Whether you’re looking for a quick stress buster or a regular escape from Hong Kong’s rat-race lifestyle, here are 5 spa retreats in Hong Kong that are perfect for helping you destress.
Whether you want to treat yourself or you just want to try and grab hold of some much-needed peace and quiet, stepping off the conveyor belt – even if only for an hour or so – is a much longed-for part of city living. Designed to cater to people searching for ways to destress, a specialised group of spas exist in the city for just this reason. Read our guide to some of the best places in town to check out, destress, and focus on yourself – all without straying too far from your favourite neighbourhoods.
Looking to disconnect from the real world for a few hours? Elu Spa is inspired by the concept that life should not always be lived stressfully. To help you cross the tracks to the calmer side, they kickstart your session with a one-on-one consultation complete with healthy bites on the side before the right treatment is chosen for you, be that a Hungarian massage, deep tissue treatment or one of their popular gemstone facials – a unique procedure that incorporates facial rollers, hot jade stones and masks to improve facial lymphatic drainage which decreases swelling!
Address: 7/F, 46 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon-Sun: By appointment
Functioning as a holistic wellness clinic rather than a spa, Balance Health focuses on getting you closer to a healthier lifestyle via its extensive list of alternative treatments. Whether it’s acupuncture, hypnotherapy, Chinese medicine, kinesiology or meditation, their various treatments are deployed to treat anything from allergies to infertility, stress to sports injuries. Or, if you’re just looking to zone out and unplug, their Tibetan Singing Bowls therapy, a practice that immerses your body in rhythmical vibrations, is said to be a deeply restorative and relaxing experience.
Address: 27/F, Universal Trade Center, 3 Arbuthnot Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm, Sat: 9am-6pm
In search of a true urban oasis? You’d be hard-pressed to beat the Causeway Bay outlet of the award-winning Bali-based wellness retreat Fivelements Habitat that opened up in the beating heart of the city last July. A 15,000 square foot oasis dedicated to wellness, head here for everything from an extensive range of classes offering everything from yoga to Zen Qi (a practice that combines yoga stretching and alignment) or Evolutionary Dance (a guided movement leading into meditation and stillness) as well as beauty and spa treatments, healing sessions and detox programmes. And, you can finish it all off with a healthy meal of plant-based food at their Sakti Elixir. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a whole day dedicated to feeling your most zen, this place is hard to beat.
Address: Level 13A, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon-Fri: 6:30am-10:30pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 7:30am-9:30pm
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Boasting a long list of sixty exclusive treatments based on principles of Chinese medicine, including hydrotherapies, body wraps and polishes, the options are never short at Chuan Spa. Walking down the Yin & Yang road to restore peace and harmony in the body, all of them are centred on the five Wu Xing elements (metal, wood, fire, water, earth), each influencing a body part differently but ensuring a deep-felt impact on the soul. This holistic method of using Chinese medicine to treat the body is designed to address any issue and support a decrease in stress. And, if you’re still feeling wound up by the end, their Chinese five-element tea session held at the end of each appointment should bring you back to earth.
Address: Level 41, Cordis, 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon-Sun: 8am-10pm
Tucked away in the middle of Hong Kong’s bustling nightlife district Lan Kwai Fong, Sovos is more an organic apothecary than a spa with a dedicated policy of using only 100% certified toxin-free products and organic therapeutic oils for each personalised spa session. Offering spa experiences based on the principles of aromatherapy, head there for a bespoke treatment session conducted by a certified, UK-qualified aromatherapist where you’ll receive a supremely relaxing session conducted with organic botanical oils chosen specifically for you.
Address: Unit 2, 1/F, Tak Woo House, 1 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon-Sun (by appointment)