we were going to post about this last week after its formal opening friday, but our photos are god-awful, so bear with us. (so what else is new?? but no nasty comments please we've heard it all before!!) so there's a new spa in town, chi spa at EDSA shangri-la. but don't expect the one at shang mactan to have been transported into the middle of the city. this is like a mini version, more of a day spa than a destination spa. but they do offer the same services at—dig this—lower prices! (not that much cheaper, we're pretty sure.) they built a structure detached from the main hotel, as well as a separate driveway to ensure a discreet entrance. we're not sure because we were a bit disoriented, but the driveway must be located on the saint francis street side—or close to the corner. after you enter this lobby... ... and sign up at reception, you are led to a small elevator that will take you to the fourth floor. they took up a lot of guest rooms to make space for a couple floors of this. chi spa even has its own guest rooms, so that you can go straight to bed right after your treatment and stay overnight. it's beautifully designed, has just-right dimmed lights, and of course that relaxing spa aroma that you just want to inhale... and looky! something chi in shang mactan doesn't have: a mani-pedi room! hmmm, must sked foot spa, must sked foot spa... all this cost the hotel US$2 million dollars to build—yes, US dollars! and the icing on the cake? they got la presidenta to inaugurate! doesn't this woman have anything better to do?? (bet she got a treatment before anyone else too...)
chi the spa at shangri-la, EDSA shangri-la, 1 garden way, ortigas center, manadaluyong city, tel 633-8888.