TUCKED into a luxurious row of rooms on the second floor of Saipan World Resort is heaven on earth — La Mer Massage.
Sathiyan Kalarkkal, who is in charge of the establishment, said La Mer has been open for several years now but not a lot of residents know about it. One afternoon a couple of months ago, photographer buddy Donna and I ventured into that part of the hotel.
A couple of masseuses led us into a luxurious room with two massage tables, and a shower room with a circular tub for flower and coffee baths. Stepping out of our clothes, we submitted ourselves to the expert hands of our masseuses for a 60-minute relaxing massage which included deep tissue massage on the back, shoulders and feet.
Amid the soft gurgling sound of water in a small fountain in the corner of the room, we were soon lulled into a deeply relaxed state and would have fallen deep asleep if not for our occasional grunts whenever our masseuses found sore muscles.
When the massage was over, we were given a tour of the three other massage rooms that offered the same luxury and comfort as the one we had been in.
La Mer Massage specializes in Ayurveda, according to Kalarikkal. Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit word which means life and science, and is one of India’s natural healing techniques that are 5,000 years old.
Kalarikkal said most of the oils are from India, but they also have locally produced ones including coconut oil.
La Mer’s Original Coffee Esthique is one of their most popular massage courses. For 90 minutes, you will be treated to a coffee bath involving coffee beans for cleaning your legs and feet, back and face.
Kalarikkal said coffee beans have fermentation and deodorizing effects on the body and they help create firm smooth lines on one’s skin that create a younger look.
After experiencing the massage and beauty courses offered by La Mer, you’ll feel refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. Also, check out the various facial courses.
The next time stress overtakes you or if you want to escape from the daily routine, head to La Mer which is open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day except Thursday. For reservations, call 234-5900 extension 210.
-First published at Marianas Variety