by smmmarti guide
April 15, 2002
So I often had dreamed of a place that is utterly beautiful, utterly private, and utterly at my disposal which can appropriately pamper me into spa-nirvana and let me linger there as long as I like. Here it was, all along, at the Datai!
Due to the low number of guests and the staff’s high level of awareness of what it takes to reach "zen," the Mandara Spa, being seeped in Eastern tradition, takes clients to an entirely new level of relaxation and semi-stoned-consciousness. That’s heated stone consciousness, you realize.
That’s Salt Radiance,
Warm Stone Massage,
Decleor Spa Pure,
The Ultimate Indulgence, heaven.
I signed up for the Ultimate Indulgence (it’s just like me to do that) which cost about $450 dollars but I didn’t care about price after my first "hit" with an herbal wrap to fight off toxics from a sickness I’d recently shed got me hooked. For two days I wandered in and out of the spa between dips in the pool, time on the beach, walks through the rainforest. I was treated to facials, a hot stone back massage, the most fabulous aromatherapies imaginable made from local, potent herbs and flowers and other indescribable delights.
The staff took gentility and serenity to a new level, reflecting the entire environment of the resort and the spa in particular. With great respect and efficiency, they truly made the experience stellar, one against which I would compare all future spa services.
So far, no matter how hard I’ve searched (and I try to give every spa I encounter the chance to outdo the Mandara) no one has quite lived up to it.
From journal A Villa in The Langkawi Rainforest Canopy