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AO Spa – Making progress and then some at Andaz Tokyo

   Andaz Tokyo’s AO’s spa has finally grown up. When this spa opened in June 2014, it was a work in progress. I could see the potential in its concept and spa programs, an inimitable mash-up of an herbal, organic apothecary bar and chic, modern hotel spa facility.  It is a stylish contrast, with no traditional front desk and a inventive, seasonal welcome and ending beverages (I’m thinking about you AO spa winter hot chocolate!). The spa team were already smart and subtle in their plant, herbal concoctions. They remain so.  Dried sakura is one of the many seasonal friendly parts of one of my jiyujizai treatments, its bulb resting in different salts from around Asia and ready to be applied to my feet. Where AO spa stumbled early on in its infancy was in the treatment room, with mediocre treatments done by new, fresh therapists. Now, thanks to time and Ms. Suzuki (team lead and therapist), Andaz’s AO spa has reached its potential as both a remarkable Tokyo city spa and an excellent place to spend the day away. SIDENOTE: Was also a great weekend recovery from …