REVIEW: Couple’s Massage & Scrub Treatment By The Beach At Repulse Bay

On a hot summer day in July, I treated my partner for his birthday with an indulgent Couple’s Treatment at Sense of Touch in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. I wanted to do something that was both relaxing, luxurious and intimate outside the city… in a place with a holiday feel.

Sense of Touch’s Couple’s Treatment in Repulse Bay is called “Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing” – after the 1950’s movie shot where the spa is now located. It cost HK$3,490 for some 2 hours (including champagne!), something I know he’d never consider getting for himself… making that day all the more special. This particular treatment was apparently nominated for Couple’s Treatment of the Year at the Asia Spa Awards 2016 for its unique programme and location. 

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The ‘four play’ scrub with four ingredients given to us to exfoliate each other. All photos were taken during the author’s actual visit to Sense of Touch in 2020.

Arriving at Sense of Touch, Repulse Bay

The day couldn’t have been better as we were treated to amazing coastal views from our Minibus window, which zipped us from Causeway Bay to Repulse Bay in no time. Immediately we felt recharged with the change of air (literally) stepping into the beach town vibe of Hong Kong Southside. It was both our first time at Sense of Touch, and we felt as if we were stepping into Bali as we entered the tropically designed spa grounds.

We approached the reception, who warmly welcomed us with a choice of tea or lemonade. Our therapists introduced themselves and handed us guest forms to fill out. I took my time to appreciate the interiors of the place with its tasteful touches – mirror panelled ceilings giving a high ceiling effect, black and white framed photos of old Hong Kong on one wall, pretty native ceiling fans in front of the manicure / pedicure / foot spa area. I took note of the great ‘sparty’ potential it had, facing floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that looked out to the spa’s outdoor garden area.

They gave us a drop of honey each to taste before the treatment. Honey is said to have a calming effect, relieving anxiety and reducing stress levels.

Actual photo of the room the day we visited Sense of Touch in Repulse Bay

Love is a Many Splendoured Thing – Couple’s Treatment

After each handing in our form and health declaration, they invited us to use the bathroom before ushering us to the Couple’s Massage Suite. There were two massage tables prepared with a wooden / rattan tray holding the massage oil, a face towel and candle. I loved the bowl of flower petals beneath the face-opening – a uniquely Balinese touch that was small, but somehow made a big difference.

The first 30 minutes of the two-hour treatment began with a “four-play” in which we were given “exotic ingredients” to apply to each other in the steam shower. The idea was to inspire a little old-fashioned romance using our tactile senses (sense of touch!) – scrubbing each other for an intense body exfoliation. Our skin came out feeling like new after we worked to clear each other’s dead cells 😂

Our steam bath with a domed ceiling. That tiled bench was actually so handy to have!

After fun in the steam shower, we dried off and stepped into the disposable underwear they provided us. I peeked through the blinds to see what view lay on the other side and saw a pebble swimming pool. They asked us to slip a card under the door when finished, a super tactful way of calling them into the room once we we ready.

The 90 minute massage was pure bliss, we couldn’t help but notice how well-trained their staff are at Sense of Touch. They were perceptive to every need, asked the right questions and at the right times. To close the two-hour treatment, we rinsed off and changed back into our clothes. Back at reception, they had another surprise for us! A tray of ginger tea, chocolate and champagne were waiting for us. We toasted to my boyfriend’s birthday feeling fancy having bubbles and chocolate as our first meal of the day.

Champagne and chocolate for brunch

Post-Massage

If you’re heading to Repulse Day for your treatment, why not make a day of it? There are loads of delicious food options nearby, not to mention the beach and all the activities that come with it! We booked the beautiful terrace of Spices Restaurant at The Repulse Bay Hotel for a celebration dinner with friends. However, you should consider elegant colonial-style The Verandah for a romantic evening with that Monaco feel. Then there’s a host of trendy and casual dining concepts at The Pulse.

How did my partner like the whole experience? “It was very good, I felt like I was in Thailand. I felt pampered. As a man I never really think of doing these things for myself so it was nice.” That’s about as eloquent a review I’ll get from him… but you get the idea. Self-love may be trendy among us women, but men hardly consider this and thus appreciate when they are guided into these types of self-care rituals.

The ‘Sparty’ area perfect for a bachelorette or bridal shower

Other Sense of Touch Couple’s Treatments in Hong Kong

I’m just going to list the rest down here in case you want to compare price & services:

Sense of Touch, Repulse Bay

Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing (Couple’s Treatment) – $3,490/2hrs

Inspired by the 1950’s film shot in the same location as Sense of Touch Repulse Bay spa, this is an indulgent treat for two that deeply moisturizes and nourishes the skin while inspiring a little old-fashioned romance. It begins with a bit of “four-play where four exotic ingredients are given to the couple to apply to each other while inside the steam shower for an intense body exfoliation and revive dull-looking skin. Followed with a warming massage of exotically fragranced luxurious oil to relax and calm your senses. This sweet rendezvous completes your journey. www.senseoftouch.com.hk

G211, 1/F, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, HK (852) 2592 9668; Monday – Saturday 8:30am – 8:00pm; Sunday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Complimentary 1 hour parking with HKD800 minimum spend

getting there

  • From Causeway Bay, take Green Minibus: No.40 from Tang Lung Street (Exit F) to Stanley Village Road
  • From Central take Citibus No.6 from Central (Exchange Square) to Stanley Prison

Sense of Touch, Central

Couple’s Double Martini Ritual – $3,480 for two/2.5hrs
Start with an indulgent 60-minute massage of your choice to suit your individual needs, followed by a sensitive radiance facial for her and a refinery deep cleansing facial for him. finish with a relaxing soak in our bath for two.

Sense of Touch, Tseung Kwan O (New Territories)

Two Tropical Bliss – $3,650for two/2.5hrs
Tropical surroundings inspire this couple’s treatment that nourishes and relaxes your body. This begins with a dip in a milk and oat bath to help balance the skin. A steam bath wild crafted Indonesian recipe of ginger, spices and lavender is combined to eliminate impurities. A soothing aromatherapy massage to stimulate the senses.

Have you done a couple’s massage or spa treatment in Hong Kong? Do you have any recommendations? Have you been to Sense of Touch? What do you think of their service?

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