FINALLY! A great spa and massage joint I found through Groupon!
- Spa rating: 4.5/5
- Value for dollar: 5/5 (based on Groupon deal)
- Cleanliness: 5/5
- Service: 4/5
- Would I revisit: Yes
- Status: Recommend
HKD1 = USD7.8 approximate
I went for Inzpire Beauty’s Groupon deal with the usual skepticism of a seasoned consumer/Groupon user. Their deal had the description below: I went with the HKD399 option. It wasn’t that much more expensive and provided an extra slimming treatment on top of the massage and the two treatment items.
The spa was excellent. Located in a rather dinky building on Cameron Road in Tsimshatsui, the spa facilities were modern and clean. The friendly staff tell me they’ve been open just over a year. The colours of the furnishings are different shades of brown and beige. The atmosphere could feel a bit dim at first, but once you settle in it’s very cozy and comfortable. A lady kept refilling my tea cup and there was no waiting time.
The photos from the Groupon website are quite representative of the spa itself, with the exception that the room I was given was much smaller and dimmer. For the massage I chose lymphatic, because the heat from hot stone therapy might be too dry for my skin. Hot stone massages are generally 5-10% more expensive than normal massages because of the extra work involved, so this could be a chance to try it out.
Massage part: I wasn’t impressed with the massage therapist. Though she was experienced and hit the right spots, her phone rang loudly in the middle of my session and she chatted away for a good couple minutes! A big NO if Inzpire Beauty is trying to position themselves as a higher-class spa. I took off points for service because of this.
Facial part: The next therapist was much better, and helped me with the face massage and the slimming treatment. She was professional, friendly, helped analyse my skin and made me feel super relaxed. She had the perfect touch. The face massage was approximately 20 minutes – the therapist first put a cold gel all over my face and then massaged the meridian points. It was top notch. Next was the back-scrub, which was a simple clean and scrub down, but it felt lovely.
A reminder the whole service does not include the usual eyebrow shaping. If you’re aiming to get your eyebrows fixed you’ll need to pay extra. I also wasn’t told what products they used so am not able to comment on the quality of such. Bottom line is I didn’t get any allergic reactions after the treatment.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t sold ANY products or upgrades during my entire treatment. I was able to relax and fully appreciate my time there – a big bonus considering up-selling is a near certainty for joints that advertise through Groupon. The slimming treatment consisted of an RF machine, heated, working on a body part of your choice (legs, tummy, face, etc). It lasts around 30 minutes. Beware – it could get very hot. Remind your therapist if you feel discomfort at any point. I’m not sure how effective these machines are but when I was going through the process it felt legit.
Overall I loved my spa day here. No one sold me anything. Everyone was friendly. The joint is clean, tidy and really has the potential to upscale themselves. Considering it was only HKD133 (399/3 – which is USD17!) for approximately two hours of spa treatment, which included a massage, facial, back scrub and slimming treatment, it’s well worth a try!
They’re also doing a promotion – if you like their Facebook page and show it to a staff, you get a free hand massage plus hot wax. I might update this post after I’ve tried out the rest of their services.
Thoughts on joining a spa plan generally: no spa can survive on a series of treatments for USD17 per session. It’s not economically viable – for all the labour, product costs, machinery costs and exuberant rent. The aim of businesses using Groupon is to attract new customers. But I also don’t believe in hard-selling – if I think your spa is good, I’ll consider buying your packages. If I sense any aggression in the sales tactics or belittling of the value my Groupon deal during my short time there, I’ll walk. I understand these are competitive times and behind aggression there lies desperation. But that’s not how you win new customers. I wouldn’t want to hand over thousands of dollars to your beauty company anyway if you’re a sinking ship.
So far, Inzpire Beauty hits all the right notes.
Which spas do you like and recommend?
- Address: Inzpire Beauty, 2/F, Taurus Building, 21A-B Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: 2367 1678
- Website: http://www.inzpire-beauty.com (in Cantonese only)
- Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-7pm
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