Auckland Langham’s Hotel Sustainably Peaceful

Winning an Earthcheck gold level certification, the hotel’s Chuan Spa wins the holistic award for serenity


Photo: Rita Cook

DALLAS, February 27, 2012 – On a recent trip to Auckland, New Zealand I stayed at one of the glamorous Langham Hotels.  Each Langham location is unique.  This particular property recently secured the prestigious EarthCheck Gold level of certification through the world’s leading certifier of travel and tourism organizations.

Often referred to as New Zealand’s best five-star hotel, The Langham has achieved a New Zealand first as well as a regional one, by earning EarthCheck Gold status.  The process took 12 months, with Langham daily recording their green practices for EarthCheck in order to be benchmarked against industry best practice. EarthCheck monitors key indicators including energy and water consumption, total waste production and community commitment.

The spa at the Langham called Chuan Spa goes beyond the green standard too.  Chuan, which means flowing water in Chinese, has a zen feel that permeates throughout the spa located on the hotel’s second floor.

Chuan Spa is an urban oasis in the heart of Auckland, in fact, and treatments are standout organic.  Therapists take the time to explain each treatment making sure the guest enjoys her experience. 

With six treatment rooms, a heated outdoor infinity pool and Jacuzzi, relaxation lounges and a state-of-the-art fitness center the design of Chuan Spa is new for the country and offers a truly authentic holistic spa journey.

More than 30 specialty treatments are offered at Chuan Spa using an east meets west approach, and predominantly focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

For travelers to the spa treatments are as diverse as the simple massage to treatments for people dealing with jet lag.  The Ming Facial uses gold magnets on the skin to increase stimulation and reduce skin ailments while a range of Chuan massages, wraps, scrubs, facials and other TCM treatments are also offered on the spa menu.

While I enjoyed a number of treatments at the spa, all holistic mind you, the TCM Acupuncture Facial Renewal came highly recommended. However, having needles stuck in my face just seemed scary.  However, after I tried it, I was hooked.

Everyone has heard of acupuncture and how it relates to the overall idea of Chinese medicine. If any disharmony is in your body it throws off your yin and yang and ultimately your energy balance.  The task of the Chinese doctor is to restore the imbalance using a number of outlets, particularly acupuncture.

The acupunture treatment at the Chuan Spa.

With the Facial Renewal, not only could I see a visible difference, but so could my travel companions.  Referred to as an acupuncture facelift, this is Chuan Spa’s natural alternative to botox, collagen or cosmetic surgery.  The treatment increases the facial tone and helps to reduce lines and wrinkles.

If you are partaking in the Chuan specialty treatments they will also have you complete a form to determine your disposition for the day.  You will end up leaning toward one of the Chinese elements wood, fire, earth, metal or water and that will tell the therapist they type of aromatherapy you need as well as your weaknesses for the day.  I took the test several times and repeatedly scored for water.

My other treatments included the organic, healthy signature massage and facial.  The massage, called Chuan Harmony is meant to be a mind, body and soul experience to stimulate meridian harmony.  With therapeutic elements of acupressure and other relaxing techniques a deep sense of calm is the aim during this Zen experience.

The facial, the Chuan Signature also came highly recommended and, not disappointed I ended up with a glow.  

At the end of my facial and massage my therapist also placed three small magnets in my ear and told me to leave in for a few days.  The therapist explained that the magnets, depending on location in the ear, can be used for stimulating and healing and to increase balance spiritually.  The jade stone used in the treatment is also a sacred Chinese stone and works to stimulate and balance. 

The Chuan tri-bathing ritual before your treatments begin is also a must.  The ritual offers an array of wet facilities to expand the body’s reaction to hot and cold stimuli for a deeper relaxing experience.  Snail showers are circular in shape and jets of warm water spray to loosen any tightened muscles.  The ice experience is the second part of the Chuan-Tri bathing ritual with fountains of ice used to refresh and exhilarate the body and to increase circulation.

The holistic spa coupled with the fresh approach to sustainability at this luxurious property certainly seems to be a benchmark as well as the hotel having the prestigious “Leading Hotels of the World” designation.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books. Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from  You can also follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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