Intercontinental Hong Kong Spa


18 Salisbury Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
SAR, China

+85 2 2 721-1211

MTR: East Tsim Sha Tsui


Treatments: $200US and up

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The Intercontinental Hong Kong Spa has a great location on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong and has top-notch facilities.

We had arranged for a 3 and 1/2 hour treatment, that included a 90 minute massage, scrub of the season and 30 minutes mineral bath, plus lunch by the pool. The lunch was prepared from a special spa menu. You were able to sit in a secluded area of the pool where you could look out across the harbour to the skyline of Hong Kong.  Other treatments at the spa are typical of most, but include many with an Asian wellness theme.  Our treatments were in a granite spa suite, that included a jacuzzi, sauna and steam shower, as well as massage table.  Very nice, comfortable and quiet.

As you enter the Intercontinental Hong Kong Spa, there’s a large reception area and well equipped exercise area as you enter. Walls of glass overlook the large pool area. Changing areas and locker rooms are nice sized. Treatment rooms are separate from the spa entrance. As you leave reception, you walk outside to a separate building that’s just steps away. From the moment you enter, it’s like being in a whole different world. It’s super quiet, with treatment rooms along a dimly candle lit corridor.

The outdoor pool was large and they have a unique outdoor whirlpool. It’s a two level whirlpool. At the top, you have a large whirlpool separated by glass. One side is very hot and the other side ice cold. Both spill over into a moderate temperature pool below.  You have phenomenal views of Kowloon Bay and Hong Kong.

Pricing is comparable to most premium spa in Hong Kong.  Expect to pay $200 USD and up for a regular treatment, with packages approaching $500 USD or more.

[box type=”info” ]There are two Intercontinental Hotels in Hong Kong.  You’ll want to make sure you make a reservation and go to the correct one.  The Intercontinental Hong Kong is in Kowloon.  The Intercontinental Hong Kong Stafford is in Hong Kong proper.[/box]

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Remede Spa at St Regis Singapore


29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911 

MRT: Orchard Rd

+65 6 506 6888 
US:  1-877-787-3447


Treatments: $150US and up

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The St Regis Singapore spa is one of the top spas in Singapore.  If you’re shopping near Orchard Rd, you’re spa experience is just steps away.

We had 90 minute aromatherapy massage treatments that were some of the best we’ve experienced.  Treatment rooms are a bit small, but the therapists here are amazing.  A wide variety of treatments are available, including some that last up to five hours.  In addition, the St Regis Singapore Remede spa also has a wide variety of pedi/manicure treatments from podiatrists trained by French Podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez.

The spa areas are segmented to areas for men and women and heavily feature white marble.  Each has a Finnish sauna, steam chamber scented with eucalyptus and an exclusive ice fountain.  It’s a great way to cool down after the steam or sauna, as well as relief from a hot Singapore day.  There are lounge chairs outside, along with a small shallow pool area that’s partially shaded by sun cloths.  

Our only small complaint is the small treatment waiting areas.  If more than two or three people are waiting for their spa therapist, you’ll need to stand as they’re aren’t enough chairs.  If the scheduling of treatments is done well by the spa staff, you probably won’t experience the same issues that we did during our visit.

Pricing is comparable to most spas of this quality in Singapore.  In some cases, they may be a bit on the low side, which is great for a spa of this quality.  

[box type=”info” ]The St Regis has a great location at the end of Orchard Rd and just minutes from the Singapore Botanical Gardens.[/box]
Alpine Spa Zermatterhoff

Zermatterhoff Alpine Spa


Bahnhofstrasse 55,
Zermatt, Switzerland

+41 27 966 66 00


Treatments: $175US -$1000+ USD

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The Alpine Spa is located in the luxe Zermatterhoff Hotel on the main street in Zermatt.  The Spa is located on the lower level of the hotel, down a semi-hidden staircase just off the lobby.

Each of us had 60 minute aromatherapy massages that were amazing.  Spa therapists were very responsive to the pressure used, temperature of the room, etc and were willing to spend time on specific problem areas if needed.

There are a wide variety of spa treatments featuring different treatment styles from various countries.   Treatment packages are also available, including multi-day, themed packages as well.

Spa treatment rooms are located on both sides of the very small lobby.  There’s a small lounge, with tea and refreshments just beyond the lobby.  The indoor pool, lined with large windows all around is very nice.  Comfortable lounge chairs are located along the pool side area.  There is also a sauna, steam room, “cold room” and exercise area with various equipment.  All of the spa facilities here are co-ed.  

If you’re not staying at the hotel, these additional spa facilities cost an additional $70 USD per day if you wish to use them pre- or post- spa treatment.  While the spa welcomes outside guests, it is definitely driven towards those staying at the hotel.  There is a very small co-ed changing area between the lobby and the pool that has lockers, a shower, swimsuit dryer and sink.  It’s also semi-open to the pool and not connected to the “day spa” ammenities.  If you’re shy, you may want to make other arrangements.  Most hotel guests arrive in their robes for treatments.

Nothing in Switzerland is inexpensive, but the Zermatterhoff is at the higher end of comparable spas, which is to be expected.  The services are definitely worth the price, but when you factor in the additional charge for the day spa, you may want to consider other spas where everything is inclusive.

