--By Douglas Habecker, translated
by Uvia Chang
Taichung residents and guests at
the Evergreen Laurel Hotel alike will welcome this
attractive new spa, located on the hotel's B1 level.
Zen Cocoon Spa is an independently operated spa which
cooperates with the hotel to provide a variety of
exquisite spa and beauty treatments to members and
hotel guests. The spa is attached to the Evergreen
Laurel's existing Health Center, which continues to
include a gym, swimming pool (outdoor), steam room,
sauna rooms, squash court, and other facilities. The
spa adds two single-person and one double-person rooms
where male and female customers can enjoy a broad
range of treatments that center around Ayurveda, which
teaches that beauty and health result from a proper
balance of universal elements, such as air and earth,
which combine to create forces called "Doshas".
"Theme Courses" include the 135-minute,
eight-part "Himalayas Mountain Therapy"
(NT$4,500) to "balance elements of body and spirit
and release congested and restricted toxins",
and the 165-minute Israeli Oceanic Therapy (NT$4,700)
with body exfoliation/massage with minerals and warm
Dead Sea salt. There are shorter "Metropolitan",
"Business" and "Accessory" course
options, as short as the 30-minute Vichy Shower or
Body Cocoon (NT$800). Laboratorie Vie Arome and Sundari
spa/beauty products are used throughout. Three-year
and five-year spa memberships are NT$80,000 and NT$100,000,
respectively, with the full value exchangeable for
hotel spa, rooms or restaurants.