How could I say NO to this?! A relaxing spa-date with my husband at one of the best spas in the world. SOLD! Seriously, I think I may have said yes even before I was asked. That was how excited I was to try this out! Of course, I am writing about Deverana Spa at Dusit Thani Manila, which by the way has made it to Agoda’s 2014 list of world’s best spa hotels. Yes, it is one of the best spa hotels–IN THE WORLD! Isn’t it amazing that a service this good is just in Makati?! You don’t need to plan a trip or take an airplane to get here. It is walking distance from Glorietta and SM Makati. I didn’t know this, which is why I am so amazed by its accessibility. This proves that there are hidden gems right here in Metro Manila, you just need to look closely to find them.
I read up on Deverana Spa and they had nothing but great reviews about the spa. Here is part of that article by http://www.agoda.com:
Agoda.com presents a list of ten hotels that offer a world class spa experience, compiled based on hotel ratings, customer comments, and consultations with travel industry experts. From full-body aromatherapy to salt scrubs to massage treatments from around the world, these properties are the best way to pamper yourself during your travels in Europe or Asia.
Hotel name: Dusit Thani Manila, Philippines
Spa Name: Devarana Spa
Details: In Manila’s buzzing Makati business and shopping district, Devarana Spa offers six beautiful therapy rooms, five types of spa treatments, and several packages to suit every need. Guests score the Pampering Programme highly, which offers body scrubs, jet lag recovery treatment, and a half day steam, bath, exfoliation, and reflexology massage. Relaxing water treatments, mud and algae wraps, or fruit peel body scrubs are available to ensure that guests leave relaxed and ready to take on the world.
Customers say: “Although staff surely meets and greets hundreds of people every day, they seemed to care about you as an individual. All services we used (including spa and pool) were flawless.” – Torben, Sweden
By now you know it was the wonderful people of Agoda (www.agoda.com) who recommended this blissful date. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Both my husband and I were super stressed with work and I was coming down with a cold. Work has taken over our lives lately, and we were beginning to forget to take care of ourselves. I mean, of course, work is good and we need it to pay for our day-to-day expenses, but it isn’t everything. At least this is what I need to remind myself constantly, being a workaholic. In other words, we both needed this! Which is why we arrived extra early (40 minutes early haha) because we couldn’t wait to relax and de-stress.
We were at the reception area in no time, sipping on ginger tea and browsing home decor magazines as the friendly staff prepared our room. I love that they offered a choice of fragrant massage oils which really helped relax me during the massage. There was Breeze for relaxing, which was a blend of thyme, cypress, neroli and bergamot scents; Mellow for revitalising and nourishing the skin, a combination of rose, lavender and chamomile; Glee for energising, which consisted of lemon, lemongrass and galbanum; and Cherish for calming nervous tension, which was made up of sandalwood, vetiver and patchouli. I chose Breeze, as my goal really was to relax.
Carlos and I got the Deverana Signature Massage, which was 90 minutes of pure bliss. The massage combines strong pressures of Thai, Ayurveda and Shiatsu techniques with Swedish and Aromatherapy influence for the ultimate soothing and pampering experience. It’s all your favorite massage techniques rolled into one, and is meant to knead you into a happy, stress-free state. The signature massage comes together with a bowl of hot water and freshly sliced kaffir lime and orange for respiratory cleansing, which they put underneath your massage table, right under your nose. It was so soothing to breathe in these yummy scents–that plus the relaxing massage oil, HEAVEN!
After 90 amazing minutes, I felt like I had a full night’s rest. I was relaxed, but also clear-headed and energized. It was such a great feeling to have, I felt like I could do anything! Carlos, on the other hand, was dazed–he couldn’t believe he got such a great massage. All his aches and pains were gone, and he felt like he was walking on air. It was one of the best massages of my life, which really says a lot because I’ve made it a point to always get massages when I travel. This was seriously good, their masseuses were very skilled and trained and they were also very courteous and accommodating (they gave us more ginger tea after the massage as well as dried longan). This massage comes highly recommended–I completely agree with Agoda’s list, though now I want to try out the other hotel spas on the list (soon). If you want to do a staycation in Dusit Thani Makati and/or get a relaxing massage at Deverana Spa, for best rates check Agoda.com or click HERE.
Of course, I just can’t write about getting a massage and not offer one of my readers the same experience. Which is why I am giving away one (1) Spa Voucher that allows you a 60-minute massage of your choice at the Deverana Spa at Dusit Thani Manila (voucher valid until October 23, 2014). This is your chance to get the ultimate pampering experience at one of the best hotel spas in the world. I promise you, this is a treat–it is so worth joining this contest.
As always, joining is super easy.
(1) LIKE Dusit Thani Manila’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/dusitthanimanilaphilippines
(2) LIKE Agoda’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/agoda
(3) And of course, LIKE my Facebook page, too: http://www.facebook.com/kellymisablog
(4) Leave a comment on this blog post and answer why you should win this 60-minute massage at Deverana Spa
The best answer WINS! (I’ll be choosing the winner btw, with inputs from my husband haha.) Contest ends on August 18, 2014 (Monday) at 12 noon.