Rushing from the office with my colleague, we navigate our way around the new 1 Mont Kiara mall, eventually making our way to Urban Retreat tucked away at the shopping mall’s top floor.
True to its name, we step in and feel immediately at ease with the cosy lighting and tastefully zen décor — faux grass and plush outdoor-style furniture. I note that we’re not the only ones in need of an after-work retreat as I spot a man in work clothes just stepping out of the treatment room to put on his shoes.
The minor inconvenience, however, is the lack of private toilet facilities at the treatment centre, which meant patrons have to move between the spa’s ambient lighting and the mall’s harsh fluorescent lights to access the public toilets.
Urban Retreat offers spa treatments limiting the massage menu to aromatherapy, Thai yoga, deep tissue, lymph drainage and pregnancy massage, which to me indicates the spa’s ability to focus on their specialities, leaving out the common and predictable manicure and pedicure treatments. For that little extra touch of luxe, Urban Retreat offers body scrubs and wraps as well as a milk bath.
The treatment room is clean, cosy and left me feeling quite at ease and ready to knock out. Upon recommendation by the spa, we opt to try the lymph drainage massage for 90 minutes, which, according to the pamphlet, is said to aid detoxification and lymphatic flow.
To be honest, I do not know much about the massage and am just keen to get the knots out of my back.
The massage was fairly light with long strokes using body oil that seem to relieve tightness in my legs and upper back. It wasn’t too long after that I eventually doze off, a habit that I’m spotting throughout my visits to spas lately.
Groggily waking up, I meet my colleague at the waiting area where we are served ginger tea. My colleague who managed to stay awake throughout the massage noticed that her pulse had slowed during the massage — a good sign during the detoxification process. We are then advised to drink plenty of fluids to aid the detox process.
Overall the massage was pleasant, but not something I would specifically return for. Perhaps I should have asked for more information prior to the massage so I could have looked out for signs during and after the session to take careful note, as I couldn’t really tell how effective the massage was in terms of detoxification.
Nonetheless, Urban Retreat would be high on the to-go neighbourhood spa list for its friendly and professional service, location and ambience. I’m already eyeing to try the deep tissue massage on my next visit.
For more information about Urban Retreat's spa treatments, visit their website or call 03–6211 3116.