Our experience @ Mandara Spa, Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour Resort – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Spa Review.

Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)


“I take a massage each week. This isn’t an indulgence, it’s an investment in your full creative expression/productivity/passion and sustained good health.”-Robin Sharma

How we wish that we can take a massage often as Robin Sharma. We previously visited Chavana Spa (LINK) and now it’s about time to experience the Mandara Spa Discovery package. Albert Einstein said that “The only source of knowledge is experience.” and so we’ve experienced the product and service by Mandara Spa, producing this review. How often do you get a chance to read a spa review by two gents? We believe, rarely. Most reviews were written by ladies. Well, this is an honest review from two gents in regard to the experience at Mandara Spa, Magellan Sutera Resort which is located in Sutera Harbour Resort mammoth complex. We visited Mandara Spa and after the whole experience, we dare to conclude that this Spa is indeed the best Spa not only in Kota Kinabalu city but in the entire state of Sabah.

About Mandara Spa


Mandara Spa at The Magellan Sutera Resort is a spacious two-storey tropical spa with décor and architecture that fuses an eclectic mix of Asian influences. Warm woods and lush foliage create a tropical ambiance with a somewhat contemporary interpretation. It comprises six double spa suites, six single rooms, a reception area with an adjacent retail-departure lounge. The six double suites each have private steam room and bath.


The Spa menu offers a range of treatments, marrying the wisdom and traditions of ancient cultures with the latest science of Elemis Spa-therapy. All treatments have been thoughtfully created to provide a sensory adventure and uplifting escape.The Sabahan spa therapists possess genuine warmth and hospitality which together with their skills, make for a wonderfully heart-warming and enjoyable experience.

For Mandara Spa Menu, Click HERE for more information.

Signature Services 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial
Clinically proven, after just one treatment, to reduce the number of wrinkles by up to 94%* and improves skin firmness by up to 57%*. Uses professional strength formulations for maximum efficacy, leaving a firmer, uplifted, more youthful looking appearance

Yin & Yang
The ideal ‘him and her’ package for a magically romantic spa experience.

Him: Aromatherapy Reflex Footbath ~ Lavender Body Wash ~ Coffee Scrub ~ Herbal Steam, Aromatherapy Floral Bath, with Refreshment & Fruit Platter ~ Balinese Massage or Warm Stone Massage.

Her: Aromatherapy Floral Footbath ~ Lavender Body Wash ~ Javanese Lulur ~ Herbal Steam, Aromatherapy Floral Bath, with Refreshment & Fruit Platter ~ Balinese Massage or Warm Stone Massage.

Oxygen Therapy Massage
Energise and beat end-of-day fatigue. Breathing pure oxygen has been proven to boost the immune system and promote cell regeneration. Begin with a 20-minute inhalation of pure oxygen, simple yet powerful in balancing your body’s energy. Combined with a relaxing massage to increase circulation and relieve tension, the treatment enhances mental clarity, alertness; whilst improving mood, concentration levels and overall well-being.

Spa Offers

Valid from October 1 – December 31, 2016

Couples Retreat Ritual      2 hrs      RM 799 for two persons (Normal Price: RM 1,200)
Entice your body to an exfoliation with a difference. Warmed oils drizzled over your body ~ sumptuous Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow massaged into the skin to slough away dryness ~ shower ~ embalm the body with Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Oil ~ receive a relaxing scalp massage and a mini facial whilst wrapped in the fragrant cocoon ~ Balinese Massage.

Body Bliss      1 hr 35 mins      RM 299 (Normal Price: RM 455)
An exotic combination to leave you feeling totally pampered with radiant skin glow. Choice of Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap or Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow ~ Balinese Massage.

