After a hectic week in the colourful chaos of Las Vegas, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental provided a respite for my mind and soul, as much as my body.
I feel the tension start to lift as I enter the serene 1930s Shanghai-inspired sanctuary, and am greeted by a smiling hostess who hands me a robe and comfy slippers. She walks me through the spa, explaining the facilities along the way and it’s not hard to see why this is one of only 30 spas in the world to hold the prestigious Forbes Five-Star award.
Spanning two floors of the hotel, it features 16 treatment rooms, including seven private couples’ suites, Chinese Foot Spa, relaxation lounges, tepidarium chairs overlooking the Strip, and ‘Tian Quan Thermal Experiences’, such as steam rooms, a hammam, laconium, vitality pool, ice fountain and Vichy showers where you can choose the light and sound show to suit your mood.
Fusing traditional Eastern philosophies with Western methods, you are encouraged to immerse yourself in this experience prior to treatment, to relax, detoxify and prepare your skin.
My two-hour bespoke Time Ritual begins with a soothing foot bath followed by a wonderful full body scrub. I rinse off in the Vichy shower before continuing my Ritual with a one-hour massage and facial, concluding with a soft bell that gently brings me back. Who’d have thought I’d reach a state of Nirvana in Las Vegas of all places?