The delights of historic Manila are not limited to its colonial buildings, historic forts, national monuments and historic parks. Like the rest of the Philippines, Manila also teems with places to rejuvenate, refresh and relax using modern and traditional massages, spa treatments and baths that offer a respite from the chaos of the city.
A wide array of spa treatments and massage therapies are offered in most spas, combining Western pampering but influenced by traditional Filipino ‘hilot,’ and other types of Asian massages like Thai yoga massages, Zen Shiatsu treatments and Chinese Tui Na therapies amongst many others as well.
Many spa resorts even enjoy privileged locations inside of malls and first class hotels, and these are worth checking out for convenience. However, some of the best ones – like Wensha Spa, Asian Massage, and F Salon and Body Spa – occupy standalone buildings that may be a cut above hotel standard.
Recommended Manila spas
119 L.P. Leviste Street, Makati, Luzon 1220, Philippines
556 1818 / 836 3688
This Manila spa resort is located right in front of Manila’s World Trade Centre. It specialises on full body massages and pampering treatments. This luxury spa also features great facilities, including jacuzzi and sauna areas, plus a buffet spread offering healthy refreshments and snacks for its guests. (Open: 24 hours (daily); Macapagal Highway, CCP Complex, Buendia, tel: +63 2 832 0515,+63 2 833 9878).
Sanctuario Spa Manila
Located in the heart of the rustic nightlife district of Malate, this salon and spa offers a unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility (a far cry from its rugged surroundings). The uniquely Filipino bamboo walls add to the serenity. Treatments are done inside traditional nipa huts surrounded by a lush courtyard. Lounge around its organic cafe while you wait for your turn to get holistic healing, oriental scrubs, massages and other treatments including hydrotheraphy and waxing. (Open: 15:00 to midnight (Monday-Thursday, Sunday), 15:00-03:00 (Friday, Saturday); 1826 Jorge Bocobo Street, Malate, tel: +63 2 450 1127, +63 2 521 9904).
F Salon and Body Spa
One of the largest spa and salon chains in the Philippines, F Salon is a perfect place to pamper the whole being. It offers affordable salon treatments, from facials and skin peels to foot spas plus hair and nail treatments. The spa also offers a wide range of body massages, relaxing scrubs and beautifying waxes.(Open: 09:00 -22:00 (daily); 687 Aurora Boulevard, Cor. Gilmore Avenue, Santa Mesa, tel: +63 2 416 2943).
Spa Asian Massage Malate-Binondo
A relaxing place to unwind and escape from Manila’s noise, this pampering spa is great with massages and holistic treatments. (Open: 24 hours (daily); 573 Nakpil St., Corner Bocobo Street, Malate, tel: +63 2 536 6894, mobile: +63 917 817 2748, email: email@example.com, website:www.asianmassageph.com).
A mall-based spa salon, Relaksasi is an easily accessible venue with reasonable rates. They offer great massages, the most popular of which seems to be the Swedish massage and cellulite massage. Therapists are professional and well trained. (Open: 10:00-21:00 (Sunday-Thursday), 10:00-22:00 (Friday-Saturday) mall hours; 4/F Robinsons Place, Padre Faura Cor. M Adriatico St., in Ermita, tel: +63 2 567 2279).
Hotel-based spas in Manila
Offering the luxury of hotel-star hotel locations, the following spas are also within easy reach of the best destinations in the city, including the best shopping malls, businesses, attractions and historic landmarks. Recommended outlets include :
Pan Pacific Manila (Open: 17:00-20:00 (every Friday-Saturday);M. Adriatico Cor. Gen. Malvar St., Malate, tel: +63 2 318 0788, fax: +63 2 302 9501, email:firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.panpacific.com).