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Pre-holiday pampering: Melo Spa at Hyatt Regency Sha Tin’s frangipani-focused package will leave you relaxed and refreshed

Start with a hibiscus body scrub, move onto a rejuvenating massage and top it all off with a scalp massage and ginger tea … do we need to say more?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 6:05pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 7:08pm

Melo Spa at the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin has come up with one of the best ways to pamper yourself (or someone special) for the holidays.

Until the end of the month, the spa is offering a Nourishing Winter Retreat; a great way to relax during this hectic period, using Elemis products featuring the tropical flower frangipani.

I start the 80-minute treatment by being wrapped up in a soft Kashwere dressing gown, before soaking my feet in warm water, that has been infused with salts and essential oil, for a few minutes. This is all while sipping hot lemon tea.

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Then I move to the heated massage table for the “silky body glow”, where a therapist uses a scrub made of hibiscus and mineral-rich salts to exfoliate my skin and Tahitian monoi oil and frangipani flowers to seal in moisture. The therapist gently rubs the scrub on almost every part of the body, minus the face and chest, for 25 minutes.

I am reminded that if you exercise regularly, exfoliating is good for the skin, something I’ve neglected to do for a long, long time … another thing to add back onto the beauty regimen.

Afterwards, I rinse off the scrub in the shower. The scrub treatment alone is so relaxing that I would have blissed out from there, but it isn’t over yet.

Back to the massage table for the 55-minute rejuvenating massage. Coconut oil infused with frangipani is applied for a solid massage. My therapist works out the knots I have accumulated in my shoulders, an obvious reminder that regular massages are a must to keep the tightness at bay.

A few minutes of a scalp massage and some hot ginger tea later, and the treatment is over. My therapist advises me to drink lots of water afterwards to help continue detoxing and to get a good night’s rest, which I certainly do.

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I was surprised to find that even a light body scrub was so relaxing, and the frangipani scent is subtle. While the massage isn’t as intense as a deep-tissue massage, it still got the kinks out and left me feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Nourishing Winter Retreat is HK$1,288 (80 minutes) and available until December 31.

Melo Spa, 5/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, tel: 3723 7684