Going to Pangkor Laut Resort without visiting the Spa would be the same as going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower. The PLR Spa Village has been awarded the Best Spa in Malaysia and Best Destination Spa in the world for multiple times. Even though it is expensive, it’s worth the price to give it a try since we’re already there. To get a better deal, book your spa experience through YTL travel centre by emailing them in advance. Our rate for a 50-minute massage treatment was RM230nett but the published rate there was RM290++. What a huge difference!
Spa Village lounge area
The Best Spa Experience award
Koi-watching while waiting for our treatment
What makes the Spa Experience so different? Even though we only booked for a 50-minute treatment, we’re given an extra 45-minute pre-treatment during which we went through a series of bath rituals from around Asia. Therefore, you’re advised to allocate an extra hour on top of your treatment time to fully enjoy the spa services.
Reflections of the sun and the colourful koi
First pre-treatment: Chinese Foot Pounding. Traditionally, the concubines in China had their feet bound to keep them small. To ease their pain, their feet were frequently pounded with a wood mallet to improve the blood circulation. Well we didn’t have our feet bound but we did enjoy the foot bath and the foot pounding. It was a great start to our spa experience!
Foot bath area
Cute decorations on the wall
Next, we were led to our respective bath houses (separate for male and female) and were asked to change into a brown sarong. Our 2nd pre-treatment: Malay ‘Circulating’ Bath. Before that, one of the staff gave me a coin and led me to a wishing well to make a wish. Then she asked me to walk into the pool with water pouring from the sides, resembling a waterfall. I took a dip and it was cold! The staff just smiled and told me that this was to resemble the natural river that the traditional Malays bathed in, while the waterfall was used to clean the hair. We were asked to bathe here for about 5 minutes, after which we were led to an area with 4 steam boxes. We were supposed to inhale the steam that contained various combinations of herbs that would uplift and calm our senses.
Malay bath (Photo credit)
Moving on, it was Japanese Bath time. We were first led into a room with several taps on one side and a stool for us to sit on. Using the toiletries provided and a goshi-goshi cloth, I scrubbed myself clean and rinsed with the hot/cold water from the tap. When that’s done, I was asked to walk through the door to a ‘Rotenburu‘ pool, which was essentially an outdoor Onsen or hot spring. After being in the cold water for the previous baths, the hot water seemed scalding! I took my time to dip in inch by inch, and before long, I was soaking under the sun in the glorious warm water. I was also given a glass of green tea to quench my thirst. At that point, my only wish was that Saucer could share the pool with me.
The Rotenburu pool / Outdoor hot spring (Picture credit)
The third and final bath ritual was the Shanghai Scrub. I was led into a room and asked to lie down on a bed with my back facing up. The professional staff then scrubbed and exfoliated by back from top to toe, all the while drizzling me with warm water. It was very relaxing. I felt thoroughly clean and pampered afterwards, but was given another surprise! There was a tray on the table with several pieces of sarong, and I was asked to choose one as a gift from the spa! She then helped to tie the sarong around me and asked me to proceed to the waiting area to get ready for my treatment.
Shanghai Scrub (Picture credit)
This was when Saucer and I reunited, and we were given a glass of hot Chinese tea while waiting for our treatment room to be ready. Soon, we were led to the treatment room that was huge, cosy and had two beds. We were given our massages for 50 minutes – I had the Balinese massage while Saucer had the Malay massage. My Balinese massage was very relaxing, each movement was in long strokes and varying rhythm, putting my body at ease without the excruciating pain. I wanted to ask Saucer how his massage was but I heard the sound of his peaceful and soft snore and knew that he was in dreamland. Yes, we have to say that we’re completely satisfied with our first ever Spa Experience at Pangkor Laut Resort. It’s an experience like no other!
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Island
Tel No: +603-2783 1000
GPS Coordinates: N 4° 11′ 58.76″, E 100° 32′ 46.92″