Enjoy balinese traditions at mandara spa

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  1. Oftentimes it is hard to tell one spa from the next. The massage options are strangely similar, the whirlpool is the same temperature and the cucumber water tastes, well, like cucumber water. But nothing about the Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel is typical or ordinary.
    Mandara, a Sanskrit word describing an ancient legend about the quest to find the secret to eternal youth and beauty, is everything you’d expect from a Disney resort.
    For starters, the Balinese-style architecture alone will blow you away. Rooted in the great Hindu traditions and reminiscent of Polynesian style, Balinese structures are created with natural materials including woven bamboo and coconut wood. The moment you enter the spa through the Meru Temple you’ll notice the intricate detail in every nook and cranny. Lounge in the tea garden under a temple structure covered with ornate carvings and surrounded by rich red-and-gold-toned upholstery for the ultimate feeling of peace. Venture out and explore the lush tropical landscaping just outside the door or soak in the tub room surrounded by candlelight.
    Beyond its looks, the Mandara Spa is also well known for its over-the-top pampering and beauty services. The Mandara experience is inspired by the traditions of healing touch that is ever present in the Balinese culture. Together these time-honored therapies, along with modern methods, meld together creating unique treatments; and with over 40 options, there is certainly a choice for everyone.
    Go with the Balinese Body Polish if exfoliation is what you’re after and if you want your body lathered with natural ingredients including coffee, lime and ginger or Balinese boreh, a traditional herb used to relieve muscle aches, increase blood circulation and trigger relaxation. Or choose to step it up a notch with the Four Hand Massage, a signature treatment featuring two therapist simultaneously working the knots away.
    The beauty treatments are just as innovative. Try the Fire and Ice Manicure or Pedicure to warm your senses and cool any tension. Or treat your hair and scalp with the Frangipani Conditioning therapy with an application of the rich Frangipani Moni Oil, legendary for its ritual uses in Tahiti, is massaged into the scalp to ease away stress and give the hair a vibrant, healthy shine. And the end of your treatment, chances are, you’ll saunter away feeling a little like Lakshmi, the Balinese goddess of fortune, luxury and beauty.
    Mandara Spa
    Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel
    1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista
    407-934-4SPA (4772)
    www.swananddolphin.com


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