Highly regarded for its range of special Elohim Rituals, packages that include Krishna, a relaxing massage combined with reflexology, and Hina a body scrub and facial followed by a soothing massage. The emphasis here is on Oriental treatments, therapeutic massages like Tui Na Chinese Massage and Ayurvedic Indian Massage. For couples, Elohim has designed appealing him and her rituals (ideal as a romantic Valentine's Day celebration). The hot stone massage remains a favorite choice. As a centrally located day spa facility, Elohim is an attractive option for those seeking a pampering interlude, perhaps a lunchtime treat with friends. The spa's Day Spa Amigas, a package aimed at small group rituals and treatments, is hugely popular. Similarly, the menu of beauty treatments draws an enthusiastic clientele, where facials, lymphatic drainage and exfoliation number among the options. Interestingly, the spa is also known for a comprehensive osteopathy service, which includes treatments designed for infants.
Recommended for Spas because: A favorite and conveniently located day spa facility offering a comprehensive menu of therapies, treatments and rituals, including osteopathy.
Paul's expert tip: The Chinese medicine options will surprise and delight spa-goers. These treatments address imbalances using food therapy/diet, acupuncture, and herbal remedies.
This upscale award-winning day spa, designed and managed by TopSpas, is one of Lisbon's premier independent urban wellbeing facility. Located in the well-to-do residential Restelo neighborhood, City Spa features a beautiful warm wood interior, a signature of top international designer Cristina Jorge de Carvalho. The five treatment rooms and the relaxation room exude intimacy and sophistication, where ancient therapies from around the world, places like India, Australia, the Middle East, Indonesia and the Mediterranean, are complemented by the use of top branded spa products such as Aromatherapy, Karin Herzog, OPI and The Refinery-London. Exclusive rituals include the signature City Spa Relax massage and the exhilarating Exotic Ritual. There are half a dozen different facials to choose from as well as detox, anti-cellulite and lymphatic procedures, among other options. Guest favorites number Bamboo Therapy and the Ritual Purification with Oxygen. Quick makeovers like the Facial Adapt and aptly named Quick and Beautiful are also popular.
Recommended for Spas because: This prestigious stand-alone day spa is also known for its comprehensive range of men's treatments.
Paul's expert tip: There are a number of half-day programmes available, and personalized one-to-one treatments can be arranged in advance.
A 'Mediterranean' spa experience is promised at this celebrated wellbeing destination, set within the plush Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa. Seven suites, one VIP suite and a Vichy room have been set aside for guests to enjoy an innovative range of massages and treatments, including aromatherapy where they are encouraged to choose their own oils and create their own rituals. Indeed, aromatherapy is one of Spirito's signature products where the aim is to soothe and calm the mind, ease tension and strain and rebalance the body â" the perfect urban de-stress solution. The spa works with Aromatherapy Associates and Morjana Cosmetiques, and the professional treatments are closely linked to ancestral beauty secrets, such as the Hamman Ritual. An inviting outdoor pool, relaxation room and Zen lounge complement the treatment facilities There's also a sauna and vitality pool available.
Recommended for Spas because: The day spa concept works very well, especially with business clientele, where treatments can be combined with a healthy low-cal lunch.
Paul's expert tip: A featured treatment is the fantastic 50-minute Immune Recovery Ritual.
Located at Altis Belém Hotel & Spa, Bspa by Karin Herzog has created an enviable set of spa rituals based on the four elements of nature â" Essence of Fire, Essence of Water, Essence of Earth and Essence of Wind. Each is designed to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and exemplify the bespoke nature of the spa product at this beautiful waterfront facility. The range of massages is impressive, and therapies include Tui Na, Shiatsu and Ayurvedic. Those seeking anti-aging procedures have a particular scrumptious option to choose from â" the 'Oxygen Chocolate Face Ritual'. These are a number of facials and rituals for men, too. A favorite body treatment is an anti-cellulite and draining procedure, Exotic Wood Stones Draining Massage. The spa offers a select range of treatments for men, including facials. And with advance notice, the spa therapists can create a treatment programme adjusted to individual needs.
Recommended for Spas because: A riverfront location and the Karin Herzog signature add luster to this smart and fashionable boutique spa facility.
Paul's expert tip: The Spa Cuisine menu is designed by chef João Rodrigues, who directs the hotel's Michelin-starred Feitoria restaurant.
Carefully integrated within the Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, and following the hotel's design principals, the ReTreat Spa was created and decorated in accordance with Feng Shui philosophy. In fact, the emphasis here is very much on providing guests with a pleasant environment of comfort, tranquillity and harmony. Managed by RitualSpa, the Retreat features three individual treatment rooms, one double room equipped for chromotherapy, and one hydrotherapy room with Vichy shower. In line with the hotel's strict environmental policies, the exclusive treatments are eco-friendly and the spa team use the latest innovatory body aesthetic techniques (cavitation, radiofrequency, muscular stimulation, etc) as part of a reducing and reaffirming non-invasive programme. Also listed are various anti-aging facial treatments that combine selected cosmetics with state-of-the-art equipment. Facilities extend to heated mini Jacuzzi pool, sauna and Turkish bath.
Recommended for Spas because: Lisbon's 'greenest' spa facility adheres to stringent environmental parameters, and only eco-friendly products are used in treatments and therapies.
Paul's expert tip: The spa can also offer a range of day-to-day care treatment such as manicure and pedicure.
