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Asian Traditions Meet Tomorrow

By: Bryan Durocher
Posted: June 26, 2008, from the July 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Soothing treatment and talented therapists help the Mandarin Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong provide its guests with a unique, revitalizing spa experience each and every visit.

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I also feel the need to reiterate the skillful melding of the traditional and contemporary this spa and hotel displayed. From the décor and cuisine to the treatment ingredients and techniques, I felt I had a truly Thai experience, yet with enough Western amenities to make it reassuringly comfortable and accessible.

Elegance, first-class service and results

Next, with its breathtaking location overlooking Victoria Harbour, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has been a landmark at the heart of the city’s financial district since 1963, and the first-class facility has claimed an unending stream of awards since the day it opened. The hotel combines the elegance of traditional Oriental décor with sleek, modern design, and attention to detail is unprecedented with rooms offering separate sinks and two-sided mirrors in the bathrooms so roommates can get ready simultaneously. Guests also have a choice of music, slipper styles and terrycloth robes or silk kimonos. There is a wide variety of cuisine to choose from as well, including Asian, French and British, and world-class entertainment in the hotel lounges and clubs ensures enjoyment every night.

The hotel’s Mandarin Spa is warm and spacious with rich woods counterbalanced by cool stone and marble textures in its well-appointed treatment rooms. There is an abundance of candlelight, which contributes to the relaxing ambiance, and the Mandarin offers several spacious spa suites that contain two beds, steam showers, vitality pools for hydro massage and changing areas. The largest—the Kukui Suite—offers dramatic views of Victoria Harbour.

The Mandarin Spa philosophy is to merge healing techniques and therapies from around the world—including Chinese medicine and ayurveda—into a potent blend of treatments, ensuring optimal wellness. Understandably, it accommodates a large number of Hong Kong locals in addition to hotel guests and other visitors.

For my treatments, I chose to receive the Choorna Swedam Herbal Bundle massage from the ayurvedic section of the Mandarin’s menu as well as the Radiance Facial. Coty joined me in one of the spa suites and also received a Radiance Facial—his first facial treatment ever. Again, the service began with a ritual foot bath, after which I was then settled onto the treatment bed with many inquiries as to my satisfaction with the room temperature, bed position, drape and other factors to help keep me comfortable.