MACAU, China — Spa Philosophy has opened its doors in Macau, making it both the enclave’s first-ever day spa and the world’s first fully oxygenated spa.

The decision to open a day spa in Macau, which boasts a population of only 500,000, has surprised many in the region. Mandy Chan, managing director of Spa Philosophy, understands the skepticism, but said times have changed. "When I moved to Macau seven years ago, it was a mess here," she recalls. "There were so many problems – even bombings and gangs. But after the handover [to Chinese sovereignty in 1999], things settled down. There was instant change in the security of the city."

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