Seasonal Spice at Plateau Spa, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Plateau 1Brr. It’s DAMN cold outside in Hong Kong right now and, frankly, naysayers citing minus temperatures in other countries can get back in their (festively-decorated) boxes as far as I’m concerned. One word – heating. Hong Kong has none, meaning that 16 degrees here feels significantly colder than it should, given that’s considered shorts and t-shirt weather in the UK.

So – given that the only thing I enjoy frosty is a margarita and I’d already maxed out the credit card on Uniqlo Heattech – I headed over to Plateau Spa at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong to sample their seasonal Winter Warmer Ritual and see if that couldn’t defrost my digits a little.

wp-1450598986119.jpegUp on the 11th floor of the Hyatt, Plateau is perhaps a little more low-key than many of Hong Kong’s hotel spas, with a focus firmly on the quality of the treatments. The décor in the huge private en-suite treatment rooms is all blonde wood and natural stone accents and you also get a great view out over the harbour too. The overall effect is cosy, comfortable and – yes – warm, and I felt myself starting to thaw as soon as I got changed into the trademark super-plush robe. (Seriously, this robe is definitely a highlight of the Hyatt spa experience. Melo Spa at Hyatt Regency Sha Tin also has the same crazy-soft gown. This will be going on my Christmas list next year so that I have the ultimate excuse to work from home in my PJs all winter long).

wp-1450599019401.jpegThe Winter Warmer treatment begins with a delicious smelling ginger and raw sugar body scrub to slough away any dry skin exacerbated by the sudden drop in both temperature and humidity. I LOVE a good spa scrub and always find my skin texture is significantly improved after a professional has given it a thorough exfoliation. After a quick rinse in the (huge, powerful, HOT) shower during which my therapist whisked away the gritty bits, it was back to the heated bed for a massage.

A caveat – anyone not enamoured with spicy scents should probably pick something else from Plateau’s spa menu as, like the scrub, the massage oil was also ginger-based, smelling exactly like Christmas. My therapist used a combination of long strokes to relax and shorter, firmer strokes to target my (considerable) collection of knots and I was soon zoning out to a happy place of roaring log fires, mulled wine and Bing Crosby.

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Not a bad view from the treatment room!

Quicker than The Snowman melted away (I cry every single year), the massage was over and I reluctantly peeled myself off the toasty warm bed, ending the experience with a cup of ginger tea.

The perfect treat for those who feel the chill, the Winter Warmer is as delicious as a warm mince pie (minus the calories), and will have you feeling festive, rather than frozen, within an hour and a half.

The 90-minute Winter Warmer treatment is available until 31st January 2016 and costs $1500.

Plateau Spa, 11/F Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; 2584 7688

www.hongkong.grand.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas

 

Please note that this treatment was by invitation.

 

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