Shiki means “four seasons” in Japanese.

Spa Shiki’s Japanese theme was chosen in honor of Harold Koplar, founder of The Lodge of Four Seasons, who had a passion for Asian culture. The spa’s theme also honors Mr. Buffy Murai, the Japanese landscape architect who worked at The Lodge for more than 30 years and lived at a teahouse on the premises. Mr. Buffy’s design experience included work on the movie sets of “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956) and “Sayonara” (1957), and he was responsible for the creation of the Japanese Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Mr. Buffy, as he was affectionately called, grew the flowers and trees in the Lodge’s Japanese Garden from seed.

Spa Shiki’s treatment menu reflects Far Eastern philosophies of health and wellness. Reminiscent of a Japanese home, the spa’s entire space is devoted to balancing each visitor’s chi or energy, and natural elements promote a soft glow, further enhanced by flickering candles. The spa uses a variety of essential oils, such as lavender, to fill the air with relaxing scents, and soft music creates a lyrical backdrop. In the calming sanctuary, guests relax in chaise lounges after or between treatments.