a true thai massage. more expensive than in chaing mai, but i'll happily pay an extra benjamin to enjoy an authentic assisted yoga session without the authentic whiff of street meat that invariably accompanies a massage session in its namesake country. the room was well detailed and clean. the loose fitting asian inspired mock doctor scrubs that were provided were comfortable. the therapist was imported from thailand and carried an authentic and approriately moderated warmth and friendliness. very enjoyable experience. that being said, my buddy's experience at kempinski left a lot to be desired. check out his review as well.
This was about as disastrous a spa and massage experience I have had - I signed up for the 80 minute Balinese massage which was similar in price to a 90 minute Thai Yoga Massage my friend booked. He had a full 90 minute massage and was very satisfied...my story is very different.
My actual massage treatment lasted only 40 minutes, yes 40 minutes! Then the therapist who hurried through the entire treatment told me the massage was over. It started very promisingly...with a foot cleansing bath & foot massage, then I was led to what is by far the best and most comfortable massage table i have EVER been on. The rooms are nice, and the equipment and design are very pleasing. The balinese massage lacked the correct attention, and did not have the pressure required of this technique. I even asked the therapist to add pressure and make it harder - she did not respond...i think it made her work more superficially for the remainder of the total 40 minutes (40 minutes of a supposed 80 minute treatment!!!!).
After my treatment, she walked out and I was a bit confused...I went to the front desk and they told me that a 20 minute "tea ritual" was part of the treatment. First of all, nowhere was this written or advertised...and besides, i think in Hungary 40 + 20 = 60, which is still 20 full minutes short of the advertised 80 minute advertised treatment. The spa staff were not very helpful...at the end I spoke with the hotel manager and he agreed to not charge me (uhh, thanks....). Instead of having a relaxing treatment that I was so looking forward to, I had to hassle with this and explain why I should not be charged. I left more stressed. Meanwhile, my friend came out from him massage all sorted and relaxed from his 90 minute thai massage. Lucky guy. I hope this hotel learns to properly advertise their treatments and treat their clients with more consideration.
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