I’ve been to many MANY spas over the years – so I love it when I am surprised. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Washington DC is in a word, sublime. The hotel for starters is a magnificent masterpiece perched right along the tidal basin along the potomac river. Views for days and days and DAYS.
It definitely fits in with the surrounding architecture of the city – but there is also a modern feel to it as well. Especially on the inside. The world renowned spa just started an exclusive partnership with renowned French skincare line, Biologique Recherche that began on September 6, 2016.
The truly customized experience includes a Skin Instant analysis by a Biologique Recherche-trained spa therapist (mine was amazing and her fingers danced across my face), using the skincare line’s unique methodology. A personalized treatment follows featuring products selected based on the guest’s analysis to achieve visible results including refined and healthy skin. Another thing that you will notice with this facial is that it is a COOL facial. What I mean by that is, you will not find any steaming or extracting going on. They concentrate far more on wellness and massage of the face by using techniques that focus on lymphatic drainage. It is unlike any facial I have ever had and my skin was glowing from it,
The Spa also provides guests with a bespoke treatment series, The Haute Couture Program by Biologique Recherche. The unique program consists of custom blended creams and serums formulated for each guest in the Biologique Recherche laboratory in Paris. These products are created based on an in-depth skin analysis by Biologique Recherche founder Dr. Philippe Allouche and originate from a collection of over 500 active ingredients.
They can also do a skin analysis with their Skin Instant Lab which is very helpful, you can find out your levels of moisture, dehydration etc.
“We are proud to be selected as the first U.S. Mandarin Oriental hotel to provide guests with such exceptional products and treatments,” said Adriaan Radder, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. “The addition of Biologique Recherche to the Spa furthers our commitment to our guests to deliver the finest beauty and wellness experiences. Our Spa therapists have received extensive training on Biologique Recherche techniques and products, providing them with the tools to discern the best therapy for every skin type.”
Even though they have a menu of facials – each facial is customized to the client. They are able to alter the products that are used according to what you need and your skintype. They do this by using the revolutionary Remodeling Face Machine which completes the tailored experience using ultra-modern bio-electrotherapy and specially formulated products to provide a better defined facial contour. Wider eyes, more prominent cheekbones and less pronounced wrinkles are achieved with a combination of four types of electric currents administered through a meticulous and gentle procedure. To ensure lasting results, an at-home hyper-customized skin care regimen is recommended for each guest.
Spa guests can select from the following facials that have been exclusively designed by The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC and Biologique Recherche.
- Biologique Recherche Signature Facial This signature and customized treatment focuses on the face, neck, décolleté and hands and is designed to instantly show results. The facial begins with a deep cleanse and exfoliation, followed by a lifting manual technique combined with the application of varying serums and facial masks. This treatment is recommended for all skin types. 50 minutes, priced from USD 275.
- Absolute Facial This luxurious, balancing and anti-aging facial combines micro-exfoliation, oxygenation and bioenergy massage to revitalize and regenerate the skin. With the Remodeling Face Machine, this treatment utilizes the specially formulated products to boost collagen and cell repair as well as tone and firm the skin. This treatment not only improves elasticity, but lightens age spots and dark circles. 1 hour 50 minutes, priced from USD 475.
- Lifting Facial Featuring micro-crystalline algae, natural amino acids, masques and serums, this facial exfoliates, restructures, firms, hydrates and protects the skin. Combined with modulating techniques and massage, the Lifting Facial redefines facial contours with instant lifting results while accelerating the regenerative effects of collagen to soften the skin for a younger look. 1 hour 20 minutes, priced from USD 375.
If you would like to visit the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC – you can book by calling them directly.
Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Spa services were provided by the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC
all opinions are my own