Located at the Jasmine Resort Hotel, on the same floor as the hotel pool and outdoor garden, the recently opened Shin Shin Spa offers modestly priced treatments in a clean, modern, minimally styled space. It’s not a big place by any means – there are two oil treatment rooms and a Thai massage room, and that’s it. However, Shin Shin’s size is no reflection of the quality on offer. In fact, as well as standards such as the wheatgrass welcome drink and aromatherapy foot cleansing ritual, it has a couple of aces up its sleeve that we’ve not come across before.
First and foremost is the spa’s signature circular motion massage technique (Shin Shin translates as ‘vortex’ in Japanese). This is said to increase blood circulation and aid the absorption of oils into the skin. Secondly, a ‘silk essence’ lends a, well, silkiness to some of the massage treatments, including our pick: Shin Shin’s self-titled signature treatment.
This kicked off with a fresh milky body scrub (B600++ for 30min) that does what it says on the tin: exfoliates the body. After that, the Silk Essence Body Oil Therapy (B1600++ for 90min, and B2000++ for 120min) paired thesilk essence with our choice of the three gem stone massage oils, each one with its own purported benefits. The Rose Quartz is women’s favourite; the Citrine bursts with lemon and lime scent; and, our choice, the Amethyst has an intense aroma, while also apparently aiding sleeping. Clearly in a safe pair of hands, we enjoyed the whole ritual immensely. As well as aiding absorbed through the skin, the vortex massage doesn’t half feel good. And we emerged relaxed and refreshed, not at all drowsy.