While I'm no spa virgin, I have to admit that this is my first time at an upper-class spa. Unlike the other spas I've been to, Crown Spa is revered as one of the most luxurious spas in Macau, winning the World Luxury Spa Awards for four years straight from 2011 to 2014. It was also bestowed with Five-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide earlier this year. So knowing the spa holds all these prestigious titles, I can't deny that I held really high expectations (despite lacking experience) upon going in. However, I was surprised, and still am, that amidst the expectations, Crown Spa managed to blow me away.
Located at the third floor of Crown Towers in City of Dreams Macau, Crown Spa greets its guests with a serene and relaxing ambiance. Upon entering its doors, our group was ushered to a waiting area. We were given a questionnaire to fill up. And don't worry, it was nothing like a pop quiz! The form lets you disclose if you have any illnesses or conditions. It also gives you the chance to choose the pressure you want and which part of your body you want your therapist to focus on.
Of course, even without much thought, I chose neck and shoulders!
After submitting the form, I was introduced to my therapist, Nora. Woot, no need to hold back! I can be as chatty as I want since my therapist is Pinay! Nora then ushered me to the Tranquility Room, one of the eight luxury treatment rooms at Crown Spa.
Aptly named, the Tranquility Room felt so relaxing and serene, with warm ambient lighting and simple yet pretty touches here and there. A couch with the tools for feet-soaking also comes with complimentary fruit platter. And of course, there's the massage bed which looked so inviting especially with my rock-hard shoulders.
|Essential oils and lava shells for the massage|
Even though I was already itching to jump straight on the massage bed, I was first brought inside the changing room. Here, you can store your clothes, watch, jewelry and shopping bags inside their spacious locker, use the toilet, take a quick shower, and prep for the pampering session. Good news to contact lens wearers like me too! You can ask your therapist for lens solution should you need to remove (or rehyrdate) your lenses.
|Changing room with heated floors|
|Vanity area with skin and body-care products plus other amenities|
(Shave kit, hair ties, comb, shower cap, disposable undies, cotton pads, etc.)
|Selfie before the massage|
|Crown Shell Massage (90mins; MOP 1380)|
Gosh was the massage heavenly! My therapist Nora started off with long strokes, massaging the whole back, arms and legs. Then it was time to get to business as serious knot-breaking soon followed. I didn't have an idea how long Nora massaged my shoulders and neck, but it took about 70% of the whole time, along with the back. Normally, when I get massages, I don't fall asleep. I like chatting with my therapist or keeping quite to just feel the knot-breaking action. However, with Nora's massage, I found myself dozing off a few times. It was certainly the best massage I had to date!
Of course, I'd be lying If I didn't mention the massage indeed had painful points. I guess it was as divine as it was as painful. There was a time I asked Nora if she can stop massaging my shoulders since I was already feeling uncomfortable. (I have decent tolerance for heavy-pressured massages, mind you!) However, she said there's still some knots she needs to work on. And I'm sure glad Nora didn't heed my small request. This is a perfect example of "Customer doesn't always know best." Nora knows what I need, what my shoulders need. And while my shoulders felt quite sore (or lamog) until the next day, when the soreness was gone, it was like I had a new pair of shoulders!
Even until this very day, my shoulders are free of tight knots. No more ugly shoulder bulges too! Nora is definitely the best massage therapist I ever came across with!
For couples wanting a private healing sanctuary they can be together in, there's a Villa Couples Room available. And for extended individual rejuvenation, both the male and female wet areas have vitality pools, saunas, Hammam steam and experience showers.
|Villa Couples Room (Add MOP 380)|
|Vitality pool in the wet area|
Aside from facial, massages and body treatments, Crown Spa also has its own 6-seat hair and beauty salon offering cut, shampoo, styling, color, perming and straightening, hair treatments, make-up, male grooming and manicure and pedicure (including gel).
|Hair and beauty salon at Crown Spa|
After experiencing a luxurious mind and body-healing massage at Crown Spa, I think I'll have a hard time adjusting my expectations when visiting other spas. It also doesn't help that serious planning, arrangements and moolah are needed should I want to recreate the experience at Crown Spa Macau... If only I were super rich, I'd seriously fly to Macau every time I'm craving for a really good massage by Nora from Crown Spa!
|Crown Towers Manila|
Fortunately, we'll have our very own Crown Spa in Manila later this year. I haven't seen photos of Crown Spa Manila yet, but I'm sure it'll be just as luxe. Now, I can't wait for City of Dreams Manila to finally open! I'm definitely reliving my Crown Spa experience!
Crown Spa, Crown Towers Macau
Level 3, Crown Towers, City of Dreams Macau
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