At least once a month or so, I love to spend some quality me time at a spa or beauty salon. I put my phone on airplane mode, disconnect and relax.
Choosing a spa/salon can prove challenging in Hong Kong, where there’s a million options. That’s why I decided to start a new series “Pamper Saturdays” on the blog, where I share my personal experience trying out new spas/salons and review their services from the point of view ambience, quality of the treatment and service. Whether you live in Hong Kong or elsewhere, hope it is helpful and it inspires you to treat yourself once in a while – you deserve it!
Last Saturday I headed over to the Spa L’Occitane in Wanchai. My friends had given me a gift card for my birthday back in March and I finally had some free time to go so I booked an appointment for the Face & Contouring Duo treatment ($1,100 HKD).
The spa is located in a quiet side street in Wanchai, which is easily accessible from Admiralty MTR station. The place smells so nice and there’s no noise except for the soft background music.
The therapist in charge then welcomes you with a warm tea that helps you unwind and switch the relax mode on. Based on your skin concerns or problem areas, she recommends the most suitable treatment for you. I love how she didn’t rush me through this process.
I was surprised that even though I came for a facial, the treatment started with a nice foot bath and massage. I knew from this point that this was not your average treatment.
The facial followed the usual steps (cleansing, toning, exfoliating, extraction, facial mask and moisturiser) which were executed with delicate and precise movements. There was neck massage and hand massage in between the steps, which were amazing too! (I don’t know about you but I don’t like when therapists at other salons leave you hanging there by yourself…). Here, there was something happening every second!
The line that was used in this treatment was the Immortelle skincare range, which is all about anti-aging and rejuvenating properties.
There were also elements of aromatherapy throughout the facial, where the therapist would let you breath in different aroma oils as I navigated the steps of the facial. Pure bliss for all the senses.
My therapist was Cherry, a polite and well trained lady. There was no rushing, no hard sell and she even went down the stairs to see me off (that doesn’t happen often in Hong Kong). All those little details do count – hope other spas take note!
Overall, it was a great experience all around and would definitely recommend it. It is on the pricey side, but it’s worthy it once in a while. Can’t wait to go again!
When was the last time you have a beauty treatment? Is it your thing? I’d love to know.
Thanks for reading!