Revive: CHI, The Spa- Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

CHI, The Spa located at Shangri-La, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being.

CHI massages and treatments are based on authentic natural healing methods found in traditional well-being practices shared by many Asian cultures. CHI, The Spa, also features treatments highlighting Australian healing techniques and botanical ingredients indigenous to the region, including lemon myrtle and eucalyptus. The spa uses products that are environmentally friendly and naturally processed, ensuring that the body receives the full potency of the purest plant essences and marine algae extracts.

In traditional Chinese philosophy, ch’i or “Qi” is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For good health to be maintained, it is believed thatch’i must flow freely within the body and, when blocked, “dis-ease” and illness follow.

The spa menu includes a mix of signature massages – CHI Hot Stone Massage – think hot stones that penetrate deep into your muscles to relieve tension, and body therapy treatments such as the Body Balance Spa Glow which gently stimulates the bodies’ circulation (perfect after long periods of travel or exercise) and facial treatments such as the Stop and Relax facial – which is perfect for anyone on the go.

And when the ambience alone is enough to making you feel reinvigorated, then you know it’s a not to be missed experience.

We speak with head facialist, Kristina Gianneas about all things CHI, The Spa – because life is too short not to treat yourself to a little luxury every now and again…

Spa name: CHI, The Spa Sydney

The location: Shangri-La hotel, The Rocks

What is your background? I was a head trainer for Sodashi for many years before coming to CHI, The Spa Sydney

Our philosophy: CHI, The Spa draws inspiration from ancient Asian healing and wellness philosophies to create a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being – a calm escape from the urban inner city. It has six large and luxurious spa suites with vast private changing areas and aroma steam showers, three with deep infinity-edge spa tubs and twin treatment beds for couples and friends’ treatments. The spa offers more than 20 specialised treatments using products from esteemed Australian skin care company Sodashi.

The ambience: CHI, The Spa has long been recognised as one of Sydney’s top hotel spas and is adored for its peaceful and tranquil environment and its spacious and calming treatment rooms

Signature treatment: The three Sense of Place treatments are some of the spa’s signatures and provide a taste of the Australian wilderness without even leaving the spa. Powerful and fragrant native ingredients, including pink clay and essential oils of eucalyptus and wattle seed, are applied in an indulgent massage to provide guests a truly refreshing and restorative Australian experience.

Loved by: Anyone wishing to have a peaceful, tranquil and uplifting experience. Anyone who wants to be truly transported to a place of relaxation and wellness.

The spa is frequented by: Sydney’s most discerning day spa-goers.

Must take home products: Anything from the luxurious Samadara line. Including the Samadara Ultimate Age Defying Elixir, an intensive overnight repair treatment for ageing skin or the Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Eye Crème, Sodashi’s most powerful anti-ageing formula that will transform the eyes and appearance of lines.