Milan’s ultra-luxe subterranean spa
6 Treatment Rooms
Under the wood-paneled walls and veined Italian marble of Mandarin Oriental, Milan the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa of the hotel offers meticulous, holistic treatments guided by age-old Oriental philosophies. Italian architect and design team Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners were inspired by the five feng shui elements — wood, fire, earth, metal and water — and used natural materials such as variegated granite and wood floors. The result? A tranquil, meditative setting that doesn’t skimp on luxurious touches.
The Space and Amenities
The 9,688-square-foot spa features an indoor heated pool decked in timeless turquoise tiles, a sauna, a steam room, a relaxation area and ample changing rooms. Lotions, fragrances and candles curated from wellness collections are available in the spa boutique, including the Pañpuri Thai Jasmine and Mint beauty amenities found in the hotel’s 104 guest rooms.
Six private treatment rooms include two couples' suites — they can be combined into a large private VIP suite — and a dedicated Thai massage room. Double suites include private showers, a relaxation area, changing rooms, a whirlpool and a steam room. There’s also a mani-pedi studio and a hair salon headed by celebrity stylist Massimo Serini.
The Milan spa uses products from three luxury wellness brands, including the Mandarin Oriental Quintessence Aromatherapy collection, a signature line of natural oils in five different energies based on feng shui elements — awaken, bloom, flourish, release and reflect. Organic ESPA products that source natural ingredients such as nutrient-rich argan oil, cleansing yucca extract and anti-aging summer snowflake bulb are used in innovative treatments, and fierce age-fighting products by Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy are used to reveal fresher looking skin.
Dedicated, bespoke sessions generally run from an hour and 20 to 50 minutes — therapists recommend longer appointments to maximize well-being, rejuvenation and deep relaxation tailored to your very specific needs.
An assortment of body massages uses various techniques such as deep tissue, Native American stone therapy, holistic aromatherapy, Thai-style stretching and detoxifying lymphatic drainage. Also on the menu: scrubs, wraps, facials and manis and pedis.
The Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy, a personalized body massage ritual, involves a therapist mixing Quintessence Aromatherapy oils based on a guest questionnaire that determines unbalanced feng shui elements derived from yin and yang philosophies. Another popular experience is the Oriental Tranquility, which begins with a relaxing soak in a dimly lit spa suite’s whirlpool and is followed by a restorative, four-hand massage by two therapists and a calming facial treatment.
Exclusive to the Milan spa are treatments that source Italian-grown jasmine, thyme, orange and lunaria such as the Italian Romance soak, body exfoliation and massage and the Home Grown body scrub (to be added to an existing treatment). The poetic Opera of the Soul includes natural pumice and olive oil exfoliation, body massage with calcite palm stones, and a reflexology facial to open the throat chakra.
The luxury spa's 24-hour fitness center, with wall-length mirrors and hardwood floors, offers Technogym cardiovascular and weight training equipment. Complimentary amenities include headphones, towels and chilled drinks. Personal trainers and yoga instructors are available for private sessions.
The Mandarin caters to those who prefer to go for a jog outside, too, with a morning-time station equipped with water and towels at the hotel entrance.