Imagine this: An all-suite spa with wraparound views overlooking Tolo Harbour and the leafy mountains surrounding it — what’s not to love? With its remote location and natural surrounds, it’s no wonder Melo Spa at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, is already a top choice for Hongkongers looking for a rejuvenating respite away from all the city noise. But with the introduction of natural spa brand Elemental Herbology, its offerings are about to get even more luscious, with products and techniques aimed at rekindling our sense of equilibrium.

The wellness world has long touted eastern philosophies as a way to help heal clients from long stretches of physical and mental strain. Whereas Melo Spa has always brandished a love for local natural ingredients in its treatments — the Sha Tin pomelo, for instance — the new introduction of British skincare brand Elemental Herbology shows its attention to curing bodily ailments at a skin-deep as well as more holistic level.

Elemental Herbology follows the Five Element Theory to effectively treat bodily imbalances.
This theory purports that each ingredient — and ailment — relates to the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Hence, skincare products are used appropriately to balance out not only the client’s skin concerns, but also the harsh environmental factors they may face, perhaps a less-than-healthy lifestyle and the changing seasons, all of which may already have a detrimental effect on the body and mind. Better yet, Elemental Herbology’s products are all free from synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, SLS, paraben preservatives and harmful mineral oils, thus giving you peace of mind.

This summer, Melo Spa offers a range of tailor-made experiences based on Elemental Herbology’s philosophies. Ahead of your chosen treatment, guests are asked to answer a quiz to discover the element they are most aligned with, and their therapist will choose the most suitable Five Element products to enhance their wellbeing.

Available for 60- or 90-minute sessions, the Five Element Aroma Facial (HK$1,180/HK$1,480 respectively) targets the underlying concerns of the skin through the use of healing botanicals, vitamins and marine extracts to nourish the skin. Not only do they incorporate scientifically proven benefits, but the inherent Chinese wisdom helps to flush out toxins and tiredness that contribute to a dull complexion.

Melo Spa - Elemental Herbology

Similarly, the Five Element Aroma Massage (also available for 60 or 90 minutes at HK$1,060 or HK$1,498 respectively) also offers an experienced personalised to your needs. Using a customised essential oil blend and targeted massage techniques, the treatment is made to balance out daily stresses through botanical ingredients and detoxing physical techniques.

Other Elemental Herbology treatments are designed with equilibrium in mind, whether it’s a facial that deeply cleanses and massages the lymphatic system with rose quartz rollers; a brightening facial incorporating the active benefits of kombucha; or a deep tissue massage that uses hot herbal steams and stones to undo aches and tensions stored in tight muscles.

The spa is currently offering the Perfect Equilibrium package (available through 30 September 2019), which gives a discount on signature treatments upon purchase of any Elemental Herbology retail products. Shop HK$300 or above and get 15 percent off on a 60-minute facial or massage; Shop HK$500 or above and enjoy 15 percent off a 90-minute treatment. Next time you need a swift, refreshing getaway, be sure to head up to Sha Tin for a try.

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

Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.