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“A very comfortable massage in a classy establishment” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amara Spa

Amara Spa
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Keller, Texas
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11 reviews
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“A very comfortable massage in a classy establishment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2008

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
States.

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
masseur.

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.

cj

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Complete rip off!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2008

From the advertisements and from the pavement, this shiny new spa in Phnom Penh LOOKS like it has potential as an expensive treat. Boasting a modern, designer feel and menu of treatments costing 2 or 3 times the standard price in other well-established spas, I "treated" two visiting friends and myself to an hour's Khmer massage here with high expectations. I could not have been more disappointed. Here's why:

1) It cost over $20 for the hour compared to about $4 (local outfits) to $8 (nicer spas like Azaidee, Champei or Dermal Spa) whilst offering an inferior service

2) The three masseurs were very inexperienced (though sweet and charming), so definitely not worth the extra money.

3) The large room in which we had the treatments was not very private, with people walking through, in between the two main treatment areas.

4) It was very dark, and quite noisy (from the street outside and internet cafe downstairs).

5) It was not at all "customer-friendly". Before and after the massage, like in other places, we received a cup of tea. However unlike other place, we had to drink it standing up as there was nowhere to sit! In the changing cubicles there is nowhere to put down your "pyjamas" while taking off your clothes. Even simple things like the locks on the toilet doors are not user-friendly (my friend got stuck in the toilet).

In conclusion, I strongly recommend you don't go here. There are far better, cheaper places!

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