Being part of an imperial city is an expectation challenge for any hotel and Four Seasons Spa delivers serenity and dignity on every level. With all of the gardens and palaces to sightsee, the spa is a special place for relaxation after lots of walking.
The hotel is built around an 800 year old pond garden and the seven room spa captures this beauty and compliments it with zen inspired décor in a relaxing haven where less truly is more. Wood, stone, lighting and everything being intentionally placed and tidy is just refreshing.
The Spa staff are very focused on any and all treatments happening like rituals. There are plenty of pre and post treatment rituals include steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and relaxation areas.
Kyoto is a city steeped in imperial traditions and this doesn’t just stop at the architecture, the spa incorporates many royal treatments and top of the line pampering which has been traditionally passed down into its treatments.
What could be better after walking the dusty and historic streets of Kyoto than unwinding with a footbath infused with Uji green tea and a Tamba sea salt scrub. Almost every treatment features green tea extract from the famous Uji region and it is a good impetus to buy some of the cremes and lotions available in the spa gift shop.
One of the more intoxicating experiences is to let loose the powerful botanicals that accompany the signature facial treatment. Your skin will literally glow afterwards and the extracts are amazingly potent.
Almost every treatment comes complete with bathing rituals featuring teas and rice milk. A wide selection of body therapies induce rejuvenation from the muscle tissue to the very top layer of the skin.
Two treatments that are really a must experience for guests are the: Full Day Miyabi Rejuevenation ritual, with a plum sake bath, tatcha facial, massage and lunch.
Secondly there is the afternoon tea and spa package, use of the facilities along with afternoon tea ceremony and a choice of a 60 minute massage or facial. Prices are lofty because it is Japan and the hotel has a top level name, but the experiences are truly unique and one of a kind among hotel spas.