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Bright Lights, Soothing Cities

By: Bryan Durocher
Posted: June 11, 2008, from the October 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Once considered a distant land of foreign enchantment and mystery, the Asian continent has become a power player in the new luxury superspas opening throughout the world. Business is booming, with the spa industry growing at an annual rate of 200%, according to the Thai Spa Association. In addition, spa travel is the fastest-growing tourism sector in the Asia-Pacific region.

With a mix of jet-setting business professionals and Asia’s own spa-going communities, three new spas are paving the way for a new wellness experience in two of the continent’s major cities, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Tradition meets technology

Japan is a country of dichotomies, balancing a culture steeped in tradition while eagerly standing at the threshold of technology. Tokyo—the country’s largest city—is at the forefront of creating a unique spa experience, with two new luxury hotels setting the example in service, architecture and modern treatments.

Located at the top of the Tokyo Shiodome Building, the Conrad Tokyo is the latest lavish venture to open in the Ginza district, which consists of some of the world’s most expensive real estate. Upon entering the lobby, Japanese comfort and inspiration are accentuated by exemplary design and panoramic views. The 290-room hotel provides world-class accommodations and dining experiences created by famed chef Gordon Ramsay, the host of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen.

The Conrad Tokyo’s Mizuki Spa is one of the largest facilities in Tokyo. It features modern Japanese design that evokes a sense of tranquility, and offers a blend of Eastern and Western treatment methods that is exclusive to the spa. The design of pure lines and soft calming colors also incorporates water and the moon—two powerful natural symbols. Guests are welcomed by a light blue carpeted foyer that mirrors the image of a full moon reflected in the ocean.