[Updated 27 December 2019]
When we think of Japan, one of the things that come to mind is their relaxing Japanese hot spring, also known as onsen
. The locals swear by the benefits that include improving blood circulation, decreasing stress and anxiety as well as maintaining soft and beautiful skin.
If you're in Kuala Lumpur, you don't need to plan a relaxing getaway to Japan for their famous onsen. You can pamper yourself at Malaysia's first onsen spa, Urban Retreat Onsen Spa
! Opened in February 2019, this award-winning spa recreates the rejuvenating hot spring experience similar to the ones in Japan, so you can enjoy it right in Mont Kiara.
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Step into Urban Retreat Onsen Spa and be greeted by beautiful parquet flooring, rattan furniture and comfortable sofas. Inspired by the traditional wabi-sabi ambience displayed in most Japanese onsen bathhouses, it creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for spa-goers. The spa offers a 45-minute Onsen Escape, and your day begins by filling up a form to personalise your onsen session.
Credit: @jasmine.chin on InstagramFirst, choose your onsen salt, ranging from Iyashi for Healing (perfect after intense work, sports, hiking or gym),
Zen for Calmness (great for post-work stress relief) and Kirei for Beauty (moisturise and brighten your skin).
Next, choose your preferred temperature between 40°C (recommended for first-timers) and 45°C (great for seasoned onsen goer).Credit: @fatindays on Instagram
Once you've made your selection, the staff will take you to a private room complete with a 200-year-old hinoki pine tub and a bath that is personalised to your preferences. In the next 45 minutes, your body will benefit from the mineral-rich crystalline powders that are sourced from the popular onsen springs in Japan.
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The moment your session is completed, you'll step out of this Japanese hot spring feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Come for another visit and check out Urban Retreat Spa's other treatments including aromatherapy massage, foot massage and Swedish Thai massage.
If you're excited to try out this Japanese onsen experience, remember to book your appointment in advance! Do note that the onsen spa is only available at Urban Retreat Spa in Mont Kiara.
P.S. If you prefer an authentic experience, check out these breathtaking ryokans with private onsen in Japan
Address: Urban Retreat Onsen Spa, Lot 2F-02, Second Floor, 163 Retail Park, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala LumpurOpening hours
: Open daily; 11AM-10PM
: +6017 881 4486 (advance booking is encouraged)
: RM129 per person for a 45-minute Onsen Escape