Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jentayu Spa - Damansara Heights

Tucked away, within the hush confines of Damansara Heights, is a little haven of tranquility. Jentayu Spa calls itself,  Kuala Lumpur’s little secret and with good reason. The spa is hidden away in a beautifully refurbished multi-level bungalow. The ambience is simple, charming and exudes all things Balinese – from the dark, teak floors to the soft, lilting tunes of traditional Balinese music playing in the background.

Jentayu isn't just about simple Balinese charm, however. It’s also about Malaysian celebrity. The spa enjoys the glamorous auspices of Datuk Sheila Majid, celebrated jazz singer and entrepreneur extraordinaire. She opened the spa, along with some friends, 6 years ago.
Jentayu Spa offers a variety of mainly traditional Balinese massages, scrubs and baths. The menu is fairly extensive and divided into ala carte and signature spa treatments. The ala carte services are singular treatments such as a massage or a scrub which are perfect if you’re short of time. The menu lists the Jentayu Foot Massage, Back and Shoulder Massage and an Aromatherapy Massage, among others. The signature spa treatments, on the other hand, are a combination of massages, scrubs, masks and baths and last for at least 2 hours.
I was pleased to discover that the products used at the spa are homemade, natural concoctions based on time-honoured recipes from Malaysia and Indonesia. No artificial chemicals that might irritate my skin.  I raised my eyebrows when I saw the prices - although for once, it wasn’t because everything was so expensive! Despite the posh address, I was delighted to see that Jentayu’s treatments are reasonably priced.
One of the signature treatments, called Just Relax, includes a bath, scrub, body mask and a massage. The entire experience lasts for an idyllic 2 hours and 15 minutes and costs RM250. I chose the 90-minute Jentayu Traditional Massage which cost just RM140. I certainly enjoyed my massage a little more knowing that my relaxed senses wouldn’t be unceremoniously dragged back to the stresses of reality at the sight of a huge bill!

The tiny masseuse, a quiet, polite Indonesian woman, surprised me with her strength. She considerately enquired if I’d like stronger or milder pressure and I settled for something in between.
After my relaxing session, I was given a refreshing drink to enjoy in the patio that overlooks the tiny but prettily-maintained garden in the back – a lovely and peaceful way to end to my time at Jentayu.

This is bliss on a budget. What more could a girl ask for?
Address: No.11, Jalan Gelanggang, Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2094 4428
Open daily from 10am to 6pm (except on Public Holidays)

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