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… that’s right, it’s spa time. And arguably one of the most luxurious places to get the experience is at a five-star hotel. Bring along a friend or loved one, too, and make a day of it at our picks of the best spas in Hong Kong’s most esteemed hotels.
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 package 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 for suite retreat experiences (non-suite services start at $3,250). Quite the splurge, but an experience you won’t soon forget.
Where: 116/F, Ritz Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd West, West Kowloon
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 facial treatments (starting at $2,150) and massages (starting at $1,650) 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: 9/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: Call 2696 6682 or email [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, which was awarded “Hong Kong’s Best Day Spa” in 2021 by the World Spa Awards. You can easily spend hours in the “Wet Zone” with a hydro pool, sauna, steam room and revitalizing showers, complemented by floating waterbeds for pure calm. The “Aura Room” is a novel spa experience, where you can laze in a customized treatment room with special colour therapy, mood-lighting and personalized 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: Level B3, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
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 spa 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 Time Rituals™ therapy, a completely customized holistic treatment for the length of time you choose (minimum 2 hours). And like any top-end spa, there are enticing extras, so do arrive early to relish the Chinese herbal steam room, tepidarium, tearoom and more.
Where: The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd Central, Central
Book: Call 2825 4888 or email [email protected]
Facial treatments, 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-ageing) like LPG® Endermologie or electro-mesotherapy, and the highest (73 floors up) outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzis in Hong Kong. The 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: 72/F, The W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Rd West, West Kowloon
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 St, Central
Book: Call 3196 8900 or email [email protected]
Quan Spa is the Marriot’s signature wellness and spa brand, and this particular one is located inside Hong Kong International Airport, making it ideal for a pre-flight facial treatment or full spa package to freshen up during a long layover. The Chinese character for quan is derived from the character for bai, meaning white, so the full meaning can be translated to pure spring water. This is reflected in the ocean-inspired decor and body wraps, qi fusion massages, and freshness rituals using marine ingredient-based Thalgo products. If you’re put off by the idea of paying for airport parking on top of indulging in a five-star hotel spa, don’t fret – you can enjoy free parking for three hours with any treatment booked through Klook.
Where: G/F, Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel, 1 Sky City Rd East, Hong Kong International
Book: Starting from $256 on Klook or call 3969 2188
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-energize you with a quick dip, followed by a poolside tai chi or yoga class, if you fancy.
Where: 11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
Book: Call 2584 7688 or email [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 packages are 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 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 St, Mong Kok
Book: Call 3552 3510 or email [email protected]
It’s impossible not to relax at Angsana Spa with a setting so inviting you will feel at ease the moment you walk in – think floating flowers and special scented candles. A sister brand of Banyan Tree Spa, specializing in holistic Thai massage and signature therapy treatments. Your visit starts with a soothing foot wipe, and from here you can choose what spa package you’d like. Perhaps the 90-minute “Worry Free” treatment including Javanese body massage and scalp massage (starting at $1,300), or the Angsana signature “Floral Chic”, 180 minutes of a heavenly massage, body wrap, and scrub, plus your choice of facial treatment with the invigorating scent of flowers enveloping you (starting at $2,200). No matter what you choose, all treatments come with a herbal drink and refreshments.
Where: 9/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Book: Call 3400 1052 or email [email protected]
Header image credits: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong