China's Latest Hotel Spas

China's Latest Hotel Spas

China’s new luxury hotels spas go above and beyond with their offerings By: Jimmy Im
The Hua Spa at the Four Seasons Guangzhou // © 2013 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
The Hua Spa at the Four Seasons Guangzhou // © 2013 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

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There’s no denying that China has seen a surge of new luxury hotel options as of late, but 2013 may prove to be the country’s golden year with top-name brands sprouting up across popular tourist destinations. Five-star amenities are expected, but several hotels have gone above and beyond with their on-property spas. We won’t be surprised if your clients make a beeline to these new Zen-dens on their next China trip.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
Spanning 8,000 square feet, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is a sanctuary in the bustling city. The full-service facility includes 11 single, couple and VIP spa suites (each with a private dressing room and a steam shower), with four suites offering a private vitality pool that overlooks a sunken courtyard garden. The VIP suites can accommodate up to eight guests.

The spa also features a beauty salon (with a reflexology lounge), a 24-hour fitness center, a 24-hour indoor pool, thermal bathing facilities and a spa boutique.

Clients can book a variety of treatments, but the Signature Journeys are the way to go. The Butterfly’s Dream, for instance, is a 150-minute treatment comprising a bath infused with natural healing herbs of Chinese mulberry and night-blooming jasmine, followed by an elixir of rose body wrap, traditional moxibustion and a pressure point massage.

The spa’s Beauty by Mandarin Oriental includes two dedicated Beauty Suites with advanced treatment and diagnostic technology. The spa provides top-notch facials, Chinese astrology and palm readings.

Hua Spa at Four Seasons Guangzhou
Located on the 69th floor, the Four Seasons Guangzhou’s Hua Spa features six treatment rooms (most with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows), all equipped with private showers and steam rooms. Three treatment rooms are VIP suites with oversized vitality tubs and rain showers, designed for couples.

Hua Spa sticks close to traditional Chinese roots in its treatments and facilities. The women’s area features a crystal steam room and Rhassoul chamber, while the men’s area has an ice fountain and herbal steam bath.

The spa includes a 24-hour fitness center, an 82-foot lap pool and a poolside terrace with commanding views.

The Flowers of the Four Seasons’ signature treatment is 2½ hours long and includes a foot bath, a scrub, a face and body mask and a massage with plant oils.

Spa at Conrad Beijing
It may not be enormous, but the spa at Conrad Beijing is quiet and luxurious. It’s a nice haven from the streets of Beijing, featuring five treatment rooms, an 82-foot lap pool with lounge beds and steam and sauna. The spa is in the process of acquiring Jing Chen, a local Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist, to spearhead the spa menu’s boutique treatments that range from massages  to facials. The spa also features a 24-hour well-equipped fitness center.

Spa at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai
Right on a tranquil riverside location, the new spa at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai spans three levels, and it is proud to tout many “firsts” in Shanghai, including being the first spa to use the ultra-high-end Valmont beauty and skincare products from Switzerland, and being the first to offer Oxygen Facials by Intraceuticals, perfect for rehydrating after a long-haul flight.

There are eight treatment rooms, each equipped with a private steam room and rainforest shower, in addition to a 1,000-square-foot VIP suite that wows with a couples’ steam room, a fireplace and a relaxation area.

Treatments are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine blended with modern technology.

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