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Seven must-try local spa treatments at Mandarin Oriental

While some spa treatments are universal, there are those that simply define a destination. From a cherry blossom ritual in Tokyo to a Turkish hammam in Bodrum, here are seven uniquely luxurious experiences, using local ingredients and practices, available around the world at Mandarin Oriental

Brightly coloured Philip Kingsley haircare product bottles

Philip Kingsley Hair and Scalp Treatment, London

Dubbed ‘the hair wizard’ by Vogue, London-based trichologist, Philip Kingsley, put the swing into the 1960s when he first rose to fame, tending the locks of the country’s rich and famous. And while the man himself may no longer be with us, his genius lives on at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Limp locks and sad strands are given a new lease of life with the 50-minute Philip Kingsley Hair and Scalp Treatment, which tackles dryness and itchiness triggered by stress and humidity. Immediately, hair looks stronger, shinier and, somehow, swishier.
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Bath with flowers petals in the tranquility suite at the spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Sakura Ritual, Tokyo

Experience Japanese ‘omotenashi’ (loosely translated as ‘the ultimate hospitality’) with the three-hour Sakura Ritual at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo. A traditional foot-washing ceremony is followed by a full-body exfoliation, using azuki beans native to East Asia. These clever little beans contain saponin – an organic foaming agent that draws out impurities from the skin while boosting circulation. In fact, so visible are the tightening effects, many Japanese tout the beans as a powerful, non-surgical alternative to a skin lift. Your treatment is completed with a traditional kiatsu – an all-over body massage, based on Japanese shiatsu – to relieve tight muscles.
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Vitality pool at the spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Emirates Hammam, Dubai

Follow in the footsteps of famed Egyptian beauty, Cleopatra, by exploring the surprising benefits of camel’s milk at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. The milk in question – used in the spa’s 75-minute Emirates Hammam experience – is from the camels of the Al Ain desert. Rich in vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B12 and carotene, it’s also a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps to keep skin supple and plump. And while Cleopatra was said to bathe in the white stuff, here it forms part of a thoroughly luxurious cleansing, exfoliating, massaging and moisturising routine.
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Spa reception at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Imperial Jade Treatment, Hong Kong

Such is the power of jade in Chinese culture – it’s used as shorthand for compliments: a beautiful face is ‘a jade countenance’, while the slim and graceful are described as ‘jade standing upright’ – it’s no surprise then that the mineral is the inspiration for a decadent two-hour treatment at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Reflexology and Chinese-style massage stimulate acupressure points to balance your yin and yang energies, before sesame, ground rice, green tea and ginseng are used to scrub, smooth and soften you from head to toe. The treatment ends with a reinvigorating facial using, of course, chilled jade rollers.
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Edelweiss

Booster Treatment with Edelweiss Stem Cells, Geneva

Channel your inner Von Trapp and embrace the power of the edelweiss flower at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva. Grown on the peaks of the Alps, this unassuming bloom is said to contain high antioxidant levels and soothing properties. Thanks to a nifty range of products that use biotechnology to capture its active ingredients, the Booster Treatment promises to turbocharge your skin’s cellular renewal and enhance its production of collagen and elastin. The appearance of wrinkles and fine lines are diminished, while the skin texture is refined – leaving you free to twirl with delight in the mountains.
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The spa at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya

Cupping, Sanya

Endorsed by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, cupping is an ancient form of Chinese therapeutic massage. According to practitioners, it invigorates your system by ridding the body’s qi (your vital life force) of stagnant elements. During the one-hour cupping treatment at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya glass jars are fixed on different points of your body, using the heat of a flame to create a vacuum. When the cups are moved, the suction and negative pressure loosens your muscles and encourages blood flow. Fans say it feels like a small, playful octopus grabbing hold – in a good way.
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Hammam at the spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

Mediterranean Journey in Bodrum

Known in Turkey as ‘the silent doctor’, hammam has been enjoyed by health-and-wellness-seekers since the days of the Ottoman Empire. So where better to experience it for yourself than beautiful Bodrum? From inside Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum’s decadent bathhouse – with its striking domed ceiling, authentic tiles and classic marble treatment slab – the almost two-hour Mediterranean Journey includes a finely ground olive seed body scrub, a hydrating body wrap using local pine-flower and honey, a head or foot massage with pressed almond oil and a traditional foam massage with fragrant aromatherapy oils.
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