Treat yo’self and indulge in a day of personal pampering at Onsen Spa. Go on, live a little. You deserve it, Honey.
Jakarta girls (and guys for that matter!) love a good spa day. With the stresses and strains that come with living the Big Durian life, we definitely do not mind indulging in a little self-care now and then. That’s why we jumped at the chance to step away from our desks for a few hours to recharge and reboot at the newly opened Onsen Spa. This unique and affordable day-spa is surprisingly the brainchild of the owners behind Bottega Ristorante and Rock Paper Scissors. After feeding Jakartans with fusion food and delicious cocktails, they wanted their next foray into hospitality to be bringing the Japanese Onsen experience to the well-deserved masses, and hey, we are all here for it.
Situated in a ruko off of a busy corner on Mampang Prapatan, Onsen Spa is a quiet hideaway with a main road location is perfect for slipping in a few hours of relaxation in an otherwise hectic day. The Japanese-inspired day-spa is minimalist with nods to Japan at every corner. Besides the main Onsen room (we’ll get to that later), there’s a steam room and tatami mat style dining space, where visitors get to enjoy a meal after their treatment.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. If you feel like getting off-the-grid for a few hours, indulge in The Ultimate Sakura, a head-to-toe treatment that includes a body massage, body scrub, body mask, therapeutic facial massage, and use of the Onsen room, steam room, and a complimentary Japanese meal of soba noodles. While we went for the two-hour treatment, the whole session takes up to three hours, so you might want to clear out your schedule. But trust us, it’s worth it.
To start, our masseuse commenced with a luxurious hour-long massage that kneaded out all our tired knots from sitting at a desk all day, followed by an exfoliating body scrub (lulur) and refreshing traditional body mask for luminous skin. The treatment also incorporates totok wajah or a detoxifying facial acupressure to encourage circulation – something our tired skin definitely needed! Once that was done, we were given a beautiful satin Japanese kimono to don – Obi and all! – to head into the Onsen room for the ultimate Zen experience. The Onsen room features two pools and a window of depicting views of Mount Fuji for a nice touch. After a few selfies (because one simply must take pictures while donning a Japanese kimono), we sat ourselves in the waters of the steaming hot Onsen for a good twenty minutes, feeling our worries slip away.
Distracted from the realities of the outside world, we probably could’ve sat in there for longer but jumped into the wooden steam room for a few minutes to fully get its detoxifying properties. Then, we moved back up to the dining area where we enjoyed a simple Japanese set meal of green tea and soba noodles to round out the experience.
Onsen Spa, Jl. Mampang Prapatan Raya No. 67, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2753 4427.