Another top destination in Malaysia is Ipoh. Not as famous as KL, Penang or Langkawi, Ipoh is visited by numerous tourists especially from Singapore and Malaysian tourists. There is an abundance of massage shops; see our recommendations and prices below.
MASSAGE TREATMENT Relaxation Massage (Lemongrass Massage Oil, Massage Oil, Ginger Body Oil) – 30 minutes at 38 RM (Malaysian Ringgit), 1 hour at 60 RM, 90 min at 80 RM, 2 hours at 100 RM. Hot Stone Massage – 30 minutes at 58 RM, 1 hour at 88 RM.
Pros: Cabanas provides a comprehensive range of massage for body and feet. Health treatments are offered as well, such as cupping, scrapping, thermotherapy and ear candling. It is a must try for their specialty, which is Synergy Massage. It provides you the sensation of 4 hands massage. You would be massaged by two masseuses concurrently, the hands movements are synchronized to extend that you will not feel their hands all over you. A real unique experience even for those who are seasoned to getting a massage!
Cons: The operating premise is a normal shop lot. Considering the structure of the buildings, the space is slightly limited for massage cubicles, which gives a feeling of overcrowding. However, there are VIP cubicles provided. Parking slots could be quite limited during normal working days as well.
Massage costs: The prices are affordable as the package comes with 45 minutes time block, starting from RM 40.00 (USD 10) (for foot reflexology). The Synergy Massage is slightly expensive as it costs RM 108.00 (USD 25) for 60 minutes.
Pros: The merging of Malay, Chinese and Indian healing secrets is definitely the unique part for the massage and spa industry. Banjaran Spa extends the reflexology to the natural environment, namely naturally formed limestone caves filled with natural steams. Never will you see a more elaborate set up for a spa in Ipoh. With the 3 ancients’ secret tradition, Banjaran provides wide range of reflexology and relaxation to choose from. A wellness oriented Pomelo restaurant serves as an add-on to spice up your post-massage treatment.
Cons: The place is located quite a distance away from urban areas. The price is on the steep side of the curve but it will be a worthy experience for those who are willing to splurge.
Massage costs: A normal foot reflexology will set you back RM 175.00 (USD 40) for 60 minutes. The head, neck and should massage comes in 30 minutes blocks and it costs RM 140.00 (USD 33).
Pros: Banyan Spa is a total wellness destination for those who are seeking to sit back and expect to be taken care of from head to toe. From hair set to manicure and pedicure, Banyan spa boasts of it’s full relaxation service. The well designed premise provides nothing but exclusivity to it’s range of visitors. Yoga classes are offered here as well.
Cons: The walking distance between buildings are not connected with shelter. Hence, raining will cause some minor problems to the visitors.
Massage costs: The price is reasonable as it costs you RM 58.00 (USD 14) (60 minutes) for a simple foot massage. The spa treatments’ price starts from RM 168.00 (USD 40) (60 minutes)
Pros: Arokaya House is the place where you can get real authentic Thai massage done by Thai’s themselves. The place is nicely decorated with Thai elements, which makes you feel like you are in Thailand, literally. Most of the masseuse are from Thailand and most of them comes with prior experience, in which they will provide you the top class Thai massage. Speaking of location, it is located in a shopping mall itself, which is perfect for those who are relaxing a tired feet or looking for an hour away while their spouse is on a shopping retreat.
Cons: Since it is located in the shopping mall, Arokaya House is not able to emit the sense of sanctuary to the clients, which is 100% relaxation. The space limitation is another main concern of privacy issue.
Massage costs: The price is within the affordable range, a 45 minutes of foot reflexology will cost you RM 45.00 (USD 11). Their signature Thai Traditional Massage costs RM 70.00 (USD 17) for 60 minutes time block.