Options at the award-winning Mandalay Spa embrace the conventional and the exotic, combining western and eastern massage and treatment techniques with the proven benefits of aromatherapy. Anchored on an inviting and spacious indoor swimming pool replete with hydro massage and water jets, plus a gymnasium, the spa experience extends to a steam room, sauna, a range of invigorating showers and four massage rooms, two of which are for couples. The menu features Indian treatments from Sundari and Ytsara treatments from Thailand. There's also a range of facials available from Linda Meredith Knightsbridge on offer. For men, there's a range of treatments based on those available at the exclusive London-based Refinery. Mandalay Spa is also noted for its "Moms and Babies" packages, plus an enticing range of Day Spa packages.
Recommended for Spas because: Conveniently situated in the heart of Lisbon near the city's fashionable Avenida da Liberdade, the spa offers an innovative fusion of Asian wellness techniques and treatments.
Paul's expert tip: Try the Shirodhara Ritual, a powerful and peaceful experience that releases tension in the facial muscles and ends with a soothing back massage.
The Spa at the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel Lisbon is synonymous with style and elegance. The Zen-like sanctuary is staffed by a team of skilled therapists who work with three different ranges of skin care products â" E'Spa, Sundari and Sodashi (an organic, chemical-free brand). Facilities extend to an 18-meter long indoor pool and lounge area, multi-functional treatment rooms and a relaxation room. Mood music pervades the salons, enhancing the overall sense of relaxation. Pre-treatment options include sauna or eucalyptus-infused steam. Guests then undergo a lifestyle consultation before embarking on their ritual of choice. These include signature treatments such as the 'Four Seasons in One' and 'Sodashi's Vanilla Wrap'. Or how about the 'Ritz Spa Exclusive Package', a scrub, massage, and facial rolled into one? There's also the deliciously enticing 'In-Room Spa Experience' â" a candlelit bath infused with aromatic milk and honey followed by an aromatherapy massage. The spa is also renowned for its Swiss Perfection anti-aging cosmetics line.
Recommended for Spas because: The association with one of the world's most prestigious hotel property brands makes this spa a top choice for VIP guests.
Paul's expert tip: Try their special 'Portuguese Retreat', a honey and almond exfoliation treatment followed by a full body massage.
Sited in Saldanha, Lisbon's bustling business neighborhood, this modern and wonderfully understated city center spa is renowned for its flotation therapy programme designed to combat physical and mental fatigue as well as alleviating stress and tension, rejuvenating the skin and stimulating blood flow. Spa-goers relax in flotation tanks of water mixed with 300 kilos of Epsom salt, creating enough density to literally float without effort and inducing a pleasing sensation of levitation. Customers can opt for a single 50-minute flotation session or combine the therapy with a massage. For example, the Float in Zen package includes flotation therapy with a special one-hour relaxing top-to-toe massage where volcanic stones are used to stimulate the main muscles of the body. A gentle facial massage using a soft moisturizing balm concludes the treatment. In between, spa-goers can partake of a pleasant tea ritual. The spa menu also lists therapeutic massage, including a sports treatment popular with male clients. Among the Oriental options are Zen Ayurveda techniques and disciplines. Meanwhile, clients seeking beauty and detox treatments (for him and her) are enticed with a range of specially created wellness packages.
Recommended for Spas because: One of the most popular urban spas in Portugal, Float In Spa also has a facility located in Lisbon's Rato and Belém districts.
Paul's expert tip: Couples can opt for the Float for Two sessions, ideal as a romantic treat for those tourists visiting Lisbon with their "better halves".
One of Lisbon's largest and most comprehensive wellness facilities integrated within the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, the spa offers a dynamic range of treatments and beauty therapies based on the application of advanced aesthetic medicine techniques and state-of-the-art anti-aging programmes. Relaxation options include face and body treatments and ESPA signature rituals. Specialist procedures vary. A popular option for her is the pro-collagen quartz lift. For him, there's an urban cleanse facial complete skin detox. Among the bathing rituals is the Musclease Aroma Ocean Bath. Other feel-good remedies include a sensory shower, hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi and invigorating Cold Plunge, a deep, cold-water tank used to stimulate blood circulation. A consultation service is also provided where customers can learn more about preventative medicine, for example, and benefit from expert nutritional and biophysical evaluations. Younger guests can indulge in the special Children's Spa facility, where parents are encouraged to bring their little ones.
Recommended for Spas because: Located on the 2nd floor of the hotel, The Spa by Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is one of the largest wellbeing facilities in Portugal.
Paul's expert tip: Once a month the spa stays open till 11 pm for special Night at The Spa sessions. Check the website for details. Advance booking required.
The comprehensive range of face and body wellbeing options provide by the renowned Real Spa Therapy are complemented by day treatments that make use of seawater through thalassotherapy. And no wonder, given that the spa is set within the oceanfront Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel in Cascais. The properties of a marine environment can catalyze the active principles of remineralization detoxification, hydration, oxygenation, toning and plenitude, and thalassotherapy can help treat and rheumatoid illnesses and alleviate the condition of some neurological disorders. Other treatments and therapies available include cromotherm, shower spray, jet showers, different massage packages, holistic therapy and osteopathy. The spa room incorporates a thalassotherapy circuit, sauna and hammam. Specific programmes for detoxification, relaxation, rejuvenation and anti-stress are also available. Some of the VIP treatments offered include the signature Real Massage Villa Itália and the Real Spa Retouch Silhouette.
Recommended for Spas because: The thalassotherapy option and the enviable oceanfront location place this spa in a league of its own.
Paul's expert tip: Traveling as a pair? Try the wonderful Massage for Two, hosted in the Suit for Couples.