The Best Spas I’ve Visited in 2017

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One of the things that I include when I travel is not only to discover about interesting activities to do, places to eat and hang out, but also a spa that you can recommend to my readers.  I know that most of us have a busy schedule and we need to squeeze our precious time to destress.  In 2017, I have discovered four of the best spas in the Philippines.  Please take note that I do not recommend all the spas that I have visited.  I may probably post some photos or videos, but to recommend or feature the spa or  service is something that I am careful of.    I do not want to mislead the public with false information– so when I recommend something, I believe that it would be beneficial to the other customers as well.

(The sequence of the numbers are not according to the ranking, but to the first one that I have visited.

  1.  TIRTA SPA (April 2017)

Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608

https://www.tirtaspa.com/

 

How can I forget about my summer escapade in paradise?  Tirta Spa made me feel like a queen when I visited Boracay.  From the moment I enter their gates til I hear the sound of the gongs announcing my arrival, and the professionalism of the front desk officer, Rose,  when she welcomed me with a glass of calamansi drink prepared personally by the owner’s mother, I was mesmerized and flabbergasted.  Not only the sight of their impressive architectural design, luxurious villas, classy Asian furnitures, relaxing ambiance and awards of excellence are the proofs why Tirta is the best spa in Boracay Island– it is their excellent service to their clients.

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Tirta’s professional therapists

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I had their Anti-time Facial and body massage for 2.5 hours.  My therapist, Ms. Lady started with the foot wash ritual.  She explained to me about the products that she will use prior the treatment.  I left the spa with an incredible feeling and even my family members noticed the different glow in my skin.

2.  Z SPA (November 2017)

2/F Ace Hotel, Brixton cor. United St., Pasig City

I was really impressed with the cleanliness and elegant furnishings that Z Spa has.  The place is very spacious- 400 plus square meters with VIP and common rooms.   I had the Swedish massage and Coco Body Scrub in their VIP room. The room had clean beds, TV, with own bathroom (with private Sauna room, bath tub and shower.

 

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What can you ask for? I have totally enjoyed everything that I almost forgot about the time.

INTERESTING THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

1. The owner, Ms. Chat, personally prepares the apple cucumber welcome drinks.

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2.  Ms. Chat personally makes sure that the therapists are really good.  They have the simulation test wherein she acts as the client.  If you can’t please her, you won’t be a good therapist– so in order to be one of the Z Spa attendants, you should pass her standards.

3.  Ms. Chat is very particular with the cleanliness of the spa.  She personally checks if the rooms are clean.

4.  They use all-natural products and NO MINERAL OILS.

When I visited, they just opened the spa so I think they have added more services now.  The underarm whitening is something that it quite interesting.  You should try that.

3.  SOULSCAPE SPA Marcos Highway (December 2017)

2/F The Pinnacle Plaza, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal

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Finally, I’ve discovered a classy spa near our location.  It’s very convenient to me because in just few minutes, I am already there.  Here are the different areas in their spa:

 

Soulscape is a part of my Christmas glow achievement and of my beauty routine to achieve my summer-ready skin and stress-free look this coming April.  These are the treatments I had in my visit last month.

  1.  The Minty Peppermint Anti-Dandruff Treatment

This is the one that I really need as of the moment because my hair is exposed to dirt.  After the spa treatment, at home, I noticed some white flakes fell on my clothes.  I found out that peppermint has this ability or should I say magic to drive away all the flakes in your hair and to maintain its shine.  Until Christmas, I got rid of the flakes, but when I travelled to Baguio City on the 27th, I noticed that it went back.  I think I have to include this hair treatment in my spa package everytime I visit Soulscape.

2.  Kojic Salt Body Scrub

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Kojic Salt Body Scrub

This is also a must in my list as I am obsessed to anti-aging treatments.  Aside from that effect, it also reduces stress and improves blood circulation.  They also have the coffee and gluta body scrub.

3.  Collagen Face Mask

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Of course, as part of the beauty routine my face needs to be smooth and younger looking as well– that is already included in my list.

4.  60-minute Anti-Stress Massage 

This should be included in your Create-A-Spa package once you have decided to book an appointment with them.  I will guarantee that you will be relaxed and destressed.

