If you'd like to explore our journey up to this point, please read Part 1.
Here we were in Mandara Spa, in the middle of all that green, our minds already soothed.
There is a balcony attached to the main area of the Spa which is ideal for taking in the breathtaking surroundings.
[One with Nature]
Or for taking selfies...depending on whether you'd rather be one with your phone or nature.
[With Tammy. We Made Our Choice a Long Time Ago!]
While Mandara Spa is best known for their traditional Balinese Massage, they do offer a range of services, including facials. This is particularly exciting because the range of skincare they employ is one which is impossible to find in this region.
Since Sabby is pregnant, she was unable to partake of the massage, so she got a facial instead! Head over to her blog to check out how it went.
Elemis has had nothing but rave reviews, and I'm all too happy that Mandara Spa actually sells the products. Once I've made a bit of a dent in my skincare range, I will be going back to purchase some of these goodies. However, the tale of why I am no longer allowed to buy skincare is one for another time. Yes, my face is sad!
But, I digress.
Back to the Spa! Just thinking about it soothes my soul a little because I can almost smell the divine essential oils which permeates the entire Spa.
[Heated Essential Oil for Aromatherapy]
We were treated to a bit of lemongrass tea before our treatments were due to begin, and the tea service was absolutely covet-worthy! I'm already plotting to get one just like it, down to the tray!
[I Need This in My Life!]
As this is a full-service spa, you have the option of adding a scrub to your massage as well. They have a range of exfoliants for you to choose from.
[Exfoliants: Coconut, Coffee, Lulur, etc.]
We weren't getting scrubbed, so we got to choose our massage oil instead. As with the exfoliants, each oil has a specific purpose, which was explained to us in-depth.
[Oils: Mandara Oil, Island Spice Oil, Harmony Oil, Tranquility Oil]
[Explaining the Differences Between the Oils]
We were told which skin type was suited to which oil, and how it would make us feel.
We were given a drop of each oil on our skin to sample to scents.
[Good Thing My Arm was Waxed!]
I chose their bespoke Mandara Oil, and off I was taken into the magical wonderland of the Balinese Massage!
[Down the Rabbit Hole]
[I'm a Lily!]
As with the rest of the Spa, the room was decked out in a lot of wood. Unfortunately, due to the moisture of the surroundings, there was a bit of a musty smell to it all, but nothing that really affected the whole process.
[Where the Magic Happens]
There's even a corner for you to have a seat and relax, should you choose to.
I found it a particularly nice touch that there was a little wooden box placed on the bed so that you could pop your accessories and valuables into it to get them out of the way.
The massage itself is everything I had hoped it would be. It left me feeling soothed and drowsy but somehow revived at the same time. All my muscles were relaxed, and the knots in my shoulders were expertly teased away. All this was done with very gentle pressure, too! I would definitely pop by for another massage, but perhaps at a different outlet.
The main issue I had was that the noises from the theme park were extremely audible from the room so it was hard to fully relax. Other than that, it was a fantastic experience!
[Picture Time with Grace and Therese!]
I'm sure anyone who has been for a massage knows what comes next: FOOD!
We were all famished by this point, and got into those lovely Uber Black cars and headed back to Bangsar where we were tucked into a special corner of WIP (Now: Whipped into Place).
What was so special about W.I.P. was not that their food never disappoints, it's that we got to sample dishes from their upcoming post-Raya menu!
First, however, hydration and caffeine...or cocktails.
I noticed pandan-infused coffee on the menu, and I simply had to give it a shot!
It was definitely a very interesting flavour, but I think it would have been better had the milk been steamed with pandan leaves, as opposed to using a syrup (which I assume they did). 10 points for experimentation?
Of course, W.I.P. is, and has always been, known for their mojitos of every variant.
[Carolyn with Her Happy Juice]
[The Famous Mojito]
With our thirst satiated, we were treated to a smorgasbord of food! Let's kick off with the brand new appetizers which are set to hit the menu after Raya!
[HERE'S THE FOOD!]
So, what do we have here?
