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Newly Renovated Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid Reopens and Debuts Wellness Services

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After much anticipation, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has reopened the iconic Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid after an extensive restoration. Opened in 1910, the 110-year-old property was originally designed and built under the supervision of legendary hotelier Cesar Ritz. It has been restored to its former glory with enhanced facilities and services while preserving the Belle Epoque character of the original building.

Spanish architectural firm Rafael de La-Hoz was instrumental in the historical restoration, and French designers Gilles & Bossier focused on the interiors, creating a classic yet contemporary feel with a soothing color palette, luxe fabrics, and modern design accents. The hotel features 153 rooms, including 53 suites.

The Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid will also offer wellness experiences for the mind and body for the first time in its history. The intimate spa will draw on the Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning wellness expertise and feature Valmont, a high-performance Swiss skincare line; Cellcosmet, a Swiss cosmeceutical line; and IS Clinical, a U.S.-based skincare line that combines traditional botanical medicine with advanced scientific formulations. The hotel has also partnered with The Beauty Concept, one of Spain’s leading wellness experts.

Some of the menu highlights include the Pinda Massage ($240, 75 minutes), which hails from the ancient Hindu practice of Ayurvedic medicine. It relies on single-use organic cotton bags, called pindas, filled with herbs to perform a deeply relaxing massage that combines acupressure to stimulate the body’s vital energy points. The Kobido Facial Massage ($240, 75 minutes) from Japan, works to rejuvenate and repair facial tissue using fast lifting and toning techniques. The massage stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic flow. The Sublime Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid Facial ($419, 90 minutes) is the spa’s premiere skincare ritual. Customized to an individual’s specific skincare needs, it provides intense hydration, powerful antioxidants, and more to strengthen the skin’s natural defenses and improve the look and feel of skin.

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The decadent spa welcomes guests to take full advantage of the facilities either before or after their treatments. The hotel’s wellness facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, a vitality pool, experience showers, a steam room, and a fitness center.

The property is also set to become one of Spain’s most touted culinary destinations, with five dining concepts overseen by chef Quique DaCosta, who has earned three Michelin stars. The restaurants are Deessa, which features a menu celebrating locally sourced produce; Palm Court, serving a classic yet modern menu under a glass canopy; Champagne Bar, which provides tailored pairings for guests; Pictura, featuring a curated avante garde menu of cocktails; and El Jardin del Ritz, a favorite spot for alfresco dining.

Set in the heart of Madrid’s commercial and cultural district, the hotel is located near the city’s famed El Retiro Park. The prestigious location has kept The Ritz an integral part of the Madrid’s social scene among royalty, politicians, celebs, and corporate leaders.     

For more on Mandarin Oriental and its Inner Strength-Outer Strength wellness initiative, check out our interview with Jeremy McCarthy, group director of spa and wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

About The Author

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.