The newest addition to Pangkor Laut Resort, the luxurious Spa Village, is now open.
The Spa Village is a unique retreat that extols the healing cultures of the region and offers a respite from the rest of the world. Malaysia, with its diverse history of people and cultures, and a vast abundance of natural resources, provides the backdrop for our health rituals that are amongst the oldest in the world.
The abundance of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai practices makes this the ideal setting for complete rejuvenation.
Situated to the north of the main resort, the Spa Village is a collection of low buildings and structures, featuring both indoor and open-air spaces, spread over 4 acres on a quiet bay between the sea and the rainforest.
Designed to soothe and refresh the senses, the various buildings face the sea, and are interspersed with open courtyards, lotus ponds, an herb garden, and a reflexology path.
The complex comprises eight treatment pavilions, a deluxe Belian Treatment Pavilion, “Healing Huts”, which includes Chinese herbal, Ayurvedic and Malay Huts, a “Wrap House”, where the menu changes daily with Ayurvedic Herbal, Seaweed and Chinese Herbal Wraps, 2 Bath Houses, 3 Thai Pavilions, 3 Nap Gazebos, a Herbal Garden, a 50 metre lap pool, Fisherman’s Cove Restaurant, Jamu Bar, Library and Spa Boutique. 22 brand new Spa Villas situated over the sea offer direct access to the Spa Village.
Programmes combine physical and spiritual health and well being, and are based on one of four umbrella concepts: Rejuvenation and Longevity, Relaxation and Stress Reduction, Detoxification, and Romance.
A treatment at the Spa Village will begin with the unique Bath House Ritual, representing various bathing traditions from around Asia. This starts with a footbath and an invigorating Chinese Foot Pounding, previously only enjoyed by the concubines of feudal China.
From there, guests will be escorted to the Bath Houses to enjoy the traditional Malay “circulating” bath, from when villagers bathed in streams or rivers, and a Japanese-style cleansing with a “goshi-goshi” cloth, followed by a dip in the heated Rotenburu pool.
The professional spa assistant will then refresh the guest’s senses with the signature Shanghai Scrub, gently exfoliating and washing the body in the private scrub house. In Shanghai, this is traditionally offered exclusively to males. After the scrub, enjoy a cup of calming tea in the tranquil surroundings before the start of the spa treatment.
All the treatments are conducted in private spa pavilions. Guests can choose from the extensive menu of treatments or design their own day with either the Custom Spa Experience or Ultimate Spa Experience. The Spa Co-ordinators will be happy to customise guests’ visits to the Spa Village.
The a la carte menu of Body Treatments features the Spa Village’s signature Campur-Campur, Javanese Lulur and Thai Herbal. The wide array of massages includes Malay, Balinese, Thai, Shiatsu and Aroma.
At the Wrap House, which accommodates 5 persons, guests can indulge in wraps and masques with therapeutic benefits, including hydrating and detoxifying of the skin or easing tired, aching muscles.
Lapis-Lapis, the signature Malay herbal wrap, combines local herbs such as lemon grass, ginger, galangal, and camphor. Other wraps on the menu are Spirulina, Moor Mud and the refreshing Papaya Enzyme.
Alongside these there are Skin, Nail and Hair Care treatments for those who would like to experience more of the ultimate pampering can enjoy manicures, facials and hair treatments.
Spa Village has just introduced to its guests a new set of traditional Malay treatments. Guests can choose from a wide selection of rejuvenating treatments from the a la carte menu, Couples Spa Experience, Custom Spa Experience and half-day package.
As a memento of their experience, guests are presented with a Batik Sarong with their treatments daily.
For those seeking to fully experience the health rituals of the region, guests are recommended to meet the Chinese or Ayurvedic Specialist for a complimentary consultation.
Located centrally at the Spa Village is the Ayurvedic Hut. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing tradition meaning “science of life”.
The Ayurvedic Specialist checks the guest’s dosha - physical and mental well being - and provides evaluation and recommends suitable healing programmes.
Nearby is the Chinese Herbal Hut, which is equipped with herbs and teas, extracts and other preparations. Guests may receive a pulse diagnosis at the “hut” while being enlightened with the healing secrets of the East by the Chinese Specialist.
He also recommends healing programmes or specific combinations of treatments.
As a tropical spa, the Spa Village devotes as much attention to soothing and nourishing the spirit as to moisturising the skin.
Guests may indulge in the perfect sanctuary with nature, by being pampered with a traditional Thai massage in the outdoor pavilions overlooking the sea.
The ritualistic art of relaxing in the herbal steam called “prakrop”, together with the enchantment of the sound of the lapping waves and cooling breeze, creates a sensuous ambience that uplifts the senses.
Each of the 8 spa treatment pavilions accommodates two people at one time, and is designed to provide the best in aesthetics, temperature, lighting, sound and aroma, establishing a unique internal environment for all treatments.
Each pavilion has a private entrance foyer, large treatment room, an oversized sunken tub and outdoor showers, as well as a private deck.
There is also the luxurious Belian Spa Pavilion, where couples may pamper themselves with an entire day of custom designed treatments. Enclosed in its own private compound, consisting of indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, this is an exclusive retreat with its own outdoor whirlpool, yoga pavilion, nap gazebo, steam room and private treatment area.
Food and Beverage:
Fisherman’s Cove, with a stunning sea view, offers a unique symphony of fresh seafood, Western Grill, Chinese, and Italian cuisine, enhanced by homegrown island herbs from the Spa Village garden.
The attractive open kitchen is a show on its own. Revive the senses at the Jamu Bar, which serves fresh tropical fruit and herbal extract drinks - jamu is the traditional Malay healing through the use of herbs, vegetables and plants.
Pangkor Laut Resort, owned and managed by YTL Hotel & Properties was awarded the Five Star Diamond Award 2002 by The American Hospitality Sciences.
It is the first Malaysian resort/hotel to be awarded this prestigious award. More recently, renowned health and wellness magazine in Europe Senses selected the Resort as the “Best Resort Spa” in the international category.
It was also named the number two island in the “Best Islands in the World, 1999” category of the UK-based Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
The Resort has also been chosen among the top ten romantic hideaways by Wedding and Home (January 2001) and Escape Route (November 2000).
The Summer 2001 issue of Honeymoon, UK rated Pangkor Laut number eight in the world and the top Asian resort, in the best 50 honeymoon hotspots.
Pangkor Laut Resort encompasses two bays with a total of 148 luxury villas, 6 restaurants and 3 lounges as well as extensive recreational facilities.
Emerald Bay, often cited by independent travel consultants as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, has been left undeveloped except for comfort stations and rustic dining facilities.
For further information please contact the resort on (605) 699 1100 or consult its website at http://www.pangkorlautresort.com.
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