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The 3 Best Places for a Massage in Beijing

By Chris Boyle


Escape into a world of beauty and relaxation at one of Beijing’s top spas

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La


Treatment and facilities: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration straight from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being.

The spacious and relaxing spa offers 11 private treatment suites with self-contained herbal steam showers, changing areas, a color therapy bath and a relaxation area. The treatments here incorporate precious stones such as amber, jade, pearl and crystals for their healing and soothing properties. A true spa of the East, CHI emphasizes balance and harmony in creating the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences. After an exhaustive sightseeing session around the capital, this is the ultimate place to put your feet up with a facial, a private massage and an indulgent aromatherapy soak. Go on, you’ve earned it.

Signature treatment: The Jade Jewel Facial is one hour and 40 minutes of invigorating facial pampering. Specially crafted aventurine jade gemstones, exclusive to CHI, are massaged on the face to smooth and ease tension, improve circulation, and calm the skin while bio-active products are applied to nourish and hydrate.


Green T House

Treatments and facilities: Part sensual spa, part haute dining and part art exhibit, the Green T House is a Beijing gem that cannot be missed.

The brainchild of socialite Miss Zhang Jin, musician, artist, trendsetter, tea connoisseur and general fabulous woman about town, the Green T House designs and delivers a full sensory experience based on the elements and sensations of fine Chinese tea. It’s also a paradise of modernist architecture and interiors, the darling of design aficionados worldwide and constantly orbited by the capital’s most fashionable sets. For even more extensive pampering, a second location, Green T House Living, has opened, tucked away in the outskirts of Beijing, especially designed for couples and groups to enjoy fabulous full-day treatments and overnight stays. Inspired by a Tang dynasty emperor’s imperial bathhouse, it sleeps couples in traditional curtained royal-style beds and small groups in their beautifully designed loft bedrooms. Picture the most high-end slumber party you can imagine, then add some seriously indulgent and unique spa services, including meditation therapy, a tea ceremony and a bamboo leaf facial. Green T House combines the tradition, innovation, energy and tranquility that define New China. It is, without a doubt, the ultimate place to go for a complete body, mind and soul experience.

Signature treatment: The Bamboo Leaves are Green is the name of a four-hour package, beginning with an invigorating green tea bath with bamboo extract and sea salt, followed by a meditation session, steam scrub, palm pressure massage and, exclusive to Green T House, their most talked-about specialty by far, the ten-handed massage. Finally the package ends with a facial, head massage and tea tasting. Head to the dining room to finish off with a light bite to eat. We recommend the fennel and lotus dumplings with asparagus.

+86 10 6552 8310/11

6 Gongti West Road, Chaoyang District


Kocoon Spa Lounge

Treatments and facilities: As its name suggests, this spa is cozy, intimate and personalized. Kocoon is a French-Japanese boutique day spa run by a mother and daughter team in Sanlitun, offering holistic therapies, facials and massages, as well as the best waxing and mani-pedis in the city.

At Kocoon, the personal touches are what really make things special. Says spa co-founder, Maika Endo: “If our guest likes jazz music, we’ll play jazz during the treatment. If they prefer honey in their tea instead of sugar, I’ll get honey.” This place is airy, fresh and cute; perfect for a pre-party primp or post-shopping treat. And the best part about Kocoon? The martinis, of course. Sip one while you have your nails done and live it up like a true Beijing superstar.

Signature treatment: The Voodoo Love Bath, offered in the winter, is a two-hour treatment so sinfully indulgent you’ll be coming back for seconds. Emerse yourself in a luxurious rose-petal milk bath and soak all your problems away with a selection of six different exclusive Kocoon scrubs. Follow it up with a 90-minute full body aromatherapy massage, featuring a custom elixir of organic essential oils.

Spa Director: Maika Endo

+86 10 5208 6068

Nali Garden, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District

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