Whether you need a wallet-friendly facial or would prefer to indulge in a luxurious massage with a price tag to match, we’ve rounded up the best spas this city has to offer.
When you’re stressed, busy, or just need a little pick-me-up, a bit of pampering can help you relax and feel revitalised. However, with so many options for an express 30-minute or full-day service, an organic spa or one with a stunning harbour view, how do you know where to go? We’ve got you sorted. From budget-friendly options to splurge-worthy experiences, look no further than our ultimate guide to the best spas in Hong Kong…
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Wellness Sanctuary at Fivelements Habitat is a one-stop city wellness haven in Causeway Bay. Its award-winning spa treatments (inspired by traditional Balinese recipes) are guaranteed to melt away your every tension. Highlights include rejuvenating holistic massages, ultra-nourishing body care and superfood anti-ageing facials (using pure, plant-sourced ingredients!). We predict you won’t be able to look past its Signature Fivelements Massage, which begins with a gentle rocking movement, before your skilled therapist uses their palms to “walk” down your back and legs. Pure bliss! Or treat yourself to the Fivelements Signature Day experience. It includes a Treasures of the Earth Body Care treatment (which consists of a scrub, mask and full body massage). You’ll also get a delicious three-course plant-based meal, before finishing off with a Habitat Superfood Facial (using chilled quartz crystals). Be warned – you’ll be tempted to linger longer to try out its Yoga and Sacred Arts practices as well. Now that you’re sold, don’t forget to call or email before you book to check if there are any special offers or promotions running!
Asaya at the ultra-luxe Rosewood, Hong Kong takes the focus on the state of your wellbeing to the next level. This urban wellness destination offers locally-inspired treatments targeting everything from emotional balance to skin health. Pick and choose from its extensive a la carte menu which includes deep tissue massages and manis and pedis, alongside some more unusual offerings like expressive arts therapy. Try the 60-minute Super Seed Nutrient facial by Votary and we guarantee you’ll be a convert for life!
Here’s where we should mention that from now until 30, April 2020, there’s 25% off all treatments (excluding Asaya programmes and the wellness expanded services), so there really is no excuse not to treat yourself. Make sure you leave enough time to indulge in the healthy snacks and teas on offer in the relaxation room, and did we mention you’ll also find Dyson hairdryers in the chic changing rooms (bonus!)? You might find yourself booking in for a follow-up treatment before you’ve even left the premises!
Asaya, 6/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3891 8588, [email protected], www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/wellness/asaya
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Budget-Friendly (less than $1,000)
Glow Spa & Salon is the perfect option for those looking for a spa that provides top-to-toe services. It’s recently relocated to bigger and better premises, and is kitted out with deep blue walls and bright and airy rooms that make it feel more luxurious than ever! It still offers everything from massages to facials, as well as nail services and hair removal, all guaranteed to leave you feeling fresh and radiant. The best part? It’s still well priced! We recommend trying the Light Therapy Facial ($880 for 60 minutes) or, if facial lifting is more your thing, opt for its Caci Microcurrent Facial Lifting treatment ($850 for 60 minutes). To help you prepare for the return of Hong Kong humidity, ask about its bhave™ Smoothe XT keratin therapy for hair. It’s the perfect weapon against frizz.
Iyara’s day spa was created to be a peaceful haven that you can pop into for a relaxing break from chaotic city life. With locations dotted around Hong Kong Island, it’s easy to stop in and check out its treatments, especially its new Chinese Medical Massage, Tui Na ($500 for 30 minutes). Thought to be one of the oldest systems of bodywork practiced today, it uses acupuncture to improve the overall Qi (energy flow) throughout the body. If you are, however, opposed to needles or just not feeling them, it also offers loads of other affordable massages from anti-cellulite drainage ($900 for 60 minutes) to sports massages ($950 for 60 minutes) and it always has promotions, so be sure to check those out before you book!
Located on the 11th floor of the Grand Hyatt, Plateau Spa is a great option for anyone looking for a quick pampering session. Its 30-minute massages are $570, but if you wish to push it a little, you can upgrade to a full 60 minutes for $1,050. Whichever you choose, make sure you book afternoon tea at Tiffin afterwards to continue your afternoon of pampering with some tasty treats.
Elu (an Estonian word for life) was chosen as this classy spa’s name to remind clients that life should not be about stress, but a deserved pampering experience instead. Using only natural and organic products, it offers affordable but luxe facials and massages. Specifically, its popular Signature Gemstone Facial is a must-try to restore and recondition your skin ($880 for 60 minutes). What’s more? It’s developed its treatments mindfully to suit women’s pain points vs. men’s, so your significant other can join in for a little wellness escape too.
