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					10 THE JAPAN TIMES THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (3)

                              hotel spas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Publicity)

Urban oases of rest, relaxation and healing
Tired? Stressed? No time to spare? Why not let a city-center hotel spa restore and repair your mind, body and spirit
Miho Ishihara                                kan’’-style inns. A typical on-        The current spa boom was        nouchi Trust Tower Main               Others seem to be in search
CONTRIBUTING WRITER                          sen getaway means taking            led by the so-called healing       building adjacent to Tokyo         of an emotional balance and
------------------------------------------   long baths, and enjoying the        trend, which occurred about        Station.                           well-being. Haley Dack, direc-
When was the last time you en-               hot water and natural sur-          five years ago. Well-traveled        Every Spa is unique and of-      tor at Yu, The Spa at Four Sea-
joyed relaxing or simply doing               roundings; doing nothing and        Japanese who experienced           fers something different, and      sons Hotel at Chinzan-so Tokyo,
nothing? Or when were you                    unwinding.                          spas overseas wanted the           there is something for every       feels that ‘‘there is a need and
last able to pause and take a                   If you can’t afford to take so   same experience in Japan. Al-      personal need and preference.      desire for people to connect
long, deep breath? Our tech-                 much time out of your busy          so international luxury hotels     Some business people go for        with another human being.’’
nology-driven lives may be                   schedule, a few hours at a city-    opening in Japan brought           facials for a well-groomed            We are all busy attending to
more convenient, but respond-                center hotel spa may be the         their spas with them.              look before a meeting or to        someone else’s needs, whether
ing promptly to cell phones, e-              answer to your stress. In fact,        ‘‘There is a long and re-       calm down before a big pre-        that entails work or family. In
mails and Blackberrys 24/7                   luxury hotel spas in Tokyo of-      spected tradition of spas in       sentation. Instead of tradition-   Japanese kanji, busy is com-
can be quite overwhelming. In                fer extraordinary environ-          Japan with onsen and that is       al wining and dining, some         posed of two parts meaning ‘‘to
this stressful modern world,                 ments and experiences. Ac-          why so many spas have come         take their business acquain-       lose’’ one’s ‘‘heart and mind.’’
once in a while you need to in-              cording to figures announced        to Japan,’’ says Ian Brewis,       tances for a spa treatment, to     So drop your to-do list and take
tentionally let go and release               at the Global Spa summit 2008,      senior director of spas and        talk shop in a more relaxing       time out for yourself. Relax
some stress.                                 Japan has the second-highest        health clubs at Shangri-La         environment. ‘‘Spa certifi-        and disconnect from your dai-
  Traditionally, Japanese                    spa industry revenue follow-        Hotels and Resorts. In fact,       cates are also purchased as        ly life in the calming, blissful
have appreciated the relaxing                ing the U.S. Tokyo is quickly       Japan’s first Shangri-La Ho-       business gifts,’’ says Tomoko      atmosphere of a hotel spa, and
and therapeutic effects of ‘‘on-             building a reputation as the        tel, and its spa, CHI, is sched-   Tanaka, spa supervisor at          recharge your mind, body and
sen (hot springs)’’ at ‘‘ryo-                ‘‘spa capital of the world.’’       uled to open March 2 at Maru-      Conrad Tokyo’s Mizuki Spa.         spirit.                                   Relaxation highs: A Japanese contemporary suite room at Mizuki Spa & Fitness, with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 genuine ‘‘hinoki (Japanese cypress)’’ bathtub, offers splendid views of Tokyo’s skyscrapers

Ancient Asian remedies restore harmony and balance                                                                                                                                               from the Conrad Hotel’s 29th floor.

