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A Journey To Harmony

health & beauty | 9 September 2016

One of the perks of living in a megalopolis like Jakarta is the easy approach to excellent spa facilities that will ensure you return to daily life feeling completely refreshed and recharged. Luckily for spa enthusiasts, one of the most prominent hotels in the city, Raffles Jakarta, officially opened its spa and wellness centre earlier this August.

SAS_6706 Inspired by the daily transformation of a lotus flower, people behind the hotel believe that balance is the key to achieving a feeling of inner tranquility and rejuvenation; therefore they promise to only deliver exceptional treatments using premium quality products to ensure that each of their guests will feel and look good every time. Located on the 14th floor in the busy Kuningan district, the Spa features six luxuriously appointed treatments rooms, two VIP couple suites as well as a hair and nail salon. Interestingly, the Spa is also complemented with a relaxation area which makes for the perfect place to retreat after a long day. An ideal destination to nurture your physical wellness, Raffles Spa offers a range of treatments. On the menu, you can find a comprehensive combinations of Indonesian traditional treatments and modern massage approaches. Feeling mentally and physically exhausted, I opted for the Mind and Body Spa Ritual which promises excellent rejuvenation from my recent trip. SAS_6677 The 120-minute treatment begins with face mapping using a state-of-the-art skin analysis machine to examine your skin condition, followed by a gentle foot massage to improve blood and lymph circulation. Comfortably recline, relax and disconnect, the smiley and soft-spoken therapist then started the massage ritual with stretching of the back, hands, fingers and feet to relax my tense muscles. The massage wouldn’t feel so stimulating without Raffles Spa’s special essential oil. Guests can choose between the very calming sandalwood oil, the refreshing green tea oil or the energizing clove and cinnamon oil. I chose the cinnamon oil which complemented the intense massage perfectly. This luxury face and body spa ritual features a unique, relaxing, deep tissue pressure point facial massage to release all the tension and stress in the entirebody. Combining Balinese, Hawaiian and Swedish massage techniques, every stroke stimulates the nervous system and releases tension pleasantly. Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more relaxed, my friendly therapist started to press her hands across my head, neck, shoulders and back, wiping my stress away and re-energizing my body and soul instantly. For its facial treatments, Raffles Spa collaborates exclusively with Gaylia Kristensen, the Australian skincare pioneer who is known for her revolutionary anti-ageing products. It was easy to lose track of time when you’re spoiled with such a lavish treatment and after approximately two hours, the treatment ended with a cup of hot ginger tea. SAS_6746 Before taking a shower, I decided to explore the relaxation area and take advantage of Raffles Spa’s hydrotherapy wellness facilities that cannot be found anywhere else. Let’s start from their steam room. Frankly speaking, there was nothing particularly revolutionary about this facility, which emitted the common auras of the typical sauna with wooden walls and high-temperature steam, but I felt absolutely refreshed after exposing myself to a hot environment for fifteen minutes. In order to keep my body hydrated, I followed the therapist’s suggestion to move to the Ice Fountain room afterwards. Exclusively owned by Raffles Spa, the room is filled with a pile of crushed ice which is believed to cool down our body effectively when applied gently to our limbs. Another distinctive facility I found in the relaxation area were the Carribean Showers that have a unique variety of multi-temperature water sequences, combined with soothing warm and cold jets to relax the body, giving a shower experience like never before. After a fulfilling shower, I was tempted to rest on the heated lounge chair while gazing at Jakarta’s stunning skyline. The gentle heat radiates through the tiled surface providing a warm and relaxing lounging experience. SAS_6682 Other relaxation-inducing options include the Indonesian Heritage Experience, Traditional Jaipong Body Stretching, the Lavender Dreams Experience body treatment, the Radiance Skin Brightening Facial and the Oriental Foot Reviver. Of course, you should come more than just once to experience each of these exquisite treatments. In addition to the spa, guest can also recharge in the outdoor pool and in the fitness facility complete with the latest Technogym® equipment. Indulging in Raffles Spa is surely the best present you can give to your body, mind and soul. SAS_6694 Raffles Spa at Raffles Jakarta 14th floor, Ciputra World 1 Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5 Jakarta