The pool at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Five of the best spas with serious design credentials

We’re all in need of a little TLC, so it’s lucky that pampering is something of a Mandarin Oriental speciality. While transformative treatments and superlative service are always a given at all of our hotels and resorts, here are five Mandarin Oriental spas where exceptional design adds an extra degree of decadence to your visit

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Though they were inspired by the cathedrals and ancient mosques of Andalusia, French duo Gilles & Boissier have also imbued this sun-drenched spa with distinctly Moroccan flourishes. Marrakech’s ubiquitous red bricks cover the walls and columns; in one tranquil treatment room, guests enjoy massages in a private garden shaded by an olive tree. Other design elements draw from the five elements and engage the five senses: listen for the calming trickle of a fountain; admire the hypnotising geometric patterns cast on floors by shards of brilliant sunshine; by the pool, bay windows face the resort’s gardens, embedded with over 100,000 roses. Take just a moment to look properly here, and in every direction beauty will unfurl before you.
Must-try Treatment
Sensual and supremely rejuvenating, the three-hour Caracal treatment commences with an indulgent hammam and continues with an expertly administered aromatherapy facial. Using delicate orange blossom, lavender or jasmine essential oils, a full body massage unspools any last knots and worries to leave you completely relaxed and fully refreshed.
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Wooden staircase winding down into the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

The Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

From the hotel, an atmospheric boat ride across the Chao Phraya River in a Siamese barge takes guests to this legendary retreat, housed in a restored century-old teakwood house and the first city spa in Bangkok. Fringed by swirls of fragrant frangipani, this is a truly handsome, uncommonly homely hideaway. Alongside its clutch of elegant, traditional treatment rooms, five staggeringly spacious specialty suites provide stay-all-day private sanctuaries for the tailored therapies and treatments for which this spa’s especially empathetic and intuitive team are so renowned.
Must-try Treatment
The signature Lanna Ceremony begins with a soothing herbal foot bath and continues with a green tea body scrub and refreshing body wrap. A body massage follows before warm herbal compresses are applied to loosen muscles completely.
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The spa pool at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing

A refuge from the constant bustle of Beijing, this intimate spa is tailored to each guest’s tastes: its four spa suites are all individually designed and infused with distinctive characteristics. Its centrepiece a heated quartz sand bed, the Mirror Suite provides a sophisticated setting for the spa’s hypnotising Himalayan Singing Bowls treatment. Romantic and relaxed, the Moroccan-themed Flower Suite features a traditional hammam and is a haven for couples. Admired by all, the Water Suite offers a supremely comfortable cover-all-bases retreat for the spa’s extensive array of facials and massages. The Moon Suite makes a particularly elegant and discreet space for the spa’s highly specialised beauty therapies.
Must-try Treatment
Inspired by the formulas used by Chinese emperors of old, the two-hour Emperor’s Longevity is centred around an indulgent massage administered with Xiuyan jade and in combination with gua sha meridian techniques.
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The spa pool at Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

The Spa at Mandarin  Oriental Ritz, Madrid

The grandeur and glamour envisioned by the legendary hotelier César Ritz when he opened the earliest iteration of this fabled property in 1910 is immediately evident in this newly launched spa. Enlivened by glistening golds and illuminated by gleaming chandeliers, its most alluring amenity is an indoor swimming pool that should provide the ultimate retreat on the long hot days of a Madrid summer. Additional aquatic pursuits are provided by the spa’s vitality pool and experience showers, while fitness fans appreciate the hotel’s extended wellness facilities: a spruce new gym is equipped with the latest Technogym equipment.
Must-try Treatment
Ninety minutes of pure indulgence that generates exceptional results, the Sublime Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid Facial is tailored to each guest. Intensively hydrating and revitalising, it leaves skin smoother, brighter and healthier.
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Relaxation room pods at the spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

With the resort overlooking the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and the gleaming towers of the emirate’s soaring skyline, it’s no surprise that this spa draws design inspiration from the mystery and beauty of the United Arab Emirates: its interiors subtly reference the timeless allure and soothing shades of the desert. Connected by walkways that follow the lines of undulating sand dunes, treatment rooms are decorated in chocolate, cream and ochre. Ambient lighting sets a calming mood; for relaxation post-treatment, cocoon-like pods are invitingly finished with plush seating and cosy cushions. This desert spa’s oasis, meanwhile, is its Hammam-style suite extravagantly equipped with an exclusive Gharieni’s Libra Edge K bed equipped with a special shower feature.
Must-try Treatment
Inspired by Emirati Bedouin life, Nomad Sensory is a spa journey soundtracked by the beat of a Doumbek drum. Using local herbs, the revitalising treatment improves circulation, firms skin and awakens senses.
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The spa tea lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

Seven must-try local spa treatments at Mandarin Oriental

From cherry blossom rituals in Tokyo to Turkish hammam in Bodrum and jade treatments in Hong Kong, these wellness experiences define their surroundings