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Best places to pamper yourself in Hong Kong

From top spas, beauty treatments to nails and massages, we've got you covered for the best places to relax and rewind in the busy city.

By Kaila Imada

Chantecaille La Boutique

Health and beauty Spas Causeway Bay

Treat yourself to a luxirous facial at Chantecaille's La Boutique in Causeway Bay. Founded in New York, the brand is famous for its use of Rose de Mai, a unique extracted from rare flowers which contains anti-ageing properties and a high concentration of antioxidants. As the base for most Chantecaille products, the Rose de Mai signature facial is the perfect way to experience this formula. The 75-minute treatment focuses on brightening the face while hydrating your skin for a radiant glow. We also receive a shoulder and head massage in between masks, which makes the facial even more relaxing. Starting with rose oil massaged into our face, we receive a number of masks applied in various ways. The first mask is a jasmine and lily healing mask which is steamed to maximise its effects. Next, a fruit and lily mask rich in enzymes aids in removig dead skin cells and is topped with fresh rose petals during the experience. The final mask is a soft mould that gives a refreshing cooling effect as it works into our skin. Finally, Rose de Mai cream is massaged into our face for a smooth finish. Almost immediately, we see a difference in our skin's texture. The tone is more even and we have a buoyant glow that lasts for the rest of our day. $1,300. 2-4 Hysan Ave, Causeway Bay, 2856 2889;

Pamer yourself: The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Health and beauty Spas West Kowloon

Take a breather and dissolve your stress with the Sweet Dream treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Whether you're suffering from jetlag or having a hard time sleeping at night, this treatment is the perfect remedy for those seeking some much-needed rest. We start of with a 30-minute soak in a luxurious bathtub on the 116th floor over looking the Hong Kong skyline. The bath uses EPSA Aromatherapy bath oil and sea salts, resulting in better blood circulation. After the soak, we consult with a spa therapist who helps relieve some tension with stretching and breathing exercises to help clear the mind. Afterwards, we're treated to a 60-minute lava shell body treatment, which involves a revitalising massage with heathed lava shells that help release tension throughout our body. By now we're half asleep but a 20-minute eye and scalp massage is a great way to end the treatment and calm oru central nervous system by working all the right pressure points. At this stage, we're so damn relaxed, there's no doubt we'll have a healthy rest when evening comes. $2,800. 116/F, ICC, 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, 2263 2040;


Pamper yourself: MAC

Health and beauty Makeup studios Central

Thanks to the likes of Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, brows are a hot commodity in 2016. The bigger and bushier, the better. But that doesn’t mean you can leave them entirely au naturel. To strike the right balance, we head to MAC to get our brows tweezed and tamed with their all-new shaping service. Most people aren’t lucky enough to have perfectly symmetrical brows, so we’re pleased when our stylist discusses the best way to match ours up, asking us which of our two eyebrows we like best. Deciding on the left one, our brow technician outlines the desired shape on both brows in white pencil.
Once the outline is done, the tweezing begins. While we end up with the usual red marks where the hairs have been plucked, we’re pleasantly surprised by the lack of pain, even at the most sensitive points. Shaping done, it’s on to cutting, to keep those unruly longer hairs at bay – important for giving a stronger, sharper look when the brows are brushed. Et voila! The taming is done. Finished with a bit of pencil and powder here and there, we’ve a whole new streamlined look. $150. Shop 1088A, 1/F, IFC mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2967 6981;

Pamper yourself: I-Spa

Health and beauty Spas Tsim Sha Tsui

Revive and rejuvenate your soul with a warm and luxurious double detox body and face infusion treatment at the InterContinental Hong Kong’s I-Spa. The warming treatment starts off with a one-hour detox scrub and wrap using tranquil scents, including fennel and grapefruit oil alongside frankincense, to stimulate the lymphatic system and release any water retention. After being wrapped up, a gentle head massage lulls you to sleep before you’re uncoiled and prepared for a one-hour facial or foot massage to complete the experience. To top it all off, the session ends with a mouth-watering signature bento box lunch at top InterContinental eatery Nobu. We can find few better ways to energise your body when life in our city gets a little too sticky and stressful. $2,380. Available Mon-Fri until Jul 31. 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721 1211;


Pamper yourself: Polaris Cryosauna

Health and beauty Spas Central

While the idea of getting blasted by nitrogen gas chilled to minus 140 Celsius sounds somewhat dangerous – though simultaneously appealing as both the mercury and humidity edge up – cryotherapy is a technique that’s becoming steadily more widespread. Providers of the therapy tout a number of health benefits – everything from weight loss to improved blood circulation and inflammation reduction. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most high profile users are sports stars, who value such benefits. Floyd Mayweather reportedly took to preparing for last year’s Fight of the Century against Manny Pacquiao by indulging in a spot treatment.

Causeway Bay is home to Polaris and Hong Kong’s first cryosauna. The premises are swish and modern – curvy white walls and colourful streaks of lighting. After losing everything but our underwear and changing into special socks and gloves, we put on a robe and head to the sauna, which resembles a hot tub for one. Once in, we hand over our robe and cold nitrogen begins to the fill the container. Things don’t really get chilly until we hit near minus 90 Celsius and the clouds of nitrogen wafting up around our neck make us feel like Han Solo about to frozen in carbonite. The treatment lasts all of three minutes and by the end we’re properly shivering, though we warm up quickly once out and enjoy a pleasant tingling sensation that indicates our improved circulation. It’s too early to tell if we’re experiencing the other promised health benefits yet, but if it’s good enough for Money, it’s good enough for us. $900Polaris, Shop B, 10/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival St, Causeway Bay, 2446 6163;


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