(SPOT.ph) Stressed? Burnt out? Going through a quarter-life crisis? One way you can escape it all without actually leaving the city is by planning a staycation at a fancy hotel. Another way to level it up? Book a massage treatment at said fancy hotel! If you only have the budget for one or the other, consider spoiling yourself by trying out the best hotel spas in the Metro—you deserve it. Not sure where to start? We gotchu. We ranked the best hotel spas in the city based on ambience, amenities, service, and value for money.
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10. QiWellness at The Picasso Boutique Hotel
How much to shell out: Lymphatic Drainage Massage (P980/60 minutes)
The lowdown: “QiWellness has a very Zen aesthetic with Asian-inspired interiors in a cozy space—complete with dim lighting to enhance the mood. If you feel like getting away from everything and just closing your eyes while you get a massage, it’s a good place to go.
"You’ll have no problem making a quick reservation, which I was able to do over text. You can get an hour-long massage for less than P1,000, which the masseuse will make sure is at a pressure you’re comfortable with. They offer several kinds of massages, each with their own specific benefits, which their menu describes in detail.
"I especially liked how well they were able to target the points in my body that were tight and strained, so overall, I felt much better afterwards. The room comes with a shower, too. It’s big enough for couples if you’d like to go on a spa date. They also serve tea afterwards for an overall relaxing experience.” — Ashley
The verdict: QiWellness is a great spa option for those looking for a relaxing break in the middle of busy Makati. What it lacks in space, they make up for in the quality of massage you’ll get, thanks to their expert therapists that know the perfect strokes to knead those knots away. The best part is that you won’t have to shell out more than a thousand bucks to get a really, really great massage.
QiWellness is at The Picasso Boutique Hotel, 119 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, log on to QiWellness’ website.
9. Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Makati
How much to shell out: Deep Muscle Massage (P3,000/60 minutes)
The lowdown: “When I got to the spa, I was asked to fill out a form about my medical history. The form also let me identify areas that I'd like the therapist to focus on. The spa is divided into two areas: male and female. The female area had a locker room, lounge, a drying area, shower rooms, a sauna, and a mineral pool. Since I came early for my appointment, the staff suggested that I take a dip in the pool to relax myself before the treatment.
"I was led to a private treatment room with a bed in the middle and a side chair with a huge bowl right across it, where I was given a warm foot wash. I chose among three oil options for my massage while the therapist gently cleaned my feet. Before starting the massage, the therapist also checked with me if I was okay with the brightness of the lights, the temperature of the room, down to the volume of the background music.
"I'd say the therapist was good at massaging the knots away especially in my shoulders and neck area, and she was careful with my sore muscles but not to the point that I wouldn't feel the strokes. I didn't doze off, but I left the spa feeling relaxed and surprisingly energized. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that the spa felt really private and secluded, so I almost forgot I was actually in a business district. And while the rates don't come cheap, I wouldn't mind going back if I had cash to spare.” — MM
The verdict: Right smack in the middle of the business district is Willow Stream Spa in Fairmont, Makati. It’s where you can get a luxurious spa treatment that’s customized to your liking—from the oils they use down to the brightness of lights, room temperature, and even the areas where you want the therapist to focus on during your treatment. Their rates are pretty average for a hotel spa (which usually don’t come cheap), so if you’re up for a luxurious experience, Willow Stream Spa is a good option.
8. Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Manila
How much to shell out:Devarana Signature Treatment (P4,200/90 mins)
The lowdown:“I’m decidedly not one for massages, but what I am totally on board for is trying new things. Even if being pushed into a table by a stranger (which, really, is what a professional massage is) isn’t your thing, there’s a certain appeal to the whole idea of a spa.
"Devarana at Dusit Thani pulled through for me on several levels. I was able to book via e-mail (phone calls in 2019 are anxiety fodder and nobody can tell me otherwise), and they were more than reasonable about accommodating me even though Manila traffic had done its magic and made me a little late. The staff adjusted for time and price accordingly, which tells you a lot about how well-oiled (Ha!) their system is.
"The treatment itself kind of showed me what people mean when they say a massage made them feel like 'the stress is melting off.' It didn’t hurt that the massage therapist checked in with me at moments where I wasn’t drifting off too much. In fact, I’m not even sure if I fell asleep or not. That kind of peaceful limbo is hard to achieve in the digital age.
"The price is steep, but the swish entrance, lush rooms—steam room and private shower included—and very considerate staff are completely worth returning to. That’s right, I said 'returning to.' Basically, they’ve converted me into a Spa-Going Girl.” — Michiko
The verdict: If you feel like spoiling yourself silly, Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani is a great place to do it. Their massage rooms are equipped with their own shower and steam rooms, perfect if you value privacy. While it might hurt your wallet, you’ll be sure to walk out of that place feeling like a brand-new person that can take on anything the world throws at you (or feeling like hitting the sheets and dozing off—which isn’t a bad idea, either).
Devarana Spa is at Dusit Thani Manila, 1223 EDSA, Makati City. For more information, log on to Devarana Spa’s website.
