Step into Chi, the spa at Shangri-La, and step into serenity. A walk down a wood planked path, lined with bamboo shoots and fish ponds starts my search for relaxation as I approach the reception villa. The sound of trickling water from a rock water feature in the center of the reception reminds me to take a deep breath and start clearing my mind.
Spa options range from half day Chi Journeys, a combination of a Himalayan Bath Therapy, with different massage and body therapies, to selecting A la Carte from their menu of Traditional Massage, Signature Therapies, Body Therapies, Facial Treatments and Men’s Skincare Treatments. I opted for a signature therapy, the Rasa Asmaradana body massage preceded by the Chi Skin Polish.
The receptionist conducted a brief consultation, including the types of foods I eat and my favorite time of day to determine my five element sign and to ensure that the treatment best suited my needs. They determined I was a water sign, and suggested complementing oils.
Treatments are delivered in luxurious private spa villas surrounded by gardens for ultimate privacy and relaxation. My treatment started with a welcome foot ritual, where my feet were soaked in warm water infused with herbs. Next, the Chi Skin Polish which is a signature body scrub rich in mineral salts and citrus oil blends prepared my skin for the oils that would follow in the Rasa Asmaradana massage. Inspired by traditional techniques of native Malay healers, the massage was deep and relaxing and left me feeling invigorated. I could feel my Chi flowing freely.