The Mandarin Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong is among the most luxurious in the world and when I visited last week, it was a joy to head out of the stifling humidity of the  summer heat and into the sleek, cool, lobby (particularly as I’d somehow managed to appear 10 minutes earlier at the wrong spa; the sister site at the Mandarin Landmark).

The service here is exceptional, discreet and professional. So much so that I was whisked up to the Mandarin Spa on the 24th floor without even opening a  door and I was stunned to be welcomed at the spa reception by name. I was given a pair of slippers, a dressing gown and a soothing cup of jasmine tea before being shown around the facilities. Set over three floors, the spa’s dark wood and elegant decoration combines traditional Chinese style with contemporary luxury and is relaxing in itself. It’s spotlessly clean and it goes without saying that there are phenomenal views over the harbour.

The Mandarin Spa - Reception (High Res.)

There is a wide range of luxurious treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with modern techniques from around the world. With tight shoulders caused by stress, a heavy rucksack and a naughty son, I opted for a Thai massage. But first there was the opportunity to enjoy a relaxation area with comfortable chairs, magazines, fruit and herb-infused water.  There’s also a beautiful pool too, but sadly I didn’t have time to experience it. This relaxation business is quite time-consuming!

The Thai massage took place in the Kukui suite and was just fantastic. The therapist was so professional, polite and attentive. You wouldn’t expect someone who has been asked to wear a pair of what looked like old-school hospital pyjamas and being pummelled on a mattress for an hour to come out smiling and relaxed, but the knots in my back were a little more forgiving. Traditionally,  Thai massage is done without using essential oils, and while the practitioner didn’t use any, she did employ the scent of sandalwood which I found incredibly relaxing.

MOHKG 2006 SPA KNEIPP (High Res.)

Kniepp hydrotherapy pool (with fresh ice!)


The 60-minute massage was followed by more jasmine tea and the chance to check out the Chinese herb steam room and hydrotherapy Kneipp pool; time just flew by in here and before I knew it, it was time to endure the 37 degree heat outside once again. I felt extremely revived and even got complimented on my fresh face when I got home! This is definitely the place if you need to feel a million dollars, but it does cost quite a few bucks too – perfection comes at a cost: HK $1250 plus a 10% service fee.


Thanks to the Mandarin for a wonderful experience and to the press office for the pictures.


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