The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

A pampering Guangzhou escape
Prepare to be pampered at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou. From the main building at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou, take the shaded walkway that runs outside past the 82-foot-long heated pool and the private sundeck with massage cabanas (in case you want an alfresco treatment).

Upon arrival, you’ll get a full consultation in a curtained-off space. The lush, private consultation pods, in which you can peruse the treatment list, flow like a dragon’s back from the reception area to the treatment rooms. Afterward, you’ll receive a complimentary tian quan session, a Chinese bathing ritual that relieves stress, boosts circulation and opens your pores for the forthcoming service. Finally, you’ll head to the spacious treatment room, which is more like a suite — each comes equipped with its own dressing area and steam shower.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The spa eschews popular Balinese décor for a more Chinese influence, a nod to Mandarin Oriental’s Hong Kong heritage. Carved into a rough-hewn wall is an abstract cross-legged figure holding a fan — Mandarin Oriental’s logo — and in Chinese, the names of flowers.
  • The high-ceilinged lobby has a full-length mirrored display case, a gilded minimalist chandelier and a glittering black-and-gold marble floor.
  • In addition to waxing and nail services, the spa has four skincare treatments aimed at delivering immediate results.
  • Whether you come in for a facial or a massage, expect to be slathered with Natura Bissé products from Barcelona and ESPA products from the United Kingdom.
  • The Guangzhou spa’s exclusive signature services also use Quintessence, a fragrant bespoke essential oil designed by Aromatherapy Associates that blends ginger, mandarin and frankincense.
Things to Know
  • Come to the spa 45 minutes prior to your appointment to squeeze in time in the steam room and sauna, as well as that outdoor pool, a real treat during Guangzhou’s toasty summers.
  • Treatments are quite customizable, and there are four 30-minute add-ons, including the delightfully refreshing jasmine and green tea body scrub.
  • For new moms, we highly recommend getting the Healing Express treatment, which uses microdermabrasion blue light therapy to ease stretch marks, acne scarring and pigmentation. 
The Treatments
  • The menu is divided into three sections — general treatments, men’s treatments and beauty treatments.
  • Among the men’s offerings is the two-hour “Mankind,” a salt scrub followed by an oil and hot stone body and head massage.
  • The standard list includes facials, massages and wraps, with some twists thrown in, such as the “Crystal Light,” a two-hour rubdown that incorporates a crystal (which you get to bring home) and sound therapy.
  • The hour-long pre- and post-natal service offers moms-to-be and new parents a mild exfoliation and massage that focuses on targeted areas.
  • The new Diamond Line facial by Natura Bissé, a recent addition to the spa menu, focuses on anti-aging and results-driven treatments.
The Facilities
  • There are nine luxe treatment rooms at the Guangzhou spa, six of these have single beds and two are couples rooms.
  • The ultra-romantic VIP suite, whose hidden door slides silently from the wall at the touch of a button, has its own Jacuzzi, steam and sauna facilities.
  • Rooms also boast a nail treatment area; and a serene, circular yoga space.
  • Each treatment room wall holds a piece of statement artwork, a large, richly colored abstract painting of lotus flowers.
Getting There
Level 4, 389 Tianhe Road, Guangzhou 510620, China
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou
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