A good branding material provokes a good impact on customer. I found out about Suma Spa from their brochure and I instantly loved the design. It was not like a typical spa brochure that I found everywhere in Bali. Personally it was more like a fashion spread in a magazine to me rather than spa brochure. The logo itself is amazing. As a Creative Director, I tend to drawn into anything that well-branded and well-packaged and Suma Spa has found my soft spot.
The spa is located on the top floor of Fontana Hotel. You have to take the road next to the hotel to find the entrance. Since I was riding a motorbike, it wasn't difficult for me to find a parking spot. If you're driving a car, you probably want to park your car in the hotel.
The entrance door is like a slab of light concrete that you can slide easily. Once I got in, I was greeted by the receptionist and she led me to the elevator to the top floor.
When the elevator door was opened, I found myself in a Japanese house compound in the middle of Bali. It was a bamboo parade. You can find bamboo in every corner of the spa. The whole design is like a static version of Shigeru Ban's design.
With all the bamboo all around me, I would love to see or hear any life form. Water, bird or fish would be a perfect addition to enhance the ambience.
As I arrived in the upper lobby, I was greeted by another therapist who served me a lavender cold towel and a cold ginger tea - which I really love - and they were kind enough to add my ginger tea when I asked them to.
There were so many options of treatments. I chose “Fountain of Energy” because it was include an Amethyst bath. It was too bad after I booked the treatment, the therapist told me they ran out of the amethyst stone and willing to change it with milk. I didn’t mind at all.
When the time comes to choose which scented oil and scrub cream I want, I chose Jasmine and Rose because I just love the smell among the other scent.
While I was waiting for my treatment, the therapist gave me inquiries regarding my body condition. Out of curiosity I asked her ”What is Suma anyway?” . It turns out; Suma is a name of flower that grows on rocks which can bring life into the surrounding areas. Suma Spa is the manifestation of the concept, a tranquil place in the middle of crowded Kuta. The whole Japanese-Zen-ambience is a way to evoke and drive the customers into Zen, the art of silence.
I nodded in understanding.
The therapist informed me that they were ready. I walked into a big room. The bamboo is covering almost the entire room including the ceiling. The room has one treatment table, one inviting bath, a wash basin, a comfortable couch and a shower. All of these are in place without any wall separation. When the therapist asked me to change, she has to leave the room because there was no privacy in the room.
The treatment started with foot bath with salt and warm water then continued with the massage. There is one thing I have never experience before. The therapist hit a chime bell and told me to focus so she could start to synchronize out energy. It turns out; Suma not only offers a physical treatment, but also a treatment for the soul as well. My treatment was started with a body scrub to clean my skin. After the scrub, I took a shower and I went back to the table to start the massage.
I couldn’t say anything much about the massage except I simply love it. The milk bath after the massage is just my favorite. I fell asleep in the bath tub. It was so comfortable and relaxing at the same time.
After the milk bath, when I’m about to take a shower, the therapist asked me not to because it will ruin the massage oil which a virgin coconut oil. She informed that the coconut oil will sink into my skin and will give a better result if I don’t wipe them with soap.
She was right. My skin fell smooth all night long.
After the treatment, I was given other inquiries regarding my treatment. They served me lime water, but I just can’t help to asked for another cold ginger tea.
If the Suma Spa objective is to drive the customer in to the deep of emptiness, I believe I was there.
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