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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Review : Urban Retreat Spa @ 1 Mont Kiara

Hewo peeps! It's been a rather hectic week , with long road trips (don't even get me started on the raya jams!), and I was feeling rather off and cranky today, possibly due to work stress & a pinched nerve since last week. So, I decided that I needed a massage , and a really good one. 

I jumped on Google & did some research, and clicked on the first thing I came across - this list on foursquare.
Bored and a little desperate, I went through a few and finally decided on one closer to home - Urban Retreat at 1 Mont Kiara mall. The positive feedback on foursquare made me perk up a little( especially one from Tammy, founder of the butterfly project! If there's someone who knows her stuff about beauty,it's definitely her!) and a 4.4 out of 5 from 60 reviews on FB? That's a really good score !

So, mind all made up, I called them to enquire.  They recommended that I try out the deep tissue massage after i explained what I was looking for ;  and to reap the full benefits, i went for the 90 minute session for RM169. Secured myself a 6pm slot , and off I went!  Took advantage of a free ride from #ubericecream codes yesterday, too! :p (all in the name of self-pampering *insert princess emoji*)

I was pretty excited because I could finally relieve myself of the discomfort that the dreaded pinched nerve was putting me through.  Their outlet was easy to find because I spend quite a lot of time in 1MK mall, heh. It's right beside Thai Odyssey.




I was slightly late, but was still warmly greeted by the receptionist as soon as I stepped in (very attentive!) & was ushered to the seating area. I didn't manage to get a picture because there already was someone there, but I had a chance to take a peek at the menu. It was simple & concise , focused mainly on massages , and there were body scrubs & wraps too - for an extra bit of pampering, i presume .

 I also noticed that they won a few awards from Harper's Bazaar last year :
  1. Best Detox- Lymphatic Detox Massage
  2. Best Anti-Stress - Head Over Heels
  3. Most Relaxing for Mothers-to-be - Pregnancy Massage
  4. Best Traditional - Swedish Thai Massage

Look, all smiles! 

It was a short wait as they were already prepared for my arrival .  My therapist, Nung introduced herself and handed me a pair of rattan slippers. We began with a ritual foot soak at the foot bath area - to encourage blood flow, apparently.
tee-hee, snapchat!whoops, excuse the fat thighs :p 
I instantly liked my therapist, she was really chatty & friendly even though she didn't know much English and kept trailing off in Thai, but I felt really comfortable in her presence (not an easy feat, mind you , when you're umm, not clothed except for a disposable thong).

The massage itself was really enjoyable ; Nung kept the pressure firm , with strong strokes with her hands & elbows. She was really attentive and certainly knew her stuff , I didn't even have to tell her about the pinched nerve in my right shoulder. She paid extra attention to the problem areas, releasing all the knots in my shoulders and back. I could literally feel my stress melting away as I entered a state of deep relaxation. Yes, it was that good.

She also checked on me every now and then to make sure I was okay. I was pretty surprised at how sore my legs felt though , must've neglected pampering them for too long. The massage ended with some stretching and a hot towel wipe to remove the excess massage oils (i caught a whiff of lemongrass and ginger in it , my favourites!) 

Post massage , I was served ginger tea - super yummy! I've been to quite a few spa and massage outlets, and so far I like this one the best. I felt super light & relaxed - even Nung & the receptionist remarked that I looked happy :p

Heh , a hurried snap before I jetted off for dins with le bf because I really liked the faux grass & wooden stools.
Gives one a "greenish" feel amongst the concrete jungle. It'd probably be more convincing without the fire extinguisher & sockets, eh? 
Overall, it was an awesome experience for me . It's really hard to find a good spa with affordable (and reasonable prices ) with stellar service , so Urban Retreat will definitely be one that I will return to over and over again. As i'm writing this, I'm already planning my next visit - Lymphatic detox massage, or maybe one of the Mini Luxe series.  The only thing that was slightly off-putting was that the treatment room that i was in was really close to the general waiting area , people there could probably see inside as the therapist went in and out :/ But that's a small compromise, given the size of the outlet.

Before I sign off, let me just clarify that this is not a sponsored post, and I apologise for the lack of photos & an in depth review. I decided to review this at the very last minute during the massage :p 

Rating : 4.5/5 



Urban Retreat Spa @ 1 Mont Kiara
Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 9pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10am - 10pm
No. 1 Lot 15, Second Floor, 
Jalan Mont Kiara, 
Wilayah Persekutuan, 
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3-6211 3116

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/urbanretreatspa



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