[Bacalhaus De Abras: Creamy Portugese salt cod fish with sweet potato chips]
I've been on a bit of a sweet potato kick of late, so this was right up my alley! The fish wasn't too fish-y, and it paired perfectly with the chips. All creamy and delicious, with a bit of a bite!
[Greek Berry Salad: Berry trio, red radish, olives, crispy romaine, feta cheese, honey lemon vinaigrette]
I kid you not when I tell you that this is something else altogether. Let's just say I went back to W.I.P recently, hoping it had already been snuck onto the menu, to no avail. Absolutely amazing! It even popped a liking for radish onto my tastebuds!
[School Prawn: Crispy prawn, chili mayo and lemon]
A nice departure from calamari, this was an absolute hit at the table! They weren't too greasy, and went delectably with the chili mayo.
Then, out came the mains and we were all thoroughly distracted from the appetizers! First off, one of their star dishes: Espatada!
[Chicken Breast and Thigh Chunks Marinated with Jerk Spices]
The chicken was perfection! Juicy, tender, slightly charred on the outside to caramelize the spices! You cannot go wrong ordering this, but you would be remiss if you chose this over the beef!
[Sirloin Chunks Marinated with Garlic and Traditional Herbs]
I'm not sure what these traditional herbs are, but I need some in my life!
And when they sliced it up for us...
[Throw the Mona Lisa away, this is the true work of art!]
The meat is so tender and flavourful that it melts in your mouth. It's spiced to perfect and for the price, you simply won't get a better steak elsewhere. Truly, TRULY worth every penny!
The Espatada dishes come with sides as well that perfectly balance and complement them.
[Espatada Sides: Grilled Vegetables and Couscous]
And some sauces, which are truly wholly unnecessary because the meat is so well marinated!
[Sauces to Complement the Espatada]
As we were being spoiled rotten, the food kept coming, and we kept tucking in!
[Triple Trio Supreme: Chicken sausage, chicken ham, grilled chicken, onion rings, cocktail onions, onion marmalade, mozzarella, cheddar and emmenthal cheese]
The pizza at W.I.P. isn't the best in town, but it's definitely decent. I much prefer it to Domino's, if that is your benchmark for pizza. They use proper, unprocessed meat and cheeseson this and it's full of flavour. Coupled with the light, crispy base, you have the recipe for success.
This ran into a bit of an Asian addition, which is always welcome
[XO Fried Rice: Supreme dried seafood, carb meat, kale, mango sauce and crispy fish skewer]
W.I.P. has surprisingly good Asian food, and this had its moments. I am not overly fond of dried fish, so the flavour was a little overpowering for me, but I still tucked into quite a bit of it because it was delicious.
However, the stars of the dish were actually the accompaniments. Their fish satay and mango sauce were out of this world, and I was hooked!
I genuinely hope they start serving the fish satay on its own. Wouldn't hurt to accompany it with the mango sauce too! Just saying...
A meal can't end without dessert, right? If you disagree, you are wrong!
[Rocky Road Brownie with Haagen Dazs Ice-Cream]
Unfortunately, I had to skip out on the dessert courses, but I only heard fantastic things about both these dishes. Just look at them! How can you resist?!
While this would have been a sweet finish, there was one last stop on our little beauty tour.
What's a pampering session without getting your nails done? Incomplete, that's what!
And so, off to Apronbay!
Apronbay, too, offers a range of services such as threading, waxing, lash tinting and curling, and, of course, manis and pedis!
The environment truly makes you feel like you're in a bit of a genie bottle, so it would be the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
[Pick Your Shade]
(Picture Courtesy of Beauty Guide)
[The Girls Enjoying their Pamper Session]
(Picture Courtesy of Beauty Guide)
[Mamasan Finally Getting Whisked off Her Feet!]
As mentioned, this felt like a very special bonding session, where we were all taken to prime locations to treat every inch of ourselves. It would be perfect for a girl's day out, and that's exactly what it was.
Everyone was all smiles, relaxed and happy. Beauty Guide, it truly was because it led me to unexpected places which I will return to time and time again!
For more on the fantastic experience that IS The Butterfly Project, check it all out, here!