Tried and tested: Nuvali's Esencia Day Spa opens at BGC

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at May 05 2018 11:25 AM | Updated as of May 05 2018 12:03 PM

Esencia Day Spa has a Mediterranean feel. Handout 

MANILA -- There’s a new option for relaxation in Bonifacio Global City, as Esencia Day Spa has opened its first Manila branch at Forbes Town. 

Originally hailing from Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the spa offers full body massages, foot and back reflexology massages, and even Ventosa treatments, as well body scrubs. 

“I was a flight attendant for many years. I know how it feels to be really tired and stressed so I also know when a spa treatment is genuinely relaxing and helpful. And that is our key focus – to make sure that every customer’s unique needs are met by a matching treatment from our menu,” said Les Rabinovich, owner of Esencia Day Spa. 

Upon entering, you are greeted by a canopied enclave with white draping, giving the space a Mediterranean feel (as well as providing privacy). You then sit on cushioned lounge chairs for a quick foot or back massage and also offered the “tea of the day” to ease you into a more relaxing mode. 

Guests get a quick foot massage. Handout
Guests are offered the tea of the day. Handout

“We want to customise our client’s massage experience—from traditional massages like Swedish, hilot, to deep-tissue. We also have body scrubs, our scrubs are from France, and our salts are from Thailand,” explained Rabinovich. 

You start every massage or scrub treatment by selecting your massage oils (or scrub). During our visit, we were given the choice between three oils, each with different components and benefits. The Calming blend had lavender and chamomile as its base, while the Healing blend featured pomelo and lemon grass. The trademark Esencia blend was a mixture of Rabinovich’s favorite scents that were both feminine and elegant – geranium, champaca, and ylang ylang. 

Rooms are private, and also in relaxing white. Your masseuse will ask you the basics – the pressure and the areas that you want her to pay attention to. Treatments can last an hour or 90 minutes for most full body massages, with the Body Revival Package (body scrub and a full body massage of your choice) clocking in the longest at 120 minutes. 

Ventosa is one of the treatments offered. Handout

So next time you’re dreading traffic, or ending a stressful day, why not let traffic whittle down, as you take an hour or two to relax in this spa.