Tucked away just above an unassuming stairwell of the Mont Kiara Damai Residence is Energy Day Spa. And just minutes into my visit, I bump into a familiar face — one of our EL readers and personalities just who was after some much needed ‘me time’ with the school holidays just kicking off.
Natural light floods the reception along with a lovely scent that follows through to the changing room and lockers, where I leave everything behind — everything but my phone that is (maybe next time...).
The bathroom was pretty standard, not quite giving away a day-spa getaway feel just yet. But all that changed as soon as I stepped onto the veranda, furnished with wooden deck chairs and blinds, cream coloured cushions, surrounded by water elements, greenery, granite wall accents, along with a pampering cup of tea and a cold face towel while overlooking the pool below. It was a setting that I wouldn’t mind unplugging to for the day.
In addition to the expected massages, manicures and pedicures, body scrubs and wraps, waxing and facials, Energy Day Spa offers balneotherapy steam bath as well as alternative therapy such as ear candling and Reiki. But what I was really keen to try was the hot stone relaxation massage combo which I’ve only ever seen in spa ads.
I initially opted for the hot stone massage combo and a body wrap. However, instead of the latter, a spa representative was keen on getting me to try out their signature Triple Action Exfoliation facial.
As a person with extremely sensitive skin and who has never undergone a facial before, I was instantly on defence mode and was taken back to my high school days where friends would relate their horror stories of once-you-start-you-can’t-stop-or-else facial treatment packages by certain clinical facial centres.
After hearing out my concerns, she reassured me that the Triple Action Exfoliation facial was merely a maintenance-type treatment that would only be needed every six months rather than a weekly thing.
Well, here goes nothing...
My treatment starts off with the Hot Stone Combo Massage. The room is narrow and dimly lit with ambient music playing. As it’s my first time undergoing a hot stone massage — seems like many firsts happening at the spa here — my masseuse opts to use warm river stones instead of the standard hot stones.
The sensation of being massage by the warm stones feels like a massage using deep heat oil with intense pressure, which was just what I needed. Sensing the knots in my back and shoulders, she instantaneously kneads them out.
After the 90-minute session, she prepares the equipment for the facial treatment — a daunting-looking machine that looked like something from my dermalogist’s clinic — I can’t lie, I’m nervous.
The treatment consists of a series of (blackhead, whitehead and oil sac) extractions gently done with a metal instrument and scrubs, I catch the word ‘botanical gel’ before drifting in and out of the treatment.
At the end of the facial, I’m treated to a mini head and shoulder massage before walking out to the veranda for a cool down session with a cup of tea.
Three weeks in and my skin hasn’t reacted badly to the facial at all. I’m not sure if it’s also related to a new skincare range that I so happen to be trying out, but my skin seems dewier and my forehead is now smoother.
All in all, I think I’ll be returning to Energy Day Spa, Mont Kiara for its location, friendly and knowledgeable service, and for that facial maintenance and a Saturday me-time every now and then.
For city-goers, Energy Day Spa also has a flagship outlet at Great Eastern Mall on Jalan Ampang.