Melo Spa

Melo Spa

17 June, 2012
Retreat in the city
Hyatt Regency pampering in Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Nestled in the lush greenery of Sha Tin in Hong Kong’s New Territories, and conveniently located next to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hyatt Regency is only a 30-minute train ride from Central, but a world away at the same time. Recently I felt the need for a little me-time, and I thought to myself, ‘Why fly on a plane and create carbon emissions when I can enjoy the ultimate pampering and dining experience only a short train ride away in my own city?’  I booked a delicious lunch at the Hyatt’s Chinese restaurant Sha Tin 18 and enjoyed a seaweed marine reviver spa at the hotel’s Melo Spa. 
From the gorgeous views of the Tolo Harbour and Lion Rock mountains through the glass windows of the hotel to the head chef’s very own herb garden, natural elements can be found throughout the Hyatt Regency.  Cultural landmarks such as the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery and Che Kung Temple are only a 15-minute walk from the hotel.  With the guidance of the hotel’s expert concierge, you can easily take a hike through the Lion Rock Country Park, or rent a hotel bicycle to ride along the bike path along Tolo Harbour.  Plenty of outdoor patio space in all the dining areas means guests can soak in the sunshine and breathe in fresher air than is commonly found in the busy streets of urban Hong Kong.  As for my dining experience, special mention must be made of the preserved plum winter melon and homemade ice cream, definitely some of my favorites from the summer menu at Sha Tin 18.
After my refreshing summer lunch, it was the perfect time for my spa treatment at Melo Spa.  Inspired by the Chinese name of the pomelo, “Sha Tin yau”, the Melo Spa is well known for its signature pomelo treatments.  We decided to try the all-natural seaweed marine reviver treatment, described as excellentfor detoxification.  Using award-winning organic therapy products from the Irish brand VOYA, the treatment fuses eastern and western techniques and specifically targets the lymph nodes.  The VOYA brand is known for its ocean-inspired beauty products made with certified organic hand-harvested seaweed. 
The treatment rooms are designed so that guests can choose to have the curtains open, with natural light flowing into the room, and yet still enjoy complete privacy. I like the cozy feel of it slightly dimmed, with scented candles.  The natural warmth of the wood furniture set against the cool marble floors in the space creates a soothing and organic atmosphere.  Before the massage began, I was already feeling like a princess, wrapped in my plush comfy robe.  My massage therapist April prepared a bowl of water with Epsom salts and tea tree oil to soak my tired feet.  I was in super-relax mode already by the time I laid down on the massage bed, which was heated to the perfect temperature. 
The seaweed marine reviver massage begins with dry brushing to get rid of dead skin cells, to increase blood circulation and to ensure that the skin is primed to take in all the nutrients in the organic seaweed massage oils.  April began the massage by encouraging me to take deep relaxation breaths, and then she did  gentle, circular strokes on my front body, especially my tummy, to further sink me into deep relaxation mode before she began.  She then used the seaweed massage oil to massage my back, neck, shoulders and legs, focusing on the lymph nodes for full detoxification.  Her strong strokes hit the perfect spots, and the unused muscles, especially in my arms, were very well stretched.  A heavenly facial wrapped up the 90-minute relaxation experience.  I felt recharged and rejuvenated, and I could definitely feel the contrast in my skin before and after –  my skin was silky smooth!  I had a hot shower and sat down to relax in the candlelit room, sipping hot ginger tea, before stepping out of the spa.  I was advised to be sure to drink plenty of water after the treatment, to fully flush toxins out of my body and to re-hydrate. 
Before I zipped back to Central, I popped into the Hyatt’s Patisserie bake shop for some of their famous Sha Tin apple pie, made fresh daily with honey harvested from a nearby farm, to bring home some homemade goodness back to the city with me.  A sweet ending for a perfect day!
Melo Spa is located at 5/F, Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung St., Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong Tel: +852-3723-7684
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By: Karry Lai


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