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The locker rooms at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston are the first point of entry to your day of refuge. The locker area itself is quite small, but it doesn’t matter because this is just a transition room. Put your clothes in the locker, grab your plush robe and head into the escape area of the locker rooms, where you’ll find a hydrotherapy room complete with a Vichy shower. And make sure you take advantage of this luxury shower — it has five to seven shower heads that run parallel to a cushioned treatment table, so you can actually get a shower while lying down. You’ll also find “experience showers,” which feature ambient sound, light and aromatherapy for one of the most relaxing experiences of your life. There’s a vitality pool in both the men’s and women’s locker room, which is set at 102 degrees (slightly cooler than a typical whirlpool or hot tub setting) and is great for soothing aching muscles. The crystal steam rooms, ice fountains and heated tile benches are all located in the locker rooms and are available for use throughout the duration of your stay. If you’d rather keep it quick, regular showers are also available and include nice-smelling shampoo, conditioner and body gel. The locker area is also stocked with everything you’ll need: combs, deodorant, hair spray and hair dryers. The pièce de résistance of the locker room area, however, is the relaxation room. The gender-specific relaxation rooms are located just off the locker rooms and are the true oasis in your spa experience. Our advice: Get to the spa at least 45 minutes before your appointment so you can enjoy all the locker room amenities, and spend at least 10 to 15 minutes winding down in the relaxation area before being treated to your spa ritual.