Bali based Mandara Spa Asia, the leading operator of resort and city hotel spas in Asia, has announced that it has signed a contract with Royal Park Hotels to operate the spa at Royal Park Shiodome Tower in Tokyo.
Scheduled for opening this July, Mandara Spa at Royal Park Shiodome Tower will be the first Mandara Spa to open in Japan and represents a significant and strategic step in the companyå‘s development.
With spa locations spread throughout Bali, Guam, Malaysia, Maldives, Saipan and Thailand, the spa group is already well known to many Japanese travellers. Mandara Spa sees the opening of the Tokyo spa as an opportunity to highlight its style of spa experience to an even larger Japanese audience and build the brand profile for their collection of spas around Asia. Mandara Spa’s leading source of business is the Japanese market, with Japanese visitation far outnumbering any other group at most of their spas.
Mandara Spa Asia President, Jeff Matthews, believes that the company has a strong base to support its Tokyo venture. “Our brand is well recognised in Japan, which we believe will be a good foundation for our success in Tokyo. Our partners at Royal Park Shiodome Tower understand this, and we appreciate their invitation to join them in introducing Mandara Spa to Tokyo and applaud their vision. The Tokyo opening gives us the opportunity to show a different side of Mandara - the city spa concept - and allows us to introduce Mandara to those Japanese that have not yet experienced Mandara Spa.”
He also sees the Tokyo opening as a natural progression for the company. “After all these years of the Japanese coming to us, we think it is time that we take ourselves to Japan. In a sense, it feels like coming home,” said Matthews.
Guests at the new Tokyo spa will be treated to a different style of spa experience than Mandara Spa currently offers at its resort locations, although it will be built on the same ideals and philosophy. Behind that philosophy is the belief that a spa visit should involve far more than a treatment by providing a complete escape from the norm with time-out to relax, refresh, recharge and re-balance. Mandara believes that a true ‘spa experience’ encompasses the treatment, environment, service, therapist skill, sensory stimulation and attention to every small detail.
Mandara does not believe in standing still, at least not when it comes to developing their product. Matthews explains, “The Mandara Spa concept has evolved over time. Our essence is still very much about Balinese traditions of healing, hospitality and reverence for nature but we have incorporated influences from other Asian cultures along the way. The tropical experience remains a strong part of our image; however, we now also operate city spas and have had to adapt our concept to service the needs of this different market. The opening at Royal Park Shiodome Tower demands an evermore different interpretation, and one that we are excited about developing.”
Mandara Spa’s vision for the Tokyo spa is to create a new and refreshing spa experience for the Japanese guests. That experience will incorporate extensive water therapy and bathing facilities - influenced by the traditional Onsen concept - and fuse it with a global mix of spa modalities to offer alternatives in health, beauty and wellbeing.
The spa menu at Royal Park Shiodome Tower will be quite different to those seen in Mandara’s Asian resort spas, with more choices, the inclusion of Decléor beauty treatments and a broader mix of traditional Asian therapies. “In terms of traditional therapies, we will offer long-standing favorites like Balinese Massage and Javanese Lulur. We will also introduce Ayurvedic treatments, such as Shiro Dhara and Indian Head Massage, and a Warm Stone Massage that has its roots in both Hawaiian and Native American cultures. Decléor facials provide a more contemporary alternative and effective treatments for city-stressed skin”, concluded Jeff Matthews.
Mandara Spa at Royal Park Shiodome Tower facilities include :
One ladies’ Deluxe Spa Suite with private jet bath
One ladies’ Spa Suite with private steam shower
One ladies’ double Spa Suite with private steam shower, which can be partitioned into two separate rooms
One ladies’ Spa Suite with private shower
Three ladies’ spa rooms
Three gents’ spa rooms
Separate male and female relaxation lounges
Separate male and female Hydrotherapy area with Silk Bath, Cool Bath, Jet Bath, Wet Sauna and Dry Sauna
Mandara Spa Asia operates over 40 spas in Bali, Guam, Malaysia, Maldives, Saipan and Thailand. The US based division, Mandara Spa LLC, operates spas in the Caribbean, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Las Vegas and onboard luxury cruise ships. Mandara Spa Asia and Mandara Spa LLC are owned by Steiner Leisure Ltd.
Steiner Leisure Ltd, with the combined locations and revenues of Steiner Maritime, Elemis, Mandara Spa LLC, Mandara Spa Asia and C-spa, is the largest developer and operator of spas in the world.