment here and while most would think that a cream bath is for the body, it's actually a nourishing masque for the hair, along with a scalp massage and steaming. Helmed by professional massage therapists, prepared to have your muscle knots soothed out in no time.
Khareyana Spa, 36, Jalan Selangor, Pjs 7, 40650 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, www.facebook.com/khareyana/
You've probably heard of Healthland, the Thai massage specialist with various branches across KL and Selangor. If you're looking for a decent Thai massage, Healthland has you covered! Their therapists are professionally trained by the acclaimed Wellness Academy which is incorporated by the Ministry of Labour (Thailand). As a premium wellspring of knowledge on wellness, they promote a holistic lifestyle with health programs and activities.
Healthland, various locations, www.healthland.com.my
Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat offers bespoke holistic experiences designed for peace and relaxation, restoring overall wellbeing, rekindling romance, and more. If you’re looking for an escape to a tranquil, relaxing and rejuvenating surroundings, this is just the place. Yoga sessions are inclusive for villa stays, and features such as the Geothermal Hot Springs Dipping Pools, Meditation Cave, Crystal Cave, Thermal Steam Cave, Ice Bath, and Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool will make this retreat an unforgettable experience. Do note that children must be 12 years and above to be allowed here.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, www.thebanjaran.com
Geo Spa at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi boasts six floating pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of a tropical garden, lily pond, and limestone cliffs against the backdrop of Langkawi’s UNESCO Geopark. Your royal retreat wouldn’t be complete without The Geo Spa’s award-winning couple’s ritual, Raja and Ratu (King and Queen). Strengthen your emotional and romantic connection as you focus on your sacral, heart, and crown chakras during this unifying ritual, followed by a traditional blessing ceremony.
The Geo Spa, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, www.fourseasons.com/langkawi/spa/
Inspired by the 12th century ‘Haut Koenigsbourg’ castle in Alsace, France, The Chateau offers guests a complete organic spa and wellness experience combining the best of European spa expertise with renowned Asian hospitality. The Chateau is nestled in Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi is 3,000 ft. above sea level and located amidst a 150-million year old tropical rainforest. Over here, you can expect modern treatments and a team of certified therapists, beauticians, consultants, nutritionists, trainers and experienced doctors at your service. Only children above 8 years are accepted here.
The Chateau, KM 48 Persimpangan Bertingkat LebuhrayaKarak, 28750 Bukit Tinggi Pahang, Malaysia, www.thechateau.com.my
Escape to the island of Penang and check into Shangri-La Rasa Sayang to recharge your batteries within the serene setting of CHI, The Spa which consists of 11 spa villas and a yoga pavilion. The Chinese and Malay treatments available here include signature therapies with acupressure, hot stones or warm poultice, wellness massages, body exfoliation and bathing experiences, body wraps, facial treatments and luxurious packages for holistic rejuvenation and relaxation.
CHI The Spa, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia, www.shangri-la.com/penang/rasasayangresort/chi-the-spa
The award-winning Spa Village Pangkor Laut is a unique retreat that offers ancient health rituals from Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai influences to give you complete rejuvenation. Located within a private enclave of Pangkor Laut Resort, the Spa Village is spread over four acres on a quiet bay surrounded by aquamarine sea and lush rainforest. The wellness programs encompass rejuvenation and longevity, relaxation and stress reduction, detoxification, and romance. Massages, Ayurveda treatment, yoga and Tai Chi Quan are available, while skilled visiting practitioners from all over the world provide holistic sessions in shiatsu, aquassage, kundalini yoga or meditation. Facilities are for guests above the age of 16 only.
Spa Village Pangkor Laut, Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, www.spavillage.com/pangkorlaut
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