AUG 2017

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[ 36 ] • # dayspamagazine • august 2017 T he Spa at Ma n da rin rienta l Pra gu e ur ritual starts when you walk in the door and ends when you walk out," says Dita Kryštu ˚fková, spa and wellness manager, when asked what makes the spa special. Along with skilled therapists, indulgent treatments and impeccable service, what stands out about this particular spa is its one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Within a hotel built on the site of a 14th-century monastery, it touts itself as the only spa in the world to be housed inside a former Renaissance chapel. The local architects, who made it their mission to create a modern design while sensitively preserving history, added a glass fl oor in the lobby that looks down into the illuminated original foundations. The space encompasses seven treatment suites, including two couples' suites—one of which features a private vitality pool. All of the menu's off erings begin with time to unwind in the Tea Lounge, and the most popular treatments include a custom Oriental Essence massage (60-90 min./$110- $150), Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapies (120 min./$220) and its bespoke Time Rituals (120-180 min./$220-$310), in which guests receive individually tailored services. Patrons of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Prague—about 30 percent locals—are drawn in mainly by word of mouth. A targeted database of top-spending clients, many of whom are members of the exclusive MO Wellness Club, are encouraged to bring friends to special events. But the spa's reputation for an exceptional level of service precludes all other marketing. "It's our unique treatments and therapists; they are the core of everything," says Kryštu ˚fková. T h S M T h S M d COURTESY GEORGE APOSTOLIDIS spa hopping

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