OCT 2016

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Page 54 of 100 spa hopping [ 52 ] • DAYSPA • october 2016 I grabbed a taxi to the hotel and once there, I took the swift, silent elevators six fl ights up to the spa. When the doors opened, I knew I had entered a gracious China found only in dreams. There's an old Chinese proverb that reads, "The peace you seek is in the inner courtyard," a reference to the lovely tiled-roof hutong or courtyard houses that once lined the city streets. That's what you'll fi nd as you make your way to the spa: A hushed courtyard within the hotel that has a airy tea house at its center, silver light streaming down from the atrium, a pond inhabited by gold koi, and a wall of sculpted metal butterfl ies soaring 20 fl oors to the top of the building. The only sounds come from the trickle of a stone fountain and the Chinese fl ute music softly emanating from the speakers. I wanted to slip into a silk robe, put on Madame Butterfl y and move in immediately. But fi rst there would be tea—an essential element of the spa's signature treatments. Sitting down in the tea house in front of a cup of steaming hot jasmine, I perused the spa menu. It's clear that the Four Seasons understands the power of legacy. The signature treatments, including an Oriental Ritual (120 min./about $300)—which features a body scrub of crushed rice and a warm-oil Oriental massage—and the Emperor's Treatment (150 min./$440)—a gold body scrub and hot stone massage that comes with a silk robe to take home—are invitations to pamper oneself and to connect more deeply with Chinese culture through centuries-old rituals. "When people come to Beijing, they want to try something quintessentially Chinese," says spa director Cassandra Forrest. "We created our signature treatments to off er an insight into the country's time-honored traditions and beauty rituals." g www.BIOFRANCELAB.COM 20% of proceeds go to breast cancer research! CRYO FREEZE GLOBES • Micro Beads Keep Globe Colder Longer • Made Out of Quartz • Stronger & Durable • Perfect to End Any Skin Protocol • Stimulate Blood Circulation • Excellent to Set Make-Up • Reduce Infl ammation

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