Spa Report

Much more than massage

When the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong began a $10 million renovation of its 11th floor several months ago, there was buzz among insiders that the hotel was up to something far grander than new curtains. But no one could have imagined what architect John Morford had up his sleeve. Now called Plateau, the space has become a spa within a boutique hotel within a hotel. The 14 harbor-view guestrooms are done in an Asian style, with brown granite and sassafras-wood floors, custom-made futon beds, and low dining tables and chairs—but are perfectly up-to-date with clear-glass bathtubs and broadband connections. Guests can have a massage in their room or, say, a salt-and-pepper scrub or a raw-sugar-and-green-tea exfoliation in one of the nine treatment rooms, which are linked to the Vichy shower and the hammam. The most truly impressive addition is the massive terrace with 800 trees, a waterfall, ponds, a 1,300-foot jogging track, a 164-foot swimming pool, and—rather wickedly—the Grill and Courtyard restaurants. Rates, $335-$580; treatments, $20-$460. At 1 Harbour Road.; 800-233-1234;

Hotel prices show high-season rates from the least expensive double to the most expensive suite.

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