The primary reason of having my Boracay trip is to enjoy and forget all work-related stress. It was an excellent decision that I have included Tirta Spa in my itinerary. The renowned spa is stationed in Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc in Boracay Island- a 15-20 minute drive from the main road. A visit here is perfect if you intend to simmer down for a while and forget about all the negative things that bother you.
Upon reaching the place, you will be astounded with the elegant entrance of the structure and picturesque surroundings showcasing a taste of different Asian cultures. Our arrival was announced by the sound of the temple gong which releases all the negative energy. Upon entering the lobby, I couldn’t help but to admire the choice of furnitures and decorations inside the lobby and seeing all the accolades speak why they are the best and number one spa in Boracay.
All of the awards they have earned since they opened in 2007 proved that Ms. En Calvert, the owner and managing director (now based in Dubai) has indeed succeeded in making Tirta Spa a world-class spa. Since 2012, they have been bagging prestigious international spa industry awards – (“Best Day Spa in Asia and Asia Pacific” and “Best Luxury Day Spa”) in different organizations. In 2015, they have received the Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor, thus enlisted them into Hall of Fame.
We were greeted by Rose, the front desk officer. She gave us each a glass of fresh calamansi juice and asked me to register. Because I was still enthralled with every single detail in the lobby , I didn’t even notice that Rose was asking me to choose a spa package. I selected the Anti-time Facial and body massage (one of the Biodroga Facial packages) because my skin needs pampering. I would really want to achieve a youthful look. I was asked to select an oil which will be used for the massage– I have selected Ylang-ylang because it helps to release stress and anxiety.
Before the treatment, I was fortunate to meet the gorgeous and charming manager, Ms. Cecille Acuna. As we have a quick tour in the 1 hectare property, she shared to me how her sister, Ms. En had made Tirta the best spa in the island. Because they already have made a name in the international spa industry, that was the perfect time to open a branch in Dubai. For that reason, Ms. Cecille had to take over, and with the help of Ms. En, she was able to manage Tirta Spa.
The fantastic view itself will make you feel relaxed, what more if you have availed one of their spa packages? Tirta is currently the leading spa in Boracay not only because of the impressive architectural design and exhilirating ambience, but of their superb service. The rates might be considered exorbitant –because they are offering service beyond compare and all of the ingredients/products used are of premium quality.
On our way to the villas, we passed by Prashant Spa, a Tirta brand with affordable rates. This is perfect to Filipinos who would like to have the Tirta Spa experience — same quality of service, same therapists, the only thing that differs is the ambience and set-up. (A separate article will be posted in this blog about Prashant Spa). On the second floor, I have spotted a hidden haven- a luxury Home Stay accommodation at Tirta Spa. (It will be featured in a separate post).
There are three Royal Suite Villas that you can choose at Tirta Spa (Indonesian, Thai and Indian-Moroccan Villa). Each villa has amenities which include a private bathroom, bathtub and vichy rain shower.
Each villa has a coy pond
As I entered the Thai villa, a relaxing music was played- setting the mood for me to unwind. Before the treatment, I was introduced to Lady (my therapist) and April (her assistant. At first I felt uncomfortable, but they were very professional in dealing with their customers. I was given complete instructions – from undressing, taking a shower, and putting my stuff in the safety deposit box. .
The treatment started with the foot ritual.. “Tirta” comes from the Hindu word means “Holy Water” which cleanses our body and soul and drives away all the negative energy. Lady placed a white flower on my right ear.and I was given fresh ginger tea.
Fresh ginger tea prepared by Ms. Cecille’s mother.
After the foot wash, Lady presented the Biodroga products that she will use for my Anti-Time Facial and body massage which is priced at P7,320. The authentic Biodroga products that they using are from Germany.
Time has finally come and I had one of the most unforgettable activity in Boracay 2017– the Tirta Spa Experience! Hubby and I had the complimentary massage by the beach last year (part of Estacio Uno’s package when you book with them), but it was a different experience. Honestly, instead of feeling relaxed, I felt like I was beaten.
In the registration, I have chosen to have medium pressure in the massage and even requested to have a 10-minute focus on the upper back. I was about to request Lady to shift into light pressure in the leg part, but she knew whether her client is comfortable or not. As if she can read my mind, she asked me if I would like have the massage in lighter pressure. She made sure I was comfortable in the entire treatment. I didn’t hear any conversation from her and her assistant. When she was talking to me, her voice was like that of one of the sirens ( a creature in Greek mythology who lured sailors with their enchanting music and voices). I resisted the temptation to fall asleep because I would like to enjoy every second of the treatment.
After the treatment, I felt younger and rejuvenated. I received a compliment from hubby and my daugther Shane told me that I looked young and I had a different glow. For spa lovers especially those who would like to look and feel younger, I recommend Anti-Time Facial and Body Massage.
For inquiries or reservation, you may contact Tirta Spa directly. They have different packages to choose from.
Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay island, Malay, Aklan, 5608
Telephone Nos. +63 (0) 36 288 6841/ 288-6481
Mobile Nos. 0920 918 4857 / 0922- 892 8696
Disclosure: The anti-time treatment I had was complimentary; however, all the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.