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[Shanghai] Evian Spa

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Evian Spa (venue closed)

Add: 2/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu / 中山东一路3号二楼, 近广东路
Tel: 6321 6622
Hours: 10:30am~10:30pm
Price: Lomi Lomi Hawaii Therapy 980 RMB, 90 minutes
Visited: Dec 2011

Evian Spa at Three on the Bund is Evian‘s first and only spa outside of France, so naturally I was quite curious to see what it’s like. Upon entering Evian Spa’s 35 metre high atrium, with its zen garden-like decor of grey carpet and large granite rocks, it’s not difficult to image its glory when it first opened 7 years ago. Now, however, the space seems quite worn, and I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed especially after having been to some newer spas in town like ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton Pudong and Anantara Spa at The PuLi Hotel. I soon found out, however, that what Evian Spa lacks in hardware is made up for by the professionalism of their very experienced spa therapists.

At the waiting area, I was served a cup of hot tea and of course, Evian water.

The changing and shower rooms.

I scheduled to have the Lomi Lomi Hawaii therapy treatment (980 RMB for 90 minutes), which aims to increase circulation with rhythmic, flowing strokes. What differentiates Lomi Lomi is its use of forearm and elbows in the treatment process, and while the version at Evian Spa isn’t exactly authentic as it combines techniques from other massage styles, it’s certainly a blissful 90 minutes. It all begins with the wrapping of the feet with hot towels, followed by a few deep-breaths and total body relaxation exercises…

…then, with a special blend of Evian essential oils, a rejuvenating massage of the legs, back, neck, and arms, using Lomi Lomi techniques of long strokes with forearms and elbows. My therapist told me she has been with Evian Spa since it first opened 7 years ago, and her experience certainly showed throughout the treatment. Another plus – the bed was heated!

Here are a few detox tips from Evian. It’s all about Evian water, obviously.

The session finished gently with a bowl of warm white fungus soup (銀耳湯) back at the waiting area.

I couldn’t be more satisfied with the treatment itself, but at this price, I’d probably recommend you to go to the newer establishments in town (e.g. ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton Pudong or Anantara Spa at The PuLi Hotel) which offer equally impeccable service in a more pleasant ambiance.

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