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BK and I decided to head to Banawe the other night because it's been a while since we went out for a midnight snack. We didn't get to that part though due to poor time calculation hahaha. As you know, Banawe is pretty much a haven for a late night cravings of Chinese food (lots of restaurants like Causeway yum!) and milk tea shops. As we cruised through this long stretch, it just dawned on me that it's also a spa area. There's a new Nuat Thai branch that opened at the 238 Banawe building this year (the newly opened Tokyo Bubble Tea is there too!). The place was well-lit and had free parking at the back.
I'm no stranger to Nuat Thai. I prefer their affordableSwedish massage (1 hr, P350) and it's where I organized a bridal shower once. The main company expanded their business from Cebu through franchising. This Banawe branch we went to has the same owners as Nuat Thai Libis and Nuat Thai Pioneer. Nuat Thai Banawe is on the 2nd floor of 238 Banawe.
Services include the usual foot, head and body massages, as well as body scrub.
I chose the Green Tea scent because I can't have too strong smells like lavender and eucalyptus.
One thing to note if you want to have that late-night escapade is the amount of time of the services you want to avail. We came at 10:30 p.m. (they close at 2 a.m.) then we had like 2.5 hours (+ waiting time) worth of treatments so we finished groggily at 1:45 a.m.! I think it would have been better if we ate first or gone there earlier. Haha. Our footwear was replaced by slippers at the reception area. There's a CR inside the spa area.
I had the Nuat Thai Foot Massage (1 hr, P250). We went through a foot bath and quick scrub though before our treatments (me - foot massage + hot stone massage and J - body scrub + aromatheraphy massage with herbal balls - one of their bestsellers).
This is the foot massage area (lights are turned off, I just turned on the light for pictures). I loved that I could recline this chair and they gave me rice heat pads for my upper and lower back. Be careful not to put it on bare skin though. I would suggest bringing earplugs/earphones+music and a sleeping mask if you want to create your own mood and not get distracted with people passing by ;) I dozed for a bit here. It's been a while since I gave my feet some pampering. Sometimes, I don't appreciate them enough and I forget that they take me to lots of places as a travel blogger.
Finally, there's my Hot Stone Massage (1.5 hrs, P700). It has components of a normal oiled massage but having the stones travel through my body at times was a nice change. The room below is just a sample floor-type room because I just dove into mine with the massage bed without prior thought after the foot massage. Haha. J said his treatment was fine and he slept through most of it LOL.
Before I forget!! Galleon.ph is near the Nuat Thai Pioneer branch (addresses below) so you might want to drop by and say hi to J hahaha. Looking for something? They sell items not available in the Philippines (sourced from the US and delivered to you in 10 to 15 business days, millions of items in their database) ;) I got a cool travel bucket hat that I use from their site for my farm tours!
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Tell me below: Do you usually do a Body Massage, Foot Massage, Back Massage, Head Massage or Body Scrub in a Spa? What other spa services not mentioned do you enjoy the most? When was the last time you went to one? What time do you usually go to a spa and how long do you spend there?