Weekends are meant to relax & get pampered by the experts at a spa & if it is Raffles Spa, then it takes the whole experience to another level.
Life can be very stressful sometimes especially if you’re inundated with the workload. Don’t get me wrong, I love my work but being a perfectionist means I’m working round the clock on my blog and reviews. Hence I decided to shut down completely and relax those tensed muscles by booking a treatment at Raffles spa.
I booked a ‘Journey Relaxation’ spa treatment which was a 2.5 hours treatment that included a 30 minutes body scrub, 1-hour full body massage followed by 1 hour facial.
I received a call from the spa, a day prior to my treatment telling me the details of my treatment and asking me which fresh juice would I prefer after my treatment along with the canapes. I chose mango juice and was very impressed by extra concern for their guests. I booked an appointment at 5 p.m on a Friday. I was requested to come half an hour early to avail the other services such as the Jacuzzi, pool, sauna or the gym to which I had an all day free access.
When I reached the spa, I was welcomed by very attentive staff who escorted me to the locker room where I could leave all my belongings & change into a bathrobe.
As soon as I changed, I was taken through the lavish corridors towards the secluded treatment area. As I walked, I was shown the Jacuzzi & the shower rooms along with the gym.
Soon I was handed a questionnaire regarding my treatments, that had questions to determine the areas I would want to focus on during my massage and my skin type for the facial. I knew I was in safe hands once I answered the detailed questionnaire which addressed all the necessary topics.
Then came in my therapist, who whisked me to the massage room which had dim lights and a very soothing music playing that could calm even the most restless souls. My therapist applied 3 different oils on my wrist, asking me to choose one. All of them had lavender oil mixed with some other essential oils. I randomly chose one as all were equally good.
Then she started the massage. Her massage techniques were very different from the ones I’ve tried before. She confirmed how much pressure I could handle & then she started tackling my stiff & most stressed out muscles. Since I had chosen in the questionnaire the focus of the massage to be on my shoulders, back & feet hence she spent majority of the time on these areas. But she even massaged my arms, hands & head. The head massage was very relaxing. The way she rotated her fingers clockwise through my hair, gently rolling them in her fingers, was very rejuvenating. I almost slept by the end and I can state that this is so far THE BEST MASSAGE I’ve ever experienced and I will definitely be going back again.
Last but not the least she did my facial with the best products. First she gently cleansed my face, then she exfoliated it with a mild scrub followed by a facial massage. Then she gave me steam for a few minutes to loosen my blackheads & then she gently extracted my blackheads & whiteheads with her hands instead of forcing them out with a metal blackhead extractor. In the end she put a mask on my face. The best thing about this facial was that it didn’t cause any redness or breakouts on my face.
She advised me not to take a shower until the next day. Then she escorted me to a private lounge where I could relax and enjoy my canapés & juice. Sadly I didn’t get the mango juice I had ordered on the phone a day earlier. Instead, there was a lemon & mint juice kept on my table which I never drink that too with a sore throat.
Note: Apart from the miscommunication over the phone call over my appointment time & the juice blunder, my overall Raffles Spa experience was excellent. I would rate it 4 on 5 mainly because my therapist was the best.