There’s nothing quite like the experience of booking yourself in for a spa treatment. For two to three hours, you can shut away your phone and escape from the frenetic buzz of the city, while masseuses and facialists work their magic and help cleanse your body and soul.
Booking yourself in at a hotel or destination spa is an even bigger treat. In state-of-the-art facilities such as saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, waterbed lounges and reading rooms, you can easily while away your time in these quiet havens, and emerge whenever you’re ready: refreshed, reenergised, and rejuvenated.
We have rounded up some of our top picks to try this year.
The Upper House
Calmness emanates right from the doorstep of The Upper House and as you ascend the escalators towards the hotel’s lift lobby, you already get a sense you’re being transported somewhere else. The Upper House doesn’t have a dedicated space for spas – instead, it provides in-room treatments, which is perhaps a blessing in disguise when spas have been forced to close during the pandemic. The rooms at The Upper House are already spa-like: spacious, with walk-in rain showers and free-standing bathtubs with breathtaking panoramic harbour or island views.
The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; +852 2918 1838
This is the only spa in this list that’s not in a hotel – you can think of it more as a city sanctuary and destination for yoga, mindfulness and plant-based cuisine. Its Wellness Day experiences offer guests the healing wonders of traditional remedies and relaxing Balinese massages, or to participate in the sacred arts of yoga, movement or core work. The Awakening Inner Power package comes with a private hour-long sacred-arts session, followed by the 90-minute Heaven Scent Aroma Massage. To finish, end with a nourishing, three-course plant-based lunch or dinner at Sakti Elixir.
Fivelements Habitat, Level 13A, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay; +852 6803 5081
The Athletics Club & Spa, The St Regis Hong Kong
The St Regis Hong Kong exudes the sort of intimacy and familiarity you don’t often find in luxury hotels. Its team of butlers is ever present but never overbearing, and over at the Athletic Club & Spa, its staff of highly trained therapists is on hand to deliver uniquely personalised experiences to all guests. If you’re looking for rejuvenation, try the signature spa treatments by 001 Skincare London, a luxury British natural skincare brand created by celebrity facialist and beauty expert Ada Ooi. Combining Western technology with Eastern principles and a dose of London luxury, 001 is designed to return the skin to a natural state of equilibrium.
The St Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Dr, Wan Chai; +852 2138 6888
The Oriental Spa, Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Tucked away on the fifth floor of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental is a world of calm and serenity and one of the best spas in Hong Kong. The Oriental Spa is an expansive oasis (you almost don’t realise how big it is until you’re there) with an authentic hammam, Moroccan Rasul and a Roman Laconium for traditional treatments, as well as a holistic spa area that includes experience showers, vitality pools, ice fountains, amethyst-crystal steam rooms, saunas and Zen relaxation rooms. Guests are invited to arrive 60 minutes before their appointments to take full advantage of the spa facilities and prepare for their upcoming therapeutic treatments. The Rejuvenation facial is one of the Oriental Spa’s hero treatments using Aromatherapy Associates’ anti- ageing product series. You’ll leave the Oriental Spa with a refreshed mind and younger-looking complexion. Now who wouldn’t want to start 2021 like that?
Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0188
Asaya, Rosewood Hong Kong
Launching at the Rosewood Hong Kong this January is the Journey to Resilience, a two-night, three-day or three-night, four-day holistic programme that invites guests to let go of past lifestyle habits and thoughts that no longer serve them, and reset body, mind and spirit. Upon arrival at Asaya, Rosewood Hong Kong’s wellness destination, guests are given a body composition test and a wellness lifestyle assessment to determine their current health status and identify their wellness goals. Throughout their stay, guests will nurture their physical, emotional and spiritual awareness through restorative muscle therapy, sleep and stress-management therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Each night, to reset mind and body, guests experience a different spa treatment, from the signature Aroma Atelier massage to singing bowl therapy. By the end of your stay, you’ll find the strength and confidence to take on whatever 2021 throws at you.
Asaya, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 3891 8732
Header image courtesy of The Upper House.