A favourite pastime is trying out new spas, massages and facials in the city, and I’ve come to develop a list of favourites. You don’t need to pay a fortune to pamper yourself in Hong Kong. The city is full of options, ranging from the ultra extravagant to the modest but soothing. I’ll list out some of my favourites, and in another post about worst spas some which I suggest you avoid. Note: none of these reviews are endorsed by the spas. I always looking for good reviews online but often find them lacking, so am starting my own!
Note: USD1 = HKD7.8 approximate.
All prices in HKD.
- $$$$ = under HKD2500
- $$$ = under HKD1500
- $$ = under HKD1000
- $ = under HKD300
One of the best spas in the city. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the Landmark (not to be confused with the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong below), you immediately find yourself relaxing into the creamy white marble floors of the reception area. Ladies with hushed voices take down your details and bring you a pair of slippers upon arrival. You are then escorted into the spacious changing room where you’ll find robes, towels and toiletries. If you have 30 minutes to an hour to spare, be sure to try out their Jacuzzi, small pool and Moroccan tiled sitting areas. You’ll instantly feel like you are in a luxurious hammam. I highly recommend the Signature Spa or the Time Rituals packages, prices around HKD2100-2350 on a weekend for a two-hour treatment. This Spa is known for its tailor made treatments and have been known to offer a 2 for 1 promotion.
Very close to the Mandarin Oriental Landmark is its sister spa, the more historical Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Spa. Located on Connaught Road Central in the heart of the financial district, this is the best escape from the office, or a special treat if you’re on holiday. A very different setting from its sister spa, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong features oaky tones, ancient wooden chairs and Asian décor. Service is the same excellence as its sister spa, and they also offer superb Thai massages from professional Thai therapists. My visit there was unforgettable and I find myself roaming back to their Zen-atmosphere reception, wallet permitting. Their spa packages are similar to that of the Mandarin Oriental Landmark, but are in some cases slightly more expensive.
Chuan Spa, Langham Place Hotel $$$
Located at the heart of Mong Kok inside the Langham Place hotel, this is the last place you’ll expect to find a serene and quiet spa amid the bustling traffic and dense buildings. I’ve come here several times and have introduced friends. Spanned across the 41st floor of the hotel, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Mong Kok and its chaotic cosmopolitan cityscape. The 2.5 hour Chuan Ritual used to be HKD1000 on promotion and is an absolute treat, starting with a foot massage in a private room with a 180 degree view of the city, followed by a massage and a facial with Thalgo products. If you can get a friend to go it’s the most economical (HKD3095 for two). After your spa session you’ll be treated to a light meal and refreshing lemon-orange infused water, in a quiet room with a view. Their robes are excellent and service is top-notch. For the price, this is often my go-to choice.
Ayana, Central $$
This is an absolute gem in the Central area. Located at the Jade Centre on Wellington Street, this tiny place offers crystal comb massages (where the therapist uses a comb with crystal beads at the end to sooth your meridian points) along side facials and pressure point treatments. I tried the Alqvimia White Light Treatment Facial and Forever Young Eye Treatment using a Groupon for HKD268, which lasted approximately 90 minutes and was an absolute bliss. The therapist’s expert use of the crystal comb on my face and neck put me to a relaxed trancey sleep in no time. The best thing is they were extremely professional, and unlike other Groupon spa experiences did not force feed you products after or during the treatment. I’d come back here again and have recommended friends, who have also raved about it. Usual prices range from HKD650 to the thousands, depending on which treatment you choose. I say go try before Ayana becomes too popular and expensive!
Ignore the name, because this is a good place to go. Located at Central’s Lan Kwai Fong district, this massage joint requires a walk up a shady looking building next to a bar and across a pub. Despite the misgivings of its surroundings and a rather shoddy sounding name, Warm Feeling House has managed to keep itself the dim, serene and relaxing space that it is for all these years. It is run by Thai ladies who don’t always speak very fluent English, but they are always polite and helpful. Thai massages and Thai-style foot rubs are the signatures. I come here after a hard day of work or a hard dose of liquor. A 45 minute foot massage starts at HKD138. If you buy bulk, like a set of 10 foot massages to be used over a period of time, they give you a discount.
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