The first few months of the new year often translate into being overworked and overscheduled. Coupled with the cold Shanghai weather, it’s no wonder it can be one of the most stressful times of year. Talise Spa at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Pudong offers a series of treatments tailored to help us manage until the warmer months finally come back around. For those who don’t live on “that side of the river,” it’s worth taking a trek over for the pampering session that awaits.
The massage begins with a quick survey in which the therapist asks about your skin type, allergies and any specific areas where you experience pain. This sets the tone for your treatment in the private suite, complete with a rain-shower in the bathroom, a tub in the main suite and private dressing area. What ensues is an aromatic salt scrub over the back, legs, arms and chest with special care to exfoliate the hands and feet (¥380/30 minutes).
After a quick rinse in a private shower with Appelles Apothecary & Lab, they follow up with a second treatment, a de-stress massage (¥680/60 minutes) with a scented oil of your choice. We like the lavender for its relaxing properties. Lying down, face in a fluffy pillow while the therapist applies a firm technique that wrings the aches out of your muscles; and your back, arms, hands, legs and feet feel the love. Once sufficiently de-stressed, the therapist preps your skin with a soothing rose cleanser and tonic.
It’s a prelude to an intensive hydrating facial featuring a vegetable peel, orange-scented mask and cooling eye gel (¥580/60 minutes), that’ll leave your skin nourished and, dare we say, feeling years younger. You’ll step out feeling rejuvenated, rested and ready to take on the rest of the year with your best face forward.
There are a variety of packages to choose from at this spa. This triple session was hand-tailored for us on the day. Answering the questions in the initial survey will help you get the most out of the experience where you can enjoy the calming atmosphere and appreciate the expertise of Talise's knowledgable and professional technician. This is a great way to treat yourself and prep your skin for the change in seasons.
Address: 7/F, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, 1108 Meihua Lu (near Fangdian Lu)