I got really tired from all the exploring, sightseeing and WALKING, yes, all caps because WALKING was an excruciating activity, from my recently concluded Eurotrip. My feet went to feet heaven! LOL. I’m a little bit exaggerating but it’s true! My feet pulled out the white flag on me! When I arrived in Manila, the first thing I searched for was a massage. I’ve been loyal to a well-known spa here in Manila but this time, I’ve decided to try a new spa place called I’m Onsen.
I’m Onsen Spa is a Japanese-inspired spa which offers different types of relaxing massages, facial services and onsens. Onsens or hot springs are popular in Japan because it is said to be rejuvenating and refreshing. It’s housed in a six-storey building! The lobby is where the reception area is. The second floor is where you’ll find a swimming pool over-looking the Makati cityscape. You’ll also find gender separated toilets and lockers here. Third to sixth floors cater to spa suites, relaxing lounge and wellness suites. The last floor houses their eat-all-you-can restaurant.
My boyfriend and I got their signature massage which comes with a free buffet. We upgraded our room to a spa suite. You can choose from a suite with a steam bath or a jacuzzi. We chose the latter. The suite doesn’t come with a budget-friendly price. We paid P6500 inclusive of the signature massage, spa suite with jacuzzi and free buffet. It’s pricey compared to The Spa where you can a couple’s massage in a executive couple’s room for P3500++. Our massage was scheduled at 530pm so we checked out the swimming pool area first. The pool stood out because of the colourful sun lounges hanging above it. There’s a bar where you can order some chows and drinks while waiting and an instagram-worthy wall just a few inches away from the pool. 5 minutes before our massage time, we proceeded to the 3rd floor where the spa suites are; not knowing that there’s no allotted private cabinet in the suite so we had to go down the second floor again to change into kimonos and place our things inside the gender separated lockers. We were told to wait for a little bit because they’re still fixing our room. They made us wait for 30 minutes. We kept following up and the receptionist on the suites area got irritated and she made an annoyed face. The reason we got for the delayed service was the service man from the engineering department was late and they couldn’t operate the jacuzzi without him! It took a series of follow-ups before they gave us our room.
We made our way through a maze-like hallway before we got to our suite. I was expecting for a really nice room since we paid P6500 but a normal and incomplete suite welcomed us. It has two massage beds, a sink, toiletries, towels and an operating jacuzzi which smelled like chlorine. A toilet and bath wasn’t provided in the suite, though, a communal toilet and bath can be found along the hallway. There was no buzzer inside the room so if you’re done bathing in the jacuzzi, you have to robe up and go all the way to the reception to notify them that you’re ready for your massage. We tried the jacuzzi for a little bit, waited for the masseuse and our massage began. The therapists were polite, friendly, hygienic enough, and professional. We dozed off after a few minutes into our massage session. The massage, IMHO, was great; the facilities, not so much.
After an awesome massage, we went to the top floor for our free dinner buffet. Their buffet was amazing! I imagined that it would be an ordinary buffet but it wasn’t. They offer a wide selection of food and get this, they have a pasta cooked inside a huge cheese wheel! Their food was delicious and uberly satisfying. The ambiance was extremely inviting, too. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to taste everything because we were in a hurry.
So, is I’m Onsen worth the hype? Nah. While I really like their buffet and massage, I find it too expensive and I didn’t like the overall service that I got. I’ll stick to a home service massage which is P250-P450/hour or The Spa which has a superb service for a cheaper price.