Mandara Spa has a way of making you forget the mania of the outside world. Attribute this to the scent of lemon grass in the air, the chirpy music and the gracious staff. When I went for my massage the hostess sat me down with a tea menu and explained the medicinal properties of each cup. Time pleasantly slowed as I sipped on Island Spice – good for relaxation and easing muscle tension.
My treatment started with an aroma reflex foot ritual. My feet were soaked in a bath with rose petals, then scrubbed. Finally, it was time for the massage. Balinese massage is meant to be one of the world’s most relaxing rubdowns, and boy was it. My masseuse used a number of different techniques, from using long strokes to applying thumb pressure. The result felt like a million little fingers easing the tension of my aching muscles.
It is the Mandara Spa’s acute attention to detail that makes the experience. The staff are as helpful and courteous as can be, and extras before and after treatments just make the whole experience feel like the height of decadence. Definitely recommended.
Balinese Massage at Mandara Spa, The Monarch Hotel (04 501 8888). A one and a half hour Balinese massage is Dhs495.