Elemis skincare range

Elemis Brightening Facial, Mandara Spa, Sunway Resort Hotel

Words: Kirsten Durward     Photos: Monica Tindall

There are two ways to arrive at Mandara Spa in Sunway. Drive directly to the spa or do as we did; park under the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and take a short restful walk through the lush tropical grounds. Ancient trees guard shady paths on the undulating slopes and it’s easy to forget that you are only a short drive from the city centre.

Elemis Brightening Facial
On the Way to the Spa
Elemis Brightening Facial
Walkway to Mandara Spa

The spa itself embraces a contemporary Asian sensation, and is peacefully located high above the lagoon with shimmering views down through the natural forest. It’s a breath of fresh air and conducive to slipping straight into relaxation mode. Natural tones blend in with the location and a floor to ceiling picture window radiates with soft light. The subtle scent of lemongrass pervades, and pressing our tired faces into the proffered chilled towels, we inhale deeply even more of this enervating essence.

Elemis Brightening Facial
Balcony with Green Views
Elemis Brightening Facial
Walkway to the Treatment Rooms

Mandara Spa was founded upon Balinese traditions, with reverence for the healing arts knowledge of which are passed down from generation to generation. The philosophy of the group is to pass on healing, relaxation and solace to all guests. With over 50 spas around the globe, Mandara is the fastest growing luxury hotel spa management company worldwide. Although service and quality is guaranteed, each individual hotel spa has its own particular ambience in keeping with location and culture. It is said that ‘much can happen in a Mandara moment.’

Elemis Skin Care Range
Elemis Skin Care Range

We are here today to try the newly launched Elemis Brightening Facial. It’s promoted as having five active natural ingredients that can combat age spots, dark spots, uneven skin tone and irregular pigmentation by reducing melanin synthesis and lightening existing pigmentation. But whether or not all these benefits appear, I will still have enjoyed some time out in this delightful location. We are led to our private double spa suite, one of two available that offer en-suite sunken bath and steam shower room. Mandara Spa also has five single therapy suites as well as relaxation pavilions and a large balcony where one can enjoy the view before or after treatments.

Elemis Brightening Facial
Ginger Tea and Mint Towel
Elemis Brightening Facial
Couple’s Treatment Room

One of the signature features of the brightening facial is a featherlight touch and the therapist is so delicate and caring with her strokes it is hard to keep my brain awake to notice what the treatment offers. We start with a thorough yet gentle cleanse using White Brightening Even Tone Cleanser, skin is then softened with the White Brightening Even Tone Lotion. A deep cleanse follows with a peeling mask, before a wonderfully soothing facial massage. Application of Advanced Brightening Even Tone Serum and Pro Collagen Cream finish us off with a little extra attention to my eye area.

Elemis Brightening Facial
Elemis Skin Brightening Products

Monica of course had drifted off and pronounces herself most rested. My skin feels softer and does look brighter. As we leave with our product samples we vow to continue at home. Will my freckles fade? Only time will tell. The facial was lovely, but whichever treatment you choose from the extensive menu, you can be sure of tender care and complete relaxation when you visit Mandara Spa at Sunway.

Reasons to visit: natural location, high level of client care, quality products, Elemis Brightening Facial

Mandara Spa
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway
Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
+60 3 7495 2080
[email protected]

Mandara Spa is open daily from 10 am til 9 am



  1. A lovely place to unwind and be pampered.

  2. Looks good. Treatment room does look homely and inviting compared to others seen.

  3. This looks like the perfect place to be soothed and to forget the troubles of the day for a while. Lovely setting!

  4. lovely place. does not feel you are right in the city centre. definitely an ideal place for a day off.

  5. OMG! This place is heaven…to relax and be pampered…I wonder if clients hide themselves there after the treatment so they don’t leave the spa…ahahah

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