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JUN 2018

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[ 34 ] • # dayspamagazine • june 2018 spa hopping That's one of the many reasons high-end spas have sprung up in every part of the city. In fact, luxurious temples of relaxation seem to anchor each fi ve-star hotel, from the historic Peninsula's 12,000-square-foot facility to the atmospheric Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin, with its nostalgic interior design echoing a gracious 1920s Shanghai. Against this backdrop, which is truly among the world's most competitive luxury spa scenes, one exclusive destination has remained a staple among Chinese tycoons, logoed ladies who dim sum, and a steady stream of celebrities since it fi rst opened nearly four decades ago: The InterContinental Hong Kong's I-Spa. Approximately 75 percent of I-Spa patrons are hotel guests; the rest are locals who visit for a relaxing retreat within the city. To promote I-Spa, the hotel provides information about its off erings in a pre-arrival email confi rmation, off ers a monthly I-Spa special in its guest letter, and places the spa brochure in all guest rooms. To target the local market, I-Spa promotions are also showcased on the hotel's web page, and seasonal treatments are highlighted on social media. e Road to Bliss The path leading from the waterfront hotel to the spa is an artfully raked sand-and-stone garden that off ers a transition from big-city bustle to a place of peace; the spa opens with a bright, wood-lined space, neatly showcasing its range of skin and body products. Designed for the ultimate in private pampering, I-Spa has eight therapists from Hong Kong, Japan and Nepal, and contains only fi ve suites—each one clad in fl oor-to-ceiling green granite—along with a mani/pedi area and a room for waxing treatments. The entire property is touted as one of the most feng shui buildings in all of Hong Kong. Prior to its completion in 1980, feng shui master Jackie Chan (not that Jackie Chan) performed a consultation in which he advised certain changes to revitalize the energy of the spa specifi cally, including the installation of a metallic sculpture that was notably smooth and shiny, featuring Chinese characters that read, "Wishing you smiles and happiness." Chan also suggested a pond with either four or seven goldfi sh to be kept there at all times (according to feng shui beliefs, if a fi sh were to die it would be removing negative chi from the property, and that fi sh would then need to be replaced). Finally, the master gave each spa suite a Chinese name, advised on signage placement outside every door, and off ered positive energy tweaks. As a result, one suite has an interior door painted gold, another required a prominent element in red, and in yet another suite, the direction of the spa bed had to be shifted. "All of these small touches help improve the fl ow of chi and create a calming ambience," notes I-Spa director Sandy Lam.

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