Ishan: Spa in the Woods
Duduknya di atas bukit di unjuran tanah paling selatan Pulau Legenda Langkawi. Sambil menghadap Pantai Tengah dan Laut Andaman, Ishan Spa menyambut tetamunya dalam kelas tersendiri. Melalui gaya layanan Malaysian Spa, ia mengekalkan identiti pelbagai budaya melalui aspek rawatan, bahan yang digunakan, penampilan hiasan dalaman dan juga seni bina.
Ishan Spa mempunyai enam buah bilik dengan dua daripadanya boleh memuatkan sehingga tiga orang untuk menjalani rawatan sekali gus. Sambil diurut, pemandangan indah tersaji di hadapan mata melalui kaca jendela. Jika dipancar silau matahari petang, tabir batik sedia menyaring cahaya.
Setiap bilik bersambung dengan ruang tab mandian dan pancuran air untuk membersihkan diri. Privasi tetamu dipastikan kepungan dinding berbatu hias agar momen relaks dalam tab mandian yang dipenuhi kelopak bunga dan hirisan daun pandan itu dapat dinikmati sepenuhnya.
Seni bina spa, dekorasi hinggalah kepada kandungan ramuan lulur yang digunakan, semuanya adalah ilmu warisan bangsa dan biasa ditemukan di kampung-kampung di seluruh negara. Walaupun semua itu merupakan inspirasi budaya dan amalan turun-temurun masyarakat tempatan yang berbilang kaum, tetamu juga diberi pilihan untuk mencuba seni rawatan pemulihan yang meminjam teknik dari Bali, Thailand dan juga India.
Sebelum pulang, jangan lupa menjamu manisan dan menghirup teh halia panas. Gunakanlah kesempatan menghela nafas lega itu untuk menala semula keseimbangan fungsi pancaindera. Menghabiskan masa sebentar di kerusi malas di hujung serambi, sesiapa pun pasti setuju bahawa Ishan Spa sememangnya simbol hospitaliti Malaysia.
Di spa gaya rimba yang berkeluasan 0.4 hektar ini, tetamu boleh mencuba pelbagai pakej rawatan. Antaranya adalah urutan aromaterapi, urutan berkembar, rawatan batu panas, rawatan muka naturopati, lulur, ayurveda, yoga dan rawatan kuku.
Waktu operasi: dari pukul 10 pagi hingga 10 malam
ISHAN SPA (belakang Unkaizan Restaurant)
Pantai Tengah, Langkawi, 07000 Kedah.
Tel: 04-955 5585 | Fax: 04-955 2244
Taking the location of the southernmost land protrusion of the Legendary Island Langkawi, Ishan Spa indeed welcomes its guests in its very own class. Proud with the true treatment of Malaysian Spa, it preserves the multi-cultural identity through treatments aspect, substances used, interior decorations and also the architecture.
This spa facility is developed according to the hilly landscape that faces Pantai Tengah and Andaman Sea. Not only that the hill's rocks become the base of the landscape, every building in this spa is built using selected wood that are given classy finishing.
The main entrance to the registration area has purposely built narrow staircases to be climbed by guests. A clay pond with formation of various colored flowers floating on the water presents the first impression of the whole facility. The hibiscus' red and Alamanda's yellow color creates an attractive focus at the corner of the stairs.
At the treatment waiting area, two set of table with four rattan chairs fill the space. On the wooden paneled floor, guests can rest while being caressed by the wind from the sea blowing softly through the window opening like the traditional village house.
As an addition to a nice view, batik cloth, peacock's feather, green plants and exotic flowers are placed at corners and on tables for creative combination. The aroma from the therapeutic oil that stimulates the olfactory senses soothes the mind and guest's heartbeat.
The steps to the treatment room will go through rocky pathway and staircases. The surrounding's green scenery is joined by several herbal plants, making the pathway almost academic.
The author is told that Ishan Spa has six rooms with two of them can fit in up to three persons for a simultaneous treatment. While being massaged, beautiful scenery is laid in front of guests through the window panes. Should the evening sun shines too brightly, the batik cloth are there to cover the window.
Every room is connected to the bathing tub and shower area for cleaning oneself. While it is surrounded by decoration stones and wall craft, the bathing tub full with flower petals and slices of Pandan leaves is calling its guests to come and wet their body. Each room has a different bathroom area plan, and this makes each one of them appears unique.
According to the owner as well as the spa consultant and manager, Baskaran Kosthi, everything that can be seen and experienced in Ishan Spa has Malaysian characteristics.
"From building architecture and decoration to the ingredients used in treatments are all the legacy of cultural knowledge passed down through generations that can usually be found in villages across the entire nation," said Baskaran who is also a yoga instructor.
Even though all those are inspired by cultural practices of the multi-cultural local societies through generations, guests are also given the opportunity to try treatment techniques from Bali, Thailand, and also India.
The author that was given the opportunity to experience the massage and therapeutic pressings, dares to conclude that Ishan Spa succeeds in leaving an enjoyable experience and body healing that calms the soul.
"As the main attraction, we offer a spa environment in the tropical rain forest with spectacular scenery. Guests that come to enjoy the treatments here give good feedback of what we provide," said the General Manager of Ishan Spa, Rajandram Ratnam.
Before returning home, the author was treated with sweet delicacies and hot ginger tea. The opportunity to relax ourselves was used fully to recover the balance of our bodily senses while enjoying the sweet melody of wild birds. Spending time for a while on the rocking chair at the end of the veranda, the author agrees that Ishan Spa is excellent with its first class services.