A sky-high Tokyo spa
9 Treatment Rooms
You’ll feel on top of the world at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo. And it’s not because of the four-handed Oriental Harmony scrub and massage (though that certainly doesn't hurt). Perched on the 37th floor of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo in the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, the spa gives you a dazzling vista of the city below through top-to-toe windows. Our favorite view is from the Matsukaze Suite, where you can gaze out of two walls of windows from a marble infinity tub.
Every service kicks off with a foot ritual, which symbolizes the washing away of the outside world. The gesture is a tipoff that a water theme flows through the spa. It starts in the reception area, where a shiny smoky-beige fabric (a nod to the hotel’s former life as a kimono shop) that resembles cascading water covers the walls. The water motif ripples through the treatment and relaxation rooms continue as well, with light textiles bearing suibokuga, Japanese ink paintings, amid wood floors and zebrawood walls.
But still, those unbeatable views steal your attention — you’re surrounded by them. Get a glimpse of the city from the serene spa’s stunning jetted pool, water lounge and dry sauna, all of which have floor-to-ceiling windows.
Of the nine treatment rooms, the five spacious spa suites offer the most pampering experience. They give you perks such as your own dining area, dual massage beds, private bathrooms and showers and glimpses of Mount Fuji. A handful of the treatments are specially made for the spa suites: The Kiatsu, a blend of Thai massage and shiatsu, takes place in the Asanagi Suite; the detoxifying Razul Escape includes a full-body exfoliation, a mud application and thermal steam before a massage; the Moments to Share spoils couples with a deep-cleansing facial and a rubdown. Our pick is the half-day Ultimate Bathing Ritual, which takes place in the Matsukaze Suite. To prep you for a bath, your skin is treated to an exfoliating scrub and then a nourishing layer of sweet almond oil. Following your essential oil bath, enjoy a customized, results-oriented facial and an aromatherapy massage.
But you’ll find plenty of other options on the menu that won’t require a spa suite. The relaxing Oriental Essence massage helps jetlagged travelers or anyone carrying a lot of stress; it focuses on the spots that carry tension. In the therapeutic massage, therapists relieve your aches using deep strokes with their elbows and forearms. The Efficiency Facial cleanses, soothes and refreshes your skin in 50 minutes. Another one of our favorites and the most popular service is the Time Ritual, which allows you to reserve a block of time rather than specific services, so that the Tokyo spa can tailor the treatments to your needs.
Men have their own menu: The Stone Age Man starts with a mini facial and ends with a hot stone back massage; the Modern Man includes a body scrub, back massage and foot treatment; the Redness Remedy calms redness that results from shaving regularly.
Set in the Nihonbashi business district, the spa is connected to Mitsukoshi, the city’s oldest department store. It’s an ideal spot for a fun spa and shopping day. To make the most of your time at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, arrive an hour early. That way you can do a circuit in the crystal steam room and ice fountain arctic refresher and still have time to take in the mesmerizing views.