The long-awaited CHI, The                                                                                                                              minutes, ¥37,000) uses hand-
Spa at Shangri-La will open its                                                                                                                        picked river stones warmed
doors in Japan for the first                                                                                                                           with spikenard oil, hand
time when the legendary                                                                                                                                carved with Sanskrit symbols,
Shangri-La Hotel chain begins                                                                                                                          to enhance the body’s inner en-
operations in Tokyo on March                                                                                                                           ergy. Yang CHI Energizer (1
2.                                                                                                                                                     hour, 30 minutes, ¥28,000),
   ‘‘Inspired by China and the                                                                                                                         which will debut in Japan, is a
Himalayas, CHI’s treatments                                                                                                                            deep tissue-inspired technique
are based on ancient Asian                                                                                                                             combined with traditional Chi-
healing traditions, beliefs and                                                                                                                        nese medicinal principles.
rituals,’’ says Ian Brewis, se-                                                                                                                           In addition, CHI is offering
nior director of spas and                                                                                                                              some treatments exclusive to
health clubs at Shangri-La Ho-                                                                                                                         Japan, including the Pearl
tels and Resorts.                                                                                                                                      Brightening Body Glow
   According to traditional                                                                                                                            (¥21,800), an hourlong body
Chinese principles, you are                                                                                                                            scrub using real crushed                  Japanese touches: The Mizuki Spirit treatment package includes a tea ceremony service with
unhealthy if the flow of your                                                                                                                          mother of pearl. Known as the             ‘‘matcha (green tea)’’ and ‘‘wagashi (Japanese sweets),’’ and a bamboo stick massage.
‘‘ch’i,’’ the universal life force                                                                                                                     fountain of youth, pearls were
that governs well-being and
personal vitality, is being ob-
structed. Spa treatments, ex-
                                                                                                                                                       used by the last empress of
                                                                                                                                                       China to beautify her skin.
                                                                                                                                                       Pearls contain the same min-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Harnessing the power of the moon,
ercise,        movement         of                                                                                                                     erals and amino acids as the
body/mind, relaxation and
meditation will help your ch’i
                                                                                                                                                       body and your skin will absorb
                                                                                                                                                       them to rejuvenate. Another is
                                                                                                                                                                                                 water to calm, relax and rejuvenate
to flow freely. CHI treatments                                                                                                                         the Kisetsu Body Wrap (1
are designed to restore these                                                                                                                          hour, 15 minutes, ¥15,000),               Embodied in the blue carpet,        ‘‘wagashi (Japanese sweets),’’    treated are changed and per-
imbalances in the body’s ener-                                                                                                                         which uses a mixture of fresh             white contemporary design           before your treatment. Bam-       sonalized, using the correct
gy field, and to regain harmo-                                                                                                                         seasonal ingredients. ‘‘Kiset-            and the whispering sounds of        boo sticks are used to massage    moon phase oil.
ny and equilibrium.                                                                                                                                    su’’ means season in Japanese             water, two of nature’s most         your back, stimulating blood         The Lunar Therapy Pack-
   CHI is located on the hotel’s                                                                                                                       and this treatment was in-                powerful yet calming sym-           circulation for better absorp-    age (150 minutes, ¥480,000 for
29th floor, and is complement-               Asian hues: The warm amber and deep burgundies used throughout new CHI, The Spa at                        spired by Japan’s apprecia-               bols, water and the moon,           tion of the treatment oils used   12 treatments) is a yearlong,
ed by a health club and swim-                Shangri-La in Tokyo, and the works of art reflect the Himalayas and China.                                tion of the changing seasons.             greet you as you enter Mizuki       later. This is followed by the    tailor-made program that of-
ming pool. The spa features                                                                                                                               CHI was named the ‘‘In Spa             Spa & Fitness on the 29th floor     most popular Mizuki original      fers treatment once a month in
six spacious private treat-                  to indulge the five senses are      items — candle stands, sing-       (wood, fire, earth, metal and      Training of the Year’’ by Asia            of the Conrad Tokyo hotel. And      massage, a mixture of tradi-      the Spa Suite, using Mizuki’s
ment suites, the largest self-               two of CHI’s most important         ing bowls, cymbals and tea         water), based on the Chinese       Spa Awards 2008. Yanni Gas-               the soothing, relaxing effect is    tional aromatherapy massage,      original method and moon cy-
contained spa suites in Tokyo,               philosophies. The warm am-          served in green jade stone         principle that these elements      par-Frivaldo, regional spa                almost immediate.                   and an express facial (¥90,000    cle. The package includes a
where you can relax and enjoy                ber and deep burgundy colors        cups — brought from Nepal,         must harmonize with the            training manager of the                      The Conrad Tokyo’s ‘‘sumi-       double/¥55,000 single).           home-care kit with three es-
the whole treatment experi-                  throughout the spa, and the         Tibet and China. Many of           body’s negative yin and posi-      Shangri-La Academy, is in Ja-             -e (Japanese brush painting)’’         Last year, the spa renewed     sential oils and a moon diary.
