Tempat Senang Spa: There is such thing as too much massage

Tempat Senang is a luxurious spa on Batam Island in Indonesia. I went for a whole day spa package here, which included six one-hour treatments, hot tea and lunch. I felt very pampered by the end of the day however I realised six hours of massage is more than enough and the lack of mental stimulation made the day a little boring.

Flossy’s rating: 3.5/5

Tempat Senang is a one hour boat trip from Singapore and a popular place for people living there to retreat to as the prices are considered cheap. A whole day spa package costs IDR 2,880,000 (GBP 170) plus the cost of a return ferry.

A gorgeous view of Singapore in the early morning from the ferry to Batam.

A gorgeous view of Singapore in the early morning from the ferry to Batam.

On arrival the place seemed like a mini paradise. There are tranquil pools, lush green plants, decorative flowers and Buddha statues throughout the grounds. All the staff were presented beautifully in locally designed dressing gowns. I was taken to the veranda and surprised to be greeted by an older British gentleman who explained the different treatments available to me. I quickly observed that all the senior managers who worked here were European or American, whilst the local Indonesian staff carry out the treatments.

As I sipped a hot herbal tea I browsed through the different treatment options and smelled different massage oils and scents. The manager kindly noted down my preferences and I was escorted to a small wooden hut for my first treatment, a Balinese massage. This is a full body massage that uses a variety of techniques including pressing, squeezing, rubbing and kneading, and focusing particularly on the neck, back, shoulders and head.

The message room inside the little hut was comfortable.

The message room inside the little hut was comfortable and kept cool with a ceiling fan.

The next two hours were followed by more relaxing sensations, and I drowsed in and out of sleep with a facial massage combined ear candling treatment and hot herbal compress massage.

Lunch was then served on the veranda and was a mini platter of popular Indonesian foods such as beef satay, fried spring roll, papadum, curried chicken and rice. The food seemed very catered to tourists by trying to combine the best of Indonesian cuisine and it wasn’t particularly tasty or authentic.

A very touristy Indonesian lunch was served with a glass of coconut water.

A very touristy Indonesian lunch was served with a glass of coconut water.

After lunch I had a hair spa, which was the highlight of my visit. For one hour my scalp and hair were massaged with avocado hair cream and gently combed, completed with a firm should rub. My hair was so incredibly healthy and shiny for weeks afterwards. I then finished the day with a full body scrub and Indonesian massage, focusing on the lower body and legs with cempaka scents.

After my treatments I was driven back to the port to take the return ferry to Singapore. Unfortunately (and quite surprisingly) there were many drunk British males on the ferry, which broke the peaceful mood. I’m not sure where on earth they came from!

There were drunk British males on the ferry ride from Batam to Singapore.

There were drunk British males on the ferry ride from Batam to Singapore.

At the end of the day my muscles pleasantly ached from all the treatments and I felt well rested. However I would not spend another full day at Tempat Senang. The food and drinks were not delicious enough and I found the overall experience a little dull and expensive. I would much prefer a weekend away to Thailand, which would cost roughly the same and where you can get a cheap one hour massage right on the beach. If you do go to Tempat Senang though, you must definitely have the hair spa, which was the best massage I have ever had.

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The grounds at Tempt Senang were tranquil.

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