Often, it is hard to tell one spa from the next. The massage options at one spa over another can be strangely similar, the whirlpool might be 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 referring to 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 architecture alone will blow you away. Rooted in the great Hindu traditions and reminiscent of the 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 ultimate 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 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: your body will be 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 where two therapists 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: 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. By the end of your treatment, chances are, you’ll saunter away feeling a little like Lakshmi, the Balinese goddess of fortune, luxury, and beauty.
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista