The Ritz Carlton property is a tropical resort that really perfects the sense of place. Rather than a singular massive hotel it is a series of buildings, villas and bungalows spread out over a large forested coastline. Golf carts are abundant to help guests cover ground quickly and we were ferried to the spa immediately upon request.
The spa keeps with the beautiful and intentional theme of the property. It is tucked away in a quiet corner of island coast and feels like an oasis within the greater escape of the resort. The theme is Malaysian healing and wellness from the décor to the treatments and the authentically trained staff.
We arrived early to enjoy the wellness facilities and they are truly relaxing. The locker room feels like a deep forest retreat. If offers outdoor jacuzzies and plunge pools, indoor steam room, sauna, showers and relaxation area with teas and snacks. The sense of privacy and relaxation are soothing.
The massage rooms themselves are these beautiful overwater bungalows shaped like traditional wood fishing traps from Langkawi. The views were delightful and the massage and facial treatments first class. The prices were quite good for the area and we had discounts applied due to our Ritz Carlton status. It seems the spa normally has some sort of promotion occurring and they were happy to accommodate our requests.
Many of the spa rituals focus on healing, gentleness, relaxation and restoration. The styles are more comforting than the rougher stretching. The Lulur Hammam experience is a combination of steam, oils and creams to rejuvenate the muscles and the Mandi Bunga ritual is distinctly Malaysian which focuses on the feet, scalp and back for massage. These were excellent indulgences we can say were enjoyable from the experience.