The Earth Dog year is said to be one of action, requiring planning and energy in order to succeed. To celebrate Chinese New Year, which begins on 16 February 2018, Mandarin Oriental has launched the Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience to ground and relax guests while rebalancing energy for both body and mind. Available all year, the treatment has been designed to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and ease pain and muscle tension during the year of the earth dog.
The Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience incorporates several traditional elements to stimulate the senses, relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. To start; guests are welcomed with hot or cold towels infused with mandarin orange or tangerine oil, both of which symbolise good tidings. Guests are then invited to enjoy a welcome drink of Chinese red dates, honey and goji berries, which help to destress and encourage sleep. Traditional sweet treats popular during Chinese New Year festivities will be available in the spa’s relaxation area, including sweetened tangerine, coconut and ginger from the customary ‘Tray of Togetherness’.
The 1 hour 20-minute Year of the Earth Dog Experience was inspired by the elongating, grounding yoga pose of the downward facing dog, and is designed to induce a feeling of contentment, restoration and happiness. The treatment utilizes the powerful effects of the Group’s bespoke Flourish Oil, which contains a blend of lemongrass, cardamom and coriander combined with hot, healing stones, and a soothing abdominal massage.
Finally, guests are offered a sweet plum tea, and on leaving the spa will receive a traditional Chinese lai see lucky red packet.
The Year of the Earth Dog Experience is available at many Mandarin Oriental spas worldwide including in Asia: Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Sanya, Singapore, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo. In Europe: Barcelona, Marrakech, Milan, Paris, Prague. In the Americas: Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami and Washington until the end of the Fire Monkey year on 4 February 2019 and can be booked online at each respective hotel at http://www.mandarinoriental.com
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will reopen in May 2018 with a new spa studio concept as part of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s wider refurbishment.