In our increasingly hectic and urbanized world, silence is becoming a precious commodity. Following the success of last year’s initiative, The Spas at Mandarin Oriental are attempting to ‘turn down the volume’ by offering a night of silence in all of their spas worldwide on 14 December 2016.
All of the Group’s spas will offer their normal treatment menu but after 5:00 pm there will be no talking and no music within the spa to instill a sense of peace and allow for individuals to experience contemplation and mindfulness. All communication will take place in a brief consultation at the beginning of the spa journey, before the guest changes into their robe.
“A lot of the value of a spa experience comes from simply disconnecting from technology and experiencing time for yourself in silence,” said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Spa Director for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “During this stressful time of the year, we want to create a space where people can press the pause button and have some time to think, meditate, or just take a break from being inundated with noise.”
Guests are encouraged to come alone or to bring a loved one with whom they would like to share an experience of silent connection. This is also the perfect time to take advantage of the Group’s Digital Wellness initiative. This provides guests with access to a range of wellness advice and activities designed to help them disconnect from technology. Mandarin Oriental has worked with the renowned Mayo Clinic on the creation of a range of tips and guidelines that can help establish personal boundaries on the use of technology, clear mental chatter and establish a healthy, digitally balanced lifestyle.
For those who wish to immerse themselves more fully, a Digital Wellness Retreat can be booked at all of the Group’s spas. This 1 hour 20-minute experience focuses on grounding both body and mind through the power of human touch, and is designed to provide a calming and peaceful respite from the outside world and the stress of repetitive movements.
View photos of the spa at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. below. The spa is an oasis of holistic therapy for the body, mind and spirit. Throughout the carefully designed space, warm neutral colors convey the feeling of earth and sun for serenity and relaxation.