spa - Amansara Spa, Siem Reap
Written by Ayesha Khan
There are some things that we should all do once in our lives, and a visit to the mystical ancient city of Angkor is one of them. Inspiring and spiritual as it is, the temple tour can get rather tiring. Luckily the Amansara Spa is just a stones throw away.
Amansara's spa offers much more than just massages and facials, thanks to Vijaya Goyal, a specialist in holistic therapies, and Stephen Jeanes – a gifted intuitive healer.
Although the sceptics among us may not believe it, these therapies actually leave a profound impact on one's life. They include a cranio-sacral therapy, where blockages in the cerebrospinal fluid are relieved through certain pressure patterns.
Vijaya receives countless gushing emails from guests even long after they have received these therapies. The mild-mannered Stephen has
But if it is 'just' massages and facials you're looking for, then Amansara offers a host of therapies. The most memorable are two signature treatments; for women, the Apsara scrub, wrap, and facial – named after the beautiful celestial nymph of Hindu and Buddhist culture – combines an aromatic blend of Khmer herbs, a clay wrap, warm rice compress for your stomach, and a mini facial; for men, the temple walk is recommended. It's a cooling, refreshing foot massage combined with a relaxing oil massage to soothe tired legs.
For a truly immersive experience, Amansara also offers treatments at its authentic Khmer village house overlooking the royal bathing pools of Srah Srang. Here, you can have a reading with a Khmer fortune-teller, or a massage by a blind Khmer massage therapist, proceeds from which will go directly to the therapists who are still living with landmine-related injuries. For yoga enthusiasts, there is nothing like an Amansara-organised sunrise meditation at the temples of Angkor. End your magical Angkor excursion with a water blessing by a Buddhist monk at the Wat Atwear Monastery – an experience not to be missed.