Celebrating its heritage as Asia’s oldest hospitality brand, The Peninsula Chicago is creating a Chinese cultural experience, allowing Chicagoans to indulge in their Mid-Autumn Festival activities until September 22nd. For the first time, the hotel is paying homage to one of the most charming and colorful annual events in China. Special offerings at The Peninsula include authentic mooncakes (the traditional sweet cakes savored on this holiday), Mid Autumn-inspired dim sum, master classes on dim sum-making and Chinese tea appreciation, AfterMoon Tea in The Lobby and even a Chinese-themed Bamboo Harmonizer Massage in The Peninsula Spa introduced from The Peninsula Shanghai.
CHI-lebrity was lucky enough to be invited in for a preview of this Mid-Autumn Festival for, you guessed it, one of the hotel's best beauty offerings: their Bamboo Harmonizer Massage. Now, there are massages and then there are massages. Think stepping into a setting of soothing sophistication paired with an experience for the senses: this is The Peninsula Spa. Upon arrival, I was whisked into the women's locker room, where amenity upon amenity is offered to make sure every need on your spa day is taken care of. Cucumber infused towels with refreshing lemon water? Yes please! After changing into an ultra plush robe with matching slippers, I was escorted to the relaxation space compete with individual beds topped with down comforters and pillows: a cloud to say the least. But then, not just anyone greeted me: special guest therapist, Tony Wu from the award-winning Peninsula Spa in Shanghai, whisked me away for the service (he is in Chicago during the festival to assist with introducing this new treatment to the city). Mr. Wu, a fully qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor with 20 years’ experience, was about to give me my massage. Wow.
Using traditional bamboo to target tense muscles and provide therapeutic relief to sore and stressed joints, this 90 minute service was nothing short of heavenly. Pain in my neck and back vanished, I was utterly relaxed and the hour and a half flew by. If only it was longer!
Mr. Wu is in town until the 22nd, but have no fear. This service will be available after her returns to Shanghai.
Book now through October 31st to enjoy a 90-minute massage at an introductory rate of $245 by calling 312.573.6860 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pricing starting November 1st is $275.