So you've roughed it for the past two weeks trekking through the Himalayas. You went for days without a shower, you braved the cold and carried your heavy pack. Your legs burned as you climbed steep mountains and you suffered greatly at high altitudes.
What better way to reward yourself when you get back to Kathmandu than to have a deep tissue massage and steam bath or sauna.
Dave and I love massages. When we travel, we pamper ourselves regularly after our adventures. We love to take part in strenuous activities, but we love recovering from an epic trek even more. Massages around the world are so cheap compared to Canada and we take advantage of the deals as much as we can.
We always say to each other “This is what it is like to be rich. Rich people must always have a massage and they probably have steam baths and sauna's right in their house!” If I were rich, I would have a massage every other day.
Ah, to pretend to live life like the other half. I could get used to it.
We both were feeling pretty ill during our time in Kathmandu. The pollution is out of control and we couldn't shake our coughs, our aches and our feelings of lethargy.
It was time for a pick me up and a message was just the ticket.
We saw signs advertising The Himalaya Retreat Spa everywhere and decided to check it out. A restaurant that we ate at the night before had a sign stating that a massage and sauna was on special for 1200 Rupees. Not a bad deal.
2 Hours of decadence for $16!
Other places were advertising 1600 Rupees. Unfortunately the restaurant had an old flyer and we found out that their rate was fixed at 1600. We hummed and hawed a bit after they informed us that 1200 Rupees was the old price, but we must have looked desperate because she decided to give us a discount. We ended up paying 1250 Rupees each. Anything is negotiable in Asia.
We opted for a shiatsu massage and steam bath.
This place offers Thai, Ayurveda and Shiatsu. We have tried the other two, so it was time for some deep muscle therapy with Shiatsu.
The spa is very clean and comfortable. The waiting area is elegant and tastefully decorated with leather sofa's, dark coffee tables, water cooler and magazines.
We changed into the flip flops, t-shirts and fisherman pants provided and they led us upstairs where two gentlemen pressed and kneaded away our aches and pains.
The hour went by quickly and we felt totally rejuvenated and ready for our steam bath.
It was heaven to relax in the hot steam feeling our lungs and sinuses clear. We stayed in for as long as possible until our fingers started to prune.
The great bonus at the Himalaya Retreat Spa is the hot showers. It was great to be able to rinse and wash after the bath in clean and comfort. It is rare in countries like Nepal that you get the comforts of home, but we felt like we were at a spa that you would find in Canada.
There was even a scale in the dressing room where we could marvel at the weight we had lost on the Everest Base Camp trek.
We forgot where we were for a couple of hours and it was heavenly.
Once we finished, we stepped out into the bright sun and made our way to an overpriced coffee shop just to keep the decadence going.