If you’ve been shelving all holiday plans and staying home like a good citizen during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s worth rejoicing as travel restrictions around the world start to lift. Once you’re ready to fly, these six wellness destinations in Malaysia beckon with rejuvenating spa treatments, calming meditation sessions, and skin-soothing facials.

There’s no better time to find that spring back in your step before you return back to your workplace, especially with getaways that promise to restore your mental and physical health. And if you’re based in Singapore, these wellness destinations are just a couple of hours away.

1. The Majestic Kuala Lumpur

The hotel’s colonial-style décor and neo-classical details make it the perfect backdrop to enjoy luxurious treatments fit for royalty. Pamper yourself with “Queen Victoria’s Lavender”, a three-hour spa programme featuring a deep relaxation massage accompanied by the fresh scent of lavender, or the “English Afternoon Tea”, which uses garden berries and English roses in its facial and massage.

More information here.

2. Cameron Highlands Resort

Let nature heal you at Cameron Highlands Resort, whose wellness centre is surrounded by tea plantations, strawberry farms, jungle trails, and flower gardens. Expect to luxuriate in therapies that draw knowledge from the orang asli or “original people” who harbour a deep understanding of plants, herbs and flowers that have the power to heal, Go for the tungku batu (heated stone therapy), which comes with a hot stone massage to hasten the elimination of toxins and loosen tense muscles.

More information here.

3. Gaya Island Resort

Fringed by lush mangroves, the spa village at Gaya Island Resort is a tranquil hideaway surrounded by the island’s colourful flora and fauna. Guests can treat themselves to one-of-a-kind spa experiences that merge traditional practices with modern approaches to health and well-being. Rejuvenating treatments include the Balinese massage and guided meditation, each one helping to bring a sense of balance to the body and mind.

More information here.

4. Tanjong Jara Resort

Savour the region’s rich natural heritage when you check into the spa village at Tanjong Jara Resort. Built on the Malay concept of sucimurni, which emphasizes the purity of spirit, health, and well-being, the wellness destination offers treatments such as the signature asam roselle (roselle body treatment). Red flowers from the roselle plant is used in a relaxing massage, which is said to strengthen the kidney system, lower blood-sugar levels, as well as offer anti-ageing benefits.

More information here.

5. Pangkor Laut Resort

When at Pangkor Laut Resort’s spa village, immerse yourself in the region’s healing culture by embarking on wellness programmes that focus on both physical and spiritual well-being. Specialities include tui-na an-mo (massage), quan shen jin yu (herbal bath), and ukup wangi (scented body steaming). For a personalized exprience, meet with the spa’s Chinese, ayurvedic, or Malay specialist for a consultation at the beginning of your stay.

More information here.

6. The Majestic Malacca 

Just a seven-hour bus ride away from Singapore, The Majestic Malacca is a former 1920 mansion turn boutique hotel set along the banks of Melaka River. The spa therapies here are customised according to a guest’s cool or warm enegeries, based on Peranakan healing philosophy and inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. Ease away from the pressures of modern living with the suam-suam panas experience, a treatment that uses natural local ingredients like palm sugar, honey, and bird’s nest in its body scrubs and facials.

More information here.

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