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Dipping into Apsara Spa Century Park

IF a spa vacation is on your wish list but you're not sure you can afford it or have enough time to spare, do not despair. There are inspirational and affordable spa options here in the city. And one of the easiest ways to book a spa escape is to check into a destination day spa for a whole day.

Apsara Spa Century Park is positioned as a destination day spa for guests seeking a breather from hectic urban life. There you will find spa experiences for almost any budget ?? you can soak in a milk bath, get your nails done or indulge in an all-inclusive day spa program.

The spa is housed in a three-story building on Jinyan Road, which was designed to be the leading cultural street in Pudong. The project was planned and presided over by the late famed artist Chen Yifei.

The spa offers a cozy sanctuary and a total spa wellness experience with warm, friendly Cambodian hospitality from the moment you step through its Angkorian door. Spa guests can relax and unwind on the beautiful outdoor patio with river view while sipping a healthy drink both before and after treatment.

The Celestial Day Spa Program, priced at 1,880 yuan (US$275), was especially conceptualized for Apsara Spa Century Park to take advantage of the spacious 600-square-meter facility extending over three floors. It offers a lovely outdoor bamboo terrace as well as a panoramic view of the park and the Zhangjiabang River.

Rooms are cozy, and organic tea is served when you begin the journey of renewal. First there's a warm aromatic floral foot bath for a refreshing indulgence.

There follows a 40-minute body scrub - you can choose between a Cambodian coconut scrub or Bali coffee scrub. In this harsh, drying winter season, the coconut scrub is recommended for its nourishing benefits of coconut oil. The scrub gently polishes the skin while nourishing it with vitamins and minerals.

The next part of the package is the 30-minute moisturizing milk bath, which is said to have been Cleopatra's beauty secret - or you can choose the creamy honey enhancer body wrap. Honey, long recognized as a health and beauty aid, is blended with bananas resulting in a creamy nutrient-packed skin enhancer. This mask refines skin texture and provides nourishment.

The half-day treatment is completed with the signature royal Apsara massage - the signature oil massage combines the essence of Cambodian and Swedish techniques, highly recommended for those seeking complete relaxation.

Before you immerse yourself in another three-hour indulgence in the afternoon, you can enjoy a healthy gourmet lunch that is bursting with flavors and textures in unique combinations.

The afternoon session includes a facial and deluxe manicure and pedicure. Chamomile radiance facial is recommended in winter season because this hydrating treatment improves the skin's moisture retention ability. The spa uses Biologie de Pierre Boutigny from Provence, France. Made naturally from botanical extracts, these products are suitable for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin.

After the facial, guests are escorted to the nail spa room, a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere with friendly, professionally trained technicians. The deluxe manicure and pedicure includes cleansing, scrub, massage, shaping, cuticle care, buff and polish - down to the last careful detail. The relaxing mask and massage leave your hands and feet pampered and silky smooth.

The day spa package is a perfect choice for those outgoing spa enthusiasts who believe in living life to the fullest.


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