Saturday, November 5, 2011

The best facial in the world

So there I was enjoying the best of Kuala Lumpur last week with the Minister of Tourism of Malaysia and my new friend Mr. Monopoly as hosts. I'd had a great massage at the Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur's Spa Village in the morning, followed by a very interesting lunch with Mr. Monopoly (more on that in a later post), and then I was due for a dinner cruise on Putrajaya Lake that evening.

And sometime in between the massage and lunch, I'd walked into the boutique of a local designer who had put lots of her creations on sale, and I'd walked out with two beautiful and unique gowns. Nothing outrageously expensive, but certainly something no one else would have -- or wear in Manila. Just my type. So I was in a pretty good mood and I was on top of the world, and I didn't think anything else could top this great day in Malaysia.


But that was before I met Wee Tee, Marketing Manager of La Mer in Malaysia. We met while I was hanging out at the Bottega Veneta store at the ritzy Pavilion Shopping Mall, and I told her how much I love La Mer products. La Mer products have a cult following worldwide among skin care fanatics, you see. This was when she suggested a La Mer facial for the afternoon.

"Do you have time to get a facial this afternoon?" Wee Tee asked me. I had a couple of hours between then and dinner and I was planning to check out the new local boutiques in Farenheit 98, another ritzy shopping mall; but I could easily give up shopping for La Mer anytime.


The trouble was, the La Mer facial spa was all the way in KL's Midvalley, a nice shopping mall convenient to the very upmarket residential districts of Bangsar and Damansara, the residents of which would be the regular clientele for La Mer. But this was not very close to me. I was right smack somewhere in the middle of the CBD and retail heaven, in Bukit Bintang, a good 20 minutes away from Midvalley on a traffic-free day. That was almost enough to make me hesitate, except that Wee Tee sweetened the deal.

"I'll have a driver pick you up at 4 pm and he'll have you back by 7 pm, in time for your pick-up for dinner. We'll do a La Mer facial and then I'll get Bobbi Brown to do your makeup for dinner," she said. How could I say no?

I was so glad I got persuaded to make the trip to Midvalley because that La Mer facial, done by their top facialist in KL, was one of the best I've had in a long history of spas and treatments. Facials and massages are to me what Michelin-starred restaurants are to some people I know. If there's a good one in the city I'm in, I just have to try it. (But that's the same with me and Michelin-starred restaurants as well, come to think of it...)


The La Mer facial room in KL is great. It's all done in white and it's actually got an aquarium built into the room. Of course. I got it. La Mer, after all. But the aquarium wasn't just a smart play on the name; it turned out to be incredibly soothing and I found myself halfway to la-la land just by looking at the fishes. The experience is further complemented by a healing green light and sounds of nature on the sound system.

Perhaps the best thing about the facial, aside from the incredible products used, was the facial massage itself. I get facials done all the time all over the world, and at some of the best places in the world as well; and this La Mer facial massage was just wonderful. I could feel my stress and tension melt away.


Of course, the piece de resistance for the La Mer facial is the liberal use of the Creme de la Mer, the moisturizer and skin revitalizer that basically made La Mer world famous. At the heart of the Crème is a highly potent Miracle Broth™ made of sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, lecithin, Vitamins C, E and B12, plus oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower.

So the ingredients are great, but actually the way everything is combined and balanced together in the potion is just as important. And it's not really clear to me exactly how Crème de la Mer works; but those I know who have used it for an extended period of time swear by it. They say that even in a short time, the skin becomes softer and firmer, and creases almost disappear. Aging lines and pores are noticeably less visible. Even the driest of complexions are healed.


If you're looking for the ultimate facial and you find yourself in KL, I suggest you book a facial treatment in advance with La Mer at the Metrojaya Midvalley Megamall.

The La Mer Facial Treatment I had was a 60-minute specialized treatment to restore and revitalize the skin using acidic sea muds and pure diamond dust, plus the all important facial massage. These enveloped the skin, and lifted away dullness and impurities to reveal its purest surface. Then, while I was having facial, my hands were also given a tension-relieving massage -- so very apt after all that computer work!

In true La Mer standards, each towel used was soaked with The Mist, which is a negatively charged ion-rich proprietary substance developed by La Mer. The Concentrate is applied to work in synergy with the ultimate Crème de la Mer to infuse the skin with nutrients and energies, bringing it back to its centre. The Refining Facial is applied not only to the face but also to hands to enable maximum overall benefits.

To complete the revitalizing experience, tuning forks are waved over the body in a cascade of sound to bring the body back into balance.

The Facial Treatment -- 60 minutes for RM330, and strictly by appointment only --is simply one of the best revitalizing facials available. It's available exclusively at the La Mer Spa in Metrojaya, Midvalley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel : +603-2284 1170.

For more information,

please contact Chan Mei Ling at +603-20926196

or email

Travelife Magazine's
Oct-Nov 2011 Issue


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