Hattawet Spa, A Little Relaxation Haven in Phnom Penh
Hmm, this post is long overdue. Someone really awesome gave me and Sreisaat a massage voucher for our birthday. We didn’t even know that a new spa have opened in Sofitel, but since the voucher was with us, it would be a big waste if we did get a little pampering. We met up really early for coffee and breakfast and with no particular agenda except to pamper ourselves for the day. We figured after coffee, we’d head over to the spa, then have lunch, then do a spot of shopping at Russian Market.
i do love the Khmer script on the logo. its so ornate and just gorgeous!
So after our coffee, we got on a tuk-tuk and asked to be dropped in Sofitel. It was just around 11 am. But, alas! The spa was still closed. Apparently, they open at 1 pm, but the uber nice manager was there. We were actually undecided to go out for lunch or just wait there around the hotel area. We chatted for a bit, then when we were about to leave to have lunch out first, she came back and told us to wait a bit coz she summoned some of her therapists and we could have our massage right then.
..cold towel and drink. you can also choose your oils from the samplers if you want an oil massage.
And that was just wow. I would call that exceptional service. We would be perfectly understanding if we needed to come back coz it was actually our fault for not calling first for appointment or something. But I was simply bawled over at how accommodating they were.
feet had to be washed. too dirty. Lol. kidding! I know most spa’s do this.
We had traditional Khmer massage for an hour and it was really good. The facilities were also very good, with a warm, very cozy ambiance. Lots of spaces (they have around 21 massage rooms) and if you like some real quiet time, this is one place to go.
one of the Khmer massage rooms. also comes with a shower room & toilet. liked the zen feel to this. It’s also huge, even more than most average hotel rooms.
All in all, the place left a very good impression on us. I was expecting it to be snooty like some ‘luxury’ spas here in Phnom Penh, but they were very very nice. Services include traditional treatments (Khmer massage, Khmer herbal compress massage, Indian head massage, Foot Massage, and some Soothing and Relaxing Treatments (assorted oil massages). Price ranges from $10 – $40.
Do check them out, they are right next to Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, in Sothearos Blvd. They have their own two-story building, right before the hotel.