I planned one fun activity for myself each week that I have off here on my break between terms while Kevin is at work. Last week I took a free shuttle to two huge malls that are connected. This week it was time for some much needed relaxation at Ossoto Spa. Many of you know of my love of the Korean jimjibang. These are bathhouses with tons of jacuzzi pools, hot pools, warm pools, cold pools, mineral pools. They also have all different types of saunas and steam rooms. They are pretty cool, and a very popular and traditional part of Korean culture. There is one in Northern Virginia I’ve been to a couple times, and one in New York city Sophia said was even better but I never got the chance to go to. I was bummed when it didn’t work out to go to one during our layover in Seoul, though to be honest I was a bit nervous about being the weird naked foreigner all by myself there. I figured with such a large Korean population here in KL, there must be some type of jimjibang here. Until about a week ago my search came up empty handed. I came across an article on 7 must try Spas in KL, and this one called Ossoto Recreation Hub looked like I just might have to give it a try. So I waited until rush hour was over, and off I went. I wasn’t able to take a ton of photos, so I’m borrowing some from the website.
I checked in at the 5th floor here, and headed in to start relaxing. I quickly understood why it was called ‘Ossoto Recreation Hub’ and not “Ossoto Spa’. This is Malaysia, so it’s definitely done the Malaysian way (though almost everyone here was speaking Mandarin or Cantonese). That means food is all you can eat and all included, and there’s definitely no nudity, even in the gender separate spa areas. Anyway, since the restaurant was closed when I arrived, I headed first to get the relaxing massage I had decided to treat myself to. Although food, the spas, and most of the facilities are included in the admission that’s good for 24 hours, extras like 90 minute awesome massages are not. Anyway, after that awesomeness (though not as good as my mom’s massages) I headed over to eat and drink lots of water.
Lots of fun foods to try from chicken feet, nasi lemak, Char Kuey Teow, buttered chicken, a waffle bar, ABC snow ice, a ton of different soups, even some kind of shark soup! I got my grub on and was then happily full and relaxed.
The spa area was very crowded when I arrived, so I decided to catch a movie. That’s right, a movie in their cinema. It was Night at the Museum 3, so don’t get too excited. However the movie theater did look like this:
The chairs fully recline, and there are blankets and pillows! There’s also a button you can push to order coffee and tea drinks from your seat! So nice! There’s also ping pong and some of those basketball shooting arcade style games, as well as multiple lounges with chairs like the ones above with computers, private lounges with these computer chairs so you can sleep and relax with a little privacy, a hair salon, a nail salon, and a gym.
After the movie I figured it was time to try out the spa. First off, you don’t go naked, which I liked. You do have to wear their disposable underwear, which is worse.
It’s so weird guys, so weird. The bra ties closed, so I was terrified it was just going to snap off or disintegrate. Luckily for me, it was fine. Anyway, the spa part was just alright. The women’s entrance fee is RM20 (like $5 US) less than the guys because the ladies spa facilities aren’t as good as the mens. Fine, but I mean come on! This is the women’s:
And this is the men’s:
I am not making this up. I mean what the hell?! Though please note I know this because of what I read on the internet, and this picture from the internet…I did not sneak into the men’s only area. I will have to take Kevin one day to verify. On the plus side the showers were really nice, and they had every type of toiletry you could need, so that was nice. After a short stint in the jacuzzi and the sauna (I didn’t try the fish spa, I was afraid it would freak me out and ruin my relaxation) , I headed back out the the women’s only lounge for a latte, some relaxation, and reading time.
Enjoyed a latte (or two, I mean they were free, and I was trying to kill time while I waited for rush hour to end), headed to the cafeteria for dinner, and then back home after a lovely day. All in all it was quite a nice day. However I call it a land cruise because it was way more like a cruise than a spa; all you can eat food, gyms, rec center activities, lounge chairs, people waiting on your every need, and groups of teenagers hanging out everywhere. it was like a weird, low key cruise ship. I will definitely go again, I just really wish they had a better ladies spa…so unfair!