ence in your own private                     works of art reflect the Hima-      these are used in CHI rituals.     tive yang energy. CHI’s origi-     pan for three months to train             and ‘‘mon (gate)’’ themes are       its treatment menu, incorpo-         Marine Luxury (¥53,000)
space. It is a ‘‘spa within a                layas and China. If you have           Your treatment begins with      nal essential oils that match      therapists. ‘‘At CHI we don’t             also evident in the spacious        rating the therapeutic effects    uses mineral-rich products to-
spa.’’                                       experienced CHI before, you         a consultation on your element     your element sign will be used     only teach hands-on treatment             spa and fitness facility. The       of water and the moon (‘‘mizu-    gether with deeply relaxing
   Personal space and the time               may notice some familiar            sign, from the five elements       in your treatment.                 or body work, but we teach the            spa has 10 treatment rooms,         ki’’ means water and moon in      body treatments to restore
                                                                                                                       CHI Half-Day Experiences,       history of all the things we use,         including four VIP rooms, nail      Japanese). The latest menu        balance and revitalize you.
                                                                                                                    Journeys and Signature treat-      their purpose and healing                 room, Vichy shower room and         offers 11 packages and eight      This 165-minute treatment be-
                                                                                                                    ments begin with CHI rituals       properties,’’ she says.                   a cocoon-shape relaxation ar-       facials as well as eight body     gins with a foot treatment,
                                                                                                                    to stimulate the five senses          The CHI experience will im-            ea that represents the moon.        massages. ‘‘Since the body is     scrub and marine wrap fol-
                                                                                                                    and quiet your mind so that        mediately make you forget                 The fitness area includes gym       affected by the phases of the     lowed by a Jacuzzi bath with
                                                                                                                    you are completely relaxed         you are in Tokyo. It may be               and aerobic studio area, a 25-      moon, these treatments re-        marine ingredients that the
                                                                                                                    before the treatment. Singing      easy to disconnect, but it will           meter indoor swimming pool          flect the healing art of lunar    skin absorbs and uses to detox-
                                                                                                                    bowls are used to create heal-     be much harder to return to               with black/white sumi-e motif       therapy,’’ says Mizuki Spa Su-    ify impurities. Since 70 per-
                                                                                                                    ing sound vibrations around        the urban chaos. (M.I.)                   tiles, locker rooms with Jacuz-     pervisor Tomoko Tanaka.           cent of the human body is com-
                                                                                                                    different parts of your body’s     -------------------------------           zis, sauna and steam rooms.         ‘‘For example, during a full      posed of water, it makes sense
                                                                                                                    energy centers to trigger a re-    CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La                   If you are looking for the ul-   moon, you are excited and         to purify your body from with-
                                                                                                                    laxation response. The sound       Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo                   timate Zenlike experience,          stimulated, so treatment will     in too, so marine drinking wa-
                                                                                                                    of the singing bowls is said to    Marunouchi Trust Tower Main,              then the two-hour Mizuki Spirit     be performed to calm you          ter is served after the treat-
                                                                                                                    represent the vibrating sound      1-8-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,            program is for you. This signa-     down.’’                           ment.
