Discovery: Secret Spa in Antipolo !!!!
UPDATE AUGUST 23, 2009 – Very interesting development – Callospa left a comment saying that Susan (the lady with the very negative Callospa experience, read June 3, 2009 update below) has apologized for her strong words. Susan and Callospa are asking me to delete the negative comments and I will do so.
But just one thing before I delete them – My hubby and I spent our wedding anniversary last July 23 at Callospa to get away from our BUSY BUSY BUSY lives and we had ANOTHER wonderful experience. The staff was verrrrry courteous – they have this amazing way of blending in with the Jacuzzis so it’s like as if you’re all alone…
UPDATE JUNE 3, 2009 – Recieved a highly negative comment regarding Callospa from Susan – please check it out at the end of this article. In fairness to Callospa, I will forward the comment to them and update you on thier response.
“Callospa” is beautiful little spa resort hidden in the hills of Antipolo. Not many signs lead you to the place but if you keep a sharp eye out and ask questions, it is worth the search. Ron and I discovered it online; thier website had a map that we religiously followed but… we still got lost. Thankfully, it was quite temporary.
Outside the walls of Callospa, there’s not much to see. But as you enter the giant wooden doorway the resort lies below you in a sort of mini valley. The garden is lush and ponds filled with koi greet your first few steps.
Down we went over a set of wide gray stones into what seemed like the welcome room. A woman with the air of authority helped us choose a spa package; what a relief for Ron and I who are famous for indecision when it comes to little things like where to eat lunch. Ron and I quickly agreed that she must have been the owner.
We settled for the basic package – The Affordable Escape which is a 2-hour pampering and massage package which was priced at P650. That’s only $13USD; a major bargain, at least for us!!! Then we added on a 30-minute Body Scrub (which was 15% off at the time) for P425. So, basic math tells me that this 2-and-a-half-hour of spoiling myself would only cost P1075!!! For USD earners, that’s about $22. Oh, you have to double that because Ron got the same package.
First things first – a hot shower in the hydromassage room followed by 15 minutes of DELICIOUS sweating in the sauna.
Notice the outfits we’re in? They were provided by Callospa. Not my idea of classy spa fashion but the outfits were crisp and clean and smelled like Downy. I wondered though, what they would do if a client was too big to fit into them. The one I was wearing was the biggest size they had!!! But all those concerns quickly evaporated when our guide plucked us out of the sauna and ushered us into the STEAM ROOM!!! Ooooh this was getting BETTTTRRRRRR!!!
After every single pore in our bodies were wide open, it was time to hop into the Jacuzzi. Make that the HOT and the COLD Jacuzzis!!!
After swapping Jacuzzis a couple of times and enjoying a few cups of steaming green tea, our guide came in with fluffy orange towels saying it was time for the BODY SCRUB!!!
If you don’t know how it feels to be spotlessly clean and 100% bacteria-free, then you NEED to have a body scrub. After my scrub I was deathly afraid of stepping on the floor and picking up a spore or something. My nails were white (they only turn white after a manicure) and I felt pepperminty alllll overrrrr. The scrub included a shampoo so even my scalp was tingling. Every bit of me, head to toe was very happy. But it wasn’t over YET!!!
Next stop – the Massage Room!
I must say that their signature massage is to DIE FOR! My masseuse, Emma was very efficient and made sure to stick to medium strength pressure. She made me squirm only twice because of her powerful thumbs but it wasn’t all that bad anyway.
The massage beds are also excellent – they have a padded cylinder attached to the head of the bed where you can rest your forehead on. Much better than the beds with face holes, at least for me.
At the end of the two and half hours of pampering, Ron and I felt loose as a goose on juice!
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