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Spa at the Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW (Southwest)
(1) 202-787-6100 | www.mandarinoriental.com/washington
SERVICESBody treatments; massages; facials; makeup; waxing; tanning; manis and pedis
SIGNATURE TREATMENTTime Rituals bespoke treatment
HOURSSpa: Daily: 9:00am-9:00pm; Fitness Center and Pool: Daily: 5:30am-9:00pm
PRICE (110 MIN. TIME RITUALS TREATMENT)USD 300-330
COMPLEMENTARY FACILITIESVitality pool; steam room; experience shower; sauna; relaxation room; heated indoor pool
METROL'Enfant Plaza; Smithsonian
This zen spa pampers the city’s elite with classic Mandarin Oriental Asian-inspired luxury. The space is warm and neutral, with touches like a burnished bronze ceiling, a soothing waterfall, and lovely views of the Tidal Basin giving it a unique character. Besides a menu of deluxe Eastern-inspired treatments (think Oriental Foot Therapy and Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Scrub), which are administered in eight swanky treatment rooms with cool features like customized lighting and aromas, the spa offers its guests complimentary access to a well-stocked relaxation lounge and its “Heat and Water Experience” (a mix of hot and cold water experiences that include a sauna, a Vitality Pool, an Amethyst Steam Room, and an Experience Shower). There’s also a 50-foot heated indoor pool, a fitness center, and personal training and yoga classes available.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; a friend; a group; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though this is smaller than other full-service luxury spas in the city, the primo service, stellar design, and top-notch amenities more than compensate–we don’t just come for the treatments, we come for the full Mandarin Oriental experience. From the gracious greeting with sandals and a delicate cup of tea on arrival, to the supremely relaxing “Heat and Water Experience,” to the cherry blossom views in the spring, this is the kind of spa where we could easily pass an afternoon, if not a full day. And if you are expecting (as we were when we visited), know that the prenatal massage is sheer heaven.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
While we love our Mandarin Orientals the world over, this is one of the more peculiarly located ones; it’s in a sort of no-man’s-land of DC, making it a touch inconvenient. Also, a few more reading lamps in the relaxation lounge would be nice too.
GOOD TO KNOW
For a Saturday or Sunday booking, you must have at least an 80-minute treatment. 24-hours advance notice is required for cancellation to avoid a 100% cancellation fee. Guests are advised to arrive 45 minutes in advance so that they have sufficient time for a full consultation and time to enjoy the facilities. Attention tippers: a 20% gratuity is automatically included in the bill. There’s a small spa boutique with the Mandarin Oriental’s signature Aromatherapy Associates products. If you’re going to be using the fitness center on a regular basis, it may be worth getting an “executive membership.” Guests must be at least 18 years of age to use the spa. Valet parking is available for a fee.
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