Spa Day for Stylish City Dwellers

By Sara Yeoh


“Sweeping us away from the whirlwind that is Kuala Lumpur’s hustle and bustle was the aptly named Away Spa at the W Hotel. Away Spa disrupts the traditional spa agenda with W’s millennial mantra of “detox, retox, repeat” — looking past conventional methodologies in favour of high-tech treatments and services designed to help you get your glow on.

Fitting of this ‘Malaysian’ issue, we went back to our roots and opted for the ‘Local Massage’ that uses traditional Malay ‘urut’ techniques. In the waiting lounge, we filled in a form prior to the treatment, indicating our desired pressure and areas to focus on while sipping on vanilla tea by TWG. If you have any concerns like having wounds or sprains, now would be the time to highlight it to the masseuse.”

Once it was done, we were led to the treatment rooms. Mine was the ‘Solitude’ room – exactly what I needed in between a busy weekday schedule. The purple infrared lighting in the room quiets one down, while still staying true to the stylish and futuristic aesthetics of the hotel. Make use of the en suite bathroom with W’s signature amenities from Bliss for a shower before the massage or to reapply your makeup after it. Adjusting myself just fine to the environment, I undressed and got myself ready for the massage in the en suite bathroom.

With the scent of lavender lingering in the air, and after deep inhales and exhales on cue of the masseuse’s whispers, I submitted my body (and mind) to her swift hands. I found bliss in her skillful pulls and presses, and my knots and tensions came undone at areas her hands graced with I‘s argan body oil. By the time she was done, I was already drifting off, only to be waken up by a chime that signalled the end of the session.

Get an outer glow to match your inner state after the rejuvenating massage. The beauty bar offers quick beauty fixes from manicures and pedicures to eyelash extensions – all serviced by 176 Avenue. Their complimentary services like a quick shoulder massage, scalp massage, flower bath and detox cocktails add on to your day of decompression.

Stylish city dwellers would be delighted to be away, but right here in the city.


Address: Away Spa at W Kuala Lumpur Level 13, 121, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Malaysia
Tel: +603 2786 8888


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