The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is a romantic, peaceful oasis in the heart of the bustling city of Guangzhou. The Mandarin Oriental is an extremely classy and minimalistically designed hotel though the spa is quite traditional in its design and layout.
The moment I stepped foot in the spa, I felt I had moved from a space that is bursting with energy to a calm and serene atmosphere. I was seated in the relaxation area which was tastefully done up with muted lighting and a lingering aroma in the air. It is designed to depict a snake’s tail. They have 6 individual treatment suites with steam , showers and changing areas and 3 couples suites. The spa has all the amenities from a steam room to a sauna to vitality pools and experience showers. A 25 mt temperature controlled outdoor pool , private sundecks with outdoor massage pavilions and a state of the art fitness centre add to the facilities offered.
Their signature product line has been developed specifically for the group by Aromatherapy Associates of the highest quality and naturally derived ingredients.
I was offered a hot tea before being asked to fill in a questionnaire on what I hoped to achieve after the treatment, the areas of focus and the level of pressure preferred for my massage.
I opted for the City Garden Journey, a 150 minute revitalizing treatment. I offered the treatment in one of their lavishly done up couples room. It was a quaint room with soft Chinese music and aroma candles that created a soothing ambience. I immediately felt myself surrendering to the elements around me, the flickering flame of the candles, the aroma, the soft lilting music and the inviting massage bed.
My 150 minute journey to paradise began with a 10 minute foot massage. The therapist gently soaked my feet in hot water which had bath salts and bath oils added to it. After scrubbing my feet and gently pressing the pressure points on the soles of my feet I could feel my tired feet feeling better already. The foot massage was the perfect way to ease into the spa treatment. It was followed by a relaxing body massage with sandalwood and lavender oil to loosen the body. This lasted for 20 minutes. This was followed by a 20 minute luxurious bath in the Jacuzzi in which the water miraculously had just the right temperature. With kumquat and chrysanthemum poultice and the bubbles and the bath oil the feeling was heavenly. As I put my head back on a pillow and closed my eyes, I could feel the warm water envelope me and the fragrance of the bath oils lulled me into a very relaxed state. This was followed by a 10 minute coffee scrub for the entire body. The coffee felt like bath salts which was scrubbed all over to remove dead skin and impurities. It left the skin feeling smooth and supple. This was followed by a steam and bath. After this was a 30 minute body wrap of mulberry, sugarcane and sea mud. I was wrapped up in plastic to allow the body to absorb the Vitamin C which both the plants have. It has antioxidant qualities and it leaves you fresh and revitalized. It helps detox, increases blood circulation and nourishes the skin.
After this came the 60 minute full body oil massage of Sandalwood and Frankincense. It was deeply nourishing and contained properties that lightened stretch marks. I felt I was in paradise and with a treatment that last for 150 minutes it is just one treatment after another and I get pampered like never before and it was pure unadulterated relaxation.
The City Garden 150 minutes treatment cost 2250 RMB. Some of the other popular treatments are Mankind for men which has a body scrub and a hot stone massage and costs 1800 RMB. For women the Oriental Essence which consists of a full body massage with Oriental essence oil and costs 1300 RMB ($200).
Two and a half hours at the spa, but time just seems to slip away. The slow pace, the atmosphere of pure relaxation, the indulgence of warm water, incredible treatments and luxuriously scented oils left me dreamily relaxed and sleepy. The entire experience was just sublime. It was a perfect evening which soothed the mind, body and spirit.
389 Tianhe Road,
Guangzhou 510620, China
Tel: +86 20 3808 8879