Elemis Facial Offer      1 hr 15 mins      RM 329 (Normal Price: RM 505)
Only for a limited period, your choice of anti-aging facial from British luxury spa & skincare brand -Elemis. Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial or Elemis Skin IQ+ Facial for Men

Spa Discovery      1 hr 20mins      RM 299 (Normal Price: RM 450)
Age-old tradition combines with the finest European skincare for a deliciously relaxing experience. Balinese Massage ~ Elemis Taster Facial.

(All prices are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia and subject to prevailing Goods and Services Tax.)

Elemis Skin & Body Care Product


We were briefed by Ms Rashidah (Spa Manager) about the Elemis skin & body care product. Though we are both gents, we do feel it’s appropriate to share and spread good things about Elemis. During the recent launching of of Mandara Spa’s Elemis Hero Collection – Breast Cancer Care Wellbeing Collection Kit,  Elemis Skin & Body Care Product of Mandara Spa has pledged to donate 10,000 pounds to the Breast Cancer Care from sales of its Limited Edition – The Hero Collection for total face and body nourishment. The brand believe that every woman deserves to feel good, no matter what she’s going through.


The collection is packed in a beautiful pink bag, and contains 4 signature ELEMIS products. The set contains Pink Editions of a massage oil, firming balm, anti-oxidant capsules and an anti-ageing moisturizer. Pro-Collagen Neck and Décolleté Balm (40ml) is meant to firm and giving delicate skin of the neck. The Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (15ml) that is produce with Mediterranean algae have the ability reduce the depth of wrinkles, improve skin firmness, tone as well as hydrating the face. Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (35ml) absorbs providing moisture for dry, parched or mature skin. Last but not least, Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules (14 x 0.21 ml) lessen the visible signs of ageing while offsetting the harmful effects of everyday pollution. Simply put, it’s anti-oxidant

Mandara Spa Exterior


Mandara Spa is located opposite the Al Fresco Restaurant. There are few Balinese ceremonial umbrellas here and there on the way to the main entrance of Mandara Spa. There are smaller and bigger stones perhaps to indicate smooth flow of river water.



There’s a gentle reminder at the main entrance that made us stopped talking loudly. We were excited and keep forgetting that we’re about to enter a place that is full of tranquil.


Further outside the covered walkway to Mandara Spa, we noticed that the place is below some of the Magellan Sutera Resort guest’s rooms. The Spa is taking 2 floors with the treatment rooms being on the upper floor.


Again there are some unique features of Balinese Ceremonial Umbrella, stones and big vases outside Mandara Spa. Those features represents the feeling of calmness and elegance.


There’s another entrance at the back of Mandara Spa, giving easy access to those coming from the other blocks of Magellan Sutera Resort.


We saw a gazebo outside Mandara Spa with two massage tables though we’re not that sure if we want our treatment to be done here. Perhaps the best thing about getting a massage here is to be able to feel all that sea breeze although uninvited spectators maybe become curious and want to have a look at the on-goings!

Mandara Spa Interior


As mentioned earlier, Mandara Spa occupies 2 floors of the block. There are some amazing decorations on the ground floor. The reception desk, retail lounge, resting area and many more are located on the ground floor as well. The stairs going up to the 1st floor is indeed magnificent, made of warm and dark woods. Bigger stones are placed near to the staircase.


There’s even a ‘fountain’ and man made pond on the ground floor. The endless flow of water is beautiful and give that sense of calmness. It’s definitely great to casually lounge at the resting area next to the fountain, listening to the flow of water and admiring all that river stone in the pond.


The view seen from the 1st floor is indeed amazing. There’s a sense of Yin and Yang all over the place, not to mention the feeling of zen concept presence. Add that with the Balinese influence and overall that is of Asian characteristics being showcased in the design of Mandara Spa environment/ambiance. There are plenty of seating and rest area on the ground floor.


The retail-departure lounge is quite big showcasing Elemis products.

Our Experience

“Massage is the answer. Who cares what the question is!”

