Working so hard every night and day
And now we get the pay back
Trying so hard saving up the paper
Now we get to lay back
Luxurious, Gwen Stefani

Then lay back it is. And lay back luxuriously at that.

Last night, like every other Friday (sometimes, Saturday) night for the past year, I went to Sanctuario Spa in Malate for a soothing full-body massage and luxurious whiling away at the wet floor.

Nestled along Bocobo Street, just a few meters away from the colorful nightlife of Nakpil and the thumping crowds of Remedios, is a 1940’s Malate mansion neatly restored and converted into a spa that literally serves as a sanctuary for tired souls.

What endeared me to this place are its lush landscaping, Zen interiors and elements, calming waterworks (two hot Jacuzzis and a cold wading pool), and skillful therapists, of course. The open spaces and expansive area afforded for the outdoor water facilities give each guest at Sanctuario Spa a soothing feeling, something which one could not get in an enclosed urban center. Once you step past this pebble-and-woodplank-paved walkway leading from the receiving area to the mansion lobby, you know you are transcending to a world away from the chaotic streets of Malate.

Each of my session begins with a leisurely warming up in one of the jacuzzis, then to the steam bath and sauna. A full-hour aromatherapy is up next, something expertly given by either two of my favorite therapists. All the back-cracking, the oiled-up body and the heavenly strokes take me to a state of blissful refuge, a rejuvenating respite from the hard beatings at work. To cap every visit, a dip at the cold wading pool gives a luxurious tingling sensation, something I want with me long after the massage is over and on the cab home.

Ah, life!


1 Response to “luxurious”

  1. 1 Anonymous October 11, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    hi. sinong mga therapist you can recommend at Sanctuario? Thanks.


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