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China’s Top Wellness Resorts


New Zealanders tend to be spoiled when it comes to spas. With the island’s natural geothermal springs, beautiful natural preserves and fresh air all around, New Zealand lends itself to a luxurious wellness experience. For those who are looking to try something new, China is also home to world-famous wellness resorts that each offer a luxurious and unique spa experience. In the past few years, there’s been an explosion of new spa centres opening in China as locals and tourists alike flock for treatments ranging from traditional Eastern practices to modern wellness trends. Here are some of the top spa resorts for New Zealand tourists that offer a unique experience that will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

The Banyan Tree Spa

Set against the backdrop of the ancient UNESCO site in Lijiang, guests can enjoy views of cobblestone streets and quaint canals running past the Banyan resort as well as the nearby Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Treatments include locally sourced, all-natural ingredients from the Yunnan region. The spa offers a number of different therapeutic options to choose from, including both Eastern and Western massage techniques, full-body scrubs and hot stone treatments, and specialised sensory experiences.

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Another wellness centre set in the mountains, Six Senses incorporates regional architecture and landscaping into their design for a truly serene, picturesque view. The spa follows a Taoist philosophy and offers treatment options from around the world. Guests can improve the texture of their skin through a facial, rejuvenate their muscles with a body refiner or polish, and relax with a detox massage, a Thai herbal massage, or a bamboo massage. Afterwards, they can enjoy feasting on regional cuisine as well as food from around the world. One can also visit an onsite classic tea house, as well as a desert house for a truly indulgent experience.

The Mangrove Resort at Hotel Sanya

The 5-star Mangrove Resort offers a spa and wellness centre that includes both indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, a sauna, and a fitness suite. Guests can enjoy a number of different spa services ranging from facials to full-body massages. This location also caters to families, offering parents a chance to relax at the resort’s spa with the knowledge that their kids are having fun and being supervised by trained staff. Weary couples can enjoy a leisurely spa treatment while their children frolic at the aqua park or the play area.

China is home to a number of luxury wellness resorts that offer a range of treatments to suit just about anyone’s tastes. New Zealanders who are looking for a new type of spa experience can visit China for unique treatments that will leave them feeling like a new person. If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some “me time,” these Chinese resorts offer the perfect place to get away from it all.