The very first evian Spa in Japan has opened at
the Palace Hotel Tokyo.
The 1,200-square-metre facility features five
treatment rooms and a spa suite
(each named after a peak in the Alps), heated baths, a marble
sauna, cold plunge pool, dry sauna, reclining baths and separate
men’s and women’s relaxation lounges.
“Like evian natural mineral water itself, the
concept for this spa springs from the mountains,” said the hotel’s
Executive Director and General Manager Masaru Watanabe. “The
journey of evian water through the French Alps, which leads to
its purification and balance, is the same metaphorical journey
we’re endeavouring to embark upon with our guests.”
Inspired by that journey, the spa’s treatment
cultivates similar themes, with facials, body scrubs, therapies,
journeys and rituals that celebrate celestial restoration, mineral
enrichment, precious nourishment and renewed vitality. Products by
Paris-based Omnisens and Anne Semonin are incorporated throughout.
With a price range to serve as a lure to the hesitant
and a menu designed to cater to both newcomers and avid spa enthusiasts alike, Palace Hotel aims to make waves in Tokyo as the
city’s most accessible, high-end wellness experience.
One of the spa’s signature experiences - the Vitalizing
Signature - is a 50 or 80-minute body treatment inspired by the Japanese philosophy of seitai, whereby pressure is
applied to ‘master’ trigger points using fingers, thumbs and
elbows to intensely stimulate and improve the flow of energy
throughout. To finish, a Swedish-style deep tissue massage is
applied to release tension and ‘trigger’ the body to naturally
restore its own balance from within.
“We sometimes forget that spa treatments can be very
transformative, very much like a journey,” Watanabe added. “That theme, of reclamation and recovery, not only defines the
treatments but the space itself.”
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