We opted for the Spa Discovery. The duration of the treatment was 1 hr 20mins  and the cost (per person) was RM 299 (Normal Price: RM 450). The treatment is about Age-old tradition combines with the finest European skincare for a deliciously relaxing experience. It’s 50 minutes Balinese Massage followed by 30 minutes of Elemis Taster Facial.


Upon entering the treatment room, we were offered refreshing Jasmine Tea by Clement. Sazali then explained in details about the treatment and showed us the facilities inside the room. There’s a bath and private steam room in our large double suite with the nicest views of the garden and sea!



The amazing views from our large double suite!


Clement then showed to us some oil options to be used during the treatment. He explained in details the names and benefits of each type of oil (Mandara, Spice Island, Harmony and Tranquility). I chose Mandara Oil while @joehairie opted for Tranquility Oil.


We undressed and wore the sarongs. As usual we stick to our underwear and kept those disposable underwear as souvenirs!


Both beds are similar to other massage bed.


Soon after we were on the beds, the therapists came and started the treatment. They did keep asking if the pressure was all right, checking if we needed stronger pressure.

Our Thoughts


Mandara Spa at Magellan Sutera Resort is indeed a place with tranquil environment. We felt pretty comfortable before, during and after the massage. It’s more to being in pleasure palace rather than a house of worship. We applied such comparison as some Spas that we’ve been to are so monotonous in terms of environment and ambiance that almost mimicking the house of worship. We felt the presence of Asian characteristics in Mandara Spa’s decor. Same as Chavana Spa, the Balinese feature is pretty dominant here followed by other Asian influences. Mandara Spa is designed in such a proper way that made us amazed up to this moment.

The treatment was amazing. We felt relaxed during the entire duration of the treatment. The first part was the Balinese Massage. The therapists did their job perfectly as they managed to find the exact spots and applied the right amount of pressure. The facial treatment was great as well. Elemis products were gently applied and caressed, right on the face. We felt rejuvenate after the facial treatment, fresh and as if our faces were glowing that entire day. At times we fell asleep during the treatment, a sign that the therapists managed to give calming and gentle massage.

Overall, we enjoyed our moment here and we are sure to come back for more. The facilities at Mandara Spa are amazing and service is top-notch. With that said, Mandara Spa is undeniably the best Spa in Sabah. We therefore recommend this particular spa if you are looking for high quality massage cum treatment. Without a doubt, it is also one of the best Spa that we’ve been to in the entire globe!

Need to have the same amazing experience? Head to:


Mandara Spa
The Magellan Sutera Resort
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, 88100
Kita Kinabalu, Sabah

Tel: +60 88 308 720
Fax: +60 88 312 020
E-mail: malaysia@mandaraspa.com
Hotel Website: www.suteraharbour.com

Hours of Operation:
Spa: 10am – 10pm

Visit www.mandaraspa.com to know more about the brand’s products and service. For locations across Malaysia, click HERE.

About Sutera Harbour Resort

The Resort comprises two five-star hotels – the 500-room Pacific Sutera and the 456-room Magellan Sutera – as well as the Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club with its 104-berth marina and an award winning 27-hole championship golf course designed by Graham Marsh. It also has 15 restaurants and bars, two grand ballrooms, 28 meeting rooms and a 100-seat auditorium for meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions (MICE).

Sutera Harbour Resort is the only destination in Kota Kinabalu that offers a five-star business-class hotel and resort attached to a 27-hole Graham Marsh-designed championship golf course, a state-of-the-art marine and clubhouse.  As Borneo’s largest and most extensive convention and banquet facility, the resort is the most sought-after venue for MICE events and is a beautiful mix of luxury, recreation and lifestyle.

The Resort is just 10 minutes by boat from the popular scuba diving destination of Sabah’s Tengku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park. The five islands that make up the Marine Park boast crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life and stunning coral reefs. Expanding into nature and adventure tourism in Sabah, the Resort also operates the North Borneo Railway – a mid-century British steam train that takes visitors on a nostalgic rediscovery of rail travel into the heart of Borneo.