7. Le Spa at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
How much to shell out: Aruga Treatment (P3,000/60 minutes)
The lowdown: “While Le Spa in Sofitel isn’t exactly new, I like how they are able to maintain a luxurious feel. They had a bit of trouble finding my reservation (I did it on online), they were still able to accommodate me right away, which I appreciate since I had a busy day and just wanted to relax for a bit.
"Prior to the treatment, I was asked to fill out a form where I was able to input my preferences for the massage. Then, they asked if I wanted to try their wet area for 30 minutes, which I agreed to since I wanted to get the most out of the service. Upon entering the sauna, I was surprised to see other spa users completely butt-naked. Other than that, I was able to enjoy a bit of quiet time while sweating my problems away before the massage. After my sauna session, I was offered a comfy robe and slippers before heading to the massage room.
"The treatment room looks a lot like a hotel room. It had a chair on one side where the therapist soaked my feet with warm water before the body massage. The massage itself was relaxing. I liked how they really studied my preference and delivered. The therapist offered warm ginger tea after my treatment. Overall, the service felt luxurious, as expected. While the price is on the steep side, I felt like I got what I paid for.” — Joshua
The verdict: Le Spa treats their customers like royalty, so if you’re up for some pampering and don’t mind shelling out at least P3,000 for it, then this hotel spa is right up your alley. It has everything you expect from a hotel spa, nothing more, nothing less. While the facilities are not exactly new, you can tell that the staff are very knowledgeable with what they’re doing.
Le Spa is at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, log on to Sofitel’s website
6. I’M Onsen Spa at I'M Hotel
How much to shell out: I’M Onsen Spa Signature Treatment (P1,950/60 minutes with buffet)
The lowdown: “It was the first time I've ever spent this much on a massage, so I was really hoping for the best—and I wasn't disappointed. The Onsen Spa at I'm Hotel has its own separate facility (several floors worth, in fact) and from the moment I entered their main lobby was helped along by their very friendly staff.
"At reception, I was handed a small card with directions on where to go and what to do: Head to the 'locker room' first, where the Onsen, steam, and sauna rooms were located along with the usual facilities (they ask you to come in at least an hour earlier than your scheduled treatment so you can enjoy some time here) before heading to a lounge on the floor above, where you can enjoy some comfy chairs and free-flowing hot or cold tea. Here, I was fetched by my masseuse and was treated to a pretty intensive and relaxing massage.
"Afterwards, I was in a pretty dazed state—having reached some new level of Zen—but I still had a buffet to look forward to! The buffet was part of the hotel proper and offered a pretty decent selection of Western and Asian cuisine. Over all, it was money well spent!” — Mia
The verdict: I’M Hotel’s I’M Onsen Spa has packages where you can get a spa treatment and a dinner buffet, making it a great option for those who are celebrating a special occasion—or you know, those who love food and relaxation (read: all of us). Considering its relatively low rates, I’M Onsen Spa is where you can get the most bang for your buck.
I’M Onsen Spa is at I’M Hotel, 7852 Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, log on to I’M Onsen Spa’s website.
5. Marahai Spa at New World Makati
How much to shell out: Swedish Massage (P2,400/60 minutes)
The lowdown: “I was surprised to find out that a Swedish massage at New World Hotel Makati was only P2,400—I was expecting a higher rate for a five-star hotel. But their spa experience was more than worth the price.
"First of all, reserving a slot was very easy; they advised me to come to the spa 15 minutes before my appointment so I could use their sauna. They have a steam room and sauna plus showers and lockers. Their sauna was shared but, since I was the only one there, I was able to have it for myself. Then they had me change into one of the fluffiest robes I’ve ever worn to prep for my massage.
"During the massage, my masseuse asked me how dim I wanted the lights, how loud I wanted the music to be, and what kind of oil I wanted. She also asked me about preferred pressure for the massage—I chose medium, but fair warning: their medium might be a good-bit harder than usual. Still, I found the massage very relaxing; I even fell asleep at one point. Afterwards, they offered me hot calamansi tea, which was very soothing (and unique to them!). Overall, for a hotel massage that isn’t that expensive, I would recommend Marahai Spa at New World Makati.” — Henna
Marahai Spa is at New World Makati, Esperanza Street corner Ayala Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, log on to New World Makati’s website.
4. Illume Spa at Grand Hyatt Manila
How much to shell out: Swedish Massage (P2,800/60 minutes)
The lowdown: “I’d heard about Illume’s wet area with its ‘Experiential Shower,’ so was a tiny bit disappointed when I wasn’t asked, upon arrival, if I wanted to make use of the facilities—maybe I wasn’t early enough? In any case, I was asked to fill out a questionnaire, on which I was able to identify what I wanted out of the massage (to relax or de-stress, to soothe aching muscles, and others), the kind of pressure I wanted (light) and the places where I wanted some extra attention from the therapist (shoulders). I didn’t have to wait long before I was led to the private massage room, which had its own bathroom so I could change into an incredibly fluffy robe and disposable underwear in peace.