                                                                                                                    of the universe — ‘‘om.’’          Tokyo; Tel: (03) 6739-7888; URL:          ture treatment takes place in a        Treatment for men is based        Mizuki offers three types of
                                                                                                                       CHI offers around 30 treat-; Opening               Japanese contemporary suite         on the phases of the moon         body massage — relaxation,
                                                                                                                    ment menu options, including       hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 10           room, with two treatment beds       while for women their men-        energizing and special.
                                                                                                                    signature treatments avail-        p.m. (The hotel opens March 2);           and a genuine ‘‘hinoki (Japa-       strual cycle, which is also 28       The Aroma Pressure
                                                                                                                    able in other CHI, which all in-   Access: A one-minute walk from            nese cypress)’’ bathtub. Let        days, is taken into account.      Lymph Drainage (90 minutes,
                                                                                                                    clude a welcome foot bath          the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo              the burning incense calm you        Three types of treatment oils     ¥30,000), which is one of the
                                                                                                                    treatment. The CHI Balance         Station                                   while you soak in the hinoki tub    based on the moon’s phases —      special massages, accelerates
                                                                                                                    (1 hour, 45 minutes, ¥30,000) is   * Prices are subject to 10 percent        and enjoy the view of Tokyo’s       first quarter moon, last quar-    waste removal and detoxifies.
Ancient influences: Many items brought from Nepal, Tibet and China are used during CHI                              an energy treatment to bal-        service charge and 5 percent              skyscrapers. There’s a break        ter moon, new moon/full moon      Anti-Cellulite (90 minutes,
treatments. Pictured (left) are Himalayan Healing Stones carved with Sanskrit symbols and                           ance your yin/yang. Himala-        government tax.                           for a Japanese tea ceremony,        — are available. Massage          ¥30,000) and Maternity (60
(right) green jade stone cups used for serving tea.                                                                 yan Healing Stone (2 hours, 15     ---------------------------------------   with ‘‘matcha (green tea)’’ and     techniques and body areas         CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
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Spiritual riches await discovery at hidden city retreat
Although it may be hard to be-      from Ito on the Izu Peninsula,     and detoxifying in a private              award-winning advanced spa                   choice of Japanese-inspired
lieve, deep in the heart of To-     which is famous for the quality    steam room, the ‘‘fire ritual,’’          brand from Britain. Yu was                   ritual therapy (Awaken Your
kyo is one of the city’s most re-   of its water. There’s also a so-   a body massage and five-grain             the first spa in Japan to intro-             Spirit or Purify and Detox,
laxing spots. Set in the luxuri-    larium pool with multifunc-        body wrap, will follow on a               duce Elemis spa therapies and                both ¥38,000). Starting March
ant greenery of Chinzan-so          tional retractable roof, where     warm massage bed bathed in                products. Yu offers three an-                1, ‘‘sakura (cherry blossom)’’
garden, Yu, The Spa at Four         at night you can relax, and        candlelight. This three-hour              tiaging facials for women and                will fill the spa and the Four
Seasons is an oasis of healing      marvel at the comings and go-      ritual ends with a soak in an             one for men, which leave the                 Seasons Hotel with color, and a
and calm.                           ings in the Milky Way, a tradi-    outdoor tub with ‘‘sencha                 skin hydrated and soft.                      sakura-inspired therapy menu
   The spa, one of the largest      tional sauna and stream, and a     (Japanese tea)’’ being served.               Although Yu offers a conve-               will celebrate the early arrival
health resorts in Tokyo, fea-       Jacuzzi carved into the rocks      As you relax in the hot tub, sip-         nient and extensive therapy                  of spring. (M.I.)
