Spas and Feng Shui have a lot in common. They both share the ultimate goal of creating balance and harmony, and who couldn’t use more balance and harmony in their life? Add in the glamourous setting of Hong Kong, stellar views of Victoria Harbour, some ancient Oriental traditions and a whole lot of luxury and it adds up to tranquility times two: I-Spa at InterContinental Hong Kong.
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I-Spa is a trendsetter when it comes to incorporating the principles of Feng Shui into wellness, and the details can be seen everywhere, from running water – believed to increase the flow of ‘Qi,’ or positive energy – to the careful placement of sculptures and orchids. This was done under the recommendations of one of Hong Kong’s foremost Feng Shui experts, Jackie Chan (no, not that Jackie Chan).The result is a lavish 500-square metre spa with outdoor spa pools, harbour views and private spa suites, each with its own Jacuzzi and steam room.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is a 4,000-year old Chinese practice that works with the environment, through design and the placement of objects, to maximize health, prosperity and happiness, and to achieve the perfect balance between ‘yin’ and ‘yang.’
There be Dragons!
Feng Shui principles don’t stop at the spa. The entire InterContinental Hong Kong has superb Feng Shui, specifically designed to attract the Nine Dragons of Kowloon. According to legend, there are nine dragons that live in the mountains around Kowloon, and they like to come down to the harbour to bathe and drink the water. Since it’s believed that dragons can magically pass through glass, the lobby’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide an auspicious pathway for them.
“They fly in, deposit prosperity at the island-shaped reception desk and then pass through to the harbour,” says Louis Baleros, the chief concierge at InterContinental Hong Kong.
Interesting to note: the hotel has the only island-shaped reception desk in Hong Kong.
To get your Qi flowing try a Tui Na Acupressure Massage or go all out with a Spa Ritual such as the 2.5 hour Five Elements, which harnesses the power of the basic elements, water, wood, fire, earth and metal to harmonize from within. The ritual includes a ceremonial foot therapy, body scrub, warm stone massage and cold stone facial.
Free! Don’t miss out on a complimentary morning Tai Chi class on the hotel’s pool terrace.
There’s more to do than spa. With two celebrity chef restaurants, Nobu InterContinental Hong Kong and the Michelin-starred SPOON by Alain Ducasse, as well as the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant, Yan Toh Heen, you might want to indulge with a Stay and Dine package at InterContinental Hong Kong. Daily rates start about $403 (U.S.) for a plaza-view room ($467 for harbour view room) and include a $75 food and beverage credit.
Best location ever, central and scenic. 18 Salisbury Rd., Kowloon Tel: (852) 2721 1211
Getting There: There is no easier way to get to Hong Kong from Toronto than with Cathay Pacific, especially if you’re lucky enough to fly Business Class where the flat beds and attentive staff will ensure you arrive in Hong Kong happy. If you want to save your dollars for the spa, don’t despair – economy class will get you there just as fast. Best of all, Cathay now flies direct from Toronto to Hong Kong.
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