Monday, November 06, 2006

Malaysian Spa Culture

As spas are each unique, the industry segments itself into various categories. It’s very much like hotels: you have 5 star, 4 star, etc, and you have seaside resort, city hotel, inns, and so on.

DAY SPA: This is very similar to beauty salons, in that you only visit the spa for the duration of your treatment, and when you are done – off you go. The difference is this: a day spa would have more variety of treatments than a typical salon, and focuses on pampering and rejuvenation instead of beauty and slimming. Which doesn’t mean a day spa does not offer facials and slimming, as most does.

DESTINATION SPA: It's built into a resort and is often the key attraction of the resort they are in. Some destination spas in fact, are entire resorts, and you cannot opt to just book a room – you need to take up the whole package. Which is why the new term hotel / resort spa has emerged, to describe spas that are based in a hotel or resort but is not the raison d’etre of their hosts. Similar to day spas, but often larger and more elaborate, destination spas also offer longer treatment sessions. A half day (3 to 4 hours) or full day (6 to 8 hours) is common, and you’re likely to see multiple day spa packages as well.
MEDICAL SPA: gaining popularity in Europe and Japan, and don’t be surprised to see one in Malaysia very soon. A medical spa is essentially a day or destination spa that also provides medical treatments, usually skin-related, although treatments of allergy, high-blood pressure and other lifestyle diseases are common. A medical spa is run by a healthcare professional, and offers a combination of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) and spa therapies.

CRUISE SHIP SPA & CLUB SPA: self explanatory.

NAIL SPA or HAIR SPA: A new trend is to have ‘specialist spas’. These are of course not spas proper, but there’s no way to stop enterprising people from using the term. At least in these cases, you know what to expect.

Malaysia contains some of the world's leading Spa Resorts, and a full diverse range of therapies and relaxations are to be found in the exclusive facilities of Malaysia's leading hotels. The Top 20 Spa Resorts (not in any order):-
1) Tanjong Jara Resort, Terengganu
2) Berjaya Redang Resort, Redang Island
3) Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort, Langkawi Island
4) Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort, Tioman Island
5) Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi
6) Four Seasons Langkawi Hotel, Langkawi
7) Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort, Batu Feringghi
8) Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Island
9) Nexus Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu
10) The Datai, Langkawi Island
11) Awana Kijal Golf, Beach & Spa Resort, Kijal
12) Club Med, Cherating
13) Tanjong Rhu Resort, Langkawi Island
14) Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi Island
15) Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu
16) Miri Marriott Resort & Spa, Miri
17) Palace Beach & Spa, Mines Resort City
18) Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Petaling Jaya
19) Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu
20) The Andaman, Langkawi Island

My wish - is to be invited to review all the above spa resorts.
Tags: Leisure, Travel, Hotel, Spa, Resort, Langkawi, Redang, Tioman, Pangkor, Health, Berjaya, Awana, Club Med, Meritus, Sunway, Shangri-La, Four Seasons

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Blogger Dayngr said...

Sounds and looks wonderful. Makes me want to come and visit right now!

07 November, 2006 10:40  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

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02 July, 2007 14:59  
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