As Ho Chi Minh hurries to cut the ribbon on a
new crop of gleaming shopping malls and high-rise complexes, one
of its best hotels has just opened a nostalgia-tinged sanctuary of
wellness and rejuvenation in the historic heart of the city.
Six weeks after its soft debut, Kara Salon
& Spa on the 7th floor of the Caravelle Hotel has now fully opened
its doors to guests and visitors seeking a breather from the
relentless pace of the streets below.
“We’re in the midst of it all, here on Lam Son
Square,” said John Gardner, the hotel’s General Manager. “And with
Kara’s debut, we’re carving some space out of the bright lights
and big city for an oasis of stillness and calm.”
The first in-house managed spa in the Caravelle’s history covers
750 square metres of hardwood and marble floors in the hotel’s
original, 53-year-old wing, made famous as a haven for war
correspondents in the 60s and 70s.
to one of the Qi group of spas, in mid-September the Caravelle
embarked on its own wellness story, melding the spa into its
distinct brand of luxury and gracious Vietnamese hospitality.
spa’s name is a play on the English word, “carat”, signifying high
Kara Spa’s two corner VIP suites and eight
private treatment rooms overlook the treetops of the Opera House
and Lam Son Square through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The
eight daybeds in the foot massage parlour face a palm-shaded swimming pool and spray of climbing wall vines.
After a pandan and boot-lily tea welcome, guests retreat to
separate men’s and women’s areas, each containing aromatherapy
steam rooms, saunas, private showers, a Jacuzzi and single
treatment rooms. The spa’s double VIP rooms with their captivating
views of the city centre cater to friends, VIPs and couples.
Kara Spa partnered with luxury Thai product line THANN
and all-natural skin-care brand Pevonia Botanical to enhance the quality of its body and facial treatments. Revitalizing
ingredients used in the Spa are as diverse as Myoxy Caviar, black sesame and Dead Sea mud.
Giving greater priority to
the full-body experience, the spa added a range of three to
four-hour packages, new massages, scrubs and wraps to its menu.
‘Fit For a King’, a head-to-toe package for a manly polishing-up,
balances the indulgent Kara Queen Body Wrap with Royal Jelly, milk
and essential oils. The Kara Saigon Signature massage blends five
of the spa’s seven massage traditions in one 90-minute session.
The salon’s menu of hair, nail and waxing services
are executed by five hairdressers and nail technicians using
L’Oreal Professional products and OPI polish.
of the city’s top spa therapists were brought on board under the
supervision of a new spa manager, Hoang Thuy Vi, who carries
almost a decade of experience heading spas at the Ana Mandara Hue,
Sofitel Plaza Saigon and Park Royal Saigon.
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