tures six therapy rooms, two        by a waterfall.                    ping your sencha and listening            menu, Dack believes in the im-               -------------------------------
double rooms and one VIP               Haley Dack, director at Yu,     to the soothing sounds of the             portance of personalized con-                Yu, The Spa at Four Seasons
suite in the women’s treat-         The Spa, encourages people to      waterfall, you can almost feel            sultations so that the correct               Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at
ment lounge. This Yusui             arrive early for their therapy     the stress and fatigue melting            therapies can be fitted to indi-             Chinzan-so, 2-10-8, Sekiguchi,
(named after Japanese water         so that they can take in the       away.                                     vidual needs. Also the com-                  Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; Tel: (03)
energy) VIP suite consists of       beautiful Chinzan-so garden           The Japanese rituals Red               fortable spa environment —                   3943-2222; URL: www.four
two therapy beds, a wooden          and perhaps an onsen bath.         Plum Blossom Mindfulness                  good water, healthy food, na-      ; Opening
Vichy shower, indoor color          Walking in the historical gar-     (150 minutes, ¥49,000) and                ture and exercise — is tied in               hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 10
therapy hydrobath and an out-       den will help to calm your         Sake & Rice (120 minutes,                 with the concept of healing                  p.m.; Access: A 10-minute walk
door bath in a traditional Jap-     mind and bathing in an onsen       ¥43,000) are also available in            from within.                                 from Edogawa-bashi Station on
anese garden. Starting from         will relax your body to maxi-      one of the suites with an out-               On weekdays, Yu offers a                  the Yurakucho Subway Line.
the candlelit hallway, a warm       mize the therapy’s benefits.       door bath. In addition to other           Lunch and Spa Therapy, with                  * Prices include tax and service           Special treatment: The VIP suite at Yu, The Spa at Four Seasons includes a Japanese- and
ambience infuses this Japa-         This healing water concept is      Japanese-inspired rituals,                lunch at the Miyuki, Il Teatro               charge.                                    European-inspired therapy area with two beds, a wooden Vichy shower, indoor color therapy
nese- and European-inspired         integrated with Four Seasons’      there are massage therapies               or Spa Lounge restaurants and                ---------------------------------------    hydrobath and an outdoor bath in a traditional Japanese garden.
treatment area.                     therapy expertise to provide       using natural essential oils
   And after your therapy, the
spa’s spacious lounge, bathed
in natural light, is the perfect
                                    holistic remedies to heal you
                                    from within.
                                       The spa’s signature treat-
                                                                       from Aromatherapy Associ-
                                                                       ates in Britain.
                                                                          Among the popular range of
                                                                                                                 Returning to nature for Hokkaido’s unique local treatments
place to enjoy organic tea,         ment, Fire & Water Purifica-       therapies for men, the two-
fresh juices and smoothies,         tion (¥62,000) in the Yusui        hour Ultimate Jet Lag Jour-               Yoko Kita                                       ‘‘Guests look for something
and healthy food choices such       suite, is based on a 12th-centu-   ney (¥38,000), a combination              STAFF WRITER                                 unique to Hokkaido, which we
as a ‘‘kaiseki’’ lunchbox.          ry Shugendo tradition, in          of exfoliation and aromather-             ------------------------------------------   always try to offer, and they
   Much of Yu’s therapy phi-        which Buddhist monks under-        apy massage, is favored by in-            Standing atop a hill command-                seem to like lavender espe-
losophy is based on the healing     went a series of purification      ternational and business                  ing views of the sea, moun-                  cially as the ‘flower of Hokkai-
properties of water and this        rituals. Your whole body will      guests. The signature therapy             tains and Lake Toya, The                     do,’ as well as its pleasing fra-
concept is reflected through-       be treated by fire (‘‘goma’’)      for men, the Samurai Healing              Windsor Hotel Toya Resort &                  grance,’’ says Michiko Honda
out the facility. The spa has       and water (‘‘taki-shugyo’’) to     Hot Stone (90 minutes,                    Spa is a year-round destina-                 of the hotel’s marketing de-
natural healing ‘‘onsen (hot        cleanse it of impurities.          ¥30,000), uses basalt stones              tion where you can ski in win-               partment.
