Taipei’s luxe Chinese therapy spa in the sky
11 Treatment Rooms
With jaw-dropping views of Taipei and the surrounding mountains, tropical therapies and enormous marble bathtubs, Qi Shiseido Salon and Spa inside is one of the city’s most luxurious retreats. Hidden away on the 40th floor of the towering Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei, the spa exudes traditional Chinese luxury.
It’s comfortable and quiet, aside from some foot traffic heading up to the rooftop pool, and gives off a warm and welcoming feel. That’s partly thanks to the friendly service, partly the cozy look and feel — think earth tones, dark wood paneled walls and inviting couches in the reception area.
The urban sanctuary is an extension of Japan’s beloved Shiseido cosmetics brand, and there’s a small store in the waiting room where you can shop lotions, body oils and more.
The Treatment Rooms
The first thing you’ll notice when you enter one of the private spa suites is the gigantic black marble bathtub that overlooks floor-to-ceiling windows that look out at Taipei 101. Not every treatment includes use of the tubs, though, so be sure to ask ahead if it’s crucial to your relaxation game plan.
Each room also comes with a walk-in rain shower that doubles as a steam room, a comfortable massage bed, plush robes and plenty of room to spread out. There’s a charming old-school dial-up telephone that you can use to call reception when you’re ready for the treatment, or when you’re all finished and ready to relax with a cup of herbal Alpen Garden herbal tea from the Swiss Alps.
Focusing mostly on traditional Chinese massage techniques, the treatments at this serene address employ an invigorating mixture of hot stones, acupressure, reflexology, lymphatic drainage and herbal wraps. The most popular services tend to be the classic hot stone massages and facials — a fantastic way to release tension, particularly in the winter when the warming stones feel incredible.
In addition to a clutch of diverse massages, there are more than eight types of facials on the menu, as well as several treatments that are exclusive to the Taipei spa, including the Jetlag Recovery massage and the Oriental Mystery massage. The latter employs a mix of acupressure and lymphatic drainage to improve circulation, stimulate the metabolism and relax tired and aching muscles.
If you’re looking for some additional pampering after the treatments, book an appointment at the adjacent beauty salon or a service in the manicure and pedicure room.
From the luxury spa’s 40th floor, take a small elevator to reach the rooftop pool, which has some of the most incredible views of the city, luxurious cabanas for lounging and a Jacuzzi for decompressing. The rooftop spot is also a popular place for parties and celebrations, especially on New Year’s Eve, when you can get a bird’s-eye view of the incredible Taipei 101 fireworks.
On the sixth floor, there’s a separate Health Club, which has its own outdoor pool and a spacious workout area. The exercise rooms come fully kitted out with updated cardio equipment, personal trainers, separate yoga facilities and more great city views. Inside the locker rooms, you’ll find dry saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis for a post-workout treat.