Affordable luxury is the name of the game at The Right Spot and it aims to provide that for every client, without cutting corners. From massages to nails and waxing, this beauty bar meticulously performs each treatment using quality products, including toxin-free polishes for its manicures and pedicures. Choose one of its massage packages, that are all currently discounted and range from $710 to $780 (depending on duration), or check out one of its mani/pedi packages, that are currently $610 for a traditional combo or $910 for soak-off gel. If you end up loving its services (and we’re sure you will), grab a membership to get deals on products and treatments, and also skip the 10% service fee.
There’s nothing like a good scent to set the mood in a spa and Sovos takes that to the next level. Following a holistic approach to wellness, this fragrant hideaway bases its services on aromatherapy using therapeutic-grade, certified organic essential oils. Each treatment is personalised to focus on the areas of your choice, using a combination of oils suited to your skin and health. With prices starting at $780 for 60 minutes, it’s the perfect way to relieve stress for you and your wallet. If you love the scents used in your treatment, just ask your therapist and they’ll create a bespoke herbal formula for you to take home.
Located in the heart of Central, Ayana offers loads of affordable treatments that range all across the beauty spectrum. Its cleansing, plumping and lifting facials start from $690, with 60-minute massages from $590 – we’re all about the ones with hot stones and essential oils! Looking to amp it up? Check out one of its speciality facials or book a lash treatment. Whichever you choose, get ready to leave the spa looking your best.
Splurge (more than $1,000)
This award-winning, organic spa believes our health is our biggest luxury, and this peaceful haven aims to help you keep it that way. Emmanuel F is an eco-friendly and organic salon and spa, offering completely natural spa, hair and nail treatments. Even its hair dye is ethically sourced from the UK and is cruelty free. Its hair treatments and facials are a worthy indulgence (hair treatments range from $1,500 to $6,000 and facials range from $1,100 to $1,790) but if that’s too pricey, its 60-minute sensorial and deep tissue massages check the more affordable box at $780 and $880 a pop.
Offering impeccable services in a super chic pampering space, Flawless has earned its reputation as one of Hong Kong’s best spas. Promoting flawless beauty for all, it provides a variety of facials, massages and nail treatments, as well as specialised services for pregnant mamas and teens. Check out its Sleep Deeply massage for prolonged relaxation ($1,480 for 90 minutes), the Pollution Lift facial to feel squeaky clean ($1,380 for 60 minutes), or the Red Carpet facial that helps plump up fine lines while you get a head massage ($1,680 for 75 minutes). Looking for a relaxing activity for a special weekend? It accommodates themed celebrations, including group spa days and baby showers.
The Mandarin Spa is a Hong Kong staple, featuring therapies based on Chinese medicine (even its 1930’s Shanghai-inspired décor is a treat for your eyes). It focuses on providing an environment of holistic rejuvenation, with signature options such as the Digital Wellness Escape (from $1,800) and the Oriental Qi (from $2,215) designed to help you detach from the outside world. While other services, such as the Imperial Jade Treatment (from $2,630) and the Five Elements facial (from $1,520) use methods to relieve tension and restore balance. These offerings are on the pricey side, so make sure you arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of your treatment to take advantage of the rest of its spa facilities.
The Mandarin Spa, The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4888, [email protected], www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/luxury-spa
From holistic spa experiences to a variety of different healing massages and facials, The Spa at Four Seasons is a ritual in itself. Its natural treatments cover a wide variety of ailments such as sports injuries, system detoxes and pregnancy and post-natal pains. It also offers a massage treatment using jade (from $2,080) to help boost your immunity and increase energy levels. With its Well Feeling initiative, this 5-star hotel has made holistic wellness a top priority and we’re 100% on board.
Love L’Occitane products? Check out its flagship spa! Located on Star Street in Wan Chai, it has exclusive facilities including VIP cabins, a Provençal steam bath and even a couple’s suite with a relaxation area that you can reserve for you and your partner. Check out one of its indulgent signature treatments such as the Light of Serenity massage that combines Balinese, Swedish and Lomi Lomi massage techniques ($1,560 for 90 minutes), or save some money and go a la carte.
