Forget the tranquil serenity of the mud pools, float pools and waterfalls outside, and prepare yourself for an impressively intense rubdown. Spa Botanica’s latest treatment (60 minutes, $180; 90 minutes, $230) sees otherwise sweet masseuses wield heated bamboo canes (and lavender oil) to serious effect; kneading, sliding, pivoting and rolling away your knots in no time. It isn’t exactly relaxing at the time, but we can testify that it works wonders afterward.
Available at Spa Botanica.
Malay Ritual Therapy Massage
A dry body rub and herb-infused scrub that involves Malay ritual therapies, the Sinaran (170 minutes; $510) uses therapeutic herbs to create a mask—left on the skin to revitalize and hydrate. The treatment is rounded off with a deep tissue traditional Malay massage using coconut oil-blended spices from the Riau Islands that aid in relieving tension and stress.
Available at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental.
Sodashi Salt Body Therapy
Otherwise known as “white gold,” Himalayan crystal salt is believed to remove toxins from the body and soothe sore muscles. In the Salt Serenity treatment (75 minutes; $175), soothing oriental oils blends (including Himalayan cedar wood and rosewood) are applied to relieve tension while the Himalayan salt and plant essence therapy treatment stimulates body circulation so you’ll leave thoroughly relaxed.
Available at the Spa at Four Seasons.
Warm Jade Stone Massage
The warm jade stone massage (90 minutes; $290) combines the use of China’s royal gem with unique aromatherapy blends to aid in healing and balancing
energy flow. Cool jade stones are placed on various touch points on your body, warming and loosening your muscles to eliminate fatigue and (apparently) foster a
sense of inner peace.
Available at Remede Spa.