Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
| +852 2588 1234
A True Oasis: Plateau Spa at Grand Hyatt Hong KongThere are some spas that are deserving of the word, “sanctuary,” –a place to escape from the mad rush of cars, taxis, and the chaos of everyday life.
The Plateau spa, situated on the 11th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, is a healing zone above the hustle and bustle of Wanchai. You know immediately you are in a zen enclave as you walk through the spa’s airy courtyard, which has a canopy of rose-apple trees that make you feel you are in a healing Garden of Eden.
Not surprisingly, yoga sessions take place in the shade of these beautiful boughs.
The spa itself is vast (and therefore, aptly named): 80,000 square feet of fitness, aesthetics and even healthy dining. What I loved were the commissioned artwork by local ceramicist Emma Chan, who spent a year crafting sculptures like fish, frog and turtles that look straight out of “The Wind in the Willows” and in keeping with the aquatic theme in the spa (there are a lot of water sounds sloshing around here).
There are also beautiful, almost ethereal black-and-white photographs by the German photographer Vera Mercer, who flew to France to capture images of lakes and gardens.
But the most impressive aspect of the spa—including textures like sassafras wood, mahogany granite and powerful products including the mineral-rich Hungarian line Omorovicza—is the diverse range of treatments. The signature Plateau massage has luxurious long, flowing strokes using heated stones, and a Jet Lag treatment is so soothing, with its balancing oils and conclusive, customized teas, that you’ll feel fit as a fiddle back for the return flight.
The spa is its own world, a place where you’ll feel like enjoying time in the sauna (which also has a neat “sauna-splash” button that replicates the effect of steam evaporating off hot igneous rocks) and getting some worthwhile pampering time.
It’s glamorous enough to have its own zip code.