A sacred mountain in Hindu mythology, “Mandara” is formed by the two words “mana” and “dara” which means mind and single line. This is where The Mandara Spa derived its name – one of my new favorite spa destinations in town.

The Mandara Spa Staff

When I started travelling, I discovered my hidden love for spa and massage that I would be happy to do it on a more frequent, regular basis. If I have the time to get a massage during my trip, I would definitely get one. If not, I make sure that I’ll have it when I got home. This is why I was so excited to visit The Mandara Spa.

The Mandara Spa Body Srub and Massage Oil

The Mandara Spa Body Srub and Massage Oil

Together with some beautiful bloggers, Marge, Karla, Lara, Pancake, and Lou, I went to the fourth branch of Mandara in Parañaque. As we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the spa’s lovely owners, Ana Carmela Magdamit and Heart Badilla-Africa.

The Mandara Spa Complimentary Tea

Pancake enjoying her hot tea.

The Mandara Spa Interiors

Going around, I like the cozy and intimate vibe of Mandara. There are three massage rooms that can accommodate five persons. They also have a space for hand and foot services like Hand Spa with Manicure. The interiors encompass relaxing earth tone colors – brown, green and red.

The Mandara Spa Massage Room for Two

Big room at the second floor for two guests.

The Mandara Spa offers a variety of massage rituals as well as body scrubs and wraps. More interestingly, they offer a combination of these premium services for guests to have a complete relaxation experience.

The Mandara Spa Manicure and Pedicure

Pancake availing Manicure and Pedicure services.

The Mandara Body Rituals Massage Therapy

For massage therapy, Mandara offers the following:

  • Swedish (1HR – PHP600 | 1.5HRS – PHP850)
  • Shiatsu (1HR – PHP600 | 1.5HRS – PHP850)
  • Combination (1HR – PHP600 | 1.5HRS – PHP850)
  • Mandara Signature Massage (1.15HR – PHP850)
  • Hot Stone Massage (1HR – PHP900 | 1.5HRS – PHP1,300)

I was able to try their Combination massage. I would also definitely want to try Mandara Signature Massage (Read Karla’s review here) and Hot Stone Massage (Read Marge’s review here) when I come back.

The Mandara Spa Room

Body Scrub and Wraps

For premium scrubs, Mandara offers the following:

  • Lavender Glow (Whitening + Relaxing)
  • Coffee (Anti-oxidant + Enlivening)
  • Green Tea (Hydrating + Detoxifying)
  • Lemon Grass (Soothing + Energizing)
  • Mandara Signature (Healing + Nourishing + All organic)
The Mandara Spa Grean Tea and Lemongrass Body Scrub

Mandara’s Grean Tea and Lemongrass Body Scrub

A combination of Body Scrub, Wrap and Massage (2 hours) costs PHP1,800. A Body Scrub and Massage package (1.5 hours) is also available for PHP1,200. For scrub only, Mandara offers the Scrub Ritual (30 minutes) for PHP700.

Body Scrub, Wrap, and Massage

I was able to try Mandara’s Body Scrub, Wrap and Massage package. The attendant named Grace assisted me in the couple’s room in the first floor. The couple’s room had an optional divider that can be spread out to separate the room into two. The other half of the room was occupied by Lou (Read her experience here).

The Mandara Spa Couple's Room

Couple’s room with optional divider.

They previously prepared our beds with plastic cover. To start off, Grace gave me a robe and a disposable underwear to change into. She also asked me to wear a shower cap.

Bed is wrapped with plastic cover for body scrub treatment.

As soon as I was ready, she started the procedure with a body scrub. Because of its anti-oxidant effect (and also because I’m a coffee lover), I chose the coffee scrub. I can still remember the sweet scent of the scrub Grace gently applied in my body. I felt the microbeads of the scrub gradually peeling off dead skin cells. She let me be for 30 minutes after which I was asked to take a shower. As the hot water washes the scrub off of my body, I was amazed with how softer my skin felt. I use a scrub at home and it didn’t felt as soft in my skin compared to the coffee scrub I had in Mandara.

The Mandara Spa Coffee Scrub

Mandara’s Coffee Scrub

After the shower, Grace proceeded with my Combination massage. I went for a “medium” massage with stretching. You can opt not to have stretching if you are not comfortable with it. I love how Grace applied pressure in my body especially in my upper back. I had a good stretch, too.

The Mandara Spa Massage Oil

Mandara’s Massage Oil

Mandara SPArty

One of the cool trends to celebrate special occasions nowadays is to hold a SPArty. And Mandara offers one, too! We had this fun and short SPArty after our spa and massage treatments.

Mandara's SPArty

Mandara’s SPArty Finger Food and Pandan Drink

They prepared delicious finger food for us with Pandan drink. Even the food was fantastic! Note that you can customize the SPArty you want to have at Mandara.

I will come back for sure! The massage I had was a revitalizing send-off for my Pintubo trek and Lakbay Norte Trip (Nueva Ecija and Cagayan five-day press trip) scheduled on consecutive days right after my visit at Mandara.

TIP: Better to make a reservation because slots get easily full.

Bloggers at The Mandara Spa

Marge, Laarni, Karla, Pancake, Me, and Lou (From left to right)

The Mandara Spa

Operating Hours: Mon-Thurs: 2PM-12MN | Fri-Sun: 2PM-2AM
Address: #13 President’s Avenue corner Rufino Avenue Tahanan Village, Parañaque
Contact No.: +63 925 556 8858

Disclosure: My spa and massage treatment was courtesy of The Mandara Spa. Nevertheless, I wrote this article with my own insights influenced by my personal experience.