Sometimes all elements unite to form that mystical formula when you surrender to the moment, losing all sense of time, and the outside world becomes but a distant fading memory. For me it was at The Danna Spa. Product, ambience and therapist – all were in sync. Sinking in and out of consciousness, minutes may have passed or hours. It’s like being sucked up by a wormhole.
|The Danna Spa, Langkawi|
Our couple’s room is on the corner of the building facing the marina. White paneled doors fold open or closed. A Jacuzzi sits in the corner with separate shower, changing corner, dedicated area for the foot ritual, massage beds, basin and bench constructing the rest of the space.
|Jacuzzi and View|
From our armchairs we watch the boats softly bob in the calm harbour. Our therapists begin our session with a foot ritual while we sip on chilled sweet ginger tea. A foot soak and scrub steers both mind and body on the path towards relaxation.
We’ve signed up for both a massage and a facial. My Traditional Balinese Massage (60 minutes, RM270) uses medium to firm pressure with strokes of different thrusts acting like waves over the body – strong at first and then lightening in intensity. Kneading of muscles, especially those with knotted tissue, is given extra attention.
|Single Treatment Room|
|Couple’s Treatment Room|
Hubby wants something firmer so has requested The Danna Spa’s signature treatment, the Traditional Malay Urut (60 minutes, RM270). This healing technique has been passed down over generations and is essentially a strong pressure massage using elbows, forearms and hands to really dig deep.
The aromas, temperature, ambient music, suppleness of the bed, quality of the linens, soft mesh disposable panties, are all just right. I start to drift off into a sense of timelessness and hubby has succumbed to a low rumbling snore.
A Brightening Facial (60 minutes, RM260) promises to remove dead skin cells with natural enzymes. Followed by treatment with essential oils it commits to leaving my complexion with a healthy glow. Whatever the outcome I’m impressed with the dexterity of the therapist. As her hands manipulate my face I admire the fine motor movements with which she cleanses, tones, moisturizes and massages the delicate muscles. I’m positive I’ll feel reinvigorated by the human touch even if the products work or not.
Hubby is sleeping through the Gentle Facelift for sensitive skin (60 minutes RM260). Aware or not, I guess he’s subconsciously appreciating the session, as intermingled with the snores are soft wumps of recognition. This facial undertakes to gently promote smooth radiant skin without aggravating dermis that is susceptible to irritation.
Re-robing and returning to reception, we finalize with a warm ginger tea, before bidding farewell with a promise to ourselves to return.
Reasons to visit: pretty location; quality products; skilled therapists; open ‘til late meaning a treatment before bed is a great nightcap.
The Danna Spa
The Danna, Langkawi
Telaga Harbour Park Pantai Kok
+6 04 959 3288