The new ESPA at the Ritz-Carlton, Macau takes the spa experience to the next luxury level. Set within one of the world’s most spectacular entertainment and leisure destinations – Galaxy Macau™, ESPA offers recreation facilities and services that are second to none for you to enjoy personalized experiences that capture one’s imagination and passions. mylifestylenes writes……
This idyllic retreat that was recently recognized as the ‘Best Spa Design of the Year’ at the 6th SpaChina Awards. Featuring ten stylish treatment rooms and three couples’ suites, this new luxury spa provides a relaxing escape with therapeutic massage experiences that are sure to warm the soul.
Infusing elements of design rooted in traditional Chinese and Portuguese architecture, the rooms reflect the unique character of the city that surrounds it. The Interior of the various rooms all feature a balanced use of natural materials such as dark timber, oak, and onyx, and use different illumination techniques to ensure the perfect sanctuary where you can restore your inner and outer glow.
The spa is like a maze, you definitely need an orientation tour by the spa manager to walk you through to different “hidden” rooms in order for to locate the locker and changing room, therapy rooms, relaxation lounge, water facilities areas. High ceilings with dark wood walls separated each areas with minimal signature and with hidden doors aligned with the wall, you need to have some good memories in order to find your way back/out to when you came from. Let’s not worry much as the spa manager is always at your disposal by standing right outside the hallway waiting for you whenever you are done with your treatment.
We decided to experience the Jade Reviver treatment, which involves hot and cold stones to ease deep-seated tension in muscles and tissues and stimulate the flow of Qi, or energy throughout the body. This revitalizing, stress-relieving treatment utilizes the natural benefits of jade and powerful essential oils to awaken the senses and brighten the skin.
The therapists began our experience with a foot ritual to cleanse the feet and choose our preferred essential oils for different stages of the treatment, which makes personalization a key point of the reviving process. Jade stones are first heated/gently warmed and the first stage was to massage the legs and upper body in a series of long assured stroked to allow the heat to penetrate, but not linger for too long – the stones are warmer than you think, but in a very pleasing way to deliver the therapeutic benefits. The second stage is when the cold stones are used to massage the face and scalp, followed by a facial cleanse using ESPA products, for which we found the cleansing to leave a fabulous glow.
The overall effects produce a heightened level of bliss and we found the use of hot and cold stones with the Yin and Yang balance effect to be a completely different experience that we thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. We truly did feel relaxed and revived through the application of hot and cold stones and the facial cleanse is something men should do more often. The atmosphere and ambience is perfectly judged and one could feel a point of difference from other experiences we have sampled. After our treatment we retired to the additional facilities and revived ourselves slowly, using the spa pool and experience shower, followed by a refreshing herbal tea in the relaxation lounge before we had to bid farewell to this haven of luxury.
Intimacy, exclusivity, and personalized attention to detail are the hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton standards of hospitality, and the ESPA within The Ritz-Carlton, Macau proves no exception. You can revel in the finest personal service and utmost intimacy knowing they are within arm’s reach of vitality pools, steam rooms, saunas, ice-fountains, experience showers and relaxation areas for both male and female guests.
The spa is much larger than you think and space is more than just a luxury here, as the overall design immerses you into another world away from the stress and excitement of the tourist attractions surrounding this exclusive enclave. The ESPA at the Ritz-Carlton, Macau is a luxury destination in itself.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
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