All posts filed under: Body treatment

Hyatt Regency Danang: Vie Spa review 

We stayed for three days at the Hyatt Regency Danang in an up and coming part of Vietnam.   It’s a very solid 4 star property but nothing more.  The spa beautifully designed in that Southeast Asia tropical way but a poor work ethic and some questionable attitudes bring it down in my eyes. It could,  also be closer to the resort with clearer signs on how to get there from the rooms and common areas. What I loved : Outdoor bath for treatment rooms I didn’t get time to use it but looks solo inviting! The not-so-good 1. Bait and Switch and the adamant receptionist I don’t like being told there’s one thing available and then it disappearing.  I thought I had successfully changed to a Four Hands treatment on the phone but the receptionist almost threatened my husband that I needed to come now for the previously planned 90 mind couple treatment.  I was fully immersed in my book by the pool.   IM NOT HOPSTEPPING because receptionist threatens to charge me for …

Missing service, stars and more at Signiel, Evian spa, Seoul 

Miss Spaist is back after a long hiatus.  A combination of WordPress apathy, social media (hello Instagram!) and changing careers put the digital quill and paper away.   I’m back to tell you about the mainly bad from Seoul’s newest spa, Evian @ Lotte Signiel.  Many worship at the altar of Lotte Corporation. Koreannially (I made this up from Korea and perennial. Maybe, it sounded cleverer in my head but I distress) renown for department stores,  hotels,  confectionery, cinemas,  construction, subpar burgers and baseball teams and a whole lot more.  I do not. Lotte is a very successful Japanese company but I’ve never really liked any of their stuff.   I’ve also felt that something changed ever since they change their logos and color schemes in the early 2010s.   I’ve never been a fan of their flagship Lotte hotel in Myeongdong either.  Just very cheap feeling without the luxury service to match. Amenities,. touches around the suite and even the room height.  At the time,  it seemed geared to Japanese guests more than anything.  …

Luxury spaing in Hong Kong

My greatest luxury spaist tip for Hong Kong would be to go to the super aspirational luxe hotels for all your spa needs.   – Mandarin Oriental,  the original and not Landmark – Ritz Carlton – Four Seasons (just don’t stay in their rooms) – Peninsula Two out of three normal chain luxury hotels in Pacific Place, Hong Kong didn’t have proper spas.  They seem to be fitness facilities that give a little space over for body treatments. Conrad Hong Kong’s setup was laughable and I did a real life LOL at the absurdity of three guys standing around and telling me this was the spa and I was in the waiting area.  😭😭 Sorry! Marriott isn’t doing much better in Hong Kong.   Not very spaist inspiring.

Getting to meh- Landmark MO Hong Kong spa review

Well, I finally made it to the one of the  aspirational luxury spa properties on my HK bucket list.  Was a merry time at arrival. Walking through a Christmas wonderland in the Landmark building. Just sooo Christmasy and wonderful even though it was January 1st! The LANDMARK The Landmark MO’s spa facility is an alleged 25,000 square feet but it seems much smaller.  Maybe it’s from the whole place being windowless or my shoebox treatment room. They aimed for an ecologically friendly minimalism and a fusion Asian Zen  decor.  They achieve something far less appealing, an aging uneven spaing experience in a treatment room and facilities that have seen better days. Some of Landmark MO’s difficulties come from the minimalist decor, original to the building, which puts you down in a very plain waiting area in the lobby.  Uncomfortable benches with torn cushions.  This clearly should be addressed and changed right away.   You always equate the MO brand with being flawless, luxurious and opulent and this waiting area is none of those things. LMO …

Tokyo 2015 Fall spaing Part II (better than Part 1!)

While my other half does the work thing with the 2015 Tokyo International Boring…err Motor show.  I’ll be taking this spa show on the road of some of Tokyo and Kanagawa’s best spas 🙂 1. IZUMI spa at Hyatt Regency Hakone 2. AO Spa at Andaz Tokyo 3. Ritz Carlton Tokyo spa Wanted to but won’t. they charge non-guests ¥11,000 to use the spa. Who does that? I just don’t like when hotels do that because spaists are typically of a certain income bracket and going to shell out for a day of pampering.  A surcharge penalty for not being a hotel guest is wrong. Oh, and, Ritz Carlton corporate needs to update http://www.ritzcarlton.com spa menu for Tokyo.  I read, heard, saw (here: Ritz Carlton Tokyo changes to Sodashi (Japanese) and here: Ritz Carlton Tokyo Press release! From the Lion’s mouth itself) through the luxury spa grapevine that they use Sodashi products now: Ritz Carlton Tokyo’s (old) spa menu  ===> FAIL that this is still up and nothing has been updated. (Available in Japanese though!?) 3.1 The Spa @ …