4.  BELFREI SPA BAGUIO 

2/F Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

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I have included this in my recent press trip to Baguio and I am very impressed with their service.  I travelled for almost 5 hours and we were hella stressed but it was all worth it.  The customers have to book ahead of time because have a large volume of customers waiting– no wonder why they have 2 branches.  The one I visited in Camp John Hay is the 2nd branch.  The one in SM Baguio is there for a decade already.

I had their Indulge Package (facial, foot spa and massage) because I was in a hurry.  Next time I go back to Baguio, there’s no way that I won’t be able to have that Belfrei Pamper package that includes the body scrub.

 

MY SPA HORROR STORY: (I opted not to give the name of the spa as it would be a mean thing to do.  This will serve as a warning the next time that you choose a spa for your destressing session).  

Not in all times, you will be relaxed when you are in a spa.  Be careful in attractive flyers and ads, when you actually reach the place, it’s like a haunted house and the service is even terrible.  The furnishings seemed filled with dirt and instead of soothing music, you will hear the laughter of the people.

I didn’t use the toiletries because those are yucky and the weird thing is that I didn’t feel relaxed after the massage.  Usually, after a massage i won’t be feeling any pain as what I have experienced in the spas i’ve mentioned above but this one, I felt I was beaten after.

I think they should have genuine concern for their clients because if they were satisfied, they would come back and recommend the service.  I actually have a dark spot here in my right cheek.  I think I got this after the pricking which I do not need at all because i do not have pimples at all.  Worst of all, the prices are quite expensive!  Make a thorough research before you visit a spa.  If you have seen one or two negative reviews, that’s the hint.  Don’t bother to waste your time.

This year, I will be featuring more posts about beauty secrets and I hope this blog post helped you in a way.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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Kojic Salt Body Scrub (Your Skin’s New BFF)

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It’s holiday season and we wanted to look young and fresh–it’s the perfect time to destress and give yourself a break.  In my Christmas Glow feature, part of the treatment I had in Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge is the 90 minute Kojic Salt Body Scrub. I personally chose this because of its anti-aging and lightening effect on the skin.

Here are the reasons why I included BODY SCRUB  in my beauty routine:

  1.  It hydrates your skin, making your skin silky and smooth.
  2. It gives you a youthful glow
  3. It helps reduce stress
  4. It helps you get rid of old skin cells
  5. It releases toxins
  6. It improves blood circulation

There are three types of body scrub offered to me (coffee, cream and salt), but I settled for the Kojic Salt Body Scrub because my purpose that time is to have the Christmas glow.  Kojic Acid is known as an agent used to lighten and tighten skin, remove age spots and decrease the appearance of scars.  It exfoliates and regenerate new skin cells that help achieve that youthful glow (that is why it’s sometimes called the Anti-Aging Body Scrub).

 

For busy persons like me, I highly recommend that you should have at least twice per month destressing session like this or once a week if you can afford it.  Pampering yourself is one of the best gifts that you can give to your family— once you are stress-free, you can even work better and bond with them.

Note:  This post is brought to you by Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge.

 

Relaxation & Serenity @ Z Spa

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As promised, I will share about my experience in Z Spa last week.  I have chosen the Mother of Pearl Body Scrub as suggested by the owner, Ms. Chat.  Well, as the name suggests, it can give you a glowing effect on your skin.  We were ushered to our executive room with its own CR (with shower and bath tub) and sauna.  After I had the sauna for about lesst than 10 minutes, I took a quick shower.  The therapist, Karen, handed me a disposable T-back underwear and a towel.  

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For my Mother of Pearl Body Scrub

In the photo above, you will see the aloe vera, the coconut oil and the other one (I forgot what it’s called) for the foot reflex.  I was informed that all the ingredients used in their spa are all-naturals.  Unlike the other spas, they do not use mineral oil because it can make the skin very dry.

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Below is the video of our body scrub treatment.  I wasn’t able to take a photo of all the dead skin cells removed by Karen.  The Mother of Pearl Body Scrub is a whitening treatment, but of course do not expect quick results.  Yes, your skin will be lightened, but it won’t take long.  You need to have at least 2 sessions per month for your skin to achieve the best results.

 

 

After taking a hot bath in the tub, Shane and I had our foot wash and  my Swedish massage after. 

 

Their foot wash is something different compared to what we had in Discovery Shores last summer.  It was foamy and very relaxing.  

