Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Total Indulgence at The Spa Wellness, Shangri-La

I think there is no better way to reward yourself after a long day's work with a visit to The Spa Wellness. Just last Tuesday, clocked out at exactly 5:00:24 PM from the office and dropped by their newest branch in Shangri-La Mall East Wing for some mid-week "I so deserve this!" head-to-toe pampering experience. The treatment I had was Total Indulgence, which I believe is the same as the Here Comes The Bride package they had before. I like the present name better, since everyone (and not just brides-to-be) deserves such a pampering treat like this!

Hint: This left me in a chipper mood the entire week! :)

The Spa Wellness in Shangri-La Plaza East Wing is the 7th and newest branch. They also have one that will soon be opening at Greenhills Promenade.

The Spa Wellness in Shangri-La is home to The Spa, barre3 and SKIN Dermatology & Laser Center.

Each of their branches have different theme. I've been to their Trinoma branch before which is safari-inspired. The Shangri-La branch has a classy, modern touch with the clean lines and minimalist designs. This branch also has private suites for every client, similar to their other branches in Eastwood, Rockwell, The Fort, and Greenhills Promenade.

It was my first time to be in one of The Spa's suites. What makes this extra special is that everything you need and more, you can find inside the room. This means, no locker rooms (since you already have the room all to yourself) and no sharing of sauna/steam and shower stalls.

My personal vanity for the night

Another thing I love about The Spa is that you can come here without bringing anything but yourself (and money, of course!) since they have towels, robes, toiletries, and even disposable undies ready. Perfect for those impromptu times when you just feel like pampering yourself after the hectic holiday rush and Christmas shopping.

Candles to add to the dim, relaxing ambiance.

You can get your body scrubs, massages, and facials lying down on the comfy bed that is ever present in each treatment rooms.

There's also a private (rainfall) shower with a shampoo/conditioner and bath gel dispenser. This doubles as a steam room.

And my favorite part of the suite, the jacuzzi! Something I wish I had at home. :D

All set for the Total Indulgence!

Total Indulgence
For the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation - 2h 30min to 3h 30min
choice of Signature Body Care* + choice of Facial** + Total Nail Care
Suite P4,750

*Signature Body Care:
Crystalline Skin Body Treatment
Toning Bamboo Revival
Coffee Rub
Red Wine Sparkler
Sea Salt Body Scrub

Restorative Water Lily Facial
Tuscan Fango Facial

I was contemplating on which Signature Body Treatment to try this time, since I've already tried (and loved!) the Crystalline Skin Body Treatment. My quest for the ultimate me-time got the best of me, so I decided to go for the same treatment since I so loved the silky smooth, baby skin feeling it once gave me. I swear, if there is one and only one treatment you wish to try from The Spa, this would have to be it!

I was told that the Total Indulgence treatment would last for 3 hours: 1 hour for the body scrub (30 minutes for the actual scrub, 30 minutes to use the facilities such as steam or jacuzzi), 1 hour for the massage, and 1 hour for the facial combined with the manicure and pedicure.

Let's start!

Whenever you book an appointment at The Spa, make it a point to come a few minutes earlier to prep yourself and freshen up with a quick shower.
Crystalline Skin Body Treatment
(90 minutes)
Works on both skin and soul to reveal a youthful, healthy glow. Brighten and smoothen with a premium-grade scrub of chamomile, rosemary, jojoba wax, aloe vera gel, and lemon. Calm the spirit with a soul-soothing full-body massage. Recommended bi-monthly treatment.

The Spa uses premium products for their treatments. The scrub was a welcome treat to my senses since it has such an uplifting and relaxing scent. I loved how the scrub managed to whisk away those dulling, dead skin cells while still being gentle on the skin. After rinsing off the scrub, my skin felt baby-soft once again! Dry patches were gone, and my body felt smooth and supple all over.

After the scrub and quick rinse, I headed towards the jacuzzi where it took my pampering to another level. It's my first time to have a bubble bath! Haha! :D

While relaxing in the jacuzzi, I had a cup of The Spa's signature ginger tea. After soaking in the tub for a few minutes, I freshened up again quickly in the shower to prepare for the massage.

