Asia is the new center of the spa world. Both in destination resorts
and consumption of beauty products, the region continues to expand
the concept of sensuality.
As an occasional contributor, and judge of AsiaSpa Awards, my travels
in the region span 40 years. Memories of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in
Bangkok infuse every visit to the Mandarin spa on Washington’s waterfront,
But there is no comparison because each spa is unique.
Although Asian standards of service are set by branded hotel spas like Westin’s Heavenly Spa, and Hilton’s eforea, when you enter a Mission Hills resort spa in China, or the Mandarin in Hong Kong, prepare to be blown away.
Textures, scents, and sounds create a sense of place. Everything has been carefully selected so we can experience pleasure through our senses. From aromatherapy to the touch of a therapist, it is a journey to simple pleasures.
Indulge Your Senses
Packed with sensual places and products, the current issue of AsiaSpa is a treasure trove for romantics as well as those needing an escape. The editors’ picks include:
- The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort, Malaysia
A pseudo-French castle on mountain slope near Kuala Lumpur, the adult-only resort uses organic products in its La Sante Spa as well as French dining room. Stay in spa suite with Jacuzzi on balcony, in-room treatments. Options include horseback riding, golf, swimming pool, and postnatal treatments. A great hideaway after shopping in KL. www.thechateau.com.my
- Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Loaded with luxury you expect from the Waldorf Astoria brand, this Arabian palace overlooks a private beach, 18-hole chanpionship golf course, and spa with 12 treatment rooms. Try herbal ritual massage and facial. With four signature restaurants, the hotel’s 346 rooms fit right into the opulent Arabian Gulf scene. www.waldorfastoria.com
- Capella Hotel, Singapore
This Asian outpost of Washington’s Capella Hotel combines a romantic retreat with Singapore’s urban beat on Sentosa island. Minutes from Asia’s newest casino, the Capella hotel repurposes a colonial fort built by the British. Sunken gardens surround the Auriga Spa, where treatments blend Asian and European tradition. In a city famed for street food, Capella’s chic Chinese restaurant attracts locals as well as visitors.