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October 09, 2012

A Singular Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

By Ingrid Skjong | Hotels

A Singular Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, the third-tallest building in the City by the Bay, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the skyline, adds another highlight as it celebrates its 25th anniversary: a revitalized spa and fitness center.

The 8,000-square-foot space on the third floor of the hotel basks in warm hues punctuated by Asian details, museum-quality art pieces and a six-foot statue of Kuan-Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, holding the peach of life. The tea lounge is an ideal place to rest and reflect, but what goes on in the five treatment suites (one of which is designed for couples) is the real indulgence.

“Our spa is unlike any spa in the city with its array of treatments, Oriental heritage of service and blend of East and West spa philosophy,” says Kristy Whitford, director of the spa at the hotel.

Using products and essential oils from Aromatherapy Associates, treatments run the gamut. Book Time Rituals, which encompasses either 110 minutes or 170 minutes of bespoke treatments. The signature one-hour Oriental Essence full-body massage is a favorite, as is the 110-minute Oriental Harmony, which involves two therapists administering a scrub and a massage. Beauty by Mandarin Oriental features facials like the Ultimate Radiance, marked by the use of high-frequency electric current to lift and tone. The Reset, found on the Gentleman Essentials list, revives weary travelers.

The fitness center, populated with TechnoGym and Precor equipment, is available to guests 24 hours a day, and the spa is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. With access like that, overall wellness has never been easier. 222 Sansome St.; 415-276-9608; mandarinoriental.com.