I love spas and massages.
I also love frolicking in the water!
Months ago, my favorite online seller-turned-friend Mina of PlaygroundLove Shop gave me Belle De Jour coupons when I bought from her. One of the coupons was the Ace Water Spa Hydrotherapy Massage BOGOF (Buy One, Get One Free) treat. At first, I wondered what was hydrotherapy massage? Hydro? Water? Water massage?
Anyway, months or weeks passed… And so are the days! I just realized last Wednesday (June 15) that the coupon is only valid from January to June 2011. Realizing that I have a scheduled trip on the 21st to the 25th and got my usual duty days from the 26th to the 30th, I only got this weekend!
June 17! I woke up early enough to have time for the “unusual” massage. At 7:30 in the morning, we were off to the spa! Ace Water Spa has two branches: Quezon City and Pasig (the latter just opened this year). We opted to hit the Quezon City branch.
At first, when we arrive, we were astonished with the facade of the spa. It looked like a hotel. You will see their cafe as soon as you enter the establishment. The front desk attendant greeted us at once. We handed her the coupon and immediately gave us our tickets or passes together with the keys of our lockers after paying Php550 (Since it’s under the BOGOF promo, it was like paying for Php225 each,such a steal).
We headed to the stairs on the left side of the front desk. You can purchase or rent your swim suits before climbing up. Swimming trunks are around Php350 to 400. If you are going to rent it, you just need to pay Php150. I can not remember how much are the swim suits for the ladies since I brought mine. (I did not bother to check the price list… LOL)
On the 2nd floor, another attendant asked for our passes and slippers. Just like any other spa centers, females are separated from the males! I then entered the female locker room. I was a bit disappointed since the door of my locker is a bit misaligned. If no one is guarding the area, someone can take a peek of my stuff inside. =(
However, I didn’t mind that minor booboo. I changed into my swimming attire and took a shower. As I was walking around the locker room-shower room-changing room area, I was a bit uncomfortable. They did not provide any slippers! (Not so hygienic) Another negative comment from me. Sorry!
Two minor negative points…
These were replaced with the excitement to dip into the water the hydromassage area!
They have a tarpaulin which posted that the whole area has 26 different massage treatments plus the hot herbal pools, cold pool and lapping pool. We instantly soaked our bodies!
There are different types of massages: soft, moderate and hard. If I remembered it correctly, the massage methods were properly labeled and the placards were color-coded. Yellow for soft, green for moderate and red for hard (Hope I got them right.). Take time to read the information for each of the massages. You will get to know the health benefits and advised period of time for you to indulge yourself on a specific massage. There are buttons on each of the massage points. No need for you to press it to stop the water pressure. It would turn off on its own. I think it automatically shuts down after the allowable time indicated on the cards of each area.
After experiencing all of the massages, we tried the hot pools. Kids are not allowed in this area. Those with cardiovascular disorders are also advised not to indulge themselves with these. However, you can try at your own risk. The center placed a lot of reminders regarding this. The first one was the really green mint pool. It’s temperature is 36 degrees Celsius. You can easily tolerate this if you are used to using water heaters for bathing. They are advising the you dip your feet first then slowly immerse the rest of your body. Do not forget to place your neck over the cold towel (not a literal towel… it’s a metal bar). You can stay in the pool for at least 3 to 5 minutes then you have to cool down. You can either use the bucket pull or cold pool. (I prefer the bucket. I can’t take the coolness of the pool.)
After cooling down, you can try the 38 degrees Celsius Jasmine pool. I felt relaxed in this. The temperature was perfect for me. Once again, you have to cool down after a couple of minutes. For the last herbal pool, I loved the scent: Lavander at 40 degrees Celsius. This pool may be the hottest but I still enjoyed it. It was like pampering your skin while being massaged by the water through its pressure.
Next stop: Sauna and steam!
I really do not like staying in a steam room of any spa center. Maybe because I feel like I can not breathe. However, I still got myself in. I stayed for a couple of minutes and then pulled the tag again of the bucket (cooled down at once). Lastly, I went in the sauna room. I like the ambiance: wooden floor and walls. Other spas also used wood for their floor and walls but I like Ace Water Spa’s because it was neat looking. (Maybe I was just being bias…LOL)
As what we have read in the note, we got into our styro boards and let the lazy river move us around. They are advising that you relax yourself through this part of the pool after staying in the hot pools, sauna or steam. We circumnavigated the river within the massage area thrice (or more?!).
Since we already had plans for the rest of the day, we decided to take our last round of massages and lazy ride. (Be sure to maximize your 4-hour limit inside the venue. Though you can extend, the rate will be a hundred or more for every succeeding hour.)
Time for shower and dressing up!
Again, I was bothered walking around the shower room barefooted.
All in all… My Ace Water Spa experience was one-of-a-kind. Now, I can describe how it feels like being massaged by Mr.Water! =) Thanks again Mina for the BDJ coupon!
P.S. Taking of photos is not allowed… So I just took a photo of the BDJ coupon as a souvenir! =)