While I have been dreaming of ways to relax (and continuing my wanderlust), my thoughts traveled all the way back to 2008 when I visited China. One of the most unforgettable experiences was our glorious hotel. It was the perfect refuge after 22 hours of flying and especially on day 3 when jet lag attacked my stomach. As I adjusted to the time change I spent a lot of time wandering the halls enamored by the beautiful interior design. I also enjoyed relaxing in the many lounges while my Uncle tended to business. The staff was impeccable and the food was delicious. BUT — the best part was the I-N-S-A-N-E, 3-hour spa treatment my Aunt and I each indulged in around day 7. It was called the Empress Imperial Jade Journey. And the journey of a lifetime it was. Everything in the world stopped for those three hours. The entire red army could have been surrounding me in that suite staring at my naked body and I couldn’t have cared less!!! And my tiny, little, Asian-lady masseuse with hands as strong as crocodile jaws was the most perfect hostess. I could literally write a novel on the entire experience — which included a belly massage and culminated with Himalayan “dust” being lightly powdered over my body with feathers… Oh my! If you are ever in Beijing… believe me, it’s worth it to stay at The Shangri La!
[all photos are mine, except for the last one: courtesy of Shangri-La]