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Slated to open November 26, the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona will be the brand’s first hotel in Southern Europe. The 96-room hotel is situated on the famed Passeig de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s toniest addresses, which is also a popular shopping and business area. Guests will be able to visit the 10,763-square-foot spa, which is set to feature eight treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 39-foot indoor swimming pool. The modern, minimalist aesthetic of the hotel will be carried through to the sleek and stylish spa, which was designed by Spanish-born Patricia Urquiola. In addition to signature Mandarin therapies, such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), this spa will also offer treatments inspired by its stunning locale. The Barcelona Spring services will incorporate sage, fresh mint, and olive oil, all ingredients that are native of the area. We look forward to learning more about this brand-new Spanish sanctuary!
Ever since visiting Hong Kong, I’ve been fascinated by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). There’s just something about the ancient system that I find intriguing, much like the Chinese art of Feng Shui of which I’m obsessed. Not surprisingly, I’m always game to try TCM-related treatments. So far, I’ve experienced moxibustion, the burning of dried Chinese herbs over the acupoints, and brandished the telltale signs of cupping, which involves the placing of heated glass cups on the body to help stimulate blood flow, balance the flow of qi, and remove toxins. At a recent lunch at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, I learned of the company’s plan to tap into its Chinese heritage with the launch of several new signature therapies developed in coordination with a number of TCM specialists. Beginning with a private consultation to determine an individual’s current state of well-being, each treatment is then customized with a hands-on body ritual that uses Oriental meridian massage and custom-blended oils. The custom-blended oils, created specifically for the Mandarin Oriental, are part of the company’s new signature product line developed by the UK-based Aromatherapy Associates. With bath and body oils that correspond to the five elements, the line also includes a body scrub, body wash, and body lotion along with a range of candles and travel-size oils. The treatments and products will be rolled out in The Spas at Mandarin Oriental in June. With savvy spa-goers in search of more authentic treatments, it’s good to know it’s not necessary to travel to China to experience the benefits of this time-tested system.