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In addition to exercise, diet and a good daily skincare routine, a trip to the spa can up your beauty game.
Chain's Medicare Centre
Dr David Chain, who practises Western medicine, and Kelly Chain, a registered Chinese medicine practitioner, run this centre, which features treatments developed from the philosophies and practices of traditional Chinese medicine. A signature of this wellness facility is the 'stone energy chamber', a 'natural physical formation [that] releases both infrared rays and negative ions into its surroundings to stimulate our body to perspire and detoxify naturally'. Sessions start at HK$150 for 30 minutes.
15/F, Regent Centre, 88 Queen's Road Central, Central. Tel: 2525 9288. www.chains.hk
The Feel Good Factor
This spa features alternative treatments including shellac, which is similar in look to a gel manicure and is gentler on nails (manicure, HK$400; pedicure, HK$500). Adam & Eve, which contains Australian beeswax and natural oils, is used for waxing treatments (HK$100-HK$500, depending on the body part). For those after a spray tan, the spa offers Oztan (HK$420), which contains eco-certified ingredients and is free of alcohol and parabens, a chemical preservative often found in cosmetics.
2/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2530 0610. www.feelgoodfactor.com.hk
The treatments feature locally grown ingredients. The spa's philosophy centres on vitality, brilliance, rejuvenation and wellness. The signature massage uses a pomelo- and grapefruit-infused oil to help balance the body and mind (HK$880 per 60-minute session).
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin. Tel: 3723 7684. www.hongkong.shatin.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/
Oriental Spa at Landmark Mandarin Oriental
The spa's signature treatments were developed with input from aromatherapists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. Therapists provide exercise and nutrition advice tailored to each client. In addition to booking specific treatments, it's possible to book an appointment time and select the right treatment once you arrive, depending on your needs that day (try the Time Ritual, starting from HK$1,640 on weekdays, HK$1,910 on weekends).
15 Queen's Road Central, The Landmark, Central. Tel 2132 0011. www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark/spa/
Spa at The Ritz-Carlton
Signature treatments include the Radiance Facial with JadeStone Eye Treatment (HK$1,485) and the Lava Shell Body Treatment (HK$1,485). Both rely on tools made from natural materials. Therapists use products from the beauty line ESPA, which contain primarily sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients.
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Tel: 2263 2263, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/HongKong/Spa/