8 Hong Kong spas where the facials, massages and multi-treatment journeys will help you reboot

The-Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is offering the Environ Optimal Skin Facial at The Mandarin Spa. Photos: Handouts

It’s the end of the year – treat yourself or a loved one to a spa experience that will simultaneously de-stress, de-wrinkle and recharge, turning back the last 11 months or so of – well – life.

Facials are popular at this time of year. What better way to rescue tired, dehydrated skin that is showing a few more lines than you’d like? Alternatively, book a massage to iron out those neck and shoulder knots, thanks to non-stop computer and phone use. Or dive into multi-treatment journeys that completely reboot physically, mentally and emotionally. After all, you deserve it.

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1. The Mandarin Spa, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Environ Optimal Skin Facial at The Mandarin Spa refreshes with a gentle cleanse and peel before technology kicks in with the Ionzyme Electro-Sonic DF Machine.

For seriously good-looking skin with elasticity, firmness and glow restored, Environ’s vitamin A-filled products hit the spot. The Environ Optimal Skin Facial at The Mandarin Spa refreshes with a gentle cleanse and peel before technology kicks in with the Ionzyme Electro-Sonic DF Machine. Sonophoresis and Iontophoresis infuse the serum’s ingredients into the skin (up to 40 times more effectively than massage), resulting in the ultimate in skin nourishment and visible vitality. The accompanying Christmas Tea journey starts with anti-inflammatory frankincense tea pre-treatment, antioxidant-rich turmeric tea post-treatment, and immune-boosting myrrh tea as you check out – along with mini-gifts of the Environ Dynamic Duo Discovery and Body Oil.

Environ Optimal Facial; The Mandarin Spa, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong; 90 minutes; HK$2,420+ Mondays to Thursdays, HK$2,750+ Fridays to Sundays and public holidays; Christmas Tea journey available December 3-28; email [email protected] or call 2825 4888

2. Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong Asaya Kitchen

Asaya’s Extreme 360 by EviDenS de Beauté Facial takes your year-weary complexion and replaces that dull skin with a revitalised glow. The eight-step journey steers you through a cleanse, steam and extraction, two masks including the Brightening Anti-Ageing Mask full of bio-cellular ingredients, and applications of Extreme skincare to finish. Combine with Radio Frequency for boosted collagen levels and visible lifting and firming. Asaya also offers exclusive half- or full-day programmes, overnight experiences in their Asaya Lodges and wellness breakfasts at Asaya Kitchen.

Rosewood Extreme 360 EviDenS de Beauté Facial Radio Frequency; 90 minutes facial + 30 minutes RF (50 per cent off Christmas promotion); HK$5,480+ total; available until January 31; email [email protected] or call 3891 8588

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3. Optimal Family Health

For a deliciously smooth complexion, healthy glow, and the best prep for make-up come party time, the Dermaplaning Facial at Optimal Family Health by super-facialist Justine Grier is exfoliation 2.0. Using a sterile surgical scalpel, she gently scrapes away dead skin and any peach fuzz for an even, fresh look that stimulates cellular turnover, minimises pigmentation and speeds up the absorption of any following skincare. Add their enzyme treatment for even more glow. No pain, plenty of gain.

Dermaplaning Facial; Optimal Family Health; 45 minutes, HK$2,000 for facial; HK$800 for enzyme treatment add-on; email [email protected] or call 2666 6300

4. I-SPA, InterContinental Hong Kong

The 24 Karat Gold Crystal Collagen Experience at I-SPA, InterContinental Hong Kong

What do you get when you mix wonder-ingredients collagen and gold? You’ll find out during the 24 Karat Gold Crystal Collagen Experience at I-SPA. Warm oil infused with Roman camomile poured on the back for the 45-minute “shimmer” back, shoulders and neck massage sets the relaxing scene. Then, turn over for the 75-minute 24 Karat Gold Crystal Collagen face treatment, which blends gold elements, anti-ageing peptides, hyaluronic acid and collagen in a recipe for absolute radiance. And you’ll go home with a gift box of Blooming Tea filled with calming green tea, lily and jasmine.

The 24 Karat Gold Crystal Collagen Experience; I-SPA, InterContinental Hong Kong; 2 hours; HK$2,300, available December 1-31, 2019; email [email protected] or call 2721 1211

5. Jurlique Day Spa

Touch of Heaven Day Spa Package, Jurlique Day Spa starts with a gentle salt body scrub.

Dead Sea salt, essential oils and Jurlique’s unique facial skincare create a trifecta of cleansing, relaxing and balancing treatments at the delightful Nature’s Spa by Jurlique. Touch of Heaven starts with a gentle salt body scrub that banishes dead skin cells, before an aromatic massage that combines healing oils with detoxifying lymphatic drainage techniques. The finale is a Classic Signature Facial featuring herbal extracts for total recharge.

Touch of Heaven Day Spa Package; Jurlique Day Spa; 135 minutes; HK$1,980; call 2576 2011

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6. The Spa, Four Seasons Hong Kong

Four Seasons Hong Kong offers the Golden Glow spa treatment, which ends with bubbly.

Christmas is always celebrated in style, and with substance, at the Four Seasons Hong Kong. Target physical, mental and emotional exhaustion with The Spa’s Golden Glow treatment, starting with a 75-minute massage, a generous and effective recharge for the entire body. Add mental peace and emotional calm thanks to the 45-minute Rejuvenating Gold Mini Facial by Subtle Energies, which quiets the mind and soothes the complexion, leaving a radiant glow.

The finishing touch is an espresso manicure or espresso pedicure, with glass of celebratory bubbly. Golden Glow at The Spa; Four Seasons Hong Kong; 2.5 hours; Monday to Thursday HK$4,120++, Fridays to Sundays and public holidays, HK$4,550++; email [email protected] or call 3196 8900

7. Lush Spa

The Tales of Bath treatment at Lush Spa is inspired by the city of Bath’s hydrotherapy, and targets stressed muscles.

If you thought a bath was just a bath, think again. Lush’s Tales of Bath are the ideal antidote to stress, accompanied by sound therapy music inspired by the UK’s city of hydrotherapy, Bath. First, a head and shoulder massage instantly targets your most stressed-out muscles, then you’ll be guided to a private mineral bath, soaking in the hot water and letting the mind drift with the fragrances while the muscles ease. Finally, snuggle up to a pillow for a blissful side-lying massage for full-body rejuvenation.

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Tales of Bath at Lush Spa; 21 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; 75 minutes; HK$1,750; check or call 3915 0638

8. Amooma Spa

Amooma Spa in Wan Chai

At Amooma in Wan Chai, take a load off and let your weary feet relax, be shaped and buffed, then soaked and scrubbed, and masked and massaged during the Wholistic Foot Bliss treatment.

A Margaret Dabbs journey, foot care comes courtesy of super-healing lemon myrtle Emu Oil, while stress levels are mitigated with a mindful VR session with your choice of relaxing meditation, music and landscape. Your face will celebrate too, with a reiki-charged KNESKO Gemstone face mask. Plus, you’ll go home with an AMOOMA Beauty Gemstone Roller and Gua Sha tool.

Wholistic Foot Bliss; Amooma Spa, Wan Chai; 120 minutes; HK$1,980; email [email protected] or call 2111 3535

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What better way to rescue tired, dehydrated skin that is showing a few more lines than you’d like