Hong Kong caught on to the spa craze early, and over the years has embraced the notion of pampering with passion. From full on, state of the art spas in five star hotels to rather smaller operations tucked into shopping malls or on backstreets, there’s a wealth of spas to choose from.
The city has also attracted some of the best spa experts from around the world. Therapists from India, Thailand, Nepal, Bali, the Philippines and other Asian countries where massage and similar treatments are part and parcel of everyday life; highly trained spa managers from the United States, Europe and Australia; and experts from every nation under the sun who have devised new techniques and medical procedures.
The spas themselves are very often essays in luxury. Hotels such as the InterContinental, the Peninsula, and the Mira all boast magnificent spas. And there’s a nice niche market too, such as Gentlemen’s Tonic, which aims to prove beyond doubt that men can enjoy spas just as much as women.
Catering to a city that works exceptionally hard, many spas stay open till quite late at night. They are also very busy at weekends, so it is a good idea to either book well ahead or choose a weekday treatment slot.