TRULY MALAYSIA SPA
When it comes to traveling, one’s health is very important. As a traveler, a certain level of fitness and stamina is vital to go the distance and enjoy as many sights, sounds and experiences as possible. After a long day of exploring and discovering new places, the body and mind may be exhausted after all the activity and excitement. What better way to rejuvenate, recharge, and refresh the body than visiting the nearest spa to indulge in a total relaxation treatment?
Wellness And Spa Industry In Malaysia
“Spa” stands for “salus per aqua”, which means, “healing by water”. A regular visit to the spa brings relief from internal ailments, rejuvenates the body and provides oxygen to the skin and joints. It also promotes taut skin, stronger joints, increased resistance to diseases, and increased body metabolism in addition to relieving mental stress and pressure. All these benefits encourage a healthier and younger lifestyle.
Malaysia provides the perfect backdrop for health rituals with its traditional therapies that are amongst the oldest in the world, diversity of cultures, and vast abundance of natural resources. In fact, Malaysia is quickly becoming one of the top spa destinations in Asia. Apart from attractive medical tourism packages, health tourists are drawn to the country by the excellent, value-priced spa vacations.
Wellness and spa tourism is not a new phenomenon in Malaysia. The increasing popularity of health spas in Malaysia has provided an avenue for lucrative investments in promoting health tourism packages. According to a survey by Intelligent Spas, the number of spas in Malaysia has grown over 200% since 2002 with more than 170 spas currently operating. The industry in Malaysia is still growing and it is expected to reach 250 outlets by 2011, according to the Euromonitor International 2007 Country Sector Briefing.
Malaysia has great potential to be one of the most prolific spa destinations in the Southeast Asia region. A great choice of high-quality spa and wellness centers can be found just about anywhere -- in a city hotel, resort or even located within major tourist districts like the Golden Triangle area in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The natural landscape of Malaysia, such as rainforests, waterfalls, highlands, hot springs and riversides provide the perfect backdrop for a unique spa experience. The following are some well-known spas in Malaysia.
Spa Village is an award-winning luxury spa brand, owned and managed by the Malaysian-based YTL Hotels, whose spa concept combines the therapeutic properties of natural local ingredients with age-old healing practices. Every Spa Village experience begins with a soothing ritual designed to relax and immerse guests in the traditions of the region. At Cameron Highlands Resort, a cool highland retreat amid rolling hills of tea plantations, the treatments are inspired by the restorative properties of tea. Each guest immerses in a signature tea bath before every treatment. Spa Village Malacca, at the Majestic Malacca, is the only spa center in the world dedicated to the Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan Chinese healing culture. Therapies are molded around each person’s cool or warm energies, based on Peranakan belief, which is inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.
Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa, Kuala Lumpur
Kenko offers a variety of Chinese and American techniques of reflexology, and is famous for the Fish Spa. Its unique Fish Spa experience allows guests to take a dip in the refreshing spa pool with thousands of Garra Rufa fish which “nibble” away at dead skin cells, leaving behind a smooth and glowing skin. Some describe the feeling of having these "little masseurs" exfoliating your feet as a "tickling sensation."
Borneo Highlands Resort, Sarawak
The Jungle Spa at Borneo Highlands Resort offers a superb range of traditional Bidayuh treatments and therapies. The award-winning Peso Perong therapy, a traditional Bidayuh massage, helps increase blood circulation and promotes skin healing using a homemade oil brewed from herbs, coconut, aromatic Sarawak pepper and ginger. The Ladies Spa on the second floor of the resort boasts individual massage rooms, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. Another well-known feature is the Simangas Pool, a jungle waterfall.
For a spa center directory and useful information on wellness and spa tourism in Malaysia, please log on Tourism Malaysia’s website at http://www.tourism.gov.my/en/activities/.
Association Of Malaysian Spas (Amspa)
AMSPA, established in 2006, is a national spa association that aims to act as a cohesive body to explore, nurture and develop Malaysia’s spa industry. The association also serves to represent the spa industry and its members in a professional and constructive manner both domestically and internationally. AMSPA aims to promote and set professional standards in the operation of Malaysian spa centers in order to enhance the spa industry.
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