PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2006, 12:00am

Prepare your body and soul for the hustle and bustle of this festive season

For quality options that aren't so expensive, More Than Skin Urban Spa (28155590, left) offers a Vinchy Total Spa Ritual at HK$790, with a two-hour Deluxe Spa Package. Xin Desire (35204650, right) offers special Christmas packages at HK$428 and HK$388 with your choice of massages, facials and many other treatments.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (31968900) offers a luxurious Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Spa Ritual at HK$2,000 for one person and HK$3,800 for two until January 31. Frankincense and myrrh were considered to be more precious than gold when the Three Wise Men offered them to the baby Jesus. Frankincense was traditionally used in ancient Egyptian ceremonies for its meditative aromas, which are known to have a calming influence. Myrrh is reputed to maintain healthy skin and was used in Egypt for rejuvenating facemasks. The two-hour ritual begins with a body polish using a blend of sea salts, frankincense, myrrh and golden sparkles. The journey continues with a hot aromatic bath while you sip a glass of Kir Royale. To finish, a full body and scalp massage using essential oils of sweet almond, sandalwood, mandarin, frankincense and myrrh ensures that Christmas stress is smoothed away.

Ellespa Central (25303898) offers a Christmas Comfort package (HK$1,800) this December. The two-and-a-half-hour treatment begins with a clove body polish followed by a rich and soothing mud pack made from orange peel and cinnamon applied as a warm and enriching wrap, and a bath drawn with Frankincense. After soaking up the calming effect of a leisurely bath, a massage using a touch of myrrh releases the mind from Christmas stresses. To end, an egg nog lotion is applied to the body for moisture. Christmas gift collections from HK$675 to HK$1,220 are available.

The residential spa at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Plateau (2584688), offers a special accommodation package for relaxation and fitness from December 24 to 31. For HK$3,300 you get a night's accommodation in a Plateau room, a one-hour Plateau massage, a personal fitness consultation, a tailor-made programme by professional trainers, an evening cocktail at Grand Club lounge and a healthy Courtyard breakfast.

Chuan Spa at Langham Place Hotel (35523510) offers Christmas Indulgence Packages. Chuan Christmas Retreat gives you two-and-a-half-hours of treatments of your choice for HK$1,500, and depending on availability, you can upgrade to a VIP Suite with 30 minutes of private jacuzzi time. Chuan Christmas Cracker gives you a one-hour Chuan Vitality Body Exfoliation and an hour of the Chuan Signature Stone Massage for HK$1,300. Both come with a glass of champagne and a mince pie, a month's complimentary health club membership and a Thalgo gift set. Chuan will also celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with a surprise promotion every day from December 25, 2006, to January 5, 2007. Glittering Thalgo (left) gift boxes are available at Chuan from HK$830 to HK$2,200. Especially attractive at this time of year is the Peninsula Spa by ESPA at the Peninsula Hong Kong (23153322), with its sweeping views of the Victoria Harbour taking in the festive lights. Its new Winter Warmer spa package relieves stress by nourishing dry skin and warming the body for the price of HK$1,900. It includes a one-hour-20-minute aromatherapy body massage, a 30-minute relaxing body scrub, breakfast or lunch beside the pool and the use of the Peninsula Spa facilities, including their harbour-view sauna and crystal steam room. It's available Monday to Friday from now until the end of February. In addition to the traditional six Christmas hampers the Peninsula provides, its wellness hamper (left), priced at HK$6,288, includes an ESPA Peninsula Spa gift certificate worth HK$2,000, ESPA spa products, a Christmas gift set, a Naturally Peninsula - Flavours cookbook to help customers create healthy dishes, and a range of organic meals. Other collections of gift boxes are available at Peninsula Spa by ESPA, priced from HK$350 to HK$4,475.




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