In a world where we have many pressures and not enough time, spas are well-being sanctuaries within the storm. The blissful silence, soothing fragrances, trusted TLC and pure, unadulterated me-time create the healing pause our bodies, minds and spirits crave. Take time for yourself or gift a treatment this holiday season.
Shake off the plummeting temperatures outside and head to the cosy surroundings of the InterContinental Hong Kong’s I-Spa for its two-hour Ginger Winter Warmer Experience. The all over sensation of the coffee scrub wakes up your tired, dry skin while activating a mild detox via the lymphatic system, and the following ginger root body wrap infuses healthful goodness, radiating warmth to your core. The 75-minute Aroma Shimmer Massage follows. Breathe in as the Ylang-ylang, Frankincense and Patchouli essential oils comfort and calm, leaving your skin nourished and radiant. And you’ll get to keep the inner glow a little longer over a delicious set lunch at two-Michelin starred Yan Toh Heen.
Ginger Winter Warmer Experience, 120 minutes, is available until February 28, daily, 9am-10pm (blackout dates apply). Yan Toh Heen set lunch is available noon-2.30pm Monday to Saturday, 11.30am-3pm Sundays. HK$2,620. I-Spa, InterContinental Hong Kong. Tel: 2721 1211
Beloved by celebrities worldwide, Margie Lombard’s facials using her skincare line Margy’s Monte Carlo at The Peninsula Spa pull no punches. Absolute anti-ageing, personalised for your complexion, is delivered via Swiss products that fight inflammation and biometrically balance the skin. Of the Christmas Pamper experiences, try the combination of a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage designed to target the areas where all the pre-Christmas tension collects, followed by an hour’s Personalised Margy’s Collagen Facial.
Boosting the building blocks of your complexion, the collagen and facial massage help reduce fine lines, smoothing, plumping and transforming signs of fatigue into a fresh and stress-defying glow. Christmas Pamper, 90 minutes, is available until December 31, HK$3,000. The Peninsula Spa, The Peninsula Hong Kong. Tel: 2696 6682
At the Conrad Hong Kong’s Health Club, [comfort zone]’s TRANQUILITY collection delivers powerfully calming fragrances combined with a feather-soft touch to bring the festive season’s stress factor down to zero. The 100-minute Spa Ritual combines the aromatic face treatment, which coaxes signs of exhaustion and stress from the complexion, with a body massage that continues the skin nourishing and psyche calming via a blend of palmarosa, rose, cedarwood and orange essential oils. Inner calm and the delicious scent of the oils will stay for the rest of the day.
The Spa Ritual, 100 minutes, costs HK$1,280. The Health Club, Conrad Hong Kong. Tel: 2521 3838
If you haven’t tried Plateau’s wonderful synergy of sound therapy and therapist’s touch, aptly named Voyage des Sens, then call off the search, this is your Christmas treat to yourself this year.
The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s spa has teamed up with Devialet sound technology (think infra frequencies) and Karma Studios to create an audio journey through some of Hong Kong’s iconic spaces, literally taking you from bustling Wan Chai to the nature trails of Dragon’s Back, a tea house at Prince Edward, chanting at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau and more.
Paired with Plateau’s 60-minute, body-melting massage, choreographed beautifully to match the soundtrack, the treatment epitomises the art of healing and the essence of Hong Kong. This is the future of spa, here, today.
Voyage des Sens, 60-minute. Daily 8-12am. HK$1,300. Plateau Spa, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Tel: 2584 7688.
At Le SPA’tique at The Parisian in Macau, the Let It Glow package is designed to make sure you’re absolutely red-carpet ready. The spa champions cult New York beauty brand LING in its Vitamin C Anti-Oxidant Facial, for an indulgent hour of cleansing, a gentle exfoliation, serum applications, collagen infusion and pigmentation evening. The treatment uses wave technology to make sure all the actives penetrate the skin for maximum balance, brightening and plumping. Then you’ll be relaxing as the Margaret Dabbs Festive Manicure gets your hands and nails shipshape and ready to party.
Let It Glow, 100 minutes, weekdays 1,450 patacas, weekends 1,550 patacas. Available until January 31. Le SPA’tique, The Parisian Macao. Daily 11.30-12.30am. Tel: +853 8111 1221.
At The Countdown, previously the City of Dreams’ Hard Rock Hotel, The Spa uses heat to get the blood circulation going, help the nurturing oils penetrate the skin and relax muscles for a
stress-busting result. The two winter packages start with a hot stone, bamboo or Thai herbal ball massage, then choose between a foot reflex massage and nourishing foot treatment or an hour’s facial and foot treatment. Ideal for winter weather, hot stones and herbal balls draw paths of heat up and down muscles, loosening knots and initiating self-healing, while the foot reflexology-inspired therapy continues the self-healing, leaving you energised and ready to take on the world.
Winter Packages, 120 minutes. Available until December 31, excluding public holidays. Package A costs 888 patacas while Package B is 1,100 patacas. The Spa, The Countdown, City of Dreams, Macao. Tel:+853 8868 3318