Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Step into; Vani Naidoo Experiences a Luxurious De-Stress at the Ikatan Spa in Doonan

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Step into; Vani Naidoo Experiences a Luxurious De-Stress at the Ikatan Spa in Doonan

Article excerpt

THE Sunshine Coast is full of beautiful surprises - little pockets of unexpected mystery dotted along a majestic coastline.

Ikatan Spa, nestled in the Doonan hinterland, is certainly one of these. Set back from the road, a solitary sign the only indication of its presence, it is easy to happen upon the spa almost by accident.

Thick foliage opens up to reveal wooden walkways leading to a number of Bali-style treatment huts.

A magnificent open-style pavilion stands majestically at the end of the walkway where you can sip chai and take in the surrounds.

I had been stuck behind a mowing truck for 20 minutes on the way in. Progress was at snail's pace and my heart was racing at the thought of missing my appointment.

How ironic, I thought, here I was getting highly stressed on my way to a de-stressing treatment.

But one foot on that wooden boardwalk and I could feel myself relaxing, the sound of running water and the birds in the trees quickly replacing the snarl of the traffic.

I am here to take advantage of Ikatan's Warmth of Bali package, which includes a Jamu Chai body wrap, a Balinese massage and a luxurious facial.

Sam, my therapist, has prepared my hut so I step out of the cold into an enveloping cocoon.

Body wraps are an age-old method frequently used for beautifying the skin, healing the body and soothing the spirit.

The ancient Egyptians swore by the treatment as did the Romans and eastern cultures.

I was a bit sceptical watching Sam mix up my poultice in a mortar and pestle, but hey if it was good enough for Cleopatra, then it's good enough for me.

And besides, it smells heavenly - cinnamon and mixed spices blended together with milk and crushed rice for exfoliation.

The treatment is applied and I am quickly covered in a foil blanket, topped with warm throws.

This Jamu blend is known to help relieve nervous tension, stimulate circulation helping energy levels and general wellbeing. …

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