The Pick of Asia's Spas
T+L’s favorite openings around the region for treatments and retreats. by Catharine Nicol
In historic Suzhou, the Pan Pacific Suzhou has partnered with Singaporean brand St. Gregory Spa has six treatment rooms spread over 1,860 square meters. Walk through a bronze archway, past a mother-of-pearl wall to rooms lit by lamps from across Asia. Choose from marine-based treatments from Brittany, courtesy of Thalgo. The Thalgo Clear Expert Brightening Treatment, for example, cleanses the skin with seaweed and plant extracts.
Part of Galaxy Macau, the Banyan Tree Macau’s Banyan
Tree Spa couldn’t be further from a gambling atmosphere. Because it’s tucked deep into the property, you pass pools and a skylight-bathed bamboo forest on your way to your dark wood treatment room, where a Jacuzzi looks out onto a living green wall. Choose a therapy following the five Chinese elements of water, wood, earth, fire and metal—like the Gold Purification, which includes a papaya body scrub, Lomi-Lomi (Hawaiian) Massage and a Head & Shoulder Massage, aimed at increased energy.
A 20-minute speedboat ride from Male on Bolifushi Island,
Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives opened Talise Vittaveli (vittaveli roughly translates to “expansive space and light”). Double treatment rooms are set within a circular garden, beyond which are overwater rooms and a VIP pavillion. Aaila Time (aaila meaning “family”) encourages parents and children to spa together, with options like “Beyond” Family Hand and Foot Rituals comprised of a handmassage and foot bath and scrub.
On Mactan Island, the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Cebu’s SPA DEL MAR has seven treatment rooms. The best are the airy couples’ rooms, like the dark and earth-toned Indulgence, with splashes of sun let in by curtains billowing in the sea breeze. The Mactan Massage is a gentle treatment using sampaguita oil, from the country's national flower.
Phuket’s Oasis Sky Breeze Spa, set high over Kata Beach, features a row of pyramid-shaped relaxation sun tents with poolside lounging on one side and spectacular views on the other. Under the calming influence of the island’s giant marble image of Buddha, stroll the garden’s stone walkways from herbal-steam room to Thai massage sala, or to one of six treatment rooms for the Oasis Summer Day, including Aloe Vera Lavender Body Wrap, Body Massage and Biodroga After Sun Facial.
Previously Losari Spa Retreat & Coffee Plantation, MesaStila has restored 22 plantation villas with four-poster beds, sunken baths and verandas and offers multi-day retreat packages like the two-night Dynamism with healthy meals, hammam, massage and fitness training. Most significantly, wellness is integrated into Javanese experiences, with guests able to go hiking through the dense jungle to Mount Telomoyo or join local women planting rice in the nearby paddy fields.