Recharge in Ubud
Find balance between the mind, body and soul with relaxing treatments amidst pure natural surroundings...
Nestled within the complex of Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Mandapa Spa is perfectly situated by the Ayung River, making it a pristine wellness destination in Ubud. The spa welcomes both staying and non-staying guests with selections thoughtfully-crafted treatments that revolve around Pancamaya koshas (five sheaths), which include physical, energy astral, mental awareness, wisdom and bliss.
Mandapa Spa now gives all the more reasons for guests to visit by incorporating new treatments with products by Subtle Energies. Made in Australia with European standards, this organic skincare – that is renowned for its authentic Ayurveda principles – is the latest product to pamper guests at Mandapa Spa. Some of the highlighted treatments are Blissful Marma Massage, Indian Head Massage and Subtle Energies Sleep Support Therapy. Come with me as I reveal my beauty journey at Mandapa Spa...
The sound of the river flowing soothed my mind as I entered the lobby spa, followed by a warm smile from one of the staff. Welcoming me at Mandapa Spa, she offered me a choice of herbal welcome drinks; Loloh Kayu Manis which is good to improve blood circulation and control blood sugar or Tamarind Herbal Tonic to strengthen the immune system. Each drink is presented in a dispenser a corner of the lobby that gives guests the privilege to take their own drink as they like. I opted for the Loloh Kayu Manis which set my mind into a relaxing mode in an instant.
With a glass of herbal drink in one hand, I sat on a sofa, accompanied by the magnificent view of the Ayung River. The staff then took me back to reality with a consultation form and explained to me all about Subtle Energies and their three treatments that use those products. Without hesitation, I chose the 90-minute Blissful Marma Massage which involves a much needed full body massage. Not long after, a therapist escorted me to one of the eight treatment rooms.
Dominated by warm hues and set in a lavish yet homey design, the treatment room had a peaceful mood. Made complete with a private bathroom, the room is even more remarkable with an open-air terrace equipped with a plunge pool and a comfortable sitting area overlooking the Ayung River. Sitting on the daybed, I felt calmer as my beauty journey started with a foot ritual with the use of black rice and coconut scrub for exfoliation – of course, I felt even more relaxed with a natural view of the surroundings to please my eyes.
Once the foot ritual was over, it was time for the Blissful Marma Massage. Lying on the massage bed facing down, I followed my therapist’s breathing guide to help reach a sedated state of mind before she massaged me using long, firm and flowing movements as well as therapeutic techniques from head to toe. Blissful Marma Massage is splendid to relieve stress and tension. It also incorporates Marma therapy, light stimulation, and chakra balance to align vital energy centers. Combined with the high quality Bliss Blend Oil or Rasayana Detox Blend by Subtle Energies, this treatment is amazing to enhance wellbeing and create powerful active benefi ts.
One and a half hours may sound quite long, but with a massage technique that was so on-point – and serenaded by the sound of the river –, I felt so relaxed that I fell asleep almost throughout the treatment. Before I knew it, my therapist gently woke me up as the treatment came to an end. ‘Please wait at least 15 minutes before showering so that your skin absorbs all the goodness of the product,” she suggested.
To be honest, I usually take a shower right after a spa treatment as I can’t stand my skin being greasy from the massage oil. But this treatment was different as my skin wasn’t oily at all afterwards – which means the Subtle Energies product works effectively and my skin absorbed all of its vitamins and minerals. Besides, I didn’t really want to go to the shower immediately as I got to indulge in a post-treatment herbal drink in the relaxing lounge.
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud
• Mandapa Spa also uses Subtle Energies for these treatments:
1. Indian Head Massage: consists of a foot ritual using Himalayan Salt, a head massage and a Marma point massage, this treatment is remarkable to induce a sense of grounding, rejuvenate the scalp and release tension in the neck, head and shoulders.
2. Subtle Energies Sleep Support Therapy: consists of a foot ritual, a guided Shavasana meditation and yogic pranyamas, a Marma massage and a Naysa Oil application. This treatment is crafted to release tension and help balance the body’s rhythm to create an ideal holistic sleep.
• Mandapa Spa provides a complete facilities. So, don’t forget to enjoy the Sauna or Steam room (open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) or relax in the Vitality pool (open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
By Risty Nurraisa
Magazine issue > Invite&Indulge