Penthouse pampering in Taipei
10 Treatment Rooms
From its perch on the penthouse floor of the glamorous Regent Taipei, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wellspring Spa is a true urban retreat. It was designed to be a resort-like sanctuary for city dwellers and those visiting the bustling Taiwanese capital. It succeeds.
The sprawling space is bathed in natural light and wood materials and it evokes a warm, modern Oriental vibe. Expect a large range of treatments influenced by several international destinations, including China, Bali, Thailand and Hawaii.
Bright white furniture and wispy white curtains welcome you with an immediate sense of calm. Designed by Singapore-based Tierra Design, the interiors bring to mind an indulgent destination spa despite Wellspring’s urban location.
Earth tones and warm wooden accents embody a natural Japanese aesthetic — picture lots of clean lines, detailed wood walls, minimalist furniture and a flood of natural light. A wood-lined corridor guides you to the tranquil treatment rooms, where a private steam room, rain shower, plush massage bed and big granite bathtub await. Horizontal wooden panels play with sunlight as it streams in from big windows from the far side of the room, and a spacious white daybed invites you to lounge around all afternoon.
Unlike many resort-style spas, the 4,628-square-foot Taipei spa doesn’t have a separate water treatment zone or a Jacuzzi to wade in, but most treatments begin with an invitation to enjoy the in-suite steam room, which doubles as a rain shower. Afterward, you’ll sit down for a relaxing foot scrub and a spot of warm ginger tea while birds chirp and ocean waves roll gently through the spa’s sound system.
To keep up with the hotel’s sophisticated jet-setting guests, well-trained therapists at the luxury spa employ a mix of healing techniques, from Balinese to Thai, Hawaiian to Swedish.
Massages aren’t the only thing on the menu, though — you’ll also find skin polishes, body wraps, facials and a slew of herbal wraps and scrubs. Offering a personalized and handcrafted touch, all of the aromatherapy oils are mixed and prepared by therapists to fit an individual’s needs.
The signature massages are a real treat, particularly the Traveler’s Perk, a two-part treatment that aims to knead away jet lag and refresh skin with a moisture-packed facial. Another signature is the Divine Duet, in which two therapists work in a synchronized massage to iron out knots.
Many of the treatments finish off with a warm bath in a giant granite tub, and a small tray of tasty snacks, such as fresh blueberries, pineapple and the addictive peanut mochi.
The spa is certainly the most relaxing aspect of the buzzing Regent Taipei, but elsewhere in the property you’ll find a few more wellness perks at your disposal. An alfresco pool crowns the hotel’s rooftop — the heated pool is open all year round.
Located in the basement, the fitness club locker rooms are home to a Jacuzzi and a sauna. The gym itself has rows and rows of Technogym equipment, but alas, no stellar views like those of the top-floor spa.