For those who have read my post on Budget Travel, Tips Guide to Bali before, you will realize that two of my greatest regrets that I had missed out during the visit are to try “Babi Guling” and Balinese style massage and spa.
Two years later, although “Babi Guling” still remains an incomplete mission, at least now I have the chance to try out the traditional massage and spa back in Penang. This place may be frequently patronized by the rich “tai-tai’s (women)” staying around in the middle-upper class precinct in Tanjung Bungah, however it may only be once in a bluemoon for a normal guy like me.
Thanks to Penang.CC who helped to arrange this invited review so that I get the chance to try out this exclusive retreat.
It is neither easy nor difficult to trace this place, unless you are familiar with Tanjung Bungah area. If you drive from town area via Jalan Tanjung Bungah, you will see Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel is on your right and you will reach a traffic junction. Take the left turn to Tanjung Bungah Park (which is the road name). After that make a right turn and keep driving for another 30 meters. You will see Danai Spa is on your right.
Danai Spa, the nature inspired concept is undoubtedly very Balinese Style.
Upon stepping into the garden you will feel the soft gentle breeze brushed over your face and make you feel refreshed. There were birds chirping softly in the background and crickets chirping on rhythmically. The pond with Japanese Koi fish complements the place with a very calming and spiritual sensing.
A nice Buddha head sculpture displayed on the counter.
The common seating area for Manicure and Facial Therapy.
The manicure and nail polisher sets.
The changing room for ladies or couples. By the way, this place is a healthy retreat centre and no “hanky panky” stuff.
The robe for gentlemen.
The Balinese style robe for ladies.
We were invited to try on their special promotion package – “Christmas Romance Package”. The spa session kicked off with foot reflexology, in which they will cleanse and massage your feet and legs.
After a refreshing and some ‘tickling’ moments in foot reflexology, we were guided to the Rainfall Pool. The gentle streaming of cooling water imitates the idea of pouring rain which will give you a delightful and fun experience.
It is especially designed for people who are seeking for a cooling of body temperature and it might be slightly cold for locals.
If you couldn’t get enough of bathing experience from the Rainfall pool, you may have extra showering done below. They are actually prepared for customers to clean their body before entering the jacuzzi.
Here comes the outdoor jacuzzi. Of all the relaxation techniques that people use, one of the most enduring ones is the power of heat. Warm water baths are used during Roman times to help relax and heal people. Today, jacuzzi uses the power of heat in therapeutic settings which have many benefits linked to its use.
The outdoor jacuzzi.
After the list of therapies that we had gone through, the main course of the session is the 90 minutes Danai Signature Massage (with Vitality Massage Oil by Pevonia).
There are many rooms for you to choose from to have your massage done. The Balinese Style has a rustic, Asian-inspired feel. For those who likes Balinese, this is the perfect couple room for you and your partner.
The following is the Moroccan Style, which has been made popular by the vogue of Riads renovation in Marrakech. I personally feel that this room has a Greek touch. This is also a couple room.
If you prefer to have some privacy, there is a single room available too in Oriental Style.
The English Style is another single room for your massage therapy session.
Due to we were not convenient to bring our cameras to the massage rooms, I will briefly describe the progress instead.
For the massage session, the Vitality Massage Oil used smells like lemon grass and it is known to have the function of detoxing and healing. The massage technique is excellent and the strength is moderate. You may request for stronger or lighter massage strength, depending on your personal preference.
After the massage, we had a body scrub session. There are choices of Pure Rose Body Scrub and Honey Milk Body Scrub. The smell of Honey Milk is very ‘delicious’, just like butter cookie smell.
Next was the Basic Facial Massage or Pure Rose Bath Soak which then end the session.
Overall, the whole spa session is very relaxing and rejuvenating. It is a great place to get away after our busy lifestyle. However, it pays to enjoy this experience.
Below is the package promotion:
Christmas Romance package
90 minutes Danai Signature Massage (with Vitality Massage Oil by Pevonia)
30 minutes Pure Rose Body Glow
15 minutes Pure Rose Bath Soak
1X 30mL Pure Rose Body Scrub
for 1 couple only RM468 (Christmas promotion)
Usual Price RM670
Operation hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (7 days a week)
Contact: 04-899 0899
Address:103, Tanjung Bungah Park, 11200 Penang.
GPS: 5° 46′ 32.84″ N, 100° 30′ 09.53″ E