 

 

 

Because we were relaxed, we forgot that it was already 7pm, hihi!  You won’t get bored during your treatment because you have the option to turn on the TV in the room.  For those who would like to be relaxed, there’s a soothing music being played during the treatment.

I would recommend Z Spa because the place is really clean and the staff are very professional; however, I would appreciate it more if they would have the clients fill out the info sheet first before they start the treatment.  My therapist asked me if I have allergies or any sickness, but it would be better if they will have their own file as well.

Z Spa

2nd Floor, Ace Hotel and Suites, United cor. Brixton Streets, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Disclosure:  This post was made possible by Z Spa.  The opinions written here are from my own judgement and based from my own experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Z Spa: The Perfect Place to Destress in Metro Manila

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A day before my birthday I was given two special treats:  first was the discounted membership fee @ Fitness First and after a 20 -25 minutes ride from Robinsons Metroeast, I had a relaxing and destressing session in Z Spa.  It is located on the 2nd Floor of Ace Hotel & Suites in United cor. Brixton Streets, Pasig City.  They just opened this October that’s why most of you are not familiar with Z Spa yet.   The spa itself (with the area of 460 square meters) is well-maintained (literally spotless because the owner is very particular with cleanliness and hygiene).  The interior design is impressive as well.  The furnitures and home decors are made of  wood because it is associated with the meaning of Z in Zosima which is life.

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Upon entering, we were welcomed by their receptionist and after that, we waited in their lounge and we had our welcome drinks.  I have learned that it was the owner, Ms. Chat, who personally prepares the refreshing cucumber juice with ginger and lemon.

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I have chosen to have the Coco Body Scrub (for anti-aging) but after talking to Ms. Chat, I decided to have the Mother of Pearl Body Scrub (for whitening) instead.  I was actually intrigued because she told me that i will be amazed of the result.  (There will be a separate post  about my Z Spa Experience).

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There are two hallways.  The first one has De Luxe rooms for the Thai & Swedish Massage with a common CR and the other one has Executive rooms (with own CR, sauna, bath tub and shower area).

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This is the room for single person used for the Thai massage.

 

The De Luxe rooms for two and three persons

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The common CR

Below is our executive room (for two persons) where I had the body scrub.  Like the De Luxe Rooms, all rooms are also air-conditioned.   I liked the privacy and comfortability that we had.  We started the treatment at 3pm and because we were so relaxed, it ended at past 7pm.  My therapist, Karen, was very friendly and she made me feel comfortable.

 

 

 

For you to appreciate the place more,  I have here a video of the lobby.  It would be better though if you will visit in your free time and destress just like what I did!

 

 

Here are the services that they offer:

Thai Massage  (60 mins-P750) (90 mins-P1100) (120 mins P1300)

Swedish Massage  (60 mins-P850) (90 mins-P1200) (120 mins P1400)

 Foot Reflex (90 mins-P970) (120 mins P1250)

Body Scrub

Mother or Pearl Body Scrub (90 mins) P2200

Coco Body Scrub (90 mins) P2000

Underarm Whitening Treatment (Package of 6 sessions) 5 + 1  P6,800

This Underarm Whitening Treatment is soooooo interesting— honestly, I need this for my Boracay escapade this coming April 2018; however, another option is for you to have the body scrub at least twice per month to have a glowing effect in your skin.  Their slimming service is something also to be watched out for and they will offer it SOON.  The skin tightening service is quite interesting.  This is the perfect solution for those who are dying to have nice legs and arms this coming summer.  This is actually my problem, hihi!— once I have solved my problems with my weight, the problem is that my skin sags.

In Z Spa, all the therapists were professionally trained.  They have certificates from TESDA and had one month training from DOH.  One thing that I also like is that they are kid-friendly.  In fact, they allowed my daughter Shane to stay in my Executive room to watch cartoons, have a hot bath in the tub and a have a calming foot wash.

 

 

This is definitely worth a try!  To be pampered and relaxed, you may visit them and see for yourself.

Z Spa

2nd Floor Ace Hotel & Suites United cor. Brixton Avenues, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

http://myzspa.business.site/

0917 117 2428

 

Disclaimer:  This post was made possible by Z Spa but everything in this article is based from my own judgement and my ideas are not influenced by the management.