“Would you like some warm cranberry hibiscus tea?” my greeter asks me, as I rest on silk cushions dappled with sunlight pouring through floor-to-ceiling windows. Almost instantly I am provided with a warm towel, a Phalaenopsis orchid, and a mug of a sweet drink that calms my nerves.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami is laid out like a date palm, stretching over three stories with 18 treatment rooms. Six spa suites offer views of the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay, and in one of these I had a luxurious “Time Ritual." Designed to restore the body and mind's equilibrium, the treatment begins with an Asian-inspired foot massage in a gold-lacquered bowl dancing with orchids. The massage’s aromatherapy scents are customized, and everything begins and ends with the sound of a gong.
The lobby offers specialty spa products from brands like Clarisonic, Moroccanoil, and ESPA, and the waiting area is accented with Oriental screens of bamboo and rice paper, all illuminated in a soft light. The air is filled with the invigorating scent of sandalwood incense.
From Tai Chi to facials, the options fuse together Chinese, Ayurvedic, Thai, and European traditions. Because of the number of treatment rooms and ambience, you never feel that you’re rubbing elbows with other patrons.
Here, aestheticians guide you gently and listen to your body’s needs like a seasoned orchestral conductor. This is where you come to find your Om.