I went on the guide book's recommendation and if this is the best in Hoi An, it's a disappointing town for discerning spa-goers. The greeting at reception was excellent, I felt very welcome, greeted with ginger tea and a nice chat with the staff. They seal your valuables in a signed envelope and your other belongings in a locker - I ended up with five keys to carry to the massage room - no idea what the other three were for. I heard another woman booking a massage very clearly request 'warm room, not cold, warm' and understood why when I got the the massage room, which had a very chilly air conditioning unit that blew right on the massage table. I was asked if it was too cold and I said 'a bit' so it was turned down a little, still very cool. It's funny, in the brochure they talk about the hot stone massage and how hot rocks increase the relaxation of the muscles, yet spas here seem to want to keep you cool throughout. I was having the 'Signature' massage and it was ok but certainly nothing special and not hard enough to really do anything therapeutic, although I'd asked for it to be 'strong'. Two thirds of the way through, the masseuse turned the air-con way up again (I'd asked again for it to be turned down further, so twice before this point) but by then I was on my front and mostly covered so I just put up with it. When it was finished I found my way downstairs (they have shower facilities and a changing room with hair dryers and so forth, which is thoughtful) and back to reception. The two ladies I'd chatted to at the start (and the best part of the experience) had gone and there was no, you know, after-care, like a cup of tea or one of the many hand towels you end up being offered in this part of the world, nothing like that, just presented with my bill, which was wrong, and I went on my way as they looked for the next person. I kept thinking 'I've paid a bit less than $30USD for this' and it still didn't feel worth it. I've had better in Vietnam.
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