GIVEAWAY: Getting the Royal Treatment

Alright folks, I’ve got a fantastic giveaway for you today – a 90-minute hot oil massage courtesy of the Royal Thai Lady Spa on Al Waab Street. If you would like to win, all you have to do is share this post on Facebook and answer the question below in the comments. All are welcome to enter, but remember – the spa is for ladies only.

Scrub bedHere’s the question:

On which street is the Royal Thai Lady Spa located?

Share our Facebook post and leave a comment on it with your answer to enter. The winner will be selected at random and contacted on September 30.

Naturally, I couldn’t post this competition without sampling the experience for myself first, so I went along to the spa earlier this week. This massage couldn’t have come at a better time. After two extremely stressful days at work and pulling my hamstring during football training the night before, I was very ready for some relaxation.

The spa is decorated in traditional Thai style, and just walking in there is a multi-sensory experience – intricate decor with gold filigree art along Buddhist lines, soft music playing in the background, lotus flowers generously scattered about this and the scent of essential oils.

I was greeted with typical Thai hospitality, asked to choose my scent (I went with eucalyptus), given a foot scrub, and led to the massage room by a friendly lady called Paula. I’ve had hot stone massages before, but not hot oil, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Paula took one look at me and said: “Where’s your pain?”. I told her about my hamstring injury, and she immediately said: “Your shoulders too.” She was right – I was carrying a lot of tension there.

Spa setOver the next 90 minutes, Paula managed to soothe both my body and my mind. When I arrived, my mind was overwhelmed with work anxiety. As Paula worked the knots out of my shoulders, my back and then each of my muscle groups in turn, I felt myself relax both physically and mentally; the problems of the day just slipped away. I didn’t quite fall asleep, but I certainly drifted a bit.

I would totally recommend this almost out-of-body experience to anyone who’s had a rough day, mums who have been dealing with back to school chaos, or anyone who is just in the mood for spoiling themselves a little.

If you want to book a massage at the spa in the meantime, their phone number is 4414 2400.

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