Road Trip: Spa Edition

Driving around Malaysia? You have to add these spa havens to your schedule. By Aisha Hassan.

Melaka

Contemplate Melaka’s rich history at the luxurious lounge in Spa Village Malacca. Image courtesy of The Majestic Malacca.

After wandering down Jonker Street, take a siesta at Spa Village Malacca for some much needed reprieve from the sun and crowds. Try our Spa Awards winner for the Best Natural Body Treat – the Malacca Palm-Sugar and Honey Body Scrub (RM235 for 50 minutes). Palm sugar, made from the concentrated sap of coconut flowers, is rich in mineral salts, and honey is rich in enzymes and vitamins – a delectable and healing combination.

188 Jalan Bunga Raya, Melaka. Tel: 06-289 8000. 

Penang

St. Gregory Spa has everything from Balneotherapy Hydrobaths to Ayurvedic treatments. Image courtesy of ParkRoyal Penang Resort.

If chowing down all that Penang Prawn Mee has got you feeling exhausted, St. Gregory Spa at ParkRoyal Penang Resort might be the answer. Treat your man to the Traditional Malay Urut Massage (RM280 for one hour), which BAZAAR has recognised as the Most Relaxing Massage For Men. Traditional stretching and long-kneading strokes to eliminate tension are key, and we highly recommend the optional belly massage. Receiving the hydrating qualities of home-grown palm oil is an added bonus.

Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang. Tel: 04-881 1133. 

Cameron Highlands

Spa Village Cameron Highlands offers unique tea baths and healing rituals, using ingredients sourced from local surroundings. Image courtesy of Spa Village Cameron Highlands.

How do you feel about basking in a strawberry-infused tea bath? At Spa Village Cameron Highlands, you have to try the Fresh Strawberry Escapade (RM470 for two hours), which took home the award for Best Rejuvenating Ritual. The bath begins the experience, with tea bags on the eyes to reduce puffiness, before the uplifting scent of aromatic strawberry oil surrounds you during the massage. It finishes with a body wrap of yoghurt, oats, and strawberries – so refreshing we didn’t want to wash it off.

39000 Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Pahang. Tel: 05-491 1100. 

Port Dickson

At Port Dickson, not far from Kuala Lumpur, the air and open sea can be transformative. Image courtesy of Avillion Port Dickson.

There’s something incomparable about being by the sea – and when there’s a spa involved, it gets even better. At Avillion Port Dickson, the Avi Wellness (RM676 for 75 minutes) experience is this year’s pick for the Most Uplifting Wellness Treatment. You’re bound to love the healthy super juices and fresh fruits included in the package; a bath of roses and orchids, as well as the Avi aroma salt glow scrub, will leave you feeling fresh and revived before returning to the city.

3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson. Tel: 06-647 5740. 

Discover more Harper’s Bazaar Spa Awards 2017 winners in our February issue, on stands now. 

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