"I said on the questionnaire that I wanted relaxation from the massage, and happily, I got exactly that. The therapist’s pressure was perfect, and she used hands and forearms, kneading away my stress with soothing, fluid strokes. I was torn between dozing off and wanting to savor every relaxing second.
"At the end of the treatment, my therapist used a hot towel to wipe off some of the oil from the massage, then told me to rest while she got a pot of mint tea. I appreciated not feeling rushed to change and vacate the room. Since Grand Hyatt Manila is still relatively new and probably quieter compared to other hotels, Illume is a great option for days when you really want some me-time without having to deal with too many people.” — Joanna
The verdict: Illume Spa has some pretty great facilities, but we recommend asking the staff if you can check it out before your treatment so you can really get the most bang for your buck. Still, P2,800 is not bad for a treatment at a hotel spa, considering that the therapists really adjust their techniques to fit your needs.
Illume Spa at Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, log on to Grand Hyatt Manila’s Facebook page.
3. Conrad Spa Manila
How much to shell out: Inner Calm Massage (P3,000/60 minutes)
The lowdown: “I was worried they wouldn't be able to accommodate me the same day I called, but they told me I could have an appointment that same night for an Inner Calm Massage. An hour before my schedule, they called to confirm my appointment.
"The moment I stepped foot into Conrad Spa, I was greeted warmly and was asked to sit at their spacious waiting area as my room was being prepared for the massage. A few minutes later, I was led to the solo room which had its own temperature-controlled rain shower, sink, and toilet. The room was dimly lit, perfect if you want to unwind after a long day of working at a desk. Aside from the soft massage bed, the room also had a small sofa to relax before and after the massage.
"My masseuse asked my preferred pressure and problem areas and the next hour felt like a dream. They use fragrance-free oil which I really liked! Finally, I was served hot ginger tea to wrap up my spa sesh.” — Clara
The verdict: If you ever find yourself in the Pasay area and want to unwind, check out Conrad Spa Manila. They offer a variety of treatments, along with a Bespoke Massage (P2,800/60 minutes) if you really want something customized to your needs. You might want to ask for assistance if you want to visit their sauna or steam room, but other than that, you get a luxurious experience for a reasonable price.
Conrad Spa Manila is at Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay City. For more information, log on to Conrad Manila’s website.
2. Chi, The Spa at EDSA Shangri-La, Manila
How much to shell out: Aroma Wellness Massage (P4,800/90 minutes)
The lowdown: "A massage at EDSA Shangri-La's Chi, The Spa starts with a cup of ginger tea in their grandiose lobby—which is only a glimpse of the luxury that you should expect in their facilities. I was then led to my room, which had a spacious bathroom, shower-slash-steam-room, and a complete set of toiletries. I was given 15 minutes to take a shower and try the steam room.
"The therapist started the treatment by having me smell a relaxing blend of oils. Then she started the massage, making sure to ask if the pressure was to my liking. I felt so relaxed, it was easy to just doze off during the treatment.
"The therapist spent some extra time massaging my shoulders and upper back—probably because it was obvious that I had a lot of knots there. If there's anything I would complain about, it's that the treatment had to end.” — Christa
The verdict: Had a really good day and feel like treating yourself to something luxurious? Or did you have the worst day ever and feel like running away from the world? Either way, Chi, The Spa is a great place to escape to when you want to get your much-needed R&R. Trust us when we say you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a private sanctuary the moment you step inside.
Chi, The Spa is at EDSA Shangri-La, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For more information, log on to EDSA Shangri-La’s website.
1. The Retreat Spa at Okada Manila
How much to shell out: Dance of Waves (P4,000/60 minutes)
The lowdown: “The Women's Relaxation Room is a spacious lounge complete with lockers, sauna, jacuzzi, and steam room. After changing into our bathrobes and hotel slippers, our massage therapists led us to our own private room, which had its own bathroom and hot tub.
"I was there for a couples massage with my husband, and the therapists were gracious enough to ask if we had any injuries, allergies or if we wanted them to focus on a specific area. The room was equipped with electronically heated beds to amp up the level of relaxation. The soft sheets smelled fresh with a hint of peppermint, which I really liked.
"Our treatment started off with a foot scrub before the full-body massage. The therapists made use of a warm compress and hot stones during the massage, helping me feel more relaxed. I like how my therapist really focused on the areas I wanted more pressure on. The combination of the massage, hot compress, and hot stones had us taking a short snooze.
"After the massage, we were offered ginger tea and other healthy treats (like fruits, pretzels, et cetera) at the bar. The therapist told us to try the Wave Room—a kind of meditating chamber which features a dimly lit room with light projections of water on the ceiling.
"All in all, one hour left me wanting more so I would suggest getting at least a 90-minute treatment.” — Majoy
The verdict: From its opulent, Asian-inspired interiors, overall calming ambience, wide array of spa treatments, highly skilled therapists, and all the added extras like the mini hot tub and the Wave Room, you’ll be glad you spent your hard-earned cash on one of their treatments—you might even wish you spent more just so you could enjoy everything The Retreat Spa has to offer.
The Retreat Spa is at Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañnaque City. For more information, log on to Okada Manila’s website.