All posts tagged: spa

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.  …

And the best Luxury Wellness Spa award 2015 goes to: …Conrad Seoul

Congratulations are in order to Conrad Seoul and the Conrad Spa! See here for my previous spaing reviews: Business spaing, Conrad Seoul, South of the Han spaing: Conrad Seoul They came the winners out of a two-legged field that included the W Seoul’s AWAY spa (un-spaist worthy).  And a story for another post. My vote would have had an inherently ‘Namsan’ Hyatt bias but Conrad, nonetheless, is a very good spa in one of Seoul’s newest luxury hotels.  They care about their treatments and make wrongs into rights (if need be).   They also have some good promotions, a spacious and beautiful lobby area (love their tall ceilings!) and serve post spa tea in a separate area with a window! This is something overlooked because most of Seoul’s other spas are either a) underground or b) windowless.  Looking into an office building isn’t the best of views but it’s better than just sitting in the dark treatment room.  A tranquil, homey spa oasis in the bustling CBD known as Yeouido. Your best Luxury Wellness Spa winner for South Korea …

My Spirulina Spa Sunday at Park Hyatt Busan

Yesterday’s spa treatment was very last minute and from one of my “local” spas in Park Hyatt Busan.  Can’t always be gallivanting in BKK or Tokyo! As previewed here:  preview Bright Body package -Lumi Spa, PH Busan The treatment was going to use a Spirulina complex in a body slimming program for 90 minutes. Spirulina is a nutrient-rich freshwater plant that is high in protein.  In fact, it’s one of the most concentrated nutrient sources on the planet with as much calcium, phosphorus and magnesium as milk and more B12 than raw calve liver.  Its marine blue-green color comes from chlorophyll, making it both supremely healthy and can be used in Summer drinks (more on this later). The treatment broke down as follows: 60 minute body massage 20 minute Spirulina body wrap with cleansing shower (by yourself) 10 minute Kerstin Florian algae facial The final result was my relaxation, super smooth and hydrated skin that felt refreshed from sweaty Korean June.  Anna had great short, powerful strokes and just the thing I needed after a Seoul business …

Rough Diamond on the Chao Phraya: the Siam Bangkok

We begin this review of The Siam, Bangkok with the décor. This is a must. The Bangkok property is, after all, owned by the Sukosol family, a family collaboration between the Sukosol Clapps and globally acclaimed architect and designer Bill Bensley, the interior designer who once overhauled dated dining rooms on Restaurant Makeover.  No expense was spared for this property.   The designers painted The Siam’s brick façade white and it glistened in the Bangkok afternoon sun. The walk in from the pier, where guests enter, shows you an elegant infinity pool (a tad small one for Miss Spaist’s swan, though).  It is welcoming with natural light all around the property.  Then, warmly lit, the spa hallway leads to the tallest spa waiting room ceilings I have ever seen.  Opium spa is a refreshing contrast from pure Teak dark woods that welcomed me to some of Bangkok’s other million-and-one other spas. Today’s spa treatment wasn’t Opium levels of ecstasy.  My Muay Thai massage was a Swede in disguise.  To their credit, the spa manager brought out a much better therapist and offered …

Before the rain: Part 1 of a ‘Perfect Day’ at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Oriental Spa 

Oriental Spa had me at the secret push door. The Oriental Spa at the Mandarin Oriental could not have felt more like a private retreat.  One earned from hours of walking, sweating and picture clicking around Bangkok.  They taking spaing so seriously that it has its own complex across the Chao Phraya, across from the main building. The only thing better would a boatman gondola rowing me into a spa berth but alas, you have to settle for the hotel shuttle boat from pier to pier. Oriental Spa is classically Thai – golden teak wood, sensuous aromas, stone Buddhas, a florist’s dozen flowers, and quintessential Thai everything, while immaculate women in immaculate silks float and take care of your every need.  Often imitated but never bested – Thai spaing at its finest. Now, back to that special door. They say the best place to hide something special is in plain sight and that’s the MO Bangkok’s Oriental Suite.  You would never guess their best suite is right there infront of your eyes. There are no stairs to walk.  Nobody …