An otherworldly Tokyo spa
10 Treatment Rooms
You’ll find an otherworldly place at Mizuki Spa at Conrad Tokyo, the largest such facility in the city. Taking up the entire 29th floor of the Conrad Tokyo hotel, the 15,000-plus-square-foot spa takes on a lunar theme. Mizuki, which translates to “water” and “moon,” has a circular design, with the coed relaxation room hidden in the center and the 10 treatment rooms off of the circle. As you enter the spa, you’ll walk on a clear blue carpet that looks like a full moon reflected on the water. But the rest of Mizuki isn’t what you would expect from a moon-inspired retreat. Instead of cold, gray décor, warm woods and stone adorn the treatment rooms for a decidedly Japanese aesthetic. And the view of the neighboring skyscrapers from each room is a reminder that you haven’t left the stratosphere just yet.
The services, however, may make you feel over the moon. Facials aren’t known for being calming, but the 80-minute Action Sublime also includes a face, neck, shoulder and arm massage on top of anti-aging treatments. The 80-minute Hydramemory includes a hot-stone facial massage and moisturizes skin that’s parched from flying. If you just made the taxing transatlantic flight into the city, also try the Revitalize massage to banish jet lag (choose between 60 and 90 minutes). The 90-minute Hot Stone Ritual will make your stress fade away with the assistance of some smooth, heated basalt rocks and essential oils. For a calming service, the 90-minute Tranquility Ritual will help you unwind with a full-body hydrating treatment and an aromatherapy facial massage. And if you need to prep for a night on the town, get a manicure or pedicure (the Executive Hands and Feet mani-pedi combo is a man-friendly option).
Public bathing is a part of Japanese culture, but if you aren’t ready to partake in the communal ritual in onsens (Japanese hot springs), Mizuki offers great urban alternatives. In the wet area, instead of one big whirlpool, you’ll see a Jacuzzi with personalized pods that allow you to have a relaxing solitary soak. Our favorite way to bathe at the Tokyo spa is in the Mizuki Room. Designed for couples, the Mizuki Room has side-by-side massage tables and a hinoki cypress tub that can accommodate two. The light-colored wood, known for being resistant to bacteria and rot, gives off a light lemony scent. The bathtub sits right in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can soak while admiring the surrounding cityscape. And to make it the experience even cozier, your aesthetician will leave some steaming-hot green tea on the built-in wood platform right next to the tub.
After your treatment, you’ll have several choices. For more pampering, head to one of the four aforementioned Jacuzzi pods, or sit in the wet or dry saunas. Or opt for a more energizing activity, like swimming in the 82-foot-long lap pool with a sumi-e motif or hitting the 24-hour gym. Get a workout on the Technogym equipment or take a class in Pilates, yoga, power circuit, body conditioning or dance in the aerobics room. Though we recommend ending any spa trip with a nap on the chaise lounge in the dimy lit, wood-filled coed relaxation room.