Native trees to be donated to Everglades National Park for each guest receiving the herbal healing experience 
 
PRLog (Press Release) – Apr 08, 2009 – The Five-Star Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami launches the Herbal Thai Compress Ritual, a treatment designed for soothing muscles with compresses made of naturally therapeutic ingredients, while relaxing the mind and body. This rewarding experience will also help to support Florida’s World Heritage site, as a live oak, bald cypress, slash pine or gumbo limbo tree will be planted at neighboring Everglades National Park in honor of each guest when they book the treatment.

“As members of the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, we are proud to support conservation through partnering with Everglades National Park,” said Osa Mallo, director of the spa at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. “Every time guests enjoy this therapeutic treatment, they will be helping to preserve and protect our nearest UNESCO World Heritage site for today’s visitors and future generations.”

The Herbal Thai compresses are made of restorative ingredients such as lemongrass, ginger and peppermint and are steamed to perfection before they are positioned on key muscles of the body. The Ritual is combined with a massage of the guest’s choice for the ultimate rejuvenating experience. At the end of the treatment, guests will be asked to select which type of tree they would like to be planted to help enrich Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States boasting rare and endangered species.

The Herbal Thai Compress Ritual lasts for 90 minutes and costs $275. For more information or reservations, please contact The Spa directly at (305) 913 8332 or visit Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s website at www.mandarinoriental.com.

About Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and boasts rare and endangered species.  The park is designated as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance. For more information about the Everglades visit www.nps.gov/ever.

About World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism
The World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism is a membership-based initiative that works to support World Heritage conservation, sustainable tourism, and local economic development for communities in and around UNESCO World Heritage sites. The UN Foundation and Expedia, Inc. created the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism in the Fall of 2005.  For more information, including a list of other WHA members and partners, visit: http://www.worldheritagealliance.org.  

About Mandarin Oriental, Miami
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami is a three-level sanctuary located at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Miami hotel.  Adopting a different approach to the traditional spa experience, The Spa offers a series of innovative and restorative treatments inspired by the elements of nature, and the ancient traditions of Chinese, Ayurvedic, European, Balinese and Thai cultures. The 15,000-square-foot spa features 17 private treatment rooms that each use textures such as bamboo, rice paper, glass and natural linens to achieve a harmonious and balanced design. Six stunning suites, located on the top floor of the spa, offer the ultimate spa experience.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, resorts and residences. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 41 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 17 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and 10 in Europe and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates, or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, connected to the Group’s properties.  

Photography of Mandarin Oriental is available to download, in high and low resolution, in the Photo Library of our Media section, at www.mandarinoriental.com.   

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