Review: East Sauna — Macau

East Sauna is the anchor of the East Start Group which manages a number of properties including the Sanado Health Spa that I reviewed on this website nearly one year ago.

With an easy to find location inside of the Waldo Hotel, East Sauna operates and even looks a lot like Sanado. In fact one could even be forgiven for thinking the two were identical if it wasn’t for a few slight differences.

The entrance involves all the usual aspects of a Macau Sauna. The customer enters a changing area where he disrobes and loads his clothing into a locker. An attendant then gives him a key for that locker which he wears around his wrist for the duration of his visit. The only thing a customer can bring inside is his phone. Money is not allowed. All charges are attached to the number on the wrist band and the bill is settled at the front desk on the way out.

Thankfully, East is a sauna that staffs its locker area with women. You might think that this would be the norm across Macau but unfortunately it’s not, as places like Familia Nobre that are otherwise excellent. The pretty staff of locker attendants and such seem to hail mostly from the Philippines and I think outside appointments could be easily and discreetly arranged with many of them in the right situation.

Once a customer disrobes and puts on a towel they will be led to the shower area where they will chose one of several bikini-clad Vietnamese women to assist them. Don’t imagine the Playboy Mansion here. Most of these women look understandably bored sitting around though they do seem to perk up a bit when it’s time to get busy. After being de-toweled and washed from head to toe the customer will sit down on a fold down plastic seat in the shower stall. The attendant will then take a mouthful of Listerine and perform a short blowjob. After that it’s one final rinse then off to get a robe from one last attendant.

As mentioned, the interior of East looks a lot like Senado, right down to the two rows of chairs. The floor attendants are also similar. There are general attendants in dark clothing that can take food orders and arrange line ups of the available full service women. There are also women in colorful clothes who do various other jobs. One set massages from the waist up and can do things like ear cleaning. Another set can massage from the waist down, including the lovely “thigh massage.”

At East, the thigh massage takes places in a private room with a comfortable leather chair. A twenty-five minute session costs a whopping 438 Patacas ($57 US) but is pure enjoyment. The women that perform this task aren’t the best looking, but they aren’t the worst either. Most are from Vietnam. The only downfall of the thigh massage at East is that the room lacks a television with porn movies ala Familia Nobre.

Other, more basic services are more reasonable and take place on the floor (with the obvious exception of more complicated procedures).

Full service is also on offer from a large staff of women who are also mostly, but not exclusively, from Vietnam. Customers can ask for a line up at any given time to see who is available, or they can wait for one of the regular “showtimes.” The rates for full service are reasonable and in tune with other saunas in the area, with “models” bringing a bit more than their cohorts at 2000 Patacas ($258 US) a go.

One thing that is out of the norm when it comes to most saunas is that full service at East happens in large hotel rooms rather than the smaller purpose-built quarters common nearly everywhere else. These rooms are large and lavish though they lack any kind of wild shower apparatuses. In fact, full service at East tends to come without a shower of any kind. It’s simply up the stairs and into the bed where the fun begins.

All the usual tricks are at play and a generally good session can be expected from practically everyone on staff. Standard service would last an hour but there are no hard and fast rules. It doesn’t seem to be a rushed or mechanical environment.

The free food and drinks at East are good but not great. There is an obvious tilt toward Chinese-style foods but it comes quick and hot and is usually enough to hit the spot. An interesting quirk at East is that the full service women eat their food in the same room as the customers. There’s usually not much socializing going on though as everyone is focused on either the food in front of them or the television on the wall.

If Senado is one of the best saunas in Macau than East Spa Club is right up there with it. As a reliable place with a good level of service and comparatively reasonable rates, I think it’s completely fair to give East Sauna a solid four-and-a-half stars.

East Spa Club, 6 Floor of the Waldo Hotel, Avenida de Amizade, Macau. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Website: http://www.eaststartgroup.com/east_spa_club/index.asp Telephone: 28286666. Click here for a map of Macau entertainment venues.

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