A retreat from the CBD

By Halla Mohieddeen (thatsbj.com)
Updated: 2008-05-06 14:41

Tucked up on the 17th floor of the eastside Ritz-Carlton is their new spa, which promises a sophisticated retreat from the stresses of life in Beijing's CBD. The chic, classical decor offers a marked contrast to the contemporary Asian style favored on the other end of town at the hotel's Financial Street spa location. Sharing the floor with this spa is the rather impressive state-of-the-art gym (unfortunately only open to hotel guests). The advantage to the spa's lofty location lies in the glorious light that bathes the entire floor. Whilst current views from the treatment rooms' balconies tend to look out over vast construction sites, the landscape should improve as the city moves closer to the Olympics.

In terms of treatments on offer, the spa does not disappoint. With everything from basics such as foot massages (RMB 400) and manicures (RMB 300) to high-tech treatments using some fairly terrifying-looking equipment, you're literally spoiled for choice. We decided to forgo the science bit and opted for the Ritz Fusion signature treatment (RMB 980), a 90-minute package which featured a soothing massage using a pack of heated Oriental herbs. The therapist was friendly and professional, honing in on problem areas rather than sticking to a set pattern, which was greatly appreciated. All in all, the spa offers a very civilized and soothing retreat. Spa lovers should definitely check it out.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa
Daily 11am-11pm.
17/F, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District


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