spa - Evian Spa, Tokyo
Written by Karen Martin
Perched on the fifth floor of Palace Hotel Tokyo, evian SPA Tokyo is the first evian spa in Japan, and only the second outside of France.
Stepping into the spa, you are struck by its white minimalism, which is both reassuringly serene and very Japanese – one of the most distinctive elements being the ceiling installation of an origami flock of birds.
With wall-to-wall, floor-to- ceiling windows, guests are treated to panoramic views of the Imperial Palace gardens and, on a clear day, a snow-capped Mt Fuji in the distance. Inside, the spa’s design takes its inspiration from the purifying journey evian natural mineral water takes through the Alps.
Also inspired by the evian journey, the spa‘s menu encompasses treatments around four themes: celestial, mineral, precious, and vitalising.
Featuring five treatment rooms and one spa suite – each named after a peak in the Alps – the spa also offers heated baths, a marble sauna, cold plunge pool, dry sauna, and separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges. The spa is the only one in Japan to use Anne Semonin products and, of course, only evian water is used for the treatments.
One of the spa’s signature experiences – the Vitalising Signature – is a 50- or 80-minute body treatment inspired by the Japanese philosophy of seitai, whereby pressure is meticulously applied to master trigger points using fingers, thumbs, and elbows to intensely stimulate and improve the flow of energy. To finish, a Swedish-style deep-tissue massage is applied to release tension and trigger the body to naturally restore its own balance from within.