Budget Friendly (less than $1,000)
In Chinese, “Chuan” means water, hence the tranquil streams that are strategically placed around this spa. Chuan Spa offers holistic treatments (designed to restore peace and harmony), based on the five Wu Xing elements that form the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They’ll all leave you feeling refreshed and re-energised when you eventually reunite with the outside world. Check out one of its 60-minute massages for $960, its cupping or scraping treatment for $860, or opt to splurge on one of its cleansing, calming or brightening facials.
The THANN Sanctuary offers a wide range of spa treatments based on the art of natural therapy. Its holistic approach is aimed at helping you rediscover your inner physical and mental awareness while you relax. We particularly love its signature foot massage options, which take place in a private room (kitted out like a green oasis) with relaxing nature sounds playing in the background. Plus, all of its amazing facial options are under $1,000, offering the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of TST!
An old timer, Essential Spa has been providing high quality treatments for over 19 years. Aesthetically, it might not be the most visually appealing, but treatments are well done, they’re extremely affordable and they’re super convenient. Book online to reserve your treatment at its Kowloon location (or at one of its many other locations on Hong Kong Island). Give it a test run by checking out one of its massages (ranging from $350 to $980), or check out the details of its promotional packages on its website.
Pop into Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour and you’ll be immediately transported back to 1940’s China. From the décor to the treatments, this spa looks to unblock your energy flow and stimulate natural healing from within. All of the massages (based on duration) range from $168 to $616, with promotional packages priced between $406 and $566. If you’re feeling swamped at work, take a 30-minute break to try its Head and Shoulder Release – sure to get rid of that pent-up tension!
Splurge (more than $1,000)
Located in the Intercontinental, I-Spa has been designed for maximum relaxation. The treatments offered (in addition to the spa’s feng shui-inspired ambiance) will help release your chi from wherever it may be locked up. The list of treatment options is immense, but for those looking for a quick afternoon indulgence, one of its massage packages might be exactly what you need (ranging from $1,000 to $2,350). It’s extravagance at its finest!
I-Spa, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2721 1211, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/spa-and-leisure/
The MiraSpa is an urban escape that combines innovative treatments with cutting-edge technology. Each treatment is personalised to suit your needs and you’ll have access to your own shower, vanity and washroom when you’re done! Check out one of its signature options (ranging from $1,680 to $2,520), create a bespoke package, or book a special couple’s pampering treat for you and your partner (ranging from $3,100 to $4,080). For $680 more, its duo pampering packages also allow couples to stay and use the facilities for another 30 minutes after their treatment.
Listed in the Forbes Travel Guide 2018 as one of the world’s most luxurious spas, The Peninsula Spa is designed for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul. This state-of-the-art hideaway overlooks Victoria Harbour and certainly has the legendary Peninsula style. Its list of treatments is extensive, ranging from Chinese acupuncture to Thai massage and body contouring, plus it also offers wellness journeys for a quick getaway. It’s the perfect option when you want to treat yourself.
The Peninsula Spa, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2920 2888, [email protected], www.peninsula.com/en/hong-kong/wellness/luxury-hotel-spa
Another amazing spa with views of Victoria Harbour is Bliss Spa at W Hong Kong. Its tension-releasing massages come with a wax treatment for your feet and it also offers a plethora of transformational facials and advanced machine facial therapies. Try its new Diamond Cocoon Extreme Repair Facial by NATURA BISSÉ, which includes a repairing balm mask and invigorating facial massage. And of course we have to mention the snacks you’ll be offered! Along with cheese, olives and fruit, we love the Bliss-speciality brownies (which certainly help amp up the indulgence factor).
W Bliss Spa, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2222, [email protected], www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/fitness-spa-services/details/hkgwh-w-hong-kong/6033651/
Located on the 116th floor, overlooking Victoria Harbour, The Ritz-Carlton Spa gives a brand new meaning to the word “indulgence”. With one-of-a-kind treatments such as cryotherapy, non-surgical facial toning and even a 3-hour “Me Time” package (from $4,050), this is a definite treat. The hot stone massages don’t come cheap, but they’re heavenly. Don’t forget to take advantage of the stunning view afterwards by grabbing a drink and some eats in OZONE when you’re done!
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Level 118, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2263 2270, [email protected], www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong/spa
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 28, January 2019 and was updated on 18, March 2020.
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Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Fivelements Habitat, image 2 courtesy of Asaya Hong Kong, image 3 courtesy of Glow Spa & Salon via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Elu. Spa via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Emmanuel F, image 6 courtesy of Four Seasons, image 7 courtesy of Chuan Spa via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of InterContinental Hong Kong via Facebook, image 9 courtesy of The Peninsula Spa.