There’s a new spa open in town! We always pass by Shaw Blvd and when we saw this new spa being put up a couple of months ago, we had been curious to try it.
The spa is called White Palace Spa. It’s very visible, especially at night. It is on the second floor of a new building located right across Acacia Lane / Shaw Blvd, right across the big Jollibee and smaller Mang Inasal.
The entrance is through stairs on the right side of the building. The estero beside the building can be a bit smelly, but it’s not so bad that you can’t ignore it and hold your breath while passing by it. So keep that in mind if you are sensitive to smells.
We went to White Palace Spa at 2am last weekend. The building is well-lighted outside, and the area is starting to “boom” with a nearby mall that just recently opened and several other banks and other establishments opening. However, it’s still best to be vigilant. I didn’t see any guard nearby so be wary if anyone suspicious approaches.
On the way up, we saw several male masseurs (about 4 men) milling about (they were wearing the White Palace Spa T-shirt). I don’t know how to feel about this. On one hand, it does make it feel a bit “safer” because their presence might scare off baddies, on the other hand, there are a lot of unfamiliar men milling about and I’m really not comfortable with that, especially in a spa.
This is the Front Desk – it looks nice, clean and professional.
The receptionist recommended the White Palace Signature Massage (with Hot Pack, 1 hour & 15 mins, P400). She said it was the best value because it’s like getting a combination of Swedish, Shiatsu and the hot pack massage in one. So we both got the White Palace Signature Massage and we asked for female masseuses.
They are also running some promos, like giving a P50 discount between 1pm-5pm, and a 5+1 promo (group of 6 people get a massage, 5 persons pay, 6th person is free).
They gave us spa slippers and washed our feet, and then we were led to our room:
Like other spas of this price range, the rooms are separated by dry wall and/or curtains. The “doors” are also curtains. I lightened the picture below so you can see the wallpaper and curtain patterns, as well as the safe, etc… there’s also a hook to hang your clothes and bags.
The use of the purplish fleur-de-lis patterns gives off a more upscale ambience. The whole place is air-conditioned, of course, and there’s soothing spa music and the sound of water fountains in the background.
The massage was okay, not bad. I usually ask for Hard massage, and I know how much effort that takes, so I made sure to tip. My masseuse was really strong. No complaints about that.
There is the usual back massage, which included a hot pack that they glide on the back. This was nice
Then the legs and arms are massaged, a little bit of stretching, then front legs and arms, then head and face.
Aside from the hot pack, the massage was pretty standard, following the steps most other spas do. There’s no neck cracking or masseuse walking on your back or where the masseuse lifts you up on her feet
I actually kind of miss the massage of the old days where the masseuses really went to work to dissolve any “lamig”. It was painful, yes, but so much more satisfying than the standard series of massage steps I keep getting now. And in the late 90’s, they even massaged your tummy!
After the massage, we were given wet towels to wipe off the oils they used for the massage, and we were also given some hot tea. Their hot tea was delicious! I wanted to ask what tea they used but I got embarrassed. It was a sweet, maroon liquid that tasted like hot cranberry juice.
About tipping – I normally don’t agree with tipping. I don’t think we should tip someone just for doing their job, and it annoys me when some people expect a tip, even when they didn’t do anything above and beyond, and they get mad when people don’t tip them, and even feel that they have been “stiffed”. I also hate being forced to tip a certain percentage. If someone is doing their normal tasks within their job description, and I did not ask them to do anything above and beyond that, I don’t think I should be expected to tip. However, in this case, I know what I asked for was difficult (hard massage), so I made sure we tipped, even if it was just a small amount, to show our appreciation.
Overall, the massage, the ambience, the service, were well worth the P400. It is a mid-range spa so don’t have too many fancy expectations, but you get a lot of value for what you pay. I also like the location because it’s very convenient and accessible. They are also open until 7am! Yay! Perfect for night owls like us. Parking is free in front of the building, but there are only limited slots.
The only thing that makes me think twice about coming back is the male masseurs. Sometimes I can hear them talking during the massage (outside my “room”) and it makes me uncomfortable. I mean, I know they are outside my “room”, but since there are only curtains separating us, they sound so near. I’m not saying that I suspect them of doing anything bad. I don’t. However, I think it’s a normal reaction to hearing unfamiliar men when you’re half-naked getting a massage and there’s only a curtain protecting your modesty. The other spas I go to usually have more female staff and very few, if any, men, or separate areas for men and women.
Update April 5, 2017: Seems this place has closed down. I noticed that the lights haven’t been turned on for a while now, and then last week, I noticed that the signage now shows a different name, but it’s still a spa…
WHITE PALACE SPA
323 Shaw Blvd., Hagdang Bato Libis, Mandaluyong City (near Acacia Lane, in front of Mang Inasal/ Jollibee)
Tel # 505-2693 / 0927-8584767 / 0929-5493617
OPEN: 1PM – 7AM DAILY
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