It’s time to pamper yourself. We’re talking luscious massages, facials that will make you float away for a couple of hours, relaxing in a warm jacuzzi as fragrant oils lift your worries…it’s spa time. Bring along a friend or loved one, too, and make a day of it at our best picks of the most luxurious hotel spas Hong Kong has to offer.
You will feel like you’re on top of the world in many ways at the Ritz-Carlton’s luxury spa. Here, treatments take place 116 floors up, with exquisite views of Victoria Harbour, and the service is luxe. The spa has nine sumptuous treatment rooms, including two couples spa suites offering the ultimate in indulgence: you and a companion will spend 3 to 4 hours enjoying personalized spa treatments, in-room private couples lounge, spa cuisine and more, all with a gorgeous panoramic view of the city below. Prices start at $7,300 (non-suite services start at $2,200), quite the splurge, but an experience you won’t soon forget.
Where: Ritz Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Book: 2263 2040 or email [email protected]
A place famous for its elegant afternoon tea will undoubtedly pull out all the stops for a luxury spa visit, and The Peninsula does not disappoint. The spa at the iconic Hong Kong hotel is also a prime spot for sweeping harbour views in treatment rooms combining traditional Chinese and contemporary decor, offering the ideal escape. While the him or her facials (starting at $1,600) and massages (starting at $1,550) are divine, the highlight is the amenities. All guests can indulge in the lavish spa facilities (including separate female and male areas) featuring Crystal Steam Rooms, Lifestyle Experience Shower, Infrared Ice Fountains, sauna and a plush relaxation area.
Where: The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 2696 6682 or [email protected]
Do you really want to impress someone? Then you must take them to The Mandarin Spa. The spa is gorgeous and helps one relax, inside and out, with treatments and therapies drawing on traditional Chinese medicine for emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. It starts upon arrival, with the exchange of shoes for slippers, a symbolic gesture to “step away from the outside world”. Once settled in, go for the “Indulgence” programme (from $4,670) an all-encompassing face and body treatment lasting 3.5 hours including full body massage, facial and a light Asian-inspired meal. And like any top-end spa, there are enticing extras, so do arrive early to relish the Chinese herbal steam room, tepidarium, tea room and more.
Where: The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central
Book: 2825 4888 or [email protected]
The feng shui-inspired I-Spa is a good bet for decadent seasonal spa promotions, so keep your eye out when a special occasion rolls around. Treat a dear friend to the “I-Spa Birthday Experience”, a 2-hour package that will leave you both feeling completely pampered and refreshed, starting with a body massage or I-Spa Rejuvenating Facial, and ending with a light lunch served on the pool terrace with stunning harbour views. I-Spa is also known for the extravagant “24 Karat Gold Crystal Collagen Experience”, featuring a back, shoulder and neck massage using warm oil infused with Roman chamomile, lavender and ho wood, followed by a 24-karat gold crystal collagen face treatment.
Where: InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon
Book: 2721 1211 or [email protected]
Well, we said we were listing the most luxurious spas, so you know The Four Seasons would make the cut. How could it not, when some of the draws are manicures with cocktails over gorgeous views of Victoria Harbour, the idyllic setting of the Vitality Lounge for unwinding in the Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, Experience Shower and ice fountain, and the amazing terrace infinity-edge pool with speakers so you can enjoy music underwater. Then there’s the private suite, your own sanctuary complete with steam facilities, relaxation bed and opulent marble tub filled with warm, scented water for you to bathe in while gazing at the skyline.
Where: The Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central
Book: 3196 8900 or [email protected]
It’s hard to remember you’re in Wan Chai and near the bustling Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre when you step foot into Plateau Spa. Like a mini resort, this secluded gem offers a brief escape from the crowds and noise of the city. Treatment rooms with warm hues and calming greenery help you slip away under the warmth of a seaweed contour body wrap or cooling Hungarian mud wrap (both from $1,240), and the 50-metre heated outdoor pool will re-energise you with quick dip, followed by a poolside tai chi or yoga class, if you fancy.
Where: The Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road
Book: 2584 7688 or [email protected]
The Mira Hong Kong is a favourite choice for the popular Hong Kong pastime, the boozy brunch, but also tucked away within the hotel is 18,000 square feet of bliss at MiraSpa. You can easily spend hours in the “Wet Zone” with a hydro pool, sauna, steam room and revitalising showers, complemented by floating waterbeds for pure calm. The “Aura Room” is a novel spa experience, where you can laze in a customised treatment room with special colour therapy, mood-lighting and personalised music to lull you into a deep rest. And if you’re looking to spend a girly afternoon, the Nail Lounge is perfect, with a dazzling selection of colours to beautify your hands, plus Champagne and canapés in a chic setting.
Where: MiraSpa, Level B3, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 2315 5500 or [email protected]
Facials, massages, body treatments, waxing and manicures are all on offer at award-winning bliss spa, but with some enhancements: soak your hands and get a fresh polish at the signature “movie-while-you-mani” station, nourish your skin with advanced machine treatments (slim/contour/anti-aging) like LPG® Endermologie or electro-mesotherapy, and the highest (73 floors up) outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzis in Hong Kong. Nine harbour view treatment rooms on the 72nd floor, two luxury couple suites, an aroma steam room and other niceties will tempt you away from hectic city life. Oh, did we mention there’s a brownie buffet and homemade cookies too? Heaven.
Where: The W Hotel, 72/F, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Book: 3717 2797 or [email protected]
The entrance at Chuan Spa is worth the price of admission alone, as you ascend a candle-lit staircase beside a gently flowing water wall, soothing scents surrounding you. Chuan means a serene course of water in Chinese, and the spa is modelled to reflect this, using feng shui principles and elements of traditional Chinese medicine. The result is a unique spa getaway that starts with a bathing ritual of steam or sauna, followed by a cooling Japanese onsen shower. Here is where you’ll want to try ho guan (cupping), the ancient Chinese practice in which a heated cup is applied to the skin for a therapeutic effect, then a comforting cup of Chinese tea in a deluxe relaxation room.
Where: Level 41, Cordis Hong Kong,, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
Book: 552 3510 or [email protected]
It’s impossible not to relax at Angana Spa with a setting so inviting you will feel at ease the moment you walk in – think floating flowers and special scented candles. Your visit starts with a soothing foot wipe, and continues for as long as you desire, depending on what package you choose. Perhaps the 90-minute “Worry Free” treatment including Javanese body massage and scalp massage, or the Angsana signature “Floral Chic”, 180 minutes of heavenly massage, body wrap and scrub, plus choice of facial with the invigorating scent of flowers enveloping you. No matter what you choose, all treatments come with a herbal drink and refreshments.
Where: 9/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Book: 3400 1052 or [email protected]