I disagree with the previous poster's assessment of this spa, but please know
that I probably have a completely different perspective on my experience. While
I may disagree, that does not mean that he is not 100% in his review; just that
we have different preferences.
I had two 1.5 hour massages in mid-October (a Khmer/Thai and Swedish). My
particular masseurs seemed very skilled, and while I have had about 30-massages
in my life, I am far from an "expert."
From a US pricing perspective, these massages were dirt-cheap while enjoying a
"classy" environment. However, there were many other locations offering the
same massages for a fraction (1/5) the price. They looked a little "less
comfortable" to me, so the $20-$25/massage I spent at Amara was worth it,
considering that similar services would be 5x (plus) more expensive in the
I DID experience the loud noises from the street below, but was in a private
room both times so nobody was walking through my treatment. There was a
language barrier, and at times the Khmer/Thai massage was either too aggressive,
or too hot (compresses), which I could not effectively communicate with the
I also did not get rushed through the pre and post tea, and had ample room to
sit. But I was there during a "light" time of the week/day, so I did not
experience a busy environment.
I would recommend this establishment to a non-seasoned Asian traveler, and
somebody more accostumed to US-style and priced massages. If you are seasoned
to such things, as the previous posted mentioned, there are numerous other
locations that are cheaper and offer the same services.
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