Some people are reluctant to enter a spa or get a massage because they’re embarrassed or they feel it’s a waste of money. However, we’re here to tell you that money spent on your own relaxation and recovery is never money wasted. Especially these days when traveling seems like a far-fetched idea (at least, for now), retreating to a spa is a perfect alternative. And with all the awful things that have happened recently, a spa experience might just be what you need at the moment. Let yourself be pampered by an expert therapist who will treat you like royalty—you deserve it!
Here are our top picks for Spa Experiences in Metro Manila (and beyond), where your relaxation is not the only priority, but also your safety:
I’M Onsen Spa Experience (Makati)
If you want the ultimate spa experience, you can never go wrong with I’M Onsen Spa. Situated inside the 5-star I’M Hotel in Makati City, it brings the Japanese sento or communal bath experience to the Philippines with a flair for luxury.
It’s not only reinvigorating massages that you will get at I’M Onsen Spa, but you will also have various options to de-stress such as soaking in therapeutic onsen pools, sitting in herb-infused steam rooms, and indulging in specially concocted buffet options.
Asian Massage Experience (Manila)
If you’re on a limited budget, you can still get a quality spa experience thanks to multi-awarded Asian Massage lauded for its service and product value. They have several locations around Metro Manila, so you can easily find one near you.
Asian Massage has different treatments to choose from, letting you explore healing methods based on your needs. You can try Philippine hilot, traditional Thai, or the classic Shiatsu massage among others. Or, you can go for a combination of techniques including Shiatsu, Swedish, and Thai with the Asian Massage Signature treatment. Moreover, their massage oils are not only therapeutic but also skin-friendly.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa Experience (Antipolo)
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens is not too far from Manila, but it can give you a true sense of escape from city stress by bringing you much closer to nature. The spa is located on the hills of Antipolo, commanding views of the city’s lush landscape, Laguna De Bay, and the Metro Manila skyline—which also serve as your backdrop as you enjoy a therapeutic massage. You also get access to facilities like infinity pools, hydro-massage pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and meditation lounge.
The Farm at San Benito Experience (Batangas)
For a fully detached spa getaway, leave behind your worries and head to The Farm at San Benito in Batangas to find your zen. It’s not your regular spa—it’s a world-class medical wellness destination that applies health programs to deliver a holistic spa experience.
The vast jungle estate houses facilities you can explore before or after your massage treatment, such as swimming pools, gyms, gardens, and meditation areas. You can also participate in activities like mandala meditation, nature walks, and healthy juice blending classes. Most importantly, there’s Alive! Vegan Restaurant where you can indulge in a hearty multi-course vegan meal.
Asian Massage Experience (Palawan)
If you’re in Palawan, you’ll be glad to know that Asian Massage also has several branches around the island: Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. Asian Massage in Palawan offers the same quality and service it’s known for, and you can choose from different treatments, ideal after basking in the sun or splashing in beautiful tropical beaches.
Words by Rei Leano
Featured image via The Farm at San Benito