Over the years luxury hotels have sought to provide more and more facilities for their guests. Manicured gardens and sumptuous dining experiences have always been a staple.
By the 1970s no self-respecting up-market hotel would be without a gymnasium and pool, and ten years later many were looking to other facilities to entice and pamper their guests.
More and more often the once exclusive saunas, solariums, hydrotherapy pools, beauty salons and spa treatments were becoming features of an increasing number of establishments.
Today many hotels have bespoke spas available to their guests.
Mandarin Oriental Hotels
The luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel group currently comprises 23 hotels throughout Asia, the Americas and Europe. Of these no less than 19 have 'The Spa at …' as an integral part of the hotel.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Boston is typical of the opulent yet therapeutic spa facilities the group offers.
Over 5000sqm on the 4th floor of the hotel is given over to a sumptuous spa, high tech fitness center and gymnasium and a bistro style spa café.
It has nine treatment areas including suites designed for couples, where guests can enjoy a wide range of therapies, from massage and wraps to pedicures and facials, including signature treatments designed specifically for The Spa.
It also boasts a dedicated hydrotherapy room with color therapy, therapeutic tub and Vichy shower; whilst the lounge areas incorporate vitality pools, experience showers, ice fountains and crystal steam rooms.
The Spa at many of the Mandarin hotels have been multi award winners over the last few years, with accolades bestowed upon them from such greats as Conde Naste Traveller and AsiaSpa.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York attained the coveted Mobile 5 star status in 2008, one of only 3 American spas to do so that year.