SHEX Reviews: CHI, The Spa

SHEX Reviews: CHI, The Spa

By Sonia Su

‘I’ve been seeing so many A&F [American fashion brand Abercrombie & Fitch] models around here [at the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel] lately,’ the communications manager Lauren Yang told me, as we stepped into the elevator. ‘They’re staying here for the store opening in Shanghai.’

I hadn’t even noticed them. All I could think about as Lauren led me to the lobby elevators was the aroma vitality massage awaiting me. Having had a busy couple of weeks with midterms and traveling to Beijing and Suzhou on the weekends, I desperately needed a massage.

Soon, the elevator doors opened to CHI, The Spa—which, along with the hotel as the second Shangri-La in Shanghai, opened last summer. The services offered at the Jing An and the Pudong spas are the same, varying only in name, spa manager Kelly Ji told me.

Kelly led me to some comfortable couches with a magazine stand, offering a hot cup of jasmine and ginger tea, as I filled out a brief, confidential health-related questionnaire.

As soon I finished, the lead therapist Fiona took me to one of the eight treatment rooms. All the other rooms that day were full, Kelly told me. Most of the clients are the hotel guests, but business professionals in the area do request the spa’s many services, from deep hydrating collagen facials to its popular couple’s massage.

Another popular treatment is the 75-minute CHI Balance massage (880 RMB), which is advertised as the best for treating jet lag and insomnia. Kelly said it is a very soft, gentle massage.

The whole spa is dimly yet warmly lit, adding to the serene environment. My room was just large enough to fit a massage bed, with a small changing room, complete with two small water bottles, a comb, a shower cap, a hair band, Q-tips, a hair dryer, slippers, tissues, a bottle of Sassoon hair mousse and more. For ladies with long hair, remember to tie your hair back to avoid having it interfere with the massage.