Detox. Retox. Repeat. AWAY Spa – “Where the whirlwind of W winds down.”
I’m not only excited about the opening of the hotel W Kuala Lumpur but also the opening of their signature AWAY Spa. Having had unique and positive experiences with the brand in Koh Samui, Tapei and Bali, I am curious as to how this concept will translate to Malaysia.
On the 13th floor of the W KL, AWAY Spa is insulated in a quiet cave-like setting. Cocooned from the outside world, the spa reception is swept with pale wood, cool greys and blues, furnishing a calm and inviting ambience. Although it’s a small outfit with five single treatment rooms and a couple’s room, the design is spacious with additional facilities including a relaxation area, lash room, nail salon and changing rooms including a steam room, sauna and whirlpool. Guests are invited to allow a period before or after their appointment to make good use of all of the facilities.
Ginger and vanilla tea welcomes our arrival along with a moist towel and a chat with the receptionist about our treatment and individual preferences. We’re here to try the Glittering Couple Retreat – a package that would make an excellent Valentine’s gift – and after a little too much Champagne at a pool party at the WetDeck last night, we are more than ready for a good detox.
Glittering Couple Retreat at AWAY Spa KL
The Glittering Couple Retreat at AWAY Spa is a full 150-minutes of pampering. Beginning with a scrub, following through with a massage and ending with a glass of bubbly in the bath, it’s an indulgence designed for two.
Escorted to the couple’s treatment room we find “glowing” (literally – check out the pics below) massage beds, a giant Jacuzzi and separate changing room with shower, vanity and toilet. Here we’re left alone for a few minutes to disrobe and store our belongings. AWAY Spa gets a thumbs up for their disposable underwear by providing slim mesh panties not the puffy type resembling baby diapers.
White Sands Scrub
The Glittering Couple Retreat begins with an exfoliation. I am not usually a fan of scrubs as I don’t like that gooey, sticky wet feeling while waiting for the whole body to be done. The White Sands Scrub (RM210+), however, is a dry scrub. It goes on mildly abrasive (it is an exfoliant, after all) but because it’s not water-based it dries immediately and you’re not left in an uncomfortable moist mess. The rub down lasts about 30 minutes and we shower before returning to the massage bed. It leaves our skin smooth and even more ready for absorbing the moisturizing oil to be used in the massage to follow.
The massage beds are large and comfortable with a headrest-opening nicely padded for when lying prone. The Eternity Massage (RM480+) in this package is designed to be a relaxing treatment with light to medium pressure. If you have massage regularly, you should tell the therapists your preference. Both hubby and I prefer a much firmer, deep tissue massage and this is not a problem; the masseuses adjust their pressure accordingly.
Peppermint Rose Bath
For the final 30 minutes of bliss, we’re left alone with a bubble bath scented with peppermint oil and adorned with rose petals. The tub is huge, furnishing plenty of space for two and the jets are strong. Polishing of the luxury is a chilled bottle of wine. Very nice!
The Glittering Couple Retreat is priced at RM1,564+ per couple for 150 mins as a special for the Valentine month of February (NP: RM1,840 per couple). The package includes complimentary use of the AWAY Spa water facilities before or after treatment; 10% discount on spa retail product homecare; 10% discount on hotel food and beverage; and RM15 flat rate self-parking on the day of your booking.
Reasons to visit AWAY Spa, W Hotel Kuala Lumpur: quality spa products; a unique spa setting; the Glittering Couple Retreat is an ideal Valentine’s gift.