Take a break at one of these indulgent or budget-friendly massage places in and out of Manila.
You get off work after a long day filled with meetings and deadlines, and you think about whether you need a strong drink or a really good massage. This time, you decide on a massage, but you’re not sure where to go. Maybe you want to spend a little more for a full destressing spa package, or perhaps you prefer a more affordable session, or may just want something in between!
Rather than spending your extra cash on getting drunk on cocktails that could lead to a hangover, check out these massage places that cater to all kinds of budgets. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the back rub!
Splurge – Metro Manila
Stuck in Makati traffic? Lounge in Devarana Spa’s heated beds and delight in the Ginger Compress and Back Massage that focuses on relieving aches on your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Calm your mind and let their well-trained therapists do all the work.
Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Manila, Makati, Metro Manila, 02 238 8856, www.devaranaspa.com/en/manila
For a getaway without really going away, Quan Spa in Marriott Manila is the city escape you’re looking for. Let their professional therapists lift your soul and melt your muscles with their traditional Filipino treatments that make use of locally sourced produce.
Quan Spa, Marriott Hotel Manila, 10 Newport Blvd., Newport City Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, 02 988 9999 ext. 804
Book a retreat from the hectic city life at one of The Spa’s seven branches in Manila. Aside from offering the usual massages, they also have services to target your scalp, body, face, and feet. And in case you feel like treating yourself, they have packages—whether you need a red carpet treatment or a couple’s retreat— to choose from.
The Spa, Eastwood, 02 709 6868, 02 709 7878 | Alabang Town Center, 02 850 3490, 02 850 6836 | Greenbelt, 02 840 1325, 02 840 1326 | Promenade, 02 671 7878, 02 671 6868 | Shangri-La Plaza, 02 656 7878, 656 6868 | Bonifacio High Street, 02 856 5858, 02 856 6868 | Trinoma Mall, 02 900 8809, 02 900 8818, www.thespa.com.ph
Chi, The Spa
If you’re in need of a midday escape from the hellish traffic around the metro, why not splurge on a spa treatment at the Chi Spa in Shangri-La? Pick from their menu of luxurious treatments and revel in the ultimate indulgent spa experience.
Chi, The Spa, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Internal Ave., Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, 02 633 8888, 02 634 7303, www.shangri-la.com/manila/edsashangrila/health-leisure/chi-the-spa
Neo Day Spa
Recharge your mind and body with Neo Day Spa’s Hanakasumi Nourishing Ritual, which includes a full body cherry blossom rice scrub, a foot massage, then a body massage using Asian essences. Let the treatment take your stresses away as the therapist does her magic on you.
Neo Day Spa, G/F Net One Center Building, 26th St. corner 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, 02 825 8233, 02 815 6948, www.neospa.net
Splurge – Outside Metro Manila
The Farm at San Benito
From detox programs to rejuvenating massages, get a total wellness experience at The Farm at San Benito’s tranquil environment. To complete the experience, their in-house restaurant, Alive!, serves only raw and vegan dishes to rid yourself of toxins. You’ll definitely feel lighter and more relaxed after a few days at this peaceful sanctuary.
The Farm at San Benito, 119 Barangay Tipakan, Lipa, Batangas, 0918 884 8078, 02 884 8074, www.thefarmatsanbenito.com
The Ritz Tropical Spa
Go on a quick drive to Subic and unwind in this tropical haven filled with coconut trees and nipa huts. Insider tip: Get the volcanic rock/hot stone massage to loosen those tense muscles!
The Ritz Tropical Spa, Blk. 76 Rizal Highway, Central Business District, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 047 252 6088
Be taken away in an instant with Veda Spa’s soothing ambience and indulge in a foot scrub with massage. Kick those sandals off and let the masseuse do her magic on your tired feet!
Veda Spa, Anvaya Cove Beach & Nature Club, Brgy. Mabayo, Morong, Bataan, 02 793 9000, 0917 826 8292, www.anvayacove.com/beach-nature-club/veda-spa/veda-spa
Qiwellness Living Tagaytay Spa, Restaurant, and Tea Room
Plan a relaxing overnight stay at Qiwellness Living with your beau if you’re in need of a relaxing yet quick escape. Its modern Zen-inspired interiors, five-course meal, and revitalizing yin and yang pool is a total treat for an exhausted mind and body.
Qiwellness Living, Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay, Cavite, www.qiwellnessliving.ph
Nurture Wellness Village
Free yourselves from the worries of a city life and escape to Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay for a weekend. Enjoy the signature body massage and awaken your senses with their refreshing ginger tea afterwards.
Nurture Wellness Village, Pulong Sagingan, Brgy. Maitim II, Tagaytay, Cavite, 02 710 9786
Save – Metro Manila
For massage-seekers on a budget, Ahavia Spa’s head-to-toe spa services are priced below P1000. Although you don’t get a private room, you still get the relaxation from the overall ambience.
Ahavia Spa, 579 Mariano Marcos St. corner Allenby St., San Juan, Metro Manila, 02 655 9267, 02 748 7930, www.ahaviaspa.com
Situated in the heart of bustling BGC, Mandara Spa is an oasis ideal for a little quiet time while waiting for the taxing rush hour to subside. Most of their services are priced below P1000 and range from full body massages using organic aromatic oils to facials for that much-needed beauty boost.
Mandara Spa, McKinley Park Residences, 31st St. corner 3rd Ave., Taguig, Metro Manila, 02 782 7162, themandaraspa.com
If you find yourself in the San Juan area, make sure to book yourself a reservation at Cinese Spa. For only P500, you get a 1 hour and 20 minute foot with back massage that targets your pressure points to improve your overall well-being.
Cinese Spa, 17 M. Paterno St., San Juan, Metro Manila, 02 723 9559
Beijing Foot Spa
Practicing the same Asian-influenced techniques as Cinese Spa, Beijing Foot Spa charges P500 for 70 minutes and provides you with your own TV and DVD player to keep you entertained.
Beijing Foot Spa, Il Terrazo, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, 02 401 6810 | Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Ave., San Juan, 02 695 3002 | Tiendesitas, Frontera Verde Dri., 02 706 1678
In contrast to Cinese Spa and Beijing Foot Spa, Island Spa has more services to choose from and a shower/steam room in-house. You can also request for a private room with no additional charge if you wish!
Island Spa, Jupiter Place Building, Jupiter St., Makati, 02 899 1234 | Rustan’s Makati, Ayala Ave., Makati, 02 750 8188 | 5/F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, 100 Andrews Ave., Pasay, 02 823 1055, www.islandspa.ph
If you like getting a massage in the comfort of your own home, Spaholics is your best bet. Aside from well-trained therapists, they bring their own bed, towels, and music upon request.
Spaholics, 02 964 4823, 0917 531 3531
Serenity Aromatherapy Spa
If you need your therapist to arrive on the dot, Serenity Aromatherapy Spa is a reliable home service spa you should consider. Their skilled therapists always arrive on time and bring their own supplies, including towels!
Serenity Aromatherapy Spa, 02 890 2033, 02 897 2763, 0917 894 7642, 0920 904 4660