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The Spa at Encore at Wynn Macau has raised the stakes when it comes to luxury spas. When the spa therapist showed me into the luxurious private spa suite it was hard to believe that it was all mine.

Sparkling citrine crystals – the “crystal of wealth” – lined the walls and the elegant separate seating and dressing area was the size of my lounge room. I had my own sauna and steam room, an aroma hydrotherapy bath and shower and two smiling therapists to pamper me.  

Walking into reception at The Spa at Encore

With only eight treatment rooms, there was none of the annoying background noise which sometimes occurs at larger spas. My spa experience was also completely private as there was a separate area for the staff.

Both of my therapists had an uncanny knack of appearing and disappearing at just the right moment.   

This is a ‘standard’ treatment room

Men would be equally comfortable here as the decor is sophisticated rather than overly feminine. The spa menu draws from local and international influences and includes an enticing blend of Eastern and Western treatments.

Some, like the Black Diamond which features an exfoliant made from ground diamond dust, have been designed especially for men.

Choose something familiar like a Thai massage or try something new like Tui Na which is said to promote the flow of qi, the energy life force within the body. Treatments include time to relax and enjoy the beautiful suite. 

I opted for Double Happiness, a four-hand massage delivered by two therapists. My experience began with a relaxing soak in my private hydrotherapy aroma bath which bathed the room in soft colours to enhance my mood.

I also tried the sauna and steam room before revelling in the luxurious bathing products in my private shower. It was so decadent it almost felt like I had already had my ‘treatment’. 

The Spa at Encore is blissfully serene

Two therapists perform the four hand massage in a perfect combination of synchronised movements. It was profoundly relaxing, particularly for someone like me who tends predict what part of the body will be worked on next and tenses up accordingly.

With Double Happiness it was easy to relax and enjoy the experience because it was impossible to know what was coming next. The combination of four hands is said to balance both sides of the brain and lull the mind into a complete sense of harmony. It certainly worked for me.

Disclaimer: The writer was a guest of The Spa at Encore.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.