In a busy city such as Manila, sometimes, all you really need is to relax and take a breather from all the stress which seem to be never ending.
Taking EDSA and traffic aside, Manila is also a hot spot for bars, cafes, lounges, parks, and spas to unwind in after a long day’s work.
Nowadays, with the recent popularity of Instagram aesthetics, businesses have taken their services to newer heights to relate to a market where visual mood and atmosphere is important, especially in times of chill and rest.
Here are 10 Instagram-worthy spas to check out in Manila:
- Thai Royale Spa
Boni Ave, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila; (02) 584 8424
With 50 branches (and still growing), Thai Royale Spa is one of the most family-oriented spas in the country. Apart from the entire mood and feel of the place, their service rates are not that expensive, but you get the best massage offer. In fact, celebrities are frequent customers of this spa.
Must try: Whole body Swedish massage
- Aramesh Wellness
Heart Tower, 108 Valero, Makati, Metro Manila; (02) 478 7738
“Beauty in serenity.” The first and only Persian-inspired spa in the Philippines, Aramesh (which means to “relax”) has been providing a unique wellness service at the heart of Makati’s busy business district.
Apart from the touches of Persian culture, the spa also converges other Asian cultures among its offers.
Must try: Aramesh Signature massage
- Neo Day Spa
Net One Center, 26th Street Corner 3rd Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila; (02) 815 8233
The interiors and overall appeal of the spa are based on the Japanese traditions during the Kamakura era. Their spa and aromatherapy sessions are reminiscent of zen and Japanese culture.
When you need to have your inner zen back, Neo Day Spa is the perfect treat for you.
Must try: Hanakusumi nourishing ritual
- The Mandara Spa
McKinley Park Residences Unit 308, 31st Corner 3rd Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila; (02) 782 7162
Hilot, the traditional Filipino massage, is the center of this wellness spa. A Master Healer provides a service which improves your physical and emotional wellness.
Apart from the head to toe aromatherapy and spa massages, the spa also has threading and waxing rituals.
Must try: Authentic Hilot traditional massage
- CHI, The Spa
4 & 5 Floor, Garden Wing, 1 Garden Way Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Manila, 1650; (02) 634 7303
Edsa Shangri-La Manila gives you the gift of CHI, their own signature spa, and wellness service. Combining Chinese and Filipino healing processes, CHI ensures that you’ll walk out a refreshed person after every session.
From the Asian interiors down to their authentic spa offers, CHI has become a source of rejuvenation that takes all your stresses and pain away.
Must try: Himbing trilogy
- Urban Ashram Yoga
3F Active Fun Building, 9th Avenue corner 28th Street; (02) 377 9642
The Philippines’ premier center for the study of Yoga, Urban Ashram puts your flexibility to a calming test and rest. Beginner in yoga? No worries, the courses are perfect even for first timers. No flexibility required!
After a session, you can also visit their boutique where yoga essentials are available.
Must try: Flexibility Not Required (FNR) class
- Third Eye Wellness Center
600A, 6/Fl, 20th Drive Corporate Center, 20th Drive, Mckinley Business Park, Fort Bonifacio; (02) 808-2984 / 0917-636-2800
A mind-body energy center, Third Eye provides a complete set of wellness activities and services. The center aims to connect the mind with the physical body as a way to relieve stress and promote happiness, peace, and good health between the emotional, the mental, the spiritual, and the physical aspects.
After a spa session, you can also visit their Chakra cafe to rejuvenate and meditate.
Must try: Theta Healing session
- Foot Zone Health Spa
Richbelt Tower, Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila; (02) 705 1301
With the art of reflexology as its main feature, Foot Zone does Chinese foot reflexology in a gentle manner that you won’t feel a prick despite the in depth painful process.
The sensation may come painfully at first since the process targets specific pain points on your feet, but as you go on, you’ll feel relaxed from toe to head. The health spa also comes with a complimentary Korean body massage and nail art.
Must try: Foot reflexology
- Nuat Thai
2/F E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City; (02) 477 5004
The spa is open until 2 AM, so it’s a perfect way to end your day/night with some sore muscle stretching and aromatherapy relaxing. Complementing the design of the place is some blissful music, heat packs, dim rooms, and the overall rest experience to make you snooze the tiredness away.
Must try: Aromatherapy massage
- Hue House Massage
556 Remedios Cir | Malate, Manila, Luzon 1004, Philippines; +63 2 509 7608
“A place to love yourself.” Hue House Massage is located among the lively streets of Manila where you can seek solace and personal time. The look of the place is mixed with Asian heritage, and the oils used will calm your senses immediately.
From aromatherapy techniques to Swedish massages, you’ll be at peace in no time.
Must try: Lava Stone massage
Despite the disarrays in Manila, it has a story or two to tell which is always Instagram-worthy. Take some visual inspiration from Ralph Wunsch on how to take landscape photography to new levels, and see Manila in a new and relaxing light.