Friday, September 11, 2009

palau relaxing

One thing we did on Palau was get a massage at the Mandara Spa.

The Mandara Spa is a worldwide chain and Palau has two, each located on the grounds of two different hotel properties.

Check out their website for a spa nearest you. (I also found out that Hawaii has three and Tokyo has one.)

We had the chance to visit the one at the Palau Royal Hotel, where Satoshi tried their free 5 minute massage.

This was also where we were introduced to their ginger tea. A refreshing blend of ginger, black tea and some sugar. (you can kinda see it in the first photo, they give you a small cup and a large pitcher of the tea to sip while you wait for your massage time or just to relax.)

While Satoshi got his 5 minute massage, I browsed and bought a lot of spa products (actually this photo is only a portion of what I bought)--some to give away as omiyage and some for me.

Then, while we stayed at the Palau Pacific Resort, we went to the Elilai Spa which is also run by Mandara Spa.

Their massage rooms are located on a hillside overlooking the ocean.

Satoshi had their Balinese Massage, 50 minutes, a full body massage, US$85 and I got the Fancy Foot work, 50 minutes, a foot massage, US$85.

Talk about "melting"! There were some pressure points in my feet and calves that I never knew even existed. Kind of pricey but totally worth every penny!

Before leaving, I asked one of the massage therapists if she would share the recipe for their ginger it is...

Mandara Spa's Ginger Tea : makes 1 liter
1 liter boiling water
2 black tea bags
2 tablespoons sugar
6 slices of fresh peeled ginger (each one approximately pinky finger size)

Add sugar and ginger to boiling water and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add the tea bags and leave to brew.
To extract all the ginger flavor, you will need to steep for 30 to 45 minutes, but you can remove the tea bags as soon as it reaches your desired strength.
Remove ginger slices.
Enjoy hot or chilled.

NOTES: You could use your sweetner of choice and adjust the amount according to your tastes. I made a batch as soon as we got back and used Assam tea to brew, it tasted just like what we had at the spa--the cup I have pictured is 3/4 cup.

The brochure says that ginger "stimulates blood circulation, calms motion and digestive sickness, relieves rheumatic joint pain, staves off fatigue and increases the appetite for healthy foods". I think we will be enjoying this during the cold and warm months. 

Palau Royal Resort (ask for Mandara Spa)
Phone: 680.488.2000

Palau Pacific Resort (ask for Elilai Spa)
Phone: 680.488.2600

For most of the week, the weather was quite windy and cloudy, especially during the early evenings. Since the Palau Royal Resort faced the east we weren't able to see the sunset, and while we stayed at the Palau Pacific Resort (which faced west), only one night was the sunset visible.

This ends my posts on Palau. Hope I didn't bore you and you enjoyed our adventure as much as we did.

"Mechikung" ("Goodbye" in Palau)

p.s. Have a good weekend!


gtrine said...

A massage sounds really tempting right now! Filipino's have something similar to omiyage ; it's called pasalubong. A lot of times when we travel, we spend more on pasalubong than stuff for us! hehehe

K and S said...

I think most Japanese spend more on their omiyage too, Gtrine :)

Take care.

Tamakikat said...

Sounds like you had a great vacation.

That foot massage sounds lovely.

I have a foot massage booked for next Thursday-looking forward to it.

Catch you later:)


biologie said...

Oh what a wonderful vacation! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Wow, I'm dying for a foot massage. :)

K and S said...

Enjoy your foot massage, Tamakikat :) and thanks for a great day today!

Take care.

Rowena... said...

Ok now this I can handle (and I did have some breakfast before coming here). Massages, pedicures, you name it...they are worth every penny - nuff said. You are right on about the ginger...great stuff for winter season coming up!

K and S said...

I hope you are able to get a foot massage Biologie :)

he he Rowena :) glad you ate before you visited!

Take care you two.

Mikuru Hirai said...

That is really pricey! 85 dollars? What's 10 minutes? They should've made it in to a full hour massage.

Debinhawaii said...

It looks much nicer than the Mandara spa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village! (Although I bought some great spa products there). The tea sounds delicious--I'm going to have to bookmark it to make.

K and S said...

Thanks Mikuru :)

Hope you like the tea Debinhawaii :)

Take care you two.

2kamuela47 said...

Cool! I really need to pamper myself some day soon! You deserve it! Take care!

K and S said...

Hope you get some pampering soon Laura.

Take care.

KirkK said...

Bore us? Heck no! I really enjoyed this series Kat!

K and S said...

so relieved to hear that Kirk, I often wonder about my writing.

Take care.

ParisBreakfasts said...

That tea sounds just like what I need this minute!

K and S said...

Je vous en prie, I hope you like it PB :)

Take care.