Here are some wellness-based services and activities that are available in Malaysia for travellers and locals alike.
Relax and rejuvenate
Feeling stressed and want to escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine? Malaysia offers many spas and wellness centres where you can go for a full spa treatment or body massage. Whether you’re in the city or checking into an exclusive spa resort in the islands, there are many types of massages available in Malaysia, including traditional Malay massage, Swedish, Thai, Balinese, and deep tissue massage.
Reflexology and foot massage, as well as “fish spas” – a kind of treatment in which small red garra fish nibble away a patient’s dead skin around the feet – saunas and steam baths are also available.
Healthy and fit
If your idea of a wellness holiday is meditating or doing sunrise or sunset yoga by the beach, or rooftop yoga with a view of the city skyline, then Malaysia offers several suitable destinations. Some resorts even complement the exercise and fitness regiment with a healthy nutrition or “detox” programme. Head to islands like Langkawi or Pangkor or even to urban areas like Kuala Lumpur to find some of these resorts.
In KL, there are many places that offer yoga classes. There are also public parks such as Perdana Botanical Gardens, Taman Tasik Permaisuri and Bukit Kiara Park where you might find people practising tai chi or dancing away, and you’re welcome to join in.
Be a beauty with a purpose? If you’re planning to go on holiday and return home looking more beautiful than ever, there are several resorts and beauty treatment centres in Malaysia where you can go for a facial, makeover, manicure, pedicure and more. There are many located in the cities, as well as at island or beachside resorts.
Some resorts or hotels also have their own beauty centres for guests, as well as walk-in customers.
Do you wish to escape from the traffic jams of the city? Visit a hot spring, waterfall, or even go on a hike in the jungles of Malaysia. The cool morning mist, fresh air and tranquility will calm your mind and soul. Plus, there are many health benefits to outdoor activities. For example, soaking in a hot spring is said to improve blood circulation and soothe aches and pains.
The good news is Malaysia offers many places where you can do such activities. Some hot springs that you can visit in Malaysia are Poring Hot Springs in Sabah and Sungai Congkak Hot Springs in Selangor. For those who wish to visit a waterfall, head for Kota Tinggi Waterfall in Johor, Sungai Chiling Waterfall in Selangor, Telaga Tujuh Waterfall in Langkawi and Latar Kinjang Waterfall in Perak.
Do note that a few of these places would require you to go with a guide, so check out local hiking forums on social media to find out, before making your trip.