Papaya Radiance Scrub, Balinese Massage and Ritual of the Five Flowers Facial.
“Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
We sail to the Spice Islands in the Dutch East Indies, and I am taken from the port by carriage to a magical garden. The gates open and we plunge into a sacred forest, home to benevolent spirits and a place of worship. What a place of wonder - a modern Eden! Dazzling blooms and dizzying scents, and such exotic fruit in the trees… Her Majesty has offered a reward for the first fresh mangosteen brought to England, and I hope to claim it!
At my destination, a gentle head-to-toe scrub with fragrant papaya extract freshens my skin and readies it for a Balinese massage. A melting balm combining with tamunu nut oil, taken from one of the garden’s sacred trees and known to heal skin irritations and imperfections is combined with other skin nourishing nut oils. The effect on my skin is soothing and nourishing; on my mind and soul, the sensation is of overwhelming peace and tranquility.
I am allowed to drift and dream until new fragrances stir me. Rituals once reserved for Balinese princesses impart the purifying properties of five tropical flowers - gardenia, hibiscus, frangipani, ylang-ylang and lotus - through a gentle massage of the face and neck. I am left with a deep, warm and intense glow… I cannot leave this paradise without one final, simple treat: a slice of green, delicious pandan cake and a small glass of mangosteen essence. This ‘queen of the fruits’ is believed to cure many ailments and nourish the skin. Renewed, radiant, I feel at one with my idyllic surroundings.
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