Day Spa

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What is Day Spa?

In general, Day spas are a place you go for the day to get massage, facials, and body treatments, like sea salt scrubs and mud wraps. It is different from a beauty salon because the Day Spa will contain sauna, pool, steam room and whirlpool where people may use besides the treatment. In many countries, there are many Day spas combine both a hair salon and spa. It usually started out as a successful salon and added spa services. On the other hand, Day spa usually offers many different types of massages by professional massage therapists. Massage sessions are often timed per half hour, full hour or even two hours, in addition, the atmosphere in a Spa is always quiet and peaceful.

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Something Provided in a Day Spa

  • A full menu of massage, facials, and body treatments
  • Professional massage therapists and estheticians
  • Private treatment rooms with fresh linens
  • Professional spa products
  • A relaxation room with tea
  • A scrupulously clean facility
  • Secure lockers, steam room and sauna
  • Robes and slippers.

What You Should Know About Day Spas?

  • Most spas also have a nail salon offering spa manicures and spa pedicures. Spas with salons offer hair cutting and styling services. But not all day spas can give these service.
  • If it is a very small day spas won't have steam, sauna and Jacuzzis. Think about whether that's important for your spa experience.
  • If you prefer a complete experience, consider choosing a day spa that offers different types of massage, such as reflexology, hot stone massage, or acupressure. If you choose any of these services, make sure the aestheticians and massage therapists are certified.
  • Day spa usually has a menu of services offered with times of the sessions and the prices available at the spa and/or online at their website so you can decide ahead of time what services you would like.
  • Larger day spas offer more advanced treatment options that may include body wraps, skin exfoliation, and body scrubs. The most expensive type usually includes large facilities to house hydrotherapy treatments such as hot springs, mud baths, sauna, and steam baths.
  • Day spas offer more options for working people looking to relax without leaving the city.

Some Popular Day Spas in China


As its namesake implies, all CHI signature therapies are based on keeping TCM’s key five elements (metal, water, wood, fire and earth for you newbies) in harmony with the body’s Yin and Yang. After nearly four hours of water therapy, revitalizing body wrap, Tibetan tsampa Loofa Scrub and Himalayan healing stone massage, your chi is guaranteed to leave happy and secure. “CHI, The Spa features a unique ‘spa within a spa’ concept; each complete with its own private bath, shower, steam, relaxation lounge, changing and vanity areas” notes Wong Chin CHu, communications manager.

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Mandara Spa at JW Marriott Hotel

Mandara Spa is a city spa, with a touch of contemporary old Shanghai and a menu that blends traditional Asian treatments with a range of sophisticated beauty treatments. It is distinguished by a wider choice of treatment and package options including a range of treatments from Germany’s foremost innovative skin care specialist Dr. Spiller. The spa menu of Mandara Spa offers a wide range of health and beauty treatments, instilled with the beauty and allure of ancient traditions and the sophistication of modern spa techniques. It is flavored by various cultures and traditions. From Indonesia, Thailand and China, ancient rituals in health and beauty are cultivated to suit the luxury spa and expectations of the most discerning guests.

Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree spa isn’t a first in Shanghai, there’s been a Banyan Tree Spa concession at the Westin Bund for years, but it’s even more luxurious, with a stronger China focus in its four-elements decor and yin- and yang-themed treatments. Descending over three floors, the spa features a shop-gallery stocking the resort’s signature products (50RMB/shower gel; 149RMB/essential oil), a mezzanine-level nail bar equipped with vibrating leather Lay-Z-Boys and a lower ground floor housing the treatment rooms. All eleven rooms (including six doubles) boast ensuites as well as huge bathtubs equipped with Jacuzzi function and coloured mood lighting.

I Spa

Located within the InterContinental Shanghai Pudong Hotel, I-Spa caters to the city's stressed out businessmen and businesswomen (and by the looks of it, there are certainly a lot of them). A fusion of East and West, each of their 10 rooms focuses on a different treatment. These include body massages, facials, foot reflexology, Vichy showers, and tanning. Their most popular treatment is their combination of Western scented body oils with the Chinese massage style that is intended to soothe muscles that have been overworked.

Mangrove in Sanya

An Asian oriented spa, the recently opened Mangrove Tree Spa is the ultimate in tropical relaxation. Situated on Sanya's Yalong Bay, Mangrove is "devoted to your well-being and will transform your mind and nurture your soul," says Mangrove's Joanna Lin. All rooms include a bathroom, steam room and either wet and dry areas that overlook a lake, or opt for the garden spa pavilions that overlook the sea. Try the green tea scrub for skin that has been overexposed to the tropical sun followed by a Thai massage that will stretch your muscles to perfection. The rooms are constructed of wood, with soothing tones and an open, airy feel that puts your mind in the tropics while your body is in blissful relaxtion.

Quan Spa in Sanya

Quan draws inspiration from local Chinese beauty and healing rituals. True to its name, at Quan water plays a central role in helping guests achieve balance and vitality. "Quan offers treatments that work," say the attentive staff. "It's simple. We avoid fad style treatments and offer treatments that have a long tradition of use within different cultures throughout the world." The real treat at Quan are the organic products imported from Australia. Jurlique is low in preservatives, not tested on animals, contains no petrochemicals and strictly follows the principles of aromatherapy. Try the Mandarin Body Scrub for RMB 350 where a combination of jojoba oil (a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory), natural sea salts and organic Mandarin essential oils are gently massaged into your body under the relaxing jets of the Vichy Rainshower.

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