The Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. recently invited me to experience their ‘Silent Night’ event. The goal of Silent Night is to power down and have moments of pure silence. No phones, no talking, no music, just pure relaxation at the spa. The intention is that you take what you have learned in this experience home with you and to be mindful to have these moments in our daily lives.
The concept behind Silent Night is something I have been working on very hard for a long time – I live on my phone/computer, I am always taking to people, moving around, in transit – just busy. This could not have come at a better time because I have been working very hard to take time for me and to just relax.
When I arrived at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. I walked into their lobby, which has the most gorgeous grandeur. It is currently decorated for the holiday and is oozing with perfection.
To get to the spa you take a right past reception and take the elevator down.
When you walk into the spa area you immediately feel a sense of calmness. Whatever you brought in that was weighing on your mind suddenly disappears. The beautiful souls greet you and take you to a check-in room where they take your shoes and bring you a form to fill out and delicious passion fruit tea. You can already tell that the mood has been set – you are being treated like royalty & no matter what treatment you get, it is going to be the best!
After I was all checked-in, I received a tour of the spa. There is plenty of lockers, showers, bathrooms, room to get ready, and so on. The spa has 8 treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, vitality pools, & experience showers you can enjoy after your massage.
After changing I went to the waiting room that had dim lighting, where water, tea, fruits, and nuts were available. I rested in here and decompressed for about 25 minutes before my massage start time.
After I was escorted to my treatment room, my therapist discussed areas of issue, pressure, and then she started. I received an Oriental Essence Massage – and I cannot say enough great things about this! The Oriental Essence “has been designed for the tired traveler, stressed executive or someone who just wishes to relieve neck and shoulder tension. This massage centers on all stress areas of the body.” It felt like this massage was made just for me <3 I did not want this massage to end and was by far the most relaxing experience I have had in a long time.
After my massage I walked around to see the gym, pool, and other features of the spa while sipping on tea. After my afternoon of pure bliss and relaxation, I headed home.
Even after years of telling myself that I need moments of silence, I never really practice it. I believe this experience gave me exactly what I needed to show me that I need daily silence. It is imperative to have that time of calmness in my life and something I want to work really hard on moving forward.
- Address: 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, 20024 Washington, DC
- Phone: 1 (202) 787 6100
- Spa Menu –> HERE
- Gym is open 24 hours
- Spa Hours 9am-9pm
- Pool Hours: 5:30AM – 9PM (FRI – SUN) 5:30AM – 8PM (MON – THU)
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*Disclaimer – I was hosted by the Mandarin Oriental, but as always, opinions are entirely my own.
**Some photos are property of Mandarin Oriental