spring)’’ set in a beautiful lush      The ‘‘water ritual’’ begins     from Japan’s geothermal                   ter and golf in summer, sur-                    Spa Escape (3 hours, 20
garden, and a traditional Jap-      with a Sage & Cypress body         baths, heated to warm and re-             rounded by Hokkaido’s glori-                 minutes, ¥53,000) is another
anese cedar onsen bath in-          wash, followed by a Sake &         lieve muscle tension.                     ous natural environment.                     popular package, which in-
doors, where natural onsen          Salt Polish massage and Vi-           A recent addition to the                  The hotel’s greatest charm,               cludes body scrub and wrap,
water is shipped in weekly          chy shower. After purifying        therapy menu is Elemis, an                the surrounding nature, pro-                 oil massage and a facial after
                                                                                                                 vides the ideal environment                  a one-hour break for lunch at
                                                                                                                 for the Windsor’s acclaimed                  the spa deli, where the splen-
                                                                                                                 Bloom Spa Toya. The un-                      did landscape can be enjoyed
                                                                                                                 touched natural setting helps                through the floor-to-ceiling
                                                                                                                 to create real relaxation that               windows.
                                                                                                                 achieves the spa’s ‘‘return to                  ‘‘While Lavender Healing is
                                                                                                                 nature’’ concept, optimizing                 suitable for first-time visitors
                                                                                                                 the natural healing powers                   or spa beginners, this package
                                                                                                                 within us all.                               seems to be popular with our
                                                                                                                    Here, among an increasing                 regulars,’’ says Honda. ‘‘They
                                                                                                                 number of leisure travelers                  spend nearly all their day in             Soothing: (Above and below) From the baths in treatment rooms of The Windsor Hotel Toya
                                                                                                                 from overseas — thanks to the                the spa, totally immersing                Resort & Spa there are panoramic views of Lake Toya and Mount Yotei, which is known as
                                                                                                                 hotel’s growing reputation                   themselves in the environ-                ‘‘Ezo-fuji (Mount Fuji of Hokkaido).’’
                                                                                                                 abroad, which was further en-                ment and the experience.’’
                                                                                                                 hanced by hosting the G-8                       Putting greater emphasis               hotel, which stands on a hill
                                                                                                                 summit last July — you’ll find               and importance on Hokkaido’s              that used to be an Ainu sacred
                                                                                                                 people who have jetted up                    uniqueness, recent additions to           site, works to coexist and co-
                                                                                                                 from Tokyo to experience the                 Bloom Spa’s original treat-               prosper with the local people
                                                                                                                 spa’s exceptional healing and                ment menus feature the cul-               by introducing Ainu culture
Multiple choices: A solarium pool with retractable roof (left) and a traditional Japanese cedar                  refreshing environment, just                 ture and wisdom of the Ainu               and history to visitors to Hok-
‘‘onsen’’ bath are some of the facilities visitors to the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so                 a two-hour drive from the city               people, Hokkaido’s aborigines.            kaido. The hotel aims to con-
can enjoy as well as spa therapies.                                                                              of Sapporo or New Chitose Air-                  Taking its name from the               tinue studying Ainu culture
                                                                                                                 port.                                        Ainu language, the Nusa pack-             and to create more treatment
Harnessing the power of the moon, water                                                                             The Bloom Spa has 12 treat-
                                                                                                                 ment rooms with two twin
                                                                                                                                                              age (2 hours, ¥32,000) was de-
                                                                                                                                                              veloped through the hotel’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                        menus according to each sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        son in the future.
