One Saturday afternoon, I was introduced to a most relaxing and nurturing spa rejuvenating experience at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. I went to Sofitel's Le Spa for an hour of Sérénité, a Filipino Pride Massage, hoping to be relieved of the stresses of work and of life in general.
|Bold branding behind the spa reception counter|
Upon arrival at Le Spa, I was asked to fill out a guest card with my personal and health details as I waited to be assigned my treatment suite. I was served sweet ginger tea that immediately relaxed me, while bedroom slippers were given for me to wear and they took care of storing my shoes.
|Modern vibrant lounge welcomes guests at Le Spa|
I took the opportunity to snap some photos of the Le Spa lounge and of the treatment suite, which was a good sized room with two massage beds, two foot spa lounges, a sink and wardrobe. The music I chose was of the Nature kind, with the sounds of gushing water and chirping birds.
|A touch of France|
What came next was a glorious hour of deep full body massage done by able trained hands. With the rhythmic strokes and the calming music, I felt myself slowly slipping into sleep.
To cap off the massage was a special facial treatment -- I was told it has anti-aging benefits and was asked to refrain from washing my face for the rest of the day.
|Foot bath stations|
|Comfy massage bed|
At Le Spa, they are now offering facial treatments with Thémaé -- an exclusive range of treatments based on the properties of tea, long considered as one of nature's most effective elixirs. It has the potent powers of four tea extracts, namely: the regenerating white tea, stimulating black tea, soothing red tea and the anti-oxidant green tea. Why tea? Tea actively contributes to slowing the skin's signs of aging by neutralizing the free radicals that break down collagen and elastin.
I say, with this magic Le Spa has cast on me, I felt like a million bucks and ready to face the world once again.