firstly, the setting simply cannot be beaten. a beautiful, warm, outdoor jacuzzi, with shelter from the sun if needed, is easily large enough to have a good swim, if you want. there are sun decks, and a chilled pool. the local wildlife can be watched from the pool as they come down to test the water. the song of bulbuls and drongos fills the air. the atmosphere is scented with ayura's signature fragrance, woody and citrus at the same time.
if you book a treatment, you are advised to arrive early to take advantage of the facilities.
we treated ourselves to a couples massage on our silver wedding anniversary. we were shown to our separate changing areas, and shown the showers, sauna and scented steam room. everywhere was spotlessly clean, and dimly lit in a restful way.
lockers are provided, as is a robe, and for ladies 'poseable panties' this was puzzling at first but turned out to be 'disposable' rather than page 3! [men wear their swimwear for the massage].
after changing we met in the outdoor jacuzzi and floated blissfully until summoned. sent to our separate areas, i was asked to shower and change into the disposables and popped into a dark quiet room to relax. my husband was asked to shower and change, and led to the massage room by a different door. i was then taken to join him. i had a brief moment of terror because he was covered by a towel and i had visions of it being the wrong husband.... a quick check of his rings and watch put this to rest.
we had chosen the balinese massage. this was slightly more intense than i liked, but my masseuse adapted nicely to my needs. considering i am a bit of a control freak, i was surprised that i was nearly asleep by the end. the whole experience was very quiet. this suited me as i don't really want chatter. we both thoroughly enjoyed the massage. after it was over, we went to our separate darkened rooms to relax with a wonderful cup of ginger tea. the relaxing chairs were the best i have ever been in.
afterwards, we were encouraged to use the jacuzzi pool again, and were served with more tea in the pool. our experience ended with a gift, a scented eyeshade made of silk.
our massage package was on special offer for berjaya guests, at 320rm for the couple. it made a wonderful morning for our very special day. on that morning, it rained quite heavily, but this made the outdoor pool even more special...
how i wish i could be there now, i use the ayura spa as my 'quiet place'; i imagine myself there in times of stress...
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