10 Best Hong Kong Spas: Relaxing and Pampering in the Urban Jungle

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.

Spa at Four Seasons
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As might be expected from a hotel with a name like this, in addition to the regular array of massages, facials, scrubs and similar offerings, some treatments vary with the seasons. A good example is the Chinese wellness ritual – an exquisite...  Read More

Mong Kok
Chuan Spa
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There's no doubt when it comes to the accents and style of Chuan Spa – this is China, and China at its most traditional. While other spas may take their cue from Thailand or Bali, Chuan looks north to Mainland China and its tradition of...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
The Peninsula Spa
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The Peninsula Spa's design fuses traditional Chinese elements with contemporary flair featuring warm tones of marble, rustic woods and textured granite. Men's and women's relaxation rooms are equally lavish, with hammam-style steam rooms, saunas...  Read More

Sense of Touch
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Sense of Touch has spread around Hong Kong with astonishing rapidity. One of the city's most highly respected independent spas, its success is down to delivering the sort of treatments that people want in pleasant surroundings at convenient...  Read More

Melo Spa
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Melo Spa is a luxurious reflection of the natural beauty and cultural traditions for which Sha Tin is known. Embracing local elements known for their natural healing abilities, with products like Sha Tin Pomelo, honey and minerals, Melo Spa...  Read More

Wan Chai
Plateau Spa
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Located on the 11th floor of the Grand Hyatt, the Plateau Spa is a haven of privacy and seclusion. Award winning, result oriented treatments are conducted in luxurious private rooms with en suite bathrooms. Discreet, highly professional...  Read More

Gentlemen's Tonic
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Gentlemen's Tonic – GT – does what it says on the can. Drop by here for massage, shaves, general grooming, haircuts: whatever a guy needs in the sprucing up department, GT delivers, and delivers gift-wrapped. There's a real air of ease and...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Photo courtesy of The Mira


All 18,000 square-feet of MiraSpa encapsulates rejuvenating spa, beauty and hair services. Complete with a state-of-the-art fitness center and an infinity-edge pool, the MiraSpa features a wet zone with sauna, steam, whirlpool and experience...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA
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Up on the top of the tallest building in Hong Kong, a trip to the Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA could well be compared to floating along on the clouds. It's well worth taking a look at the signature treatments which have been created by ESPA using...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hong Kong


I-Spa was one of the first spas to open in Hong Kong, and its design is heavily influenced by feng shui. Guests can savor absolute privacy in the luxuriously spacious private spa suites, each with its own sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi and massage...  Read More


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Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.