                                                                                                                 rooms, men’s and women’s re-                 yearlong study of Ainu culture               ‘‘As the market is maturing,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10              ing seasonal fruit jelly served    forest air. The benefits of your          laxation lounges, and a spa                  and the effects of the herbs Ai-          it is becoming more difficult
minutes, ¥24,000) also focus        in the relaxation room. The        treatment are best enhanced               deli. There are also pools and               nu people use, with support               for each spa to maintain a dis-
on specific needs.                  brown and beige, cocoon-           with a good night’s sleep, and            hot-spring facilities on the ho-             from the Ainu Association of              tinctive originality, which I
   All the treatments end with      shape room, with a negative        you can start winding the day             tel’s second floor, where                    Hokkaido.                                 think is the key to future suc-
Mizuki’s original tea, a ‘‘yuzu’’   ion generator, makes you feel      down in the relaxation room.              Bloom Spa is located. Hotel                     The package includes a me-             cess,’’ says Honda. ‘‘We will
citrus-based tea and a refresh-     as if you are breathing fresh         Mizuki’s original lunar ther-          guests can access seamlessly                 dicinal herb bath, scrub and              keep working on creating our
                                                                       apy oils and original ‘‘Scent of          to those facilities from their               wrap or mask, and pressure                own strong characteristics,
                                                                       Zen,’’ a yuzu citrus and hinoki           rooms, wearing bathrobes, to                 massage. Some of the ingredi-             which guests will come to real-
                                                                       perfume, are part of the spa’s            unwind in the pool or warm up                ents used in the treatment,               ize they can only experience
                                                                       extensive original product line           in the ‘‘onsen’’ before a treat-             which are incorporated from               here.’’
                                                                       that can be purchased to con-             ment, or relax in the spa deli,              Ainu tradition, include: ‘‘yom-           -------------------------------
                                                                       tinue the Mizuki experience at            enjoying one of its healthy                  ogi’’ mugwort, which hy-                  Bloom Spa Toya
                                                                       home. (M.I.)                              meals. If the weather is good,               drates, purifies and stimu-               The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort &
                                                                       -------------------------------           there are magnificent views of               lates circulation, and acts as            Spa, Shimizu, Toyako-cho,
                                                                       Mizuki Spa & Fitness                      Lake Toya and Mount Yotei.                   an antioxidant; Japanese                  Abuta-gun, Hokkaido; Tel: (0120)
                                                                       Conrad Tokyo, 1-9-1, Higashi                 Within a wide selection of                white birch sap,whose high                290-500; Opening hours: daily
                                                                       Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Tel:         original treatments, which                   mineral and xylitol content               from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (May-Sept.),
                                                                       (03) 6388-8000; URL:                      feature an abundant use of                   works to reduce stress and                9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Oct.-Apr.);
                                                             ;                    gentle ingredients found in                  promote antiaging; and ‘‘ga-              Access: 2-hour drive from New
                                                                       Opening hours: Daily from 9 a.m.          Hokkaido’s nature and sea-                   gome’’ kelp, which smooths                Chitose Airport or Sapporo City,
                                                                       to 10 p.m.; Access: Direct                sons, the basic and popular                  and hydrates the skin, and                30 minutes by free shuttle bus
                                                                       connection from Shiodome                  Lavender Healing package (1                  whose high fucoidan and io-               (reservation only) from JR Toya
                                                                       Station or a seven-minute walk            hour, 30 minutes, ¥23,000) fea-              dine content promotes metab-              Station
                                                                       from JR Shinbashi Station                 tures a scrub body treatment                 olism.                                    * Prices are subject to 10 percent
R & R: The Mizuki Spa’s relaxation room with a negative ion            * Prices include tax and service          with lavender and corn har-                     As well as developing pack-            service charge and 5 percent              Healing from within: Healthy spa cuisine, fresh juice and
generator, where treatment ends with original ‘‘yuzu’’ tea and         charge.                                   vested in Hokkaido, and local-               ages that meet guest needs for            government tax.                           smoothies are provided at the Windsor’s spa deli, which is
a seasonal fruit jelly                                                 ---------------------------------------   ly produced yogurt.                          uniquely local treatments, the            ---------------------------------------   connected to the relaxation lounge.

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