There's nothing better than a long massage to make you feel alive, and the team at Chuan Spa work with the five elements to curate individual treatments, specifically for your needs.
Not gonna lie, I love a good pampering. Whether I’m having my nails done at one of the best nail salons in Hong Kong, getting a fresh do from one of our fave hair salons or spending some time in a sensory deprivation pod like Float On Hong Kong, I’m pretty sure that relaxing is my superpower. And after weeks of full-on deadlines, I decided it was time to engage in some mega rejuvenation, luckily the team at Chuan Spa at Cordis Hong Kong offered to help out. In fact, when the friendly crew offered for my partner and I to trial their couples treatment, the-person-who-sleeps-in-my-bed and I simply couldn’t say no.
Chuan Spa at Cordis, Hong Kong is all about the elements
When I mentioned the friendly team at Chuan Spa earlier, it wasn’t a joke. From the concierge at the reception on the 41st floor, right through to when we left, the professionals at the spa go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed.
As we made our way down the candlelit staircase and past the flowing waterfall, it was hard not feel like we were in another world. In the waiting area, we filled in the obligatory paperwork before being asked to answer a range of questions that would determine which element (Earth, Wood, Fire, Air, Water) our massage oil would represent.
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The-person-who-sleeps-in-my-bed made short work of the abundance of dried fruit on offer as we waited for our treatment, while I indulged in some delicious element-inspired tea. When we were ushered into the treatment room (named Mountain), the therapists discussed our treatments with us and ensured that we liked the fragrance of the oils the questionnaire had determined for us.
Mine was Water, the element that governs the kidneys, and before I got ready for the massage, my therapist asked if I’d like to do a short relaxing chant, which we did together. Next up, it was time to experience the Chuan Harmony massage. For 90 minutes, we indulged in a blissful medium-pressure massage that started from the feet and included one of the most amazing scalp massages I’ve ever had.
The massage itself is actually designed to stimulate meridian harmony, combining the therapeutic elements of acupressure with relaxation massage techniques, altogether inducing a greater sense of calm. Wonderfully relaxing music played as therapists worked on both our back and front sides. There is still some debate as to which one of us was snoring (let’s just say, it wasn’t me!)
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Why is it that 90 minutes drags on forever when you’re stuck behind a desk, but when you’re blissing out it goes by in a flash? After our treatment, we were taken to the relaxation room where we enjoyed more tea and a glass of champagne as we reclined in ridiculously comfortable chairs and looked out at the stunning views of the city. There were even some wonderful clear jelly treats filled with goji berries, and more dried fruit for the compulsive snacker.
The whole experience at Chuan Spa is a delight. And we’ll definitely go back for more pampering (and dried fruit) very soon.
Chuan Spa, Level 41, Cordis, Hong Kong, p. 3552 3510, 香港康得思酒店41樓