Let it be known that I have been a fan of spas and massages for as long as I can remember. I think I’ve done it all – from the beach front massage with coconut oil and the mandatory sand that acts as a body scrub, which is great actually but not if you’ve been sunbathing already and have sunburn, to the luxurious 6 star in room massage in my own private villa with the view of my private beach.
I’ve been slathered with cheap baby oil and the most expensive oils with essences of flowers that I can’t pronounce. The real qualifying factor as to what makes a spa an excellent spa is the kind of service they give and how the masseuse treats your tired, stressed and aching muscles.
I think I can safely say that I have had the best massage ever last week at the Mandara Spa at the Magellan Sutera Resort in Kota Kinabalu. They were just simply amazing! From the refreshing cold towel and ginger tea before the massage to the citrus spritz to awaken us – every single moment was pure bliss. I felt like a delicate princess as Lucy, my masseuse gently massaged my stresses away. Please ask for her if you’re there. She’s just absolutely amazing!
Jacqueline, the Spa manager was so gracious and even gave me a bottle of their aloe vera gel with lemon grass for my insect bites. It immediately soothed the itchies and it also moisturized my skin without stinging! (I’ve been a naughty girl and have been scratching)
She also gave me some items to take home with me. I already tried the body scrub which has this beautiful tropical smell. I also had some incense and their soap. I’m so loving the smell that I want to shower every hour!
Mandara Spa is at the Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort at Kota Kinabalu. They’re open everyday from 10 in the morning to 10 in the evening. Book early because they do get full!
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The Magellan Sutera Resort
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, 88100
Kita Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: +60 88 318 888 ext. 4
Fax: +60 88 317 777