In search for a quiet, well-designed day spa in Berlin? On the top floor of The Mandala Hotel, centrally located at Berlins Potsdamer Platz, you find the newly reopened Ono Spa, as part of Design Hotels, is the hidden gem of discrete urban retreat. Ono Spa is a place for all those who seek silence, professional treatments and slow movement. Because Ono Spa is never overcrowded, in this article we will tell you why. And meanwhile, don’t forget: This luxurious spa has a magnificent view of the Tiergarten park, Sony Center and the Victory Column from its roof terrace on the 11th floor.
First, this is owed to the puristic interior of the spa. Inspired by Feng Shui and designed by the Berlin creative studio Braun & Braun, you will find three saunas, a relaxation area and a unique Kneipp area with experience showers on more than 600 square meters. On the foot reflexology path ‘Via Sensus’, which is located on the outside on the balcony, you can get in touch with your stiff feet again. And speaking of minimalistic design, also the sounds in this spa are reduced to a minimum. I was deeply impressed by the saunas, which were all only played with soft, pleasant sounds to emphasize the maximum relaxation feeling. It definitely worked on me. Didn’t need the urge to touch my phone for hours.
Bespoke treatments conceived in collaboration with the Italian skincare brand “Team Dr Joseph”. This organic brand focusses on herbs and botanicals as main ingredients, Ono Spa is the first location in Germany which exclusively works with this manufacturer. The body treatments combine traditional Eastern techniques with pioneering products and technology, with the spa’s team of highly-qualified experts specializing in Lomi Lomi, Balinese and Abhyanga massage. Besides the treatments, you find state-of-the-art facilities at Ono Spa, including the Iyashi Dôme infra-red treatment bed. It is created to offer a detoxifying treatment by heating the body and stimulating weight loss. This location is definitely the city’s hottest newly reopened gem if you are searching for a hideaway within Berlin.
DETOXING SAUNA AND HEALTHY MEALS
The wellness area offers sauna lovers numerous options such as the bio-sauna with chrono-light therapy, working with relaxing 60 degrees, a Finnish sauna for all heat-enthusiasts with 90 degrees and a steam sauna, which gives you an instant-feeling of detox and purification. After your treatment or your sauna experience, you can order a light, Japanese-inspired meal by the kitchen QIU of the Mandala Hotel, created by Chef Michael Kempf’s with fresh vegetables and exotic herbs. The best place to enjoy your healthy bento box is at the fireside relaxation lounge in one of those big, cosy chairs. And with a view on the color-changing Sony Center, which calms you down even more and makes you feel like you left Berlin to go on a spa trip to Asia.
PRIVACY AT ONO SPA
When the capacity of the spa is full, which is a very decent amount of visitors, the location won’t accept new members for the day. That is why it is only possible to book the 2-hour, 4-hour or full-day wellness packages in advance, so that the spa is never overcrowded. The system works noticeably. Ono Spa has introduced a series of day wellness packages designed to give you access to this retreat, starting from 4 hours for 90 Euro per person including a 25-minutes-treatment and the light meal. If you want to have even more privacy, you can get your own space. Guests who book a private spa suite can look forward to champagne, strawberries and chocolate, all in the name of wellness. If you are a member at Mandala, you have 24 hours access to the spacious fitness area – seven days a week.
More information: designhotels.com
Ono Spa Berlin at Mandala Hotel; Potsdamer Platz, Potsdamer Straße 3, 10785 Berlin
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10–22, Sun 10–20; Parking within the building
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Picture credit: Design Hotels/Mandala Hotel/Christian Gahl/Gloria von Bronewski