i Sagua Spa: Your ideal destination this weekend

KARISU. The bright letters outside the room blinked a cheery welcome as Esmeralda, one of the therapists, opened the door of the room. I was at i Sagua Spa at the Hyatt Regency, stressed and eager to unwind for some precious minutes of relaxing massage.

The room was a dream for someone as stressed as I was. Two massage beds with fresh linens faced clear glass windows with a spectacular garden and lagoon view outside, issuing an irresistible welcome to lie down and relax. Karisu, which I learned later is the Chamorro word for tall bushes or reeds, was the only room with a lagoon view at i Sagua Spa, Esmeralda told me. She directed me to the lockers at the rest room which boasted of a deep round tub, rolls of freshly-laundered cream-colored towels, and told me I could take a shower if I wanted, an offer which I grabbed without hesitation.

I donned on a robe after my quick shower and lay face down on one of the beds, allowing the pleasant scent of plumeria to invade my senses. When Esmeralda started to press my shoulders and back, I gave in to her ministrations and allowed myself to be lulled into total bliss.

This massage blends long gliding stokes with the i Saguá signature scent, Kalachucha, the essence of the fragrant Plumeria flower.

With the long gliding strokes of my therapist’s gifted hands, the soothing music that filled the room, and the fragrant scent of plumeria flower, I was transported into a half-asleep, half-awake stance where I felt all the stress ebbing away from my body and the feeling of total relaxation of the mind and body seeped in.

All too soon, the 40-minute Mariana Island Signature massage treatment was over and I was transported back to reality, refreshed and renewed. Esmeralda served me a hot cup of tea after, and I felt like floating on air as I went out of the room.

Marketing communications and assistant manager Luis Villagomez said that clients can take a refreshing dip at the Jacuzzi right after their massage.

To celebrate this special day, i Saguá Spa is offering three grand treatments, ideal packages that Moms would truly appreciate—the 50-minute Deluxe Caviar Facial, an exquisite anti-aging facial that nourishes the skin with protein rich Caviar, Rose Oil, Green Tea, and Soy Protein to improve elasticity, tone and firmness for – $150; the 40-minute Mariana Island Signature Massage; the 90-minute Mother’s Day Escape Package that allows Moms to feel appreciated and given a chance to escape from the everyday stress for $180, and the foot ritual.

On Mother’s Day, give your mother the best gift she can’t forget at i Sagua Spa under team leader and therapiot Andy Roda, Esmeralda Cruz, Moonyeen Gementiza and the other therapists.

i Sagua Spa is open from 10a.m. to 10 p.m.  every day. All major credit cards accepted. For appointments please call 323-5888 or 234-1234 ext. 35 or visit http://www.isaguaspa.com for more information.




An afternoon at a ‘resort away from the resort’

YOU haven’t seen it all on Saipan if you haven’t been to the eastern part of the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort in Kagman.

Dubbed as a “Resort away from the resort,” the Laolao Bay Golf Resort is indeed a paradise even for non-golfers.

As you turn off the main road in Kagman and enter the gates, you will start to feel being relaxed as you drive along wide, paved roads under the shade of tall trees.

Laolao Bay Golf & Resort’s assistant food and beverage manager Ren Sapkota took me up to the sixth floor of the newly-finished resort with its fresh and brightly-colored doors and emerged into the balcony from one of the suite rooms. The spectacular view from the top can make anyone breathless.

From the resort, we drove around the range in a golf cart, following arrows on the road until we reached the eastern coast.

The eastern course is more of the touristy side. For the daring, leaning against the railing at the edge of the cliffs with the view of the endless ocean stretched out before you is one of the most exhilarating feelings you can ever experience, with the wind blowing your hair and attempting to carry you off and the gigantic waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing on the rocky cliff lines a long way below.

The eastern views provides breathtaking views of stunning seascapes—the paved roads with its unique twists and turns, well-manicured lawns and golf courses, gentle swells and slopes—all of which add to spell a tropical island beauty. The stronger winds prove additional challenge to golfers in the eastern coast.

The western course is more of the classically designed inland golf course which provides a golfer a panoramic view of the Kagman Valley with Mt. Tapochao as the backdrop.

Ren and I ended our ride at the Tea House, an ideal rendezvous perched atop a cliff and nestled amidst lush foliage. It serves as a quick stopover for golfers who want to grab a drink or a quick snack.

The cool and comfortable ambiance of the Tea House, with its glass windows provide guests a full view of the ocean and the golfers nearby.

We were served shaved ice topped with tropical fruits, a very cool and refreshing respite from the heat outside.

If you need to get away from it all, you can find solace at the tropical beauty of this Resort away from the resort.

For inquiries, visit http://www.laolaobay.com, call 256-888, or fax number 256-8000.