Whether your beauty regime features decadent spa treatments or early nights and a pot of green tea, you can’t deny that skincare pick-me-ups are worth making time for. The benefits of some good, old-fashioned pampering mean we’re always on the hunt for a well-deserved treat. And when you’re investing time and money into top quality treatments, it’s worth finding out exactly what’s going into your skin.
This welcoming place may be the closest thing to an oasis Hong Kong has ever known. Priding itself on wellness, healing and inspiration, Fivelements is a breath of fresh air away from the busy city. As a holistic sports and wellness destination, Fivelements combines Balinese culture and mindfulness in a stunning and stress-banishing way. Some of our favourite natural treatments include the Blooming Beauty and Secrets of Balinese Wellness. Check out the full selection of spa and wellness treatments available, including everything from a Matcha Green Tea Facial to a Treasures from Earth treatment. For a facial to detoxify and energise, try the Fivelements Super Food Facial. With Balinese spices, natural anti-oxidising neem, fresh pineapple, cooling aloe vera, and a spirulina-seaweed mask to seal the deal, this facial is a jolt of natural goodness.
Top tip: Keep an eye out for the Fivelements Dinner Club on the 1st Friday of every month. This 5-course gourmet meal offers a plant-based gastronomical journey well worth checking out. Pair it with yoga classes and a staycation, and your ideal weekend is set.
Fivelements, Hong Kong 81 Tai Chung Hau Road Sai Kung, Hong Kong, www.hk.fivelements.org/en
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Stepping into The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is a relaxing ritual in itself. With 5-star service and amenities, we were thrilled to hear about the natural offerings and products. Subtle Energies is the newest product addition to the spa, and it works by blending the benefits of aromatherapy and ancient Ayurveda wisdoms. These distinct formulas are made to address particular concerns or energetic types, known as doshas. Four Seasons also works with the leading biodynamic skincare line, Julisis, to bring Hong Kong a holistic facial called the Julisis Biorhythm Facial – a permeating pick-me-up for every layer of skin. The experienced therapists begin with a guided meditation, before customising a facial catering to your unique biorhythm. Julisis has actually patented Liquid Gold and Liquid Silver products, containing the only cell-accessible forms of gold and silver. Indulgent? Just the right amount. These products naturally accelerate your skin’s repair and healing process to give you a natural glow. Four Seasons has always been a results-oriented spa, so leaving you feeling refreshed is the number one priority.
Top tip: Check out the Full Moon Meditation at the Spa. Senior Spa Director Shoshana Weinberg effortlessly leads the inviting session, and you leave feeling ready for the new month. We had a chance to check this out for ourselves and can completely vouch for it (and the post-meditation vegan feast!).
Four Seasons, 8 Finance St, Central, www.fourseasons.com/hongkong/spa
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Jurlique prides itself in offering more than a treatment. It’s a chance to “treat yourself to an entire experience to nourish the skin, relax and rejuvenate the senses”. With all ingredients grown using biodynamic farming methods in its farms in Adelaide, it’s no surprise that Jurlique products are as organic as possible. The spa menu has a wide list of treatments, offering everything from facials to waxing. Check out the Hydrotherapy Treatment Package, set to detoxify and release tension. Almost all of the spa products are exclusive to the spa, so you may not even find them in the Jurlique boutique. Plus, the skilled beauticians and therapists here will also custom blend organic oils to suit specific skin types.
Jurlique Wellness Sanctuary Spa, Locations in Causeway Bay, Tsing Yi, West Kowloon, www.jurlique.hk
Iyara specialises in a whole array of services and, with locations throughout Hong Kong Island, your next facial, manicure, pedicure, body scrub or massage could be minutes away. Whether you’re after a rigorous sports massage or a knot-attacking deep tissue therapy, you can opt for natural and organic oils. Looking for a face and body combo? The Essence of Iyara (Sundari Body Massage and Facial) is a two-hour rhythmic massage, using SUNDÃRI Facial-Organic active ingredients which are custom-blended, based on a personal dosha assessment. Think: exfoliation, pressure point stimulation, nutrient infusion and a shot of moisturiser to lock it all in. Healthy, radiant, relaxed skin is the end result.
Top tip: Book in after 5pm, and you can opt for the lemongrass tea to be substituted by a rejuvenating glass of red or white wine!
Iyara, locations in Central, Mid-levels and Wan Chai, www.iyaradayspa.com
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SOVOS is an Aromatherapy brand that integrates 100% organic herbals, personal diagnostic and therapy treatments into the everyday. This botanical sanctuary makes organic products even more accessible in Hong Kong. SOVOS believes in “the healing power of nature”, “discovering the cause, not just the effect”, and “treating the whole person” – which all sounds pretty good to us. Take your pick from a Bespoke Organic Facial & Eye Treatment, a Bespoke Aromatherapy Massage, a Pain Management Massage or a Sports Therapy Massage.
SOVOS, 3/F, Yip Fund Building, 2-18 D’Aguilar Street, Central, email [email protected] to make a reservation.
The Mandarin Oriental Spa is another staple in Hong Kong, and the new therapies drawing on the philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine are particularly unique to this landmark hotel. With offerings like the Digital Wellness Escape and Oriental Qi, the hotel works to give you a break from your fast-paced life. To get you started, try the Five Element facial. Based on fire, wood, earth, metal and water, the treatment strives to restore your skin’s balance. Natural Elemental Herbology products and skilled massage techniques combine to bring you a holistic experience. The experts here will blend and base your facial according to your specific element, restoring elasticity and youth in a personalised way. And if you’re after a natural haircare treatment, look no further. The Mandarin Salon now offers a Discovery by Yerba hair treatment, a natural alternative hair treatment that combats frizzy hair, reduces humidity-induced volume and adds a silky-soft shine. This special treatment uses the latest technology and the stem cells of a Swiss apple to smooth and treat hair.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.mandarinoriental.com
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With a motto like “the less chemicals, the better”, Sparadise has quickly become a natural beauty go-to. It offers a range of reviving body treatments to suit natural requests. Organic skincare products are locally and internationally sourced, with locations ranging from New Zealand to the Himalayas. Sparadise offers everything from organic massages to organic tanning and organic waxing organic nail treatments – all you have to do is take your pick. We love that the nail lacquers used are vegan and 5-free (free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin). For a more targeted treatment, try the Native Essentials Beautiful Eyes Treatment. It uses a Radiant Eyes Oil, containing organic coffee, CO2 extract and aloe vera – ideal as a facial add-on for tired eyes.
Top tip: Shopping for a gift? Check out The Yeu Treasure Box, handmade and hand-painted by Vietnamese craftsmen. $50 from every purchase goes directly to the Saigon Children’s Charity, helping educate disadvantaged Vietnamese children by building schools and funding scholarships.
Sparadise, 3 & 4/F, 60 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.sparadise.com.hk
Emmanuel F is an award-winning, organic and eco-friendly spa, offering some much-needed privacy. The peaceful space is paired with professional therapists and unlimited beauty options. As Hong Kong’s first eco-friendly and organic salon and spa, it offers entirely natural hair, nail and spa treatments. It uses natural and certified organic ingredients, such as a UK-based hair dye that is ethically sourced and cruelty-free, along with other organic European brands. The nail salon even uses 5-free chemical nail polishes and 7- free chemical NCLA soak-off gels, so you can get a mani-pedi without stripping your nails of natural goodness.
Emmanuel F, 22-26 Bonham Strand East, The Pemberton, Upper Ground Floor, Sheung Wan, 2167 8280, www.emmanuelf.com
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