Recognized as a Top Performing Day Spa as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
Atasia Spa LLC today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Atasia Spa and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Frankie Tan, Owner at Atasia Spa. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
Executive Travel Magazine
America’s Best Small Towns
“Atasia Spa, located one block from the original springs in a historic building, is a local favorite. Be sure to get one of owner Frankie Tan’s tough but effective Thai massages.”
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New York Post
50 STATES: West Virginia
TAKING THE WATERS, G. WASH-STYLE, IN THE MOUNTAIN STATE’S EMBASSY OF THE COUNTERCULTURE
by David Landsel
January 27, 2009
“Housed in an old newspaper office on Congress Street, Atasia is a world away from the utilitarian scene in the park, a restful, two-story complex carved out of the historic wood-frame building. Word on the street was that Tan had magic hands that would turn me into a little puddle after about 10 minutes. The environs may have been more sophisticated, but the prices sure weren’t — the massage was just $68, about $20 more than you’d pay in the state park, and about half of what I recently paid for a really bad rubdown at a supposed world-class resort not too long ago.”
Long known to Native Americans for its restorative powers, the waters at what is now called “the country’s first spa” was initially visited by settlers in 1730.
“While every visit to Berkeley Springs must include a mineral water soak, running a close second on the don’t-miss list is a massage from Frankie Tan, proprietor of Atasia Spa (atasiaspa.com; (877) 258-7888). Trained in Bangkok’s renowned Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Tan has, over the years, developed his own utterly unique style. Incorporating elements of Thai massage, which uses stretching, he also utilizes hot oil and a steaming hot towel draped over the neck and shoulders to alleviate stress and soothe tender muscles. For an afternoon so pampering it’s nearly decadent, add a respite in Atasia’s Eucalyptus-infused steam room and a Rejuvenating Facial with a purified water steam, masque, moisturizer and a hands, feet and face massage.”
February 3, 2009
Established by master masseur Frankie Tan in 1988, Atasia has a reputation for top-notch services at wallet-friendly rates. The full-service spa sites in the center of Berkeley Springs, a laid-back town once known as “bath” for the hot springs in the state park a few miles from the casual studio. Most guests ache for a on-on-one session with Tan 9$68 for 45 minutes of deep-tissue massage). Through March 31, the Highlawn Inn is offering a Winter Escapes package with Atasia. In addition to a bed and breakfast in a Victorian-era mansion, sweethearts will receive a pair of therapeutic massages, herbal steam baths and facials ($462).
“Greetings. Be it known that Atasia Spa has been awarded this Certificate of Recognition for contributing to the economic development of West Virginia by partnering with the Small Business Development Center of Blue Ridge CTC to open a business in our great state. This outstanding enterprise will most certainly be a vital part of both the local community and the Mountain State as a whole. Thank you for your invaluable contribution to the business of our state.”
“There are five massage therapists on staff, and I’d made an appointment with the most renowned, owner Frankie Tan, who is originally from Malaysia and arrived in Berkeley Springs in 1988. Tan came through for me. His technique incorporates elements of Western and Thai massage; his hands are strong and sure. For the last part, I was sitting in a chair. Tan pinned my hair up, placed hot stones and steaming washcloths on my shoulders and back, and gave me a scalp massage.
Afterward, I put on a robe and stepped outside, where Tan offered a cup of water and invited me to sit in one of the huge round chairs in the “serenity room.” It was dark. I curled into a fetal position and decided this chair was my destiny, at least for the moment.”
“…But Frankie Tan’s Atasia Spa is first among equals: Long before the phrase “Thai massage” hit the fashion magazines, Tan, who worked for several years at the Country Inn’s Renaissance Spa before opening Atasia, was a cult figure among area spagoers. By his estimate, lie’s performed close to 14,000 massages since coming to Berkeley Springs in 1988. Tan, a Malaysian-born ethnic Chinese trained in Thailand, mixes traditional methods with such modern pleasures as whirlpool baths (filled with the mineralspring water) and hot stones, those extrasmooth egg-sized pieces of basalt that began migrating from indoor fountains to massage rooms a couple of years ago. As he presses into the small of the back, stroking with the heels of his hands up the spine, he breathes in a deep, yogic rhythm that focuses his energies. Gradually you begin to breathe with him, visualizing your muscles from his hands, not from your weight; feeling out resistance and actual soreness and the sort of habitual tension that most of us carry constantly.”
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