The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, with Boylston Street, the Shops at Prudential Center indoor shopping complex, and that same building’s 50th-floor observatory, is bustling indeed. Located smack dab in the middle, Mandarin Oriental Boston is part of this buzzy nest, and so is an oasis of tranquility and pampering: the 16,000-square-foot blissful Spa.

Totally modern, rich with wood, marble, and subtle Asian-design accents, the spa features nine treatment rooms and gender-segregated pre- and post-treatment facilities: experience showers, vitality pools, ice fountains, a quartz crystal steam room, and relaxation areas.

As with all Mandarin Oriental spas, UK brand Aromatherapy Associates provides treatment products, including the Inner Strength oil that figures into Boston’s exclusive Inner Strength treatment. Launched during October 2013, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this special oil blend, incorporating clary sage, rose, frankincense, and cardamom, was created by Aromatherapy Associates co-founder Geraldine Howard during her devastating battle with eye cancer (she was diagnosed in 2011 and ultimately lost an eye).

Geared toward those going through rough patches or bouncing back from physical or emotional trauma, the Inner Strength Journey (110 min/$270 weekdays/$295 weekends) entails an application of heated compresses, breathing exercises, and foot reflexology. Foot therapy also figures into The Boost (110 min/$270), one of three facial treatments making up the menu’s Gentleman Essentials section. The other two are the stimulating Power Lift Facial (110 min/$355) and deep-cleansing Refinery Facial (80 min/$200). If local essence is your priority, the New England Retreat (110 min/$270), includes a body scrub and massage, and puts regional herbs to use.

No matter which you choose, you’ll leave this spa glowing and soothed.

Lawrence Ferber

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