All posts filed under: Mandarin Oriental

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 @ …

MOre spaing: next up MO Shanghai’s 2,415sqm Spa!

World’s 13 most luxurious spas Hmm, well the article should be relabeled Mandarin Oriental’s most luxurious spa treatments but I am honored to have had many of them :). Next up: MO Shanghai’s MO Spa Dragon and the Phoenix – 2 hour couples romantic bath and couples massage body treatment for moi and Mr. Spaist. MOre details here: “Dragon Phoenix adapts traditional Chinese healing wisdom to the changing season. Represented by red and gold, the mythical creatures, Dragon and Phoenix are often used to characterise the Emperor and Empress, and they symbolise the power of cosmic energy and marital harmony blessed with good luck and prosperity. The Spa’s Dragon Phoenix treatment begins with a welcoming foot ritual and relaxing bath filled with aromatic gold osmanthus and red hawthorn. This is followed by a guasha-inspired couple’s massage using a custom-designed tool made from carnelian gemstone, which is applied to specific energy points to achieve balance and enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.  Guasha is a traditional Chinese therapy of skin scraping that relieves pain and …