I-Spa at the InterContinental Hong Kong www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/honic/leisure.html I arrived at I-Spa at the InterContinental Hong Kong sweating in heat of 30degrees Celsius and exhausted from a hectic morning schedule. I then told the receptionist of my appointment with spa manager Samantha Arnold. The receptionist offered me a seat and a glass of cold water infused with orange, which soon cooled me down. Ms Arnold took me through the fung shui-inspired setting and said I-Spa was Hong Kong's first spa incorporating this ancient Chinese philosophy. The short walk to the treatment area proved this. We walked past a Zen-inspired Japanese garden, metal sculptures, a traditional Chinese fish bowl, oriental plants, Chinese signage and wind chimes. As soon as we got to the waiting area, she pointed to a set of five teapots, each containing a different tea, and the tea I would be offered to suit the treatment I was having. She then poured me a cup of Detox Tea - the spa's recipe containing ginger, honey and maple syrup. By the end of the treatment, I had finished a pot and even asked if I could buy a jar. Unfortunately, this is the only tea the spa does not sell. But I was content to walk away with the recipe. My therapist, Janet Drewery, soon arrived and took me into my treatment room, called Philosophy, which contained a private sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Ms Drewery told me my treatment was called the Ancient Rituals Of The Orient. It takes 90 minutes and involves a 'journey' through Asia. This is one of I-Spa's two new signature treatments and is a fusion of therapies from China, Japan, Thailand and India. The journey starts with a Thai foot bath. A Japanese green tea and ginger exfoliation follows to enhance circulation and the flow of energy. The oil used for this depends on how you want to feel at the end of the treatment - yin massage oil (a blend of ylang-ylang, geranium and lavender) to soothe and calm the body and mind, and yang massage oil (a blend of black pepper, geranium and lime) to energise and revive the body and mind. After a warm shower, Chinese acupressure and a Thai massage, hot stones and oils are used to massage the back and balance the yin and yang. To calm the mind, a continuous stream of warm Indian ayurvedic oil is poured onto the head while the hands and feet are massaged. This is followed by an oriental head massage. I do not recall how this felt because by that time I was in a deep sleep. I was woken and taken to a private steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. Alas, work beckoned. I walked back into the concrete jungle fully energised. I-Spa features five luxurious private spa suites, three spa rooms, a private room for facials and a manicure room. Ancient Rituals Of The Orient costs $900. Call 2721 1211 for appointments.