Pamper Yourself! Lisbon's Best Spas for Maintaining Health, Beauty and Well-Being



Wellness and pampering are high on the list of many when travelling to new destination. And for those seeking a little rest and relaxation in Portugal, there are some excellent spas in Lisbon that cater for the most discerning of spa goers. A popular day spa facility, Float In Spa, located in the city’s business district, is renowned for its flotation therapy offer and is frequented by locals and visitors alike. For a spot of 5-star healing however, enjoy deserved time out at The Spa, situated in the plush Four Seasons Ritz Hotel. Alternatively, another day spa option is the appealing Elohim Spa in the Portuguese capital’s Rato neighbourhood. The more centrally located Spa at Porto Bay Liberdade offers extended opening hours, useful for busy residents and for those seeking to wind down after a full day sightseeing. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is taken seriously at Real Spa Therapy in Cascais, a wonderful out-of-town option for anyone holidaying along the Lisbon Coast. Similarly, the experience at The Retreat, a fashionable boutique spa situated back in the city, has been created and designed in accordance with Feng Shui philosophy, where balance and harmony is paramount. Likewise, the underlining belief at The Spa by Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is the application of advanced aesthetic techniques to relieve stress and discomfort. Enjoying an enviable location in Belém overlooking the river is the understated Bspa by Karin Herzog, a trendy feel-good hang out that’s next door to a Michelin-starred restaurant. The equally funky Spirito in the Saldanha district has an intriguing menu of therapies, massage and body rituals that will surprise and delight. And for those looking for an afternoon of pure indulgence in the city’s western suburbs, pop over to the excellent City Spa.  



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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 neighbourhood, 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 favourites number Bamboo Therapy and the Ritual Purification with Oxygen. Quick makeovers like the Facial Adapt and aptly named Quick and Beautiful are also popular.


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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 chose 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 – 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 a also a sauna and vitality pool available.


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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 – 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 – the 'Oxygen Chocolate Face Ritual'. These are a number of facials and rituals for men, too. A favourite body treatment is the 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.


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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. And once a month, the spa stays open till 11pm for special Night at The Spa sessions.


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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.


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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 sea water 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 catalyse the active principles of remineralisation 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 hamman. Specific programmes for detoxification, relaxation, rejuvenation and anti-stress are also available. Some of the VIP treatments offered include the signature Real Massagem Villa Itália and the Real Spa Retouch Silhouette.


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Options at the award-winning Spa at Porto Bay Liberdade 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 treatments menu has been designed by internationally branded Aromatherapy Associates and includes Sleep Deeply, Jet-Lag Cure, Detox and Revive and – a sign of the times – Desktop Recovery! A relaxation room overlooks an outdoor pool and garden patio area. Accessible every day for non-residents as well as hotel guests, and with longer opening hours, this centrally located urban oasis offers a memorable bespoke service for anyone interested in looking after themselves.


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Highly regarded for its range of special Elohim Rituals, packages that include Krisna – 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 massage 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 favourite 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.


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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 – E'Spa, Sundari and Sodashi (an organic, chemical-free brand). Facilities extend to an 18-metre 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'. There's also the deliciously enticing 'In Room Spa Experience' – 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.


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Sited in Saldanha, Lisbon's bustling business neighbourhood, this modern and wonderfully understated city centre 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.


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