Top picks: Penang spas
Need to relax? Syazlynia Rahim picks five places to unwind and relax your senses
This is where prancing around in a white towel robe is serious business, what with an array of body scrubs, body wraps, massages and facials to choose from. Whether you’re getting a quick back massage in the comfort of your room, or indulging in hot rock massage in your private cabana, this spa ticks all the right boxes. It’s also perfect for families: we love the fact parents can indulge in some me-time as there are kids’ spa sessions available for children aged six to12. Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Batu Ferringhi Beach. (+604 8868 071/penang.hardrockhotels.net).
Scattered around Penang are the various outlets of Danai Spa, perfectly positioned to de-stress by offering holistically oriented spa treatments. The massages are fabulous, the surroundings calming and the friendly staff put you at ease from start to finish. By concentrating on a narrow range of locally-inspired wellbeing treatments, guests benefit from treatments that are effective and well worth the price. They have made a real effort towards making a serene and tropical spa environment. 103 Tanjung Bunga Park, Tanjung Bungah. (+604 899 0899); G Hotel Penang, 168A Persiaran Gurney. (+604 238 0000); Eastin Hotel Penang, 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, Bayan Lepas. (+604 612 1129/danaispa.com).
CHI, The Spa
CHI (pictured) is an oasis of calm and tranquility, with great attention to detail, top-class treatments and divine aesthetics. Rich timber wood flooring and stone walls has been used in order to give off a Malay and Peranakan feel, including earthy tones that you’ll find dotted around the entire area. Among its on-site amenities are 11 spa villas, a yoga pavilion and many acres of green gardens. You’ll start any treatment with a lush Himalayan bath, thereby setting the scene for a relaxing day ahead. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Batu Ferringhi Beach. (+604 888 8888/www.shangri-la.com).
ZEN Reflexology & Wellness Center
If you’re in the Batu Ferringhi area, then let ZEN’s free shuttle service whisk you to their stylishly decorated reflexology and wellness centre. Spacious and chic, your aching feet (worn out by all that sightseeing) will find comfort in the hands of the therapist’s professional, intuitive massages. With its impressive customer service and excellent treatment standards, ZEN is on a par with any of the island’s luxury spas, with the added pleasure of affordable prices to boot. 186, G10-G18, Ferringhi Plaza, Batu Ferringhi. (+604 881 2808/www.zen-wellness-spa.com).
You will be blissed out by the variety of traditional healing therapies and holistic treatments (Ayurveda, Javanese and Thai) at this spa haven. From the moment of arrival, you are made to feel relaxed. We love their menu of Indonesian bath rituals; choose from a milk bath or a flower bath to nourish the skin. Lovebirds take note: pamper yourselves with ‘Him & Her’ treatments (go for the Royal Honeymoon package). Parkroyal Hotel Penang, Batu Ferringhi Beach. (+604 886 2288’/www.stgregoryspa.com)