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June 2012

Soft feet

If we spend our time suffocating them, making them run, walk, and carry – in short, mistreating them – here are some treatments that will restore some much needed youth to your feet, from an organic pedicure to a reflexology session, as well as footbaths and luxurious scrubs.

Here we give you a brief overview of some Asian hot spots…



photo: banquette du Foot spa du Nam Hai

Text: Marie Le Fort



Nam Hai, anything for beauty


Nam Hai, anything for beauty
Poised on the water like a lily, the individual pavilions of the prestigious Nam Hai spa are a tribute to serenity and natural beauty. Facing the lake and lush vegetation, it sits on an unspoilt bank, carried by a breeze that crosses the open space. Organic (and totally vegan), the SpaRitual products used for pedicures are totally free of chemicals and parabens. With this in mind, we plunge feet-first into a bath of mineral salts and micro-algae before feeling our skin soften under the exfoliating effect of Indonesian ginger. Then they are given an invigorating and hydrating massage from the aroma-therapeutic properties of ginger and Chinese jasmine essential oils, aloe vera mixed with shea butter, sesame, avocado and olive oil, rich in vitamin A and E. A veritable feast of rejuvenation.


Bastien Gonzalez


Bastien Gonzalez: walking on air
The stars love it. And go running to it. Not only for the selection of colored varnish or its elegant salons across the world (The Istanbul Edition, The Landmark in Hong Kong, One & Only Reethi Rah, Cape Town, The Palm Dubai, etc.) but for the authenticity of its approach: Spaniard Bastien Gonzalez prioritizes being – and well-being – before appearance. Recently opened at the Mandarin Oriental Landmark Hotel spa in Hong Kong, his latest ‘Pedi: Mani: Cure’ Studio is based on the three founding pillars of his approach: treat skin to relieve it of callus’, injuries and dead skin; give nails back their natural beauty by freeing them from the grip of the ceuitcals by re-sculpting and polishing them using a chamois he inherited from his grandmother and a beaded cream; re-mobilizing the tissues, muscles and heels to relax and strengthen the natural defenses of the foot. As for varnish, it may as well be forgotten when the feet and nails are treated this well. A true return to form fit for a personal trainer that enables one to – as the elegant Spaniard boasts – ‘walk on air’.

Dragon Fly


Dragon Fly, ready for an hour of reflexology?
At Dragon Fly, famous in China for the most exceptional massages (at a reasonable price), offers an Oriental Foot Massage that lasts 60 or 90 minutes. Sitting on a ‘Cocoon’ big chair, one wonders what to do for an hour in a half-lit room accompanied only by the rhythmic murmur of water, watching a Chinese masseuse massage her feet! First surprise, the seats lower to become beds. But the soles of the feet are surely not enough to occupy these expert hands an hour. This is the thought process of a European who does not know the limitless scope of reflexology. It is a vast field which, by focusing on only the soles of the feet, can combat migraines and headaches, boost the immune system, improve blood circulation and regulate the activity of organs and hormonal glands. One is carried away by this massage as if a comforting wave had just lulled over the tip of our toes. Ultimately, an hour is too short.


Vie spa at the Hyatt Regency Da Nang


Give your feet a mojito!
Vietnam boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world… simply walking barefoot on them is already a prologue to the best pedicure and the most serene feet. Prepared like a mojito with slices of lime, fresh mint and coarse salt, this footbath from the luxurious indoor-outdoor Vie spa at the Hyatt Regency Da Nang is a tribute to indulgence. As soon as they come into contact with this amazing mixture, your feet relax and feel a bit drunk, refreshed and invigorated by the minty tang of this sea salt cocktail.
Would you like another round?


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