In the Mood for Love

As it turns out, Belinda Carlisle was right: Heaven re­ally is a place on earth. At least, that's how it feels about this spa

Oi Vietnam - - Money Talks -

Text by So­nia Gre­gor Im­ages Pro­vided by The Rev­erie Saigon

EN­TER THE SPA AT The Rev­erie

Saigon (22 - 36 Nguyen Hue, D1 &

57 - 69F Dong Khoi, D1) and you are trans­ported to a world of nour­ish­ing opulence. As the only 6-star ho­tel in Viet­nam, The Rev­erie Saigon name is syn­ony­mous with so­phis­ti­cated lux­ury, how­ever, what you might not know is that The Spa is ded­i­cated to us­ing as many nat­u­ral prod­ucts as pos­si­ble. The treat­ments fea­ture the Bri­tish or­ganic brand Ila, and Voya from Ire­land. They go to great lengths to bring you the most ther­a­peu­tic nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, be it wild Ir­ish sea­weed or rose essence dis­tilled by farm­ers in the Hi­malayas. The Spa at The Rev­erie Saigon pairs their ex­cel­lent treat­ments with gor­geous Ital­ian dé­cor and cut­ting-edge spa tech­nol­ogy, cre­at­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence that is lux­u­ri­ous at ev­ery turn.

The best way to ex­pe­ri­ence every­thing The Spa has to of­fer was for me to book their 3-hour Ori­gin of Love pack­age. It be­gan with a limou­sine car ar­riv­ing at my home. Be­fore I was whisked off, The Spa Man­ager, Hoang, pre­sented me with a large bou­quet of roses and or­chids. As we rode, she told me that the ho­tel’s in-house florist has blooms flown in from other coun­tries to craft the per­fect bou­quet. Even the car was dec­o­rated with a fresh or­chid, next to the re­fresh­ing tow­els and wa­ter bot­tles.

In­side the spa re­cep­tion area, the flo­ral theme con­tin­ued with a huge white flower on the ceil­ing. The car­pet was an­other flower, but dusky pink. I sipped on a wel­come drink, and filled out a thor­ough ques­tion­naire on my mas­sage pref­er­ences. Out the win­dow, boats slipped by on the river.

The spa rec­om­mends you ar­rive 45 min­utes be­fore your treat­ment, so that you can make the most of their steam room and sauna. I started with the steam room, which is scented with pu­ri­fy­ing eu­ca­lyp­tus, and bathed in the soft glow of color ther­apy lights. The patented Air Steam Sys­tem en­sures that the heat and hu­mid­ity are per­fectly dis­trib­uted. Next I en­tered the Salt Sauna. One wall is made of pink Hi­malayan salt, and the ions it gives off are said to boost cir­cu­la­tion and aid the im­mune sys­tem. Af­ter­wards, I rinsed off in the Ex­pe­ri­ence Shower, which com­bines a rain shower, lights and scented oil. The Rev­erie Saigon pays ab­so­lute at­ten­tion to de­tail. Every­thing was per­fectly clean, and even the spa underwear was pre­sented in a silk box. The spa oc­cu­pies two floors, which are connected by a dra­matic spi­ral stair­case

cov­ered in a mo­saic of gold vines. The mo­saic was de­signed by Si­cis of Italy, whose work can also be seen in the Bel­la­gio and the Burj Al Arab. The first floor con­tains the spa re­cep­tion, and sep­a­rate men’s and women’s steam and sauna fa­cil­i­ties. The sec­ond floor has 10 pri­vate treat­ment rooms and a beauty sa­lon.

In my pri­vate room, the bed was cov­ered in can­dles and rose petals spell­ing out my name. Just as I con­sid­ered run­ning back for my phone to take a pic­ture, my mas­sage ther­a­pist of­fered to take a pic­ture and send it to me. All the rooms have Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity so you can even lis­ten to your own music.

Af­ter a re­lax­ing foot soak, I lay down on the 400-thread count sheets for an herb-in­fused hot com­press to re­lieve muscle ten­sion. Next up was a body scrub us­ing a nat­u­ral blend of in­gre­di­ents with gin­ger, honey and sugar. It smelled good enough to eat, and left my skin re­newed. Af­ter a quick shower in the ad­join­ing pri­vate bath­room, it was time for an amaz­ing mas­sage with a cus­tom blend of aro­mather­apy oils. I chose the rose-scented Ro­mance, be­cause my spa pack­age had me think­ing about love. Just as I felt like drift­ing away into a rosy rev­erie, the mas­sage changed to a re­ju­ve­nat­ing fa­cial with Ila’s or­ganic prod­ucts.

When I fi­nally emerged, from the treat­ment room, it was to a ta­ble set with caviar, smoked salmon, fruit and choco­late. A bot­tle of cham­pagne popped, and I set­tled into a regal chair to en­joy.

The Ori­gin of Love (180 min­utes) for one is VND8.8 mil­lion (VND10.9 mil­lion with limo pickup). The Ori­gin of Love (180 min­utes) for two is VND12 mil­lion (VND14.1 mil­lion with limo pickup).

Clock­wise from top left: Re­cep­tion, Pri­vate hair sa­lon suite, Treat­ment Room, Women's Steam & Sauna.

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