There has been an explosion in spa facilities worldwide, but nowhere more so than in Southeast Asia, where a luxury hotel without a spa facility is now something of a rarity. Thus there is a fantastic choice of treatments and locations for anyone looking for a bit of pampering.
Though in some cases treatments are similar, spas in Vietnam should not be confused with massage parlours, which are often a front for sexual services. Spa therapists will never ask you if you are interested in ‘extra’ or ‘special’ services, and these ‘red light’ activities are illegal in Vietnam with stiff penalties for transgressors.
The growing demand for spa pampering is very much a lifestyle trend. When people are on holiday, they want to pack in as many activities as they can each day since they have limited time in each city.
But this often means that visitors are exhausted from rushing round famous monuments and museums, and need to take time out to recuperate. Though the cost of spa treatments is not cheap, they are better value in Vietnam than in places like Japan, so are particularly popular among Japanese women on shopping sprees in Ho Chi Minh City.
Recommended Saigon spas in Ho Chi Minh City
Qi Saigon: One of the city’s biggest and most luxurious spas, Qi Saigon covers an area of 1,400 square metres, and the facility has 14 treatment rooms offering a range of treatments. Combination treatments, lasting around two hours 20 minutes, cost between US$82-$198. There’s also a spacious outdoor pool. Other branches are at the Movenpick Hotel (253 Nguyen Van Troi, tel: +84 8 3997 5437) and the Caravelle Hotel (Open: 09:00-21:00; 7th Floor ,19-23 Lam Son Square, tel: +84 8 3823 4999 ext. 16; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.caravellehotel.com). Open: 09:30 to midnight (daily); 151 Nguyen Van Troi, tel: +84 8 3844 0611, email: email@example.com.
Aqua: This day spa is situated on the 5th floor of the Sheraton Hotel and offers 10 beds and 7 suites for treatments. Guests are greeted with a cup of roselle tea and a cool face towel before beginning any treatment. Try the Urban Oriental treatment – a facial that blends extracts of rice and lily applied to the face, and costs around US$60. Open: 09:00-23:00 (daily); Level 5, Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers, 88 Dong Khoi, tel: +84 8 827 2828 ext. 193, website: www.aquadayspasaigon.com.
Xuan: The spa at the Park Hyatt is one of the city’s top facilities and offers some tempting packages, such as the Rejuvenating package, which includes a vichy shower, exfoliating rub, cucumber wrap and classical Swedish massage for US$150. Open: 09:00-22:00 (daily); 3rd floor, Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son Square, tel: +84 8 3824 1234, fax: +84 8 3823 7569, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.saigon.park.hyatt.com.
La Maison de l’Apothiquaire: Located in a colonial French villa with a lush garden and attractive pool, this spa has a terrace yoga studio and offers energy and stress management workshops in conjunction with spa treatments to maximize the benefits. 64A Truong Dinh, District 3, tel: +84 8 3932 5181-82, email: email@example.com, website: www.lapothiquaire.com.
Glow: This place focuses on treatments for the hair and feet, and rates are quite reasonable; a two hour 30 minute treatment that includes foot massage, back and shoulder massage and yoghurt hydrating hair treatment is just US$90. It’s conveniently located downtown so you don’t have to waste time to get there. Open: 11:00-23:00 (daily); 129A Nguyen Hue, tel: +84 8 3823 8368, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.glowsaigon.com.
Saigon Spa: Features polishes wood, high ceilings and glittering chandeliers, making it seem like the lobby of a five star luxury resort. Guests are greeted by well-turned out staff in traditional Chinese attire and steaming cups of delicious herbal tea. There are rose petal-scattered jacuzzis, herbal saunas and massage rooms to enjoy. Open: 10:00-20:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday); 68 Bis Tran Quoc Thao District 3, tel: +84 8 932 1230, fax: +84 8 932 6320, email: email@example.com, website: www.spatropic.com.
Spa Tropic: Located in a French villa’s garden down a small lane by Hai Ba Trung Street, there is a full range of spa, facial, body scrubs and herbal bath treatments offered here which can invigorate the senses and sooth the soul. Open: 10:00-20:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday); 79 Phan Ke Binh, District 1, tel: +84 8 3910 5575, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.spatropic.com.