The flowing strokes of this classic combined with our special oil to soothe sore muscles, increase circulation, and relieve body tension.

I had the Swedish massage which felt sooo good. I'm not really big on massages, since I get ticklish, but I loved how relaxing this was. (Also, Swedish is a good one to try for first timers since it's light and won't cause you any muscle pain after.) I loved that the massage therapist covered all bases, literally from head to toe. My favorite part would have to be the back massage, also near the nape, where all my stressed muscles are concentrated since I am always in front of the computer, typing away at work (and even when I get home to blog). Any form of stress seems to just melt away when you get a blissful massage.
Restorative Water Lily Facial
(60 minutes)
Repairs aging, damaged, irritated skin with essences from the water lily, a flower with exceptional curative powers. Combined with hazel nut oil and vitamin E, this facial increases collagen synthesis to soothe, fight stress, target redness, and provide super hydration. Recommended bi-monthly treatment.

Let me tell you a secret. It's my first time to get a facial, ever. I am so scared of that word alone, since I've always been told that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" - same goes for my skin. I don't have perfect skin but it's not bad, and I don't like really like the idea of others touching my face. (Arte, haha!) But like all first, it's something I had to face, and I'm glad it was with The Spa!

My first rule, which made me oblige with the treatment, was no pricking. (Yes, I'm scared of that word too.) After that, everything was fine. My face was cleansed, exfoliated, steamed, and treated to a cooling gel mask. It felt so refreshing on the skin. During the steam, I was so worried that my pores would all open up and say hello, but during the mask, I felt them saying goodbye. Haha! My face was also massaged and moisturized to seal every nourishing serum/cream that was applied on my skin. Although it felt a bit oily at first, it was nourishing at the same time. My skin felt so soft and smooth, and with a radiant glow! (Massages work wonders for blood circulation.) You'll see the result on my picture later! :D (Just a friendly reminder, you can't wet or wash your face for 4 hours after the facial, though.)

Another hint: After this facial, I was able to skip makeup (like face base) for the remaining 3 days of the week at work. I would just put sunscreen, conceal my dark circles, fill in my brows, and apply lip stain. No BB cream, no powder - just healthy, happy skin!

Total Nail Care (Manicure + Pedicure)

Last but not the least, was the Total Nail Care. This was done simultaneously as the facial. I didn't really have a hard time choosing which shade to use this time. I picked up the midnight blue one first, then some reds and pinks, but went back to my first pick. My hands are so dry with ragged cuticles. (Sorry to my manicurist! Hehe) She did a nice job of shaping my nails. Ragged cuticles are gone! I also loved how regal and mysterious this shade is!

NOTD: Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer in Evening Song

I picked this shade because it reminded me of midnight. When you stare at it, the shimmers even look like stars in the night sky. (The shade name is so spot on!) This one dries to a semi-matte finish, so a clear, glossy top coat was used.

I had a grand time at The Spa. To say that I enjoyed the Total Indulgence is an understatement. This is the most pampering experience I've ever had.♥

The Spa makes it easy for us to give and share the gift of pampering to our loved ones with The Spa Wellness Gift Card. It's available in P500, P1000, P2000, and P5000 denominations, which you can use in all branches. Plus, you don't have to use the entire amount in one visit. If you can't think of a gift to give someone who already has everything, then this may just be the answer! :D

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The Spa Wellness Shangri-La Plaza
L6 Leisure Haven, East Wing. 656.7878 / 656.6868
Visit www.thespa.com.ph for more details.



  1. Wow sis! Super pampering talaga ang peg mo here. Grabe I imagine you. Ganda ng ambiance no? nakakarelax talaga. Would love to try these services din. Baka dun nako matulog haha :D

    1. Yes. Ito na yung most pampering experience ko ever. Kaso di ako sanay sa massage kaya di ako makatulog, though it's so relaxing. :D

  2. Hay looks so relaxing :) lucky you!


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