[box type=”info” ]You may want to request a spa treatment room away from the lobby.  When busy, noise can filter into the treatment areas. [/box]

La Maison Arabe Spa – Marrakech, Morocco


1 Derb Assehbé
Bab Doukkala

Marrakech Médina, Morocco

+21 2 5 24 38 70 10

Other reviews:


Treatments: Avg $90 US

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The spa at La Maison Arabe  is definitely worth putting on your list when visiting Marrakech.  While the spa menu is a bit limited to a hammam and massages, you won’t go wrong here.  La Maison Arabe spa is one of the best designed spas we’ve seen in a long time.  Talk about an authentic, middle east experience coupled with a relaxing, tranquil environment and you’ve got La Maison Arabe.  

As with some spas, you won’t find pages and pages of treatments.  La Maison Arabe’s list is simple.  Limited to massage, hammam and a couple of additional services, you’ll soon find that this is more than adequate.  We had the basic hammam treatment, which includes a bathing with black olive soap, a full body scrub and then shampoo and rinse in an ornate steam room adorned with tuscan marble.  You lie on a heated marble bench, as the therapist works their magic with the soap, scrub and rinse.  After about 30 minutes, you’re taken into the relaxation room, lit with dozens of candles and a bubbling fountain, where you’re served tea and water.  You relax there for about 15 minutes, before moving on to your full body massage of 30,45 or 60 minutes.

The spa has 2 hammam and 5 treatment rooms.  The hammam is entirely marble and very nicely sized.  Treatment rooms are average sized, but very comfortable.  What really stands out here is the large, and I mean large, relaxation area that astounds the eye.  Pictured on the spa portion of their website, it’s simply amazing.  The changing areas are small here, which is really the only down fall.  Service at the spa was perfect, from check-in to check-out.  Appointments were fairly easy to get, but we visited during low season.  During high season, it would probably be best to make appointments before you arrive in Marrakech.

Prices may seem high compared to “local” spas and hammams, but we did a lot of comparison shopping and know that La Maison is really reasonable and your experience here will be very memorable.

[box type=”info” ]Because this spa is smaller, it’s advised to book treatments early, especially during high season. [/box]
Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh Spa

[one_half]1 Four Seasons Boulevard
Sharm El Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt 

+20 (69) 360-3555

Spa Website

Treatments: $90 USD and up


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Facilities:  The spa at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh is part of a very large building located towards one end of the Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh complex.  There’s a very ample lap pool that’s secluded off to one side, as well as a large workout and exercise facility directly behind the check in area.  The workout area features the latest in exercise equipment, along with enough machines even if the resort is at it’s busiest.  The internal lounge areas were large, however, our only one small complaint was the locker area.  It’s very tiny and if there are two or three people arriving/departing a spa appointment at the same time, it can be a bit cramped.  There’s a sauna, access to the outdoor pool area, as well as two large shower rooms.  The waiting area inside the lounge was very comfortable with ample seating and magazines to read while you wait. 

The spa treatment rooms vary in size, but they’re almost all larger than what you find in other resorts.  The access halls and rooms are dimly lit, which makes it easy on the eyes when you’re done with your treatment.  Rooms have high ceilings and are very quiet, you think you’re the only one in the whole spa.  Very relaxing.

Service: The spa staff here were wonderful.  From check-in to treatment, everybody was extremely pleasant and helpful.  Reservations, check-in and check-out were done quickly and efficiently.  

Treatments: There’s a good array of spa treatments available.  In addition to the basic swedish massage, we also tried the Arabic Coffee Scrub and Balinese spa treatments.  All were high quality and extremely well done.

Pricing: Prices were what one would expect at a Four Seasons.  

Overall, we really like the spa here.  Appointments were easy to arrange and the staff were more than helpful.  You can read our review of the hotel, here.

[box type=”info” ]Check the Four Season’s website before you leave home to see if any spa specials are being offered. And remember, make your appointment early, especially during high season. [/box]

Elements Boutique Spa – Koh Samui, Thailand


53/5 Moo 4

Phang Ka, Surat Thani
Koh Samui, Thailand 

+66 77 914 678

Spa Website

Spa Treatments: $15-$60 US

Reviews: TripAdvisor

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Elements Boutique Spa Koh Samui is located inside of the Elements Resort.

Facilities: The spa is located within the resort and has several treatment rooms.  While the rooms are a bit small, they’re very comfortable.  While all can be enclosed, most of the time they are “open air”.  Even on the hottest days, the breezes keep rooms cool and make for a heavenly experience.  Your greeted with soothing cool towels and a very nice iced or hot tea.  There are no additional facilities such as steam rooms, locker rooms, etc., but with a resort this intimate, you won’t miss them at all.

Staff: If you’ve been to Thailand, you’ll know the Thai people are extra ordinarily friendly and pleasant.  The spa staff here takes that to a whole new level.  They are all very professional and genuine.  All of us had various therapists while we were here and each and everyone was excellent.

Treatments: There are plenty of spa treatments on the spa menu.  During our six day stay, we tried most of them.  Our favorites were the Hot Compress Herbal Massage and the four hour Elements Signature Massage.  If you get a bit too much sun, the After Sun Recovery Wrap is especially nice.

Pricing: Prices are very inexpensive.  But don’t think that means the quality of the treatments suffer, they don’t.  On some days, we did two to three treatments a day because of how reasonable they were. 

IAH TIP:  Because spa treatments are so reasonably priced, it’s highly advisable to book very early.  We booked our treatments two months in advance to make sure we could get in.

Mandarin Oriental Spa, Washington, DC


1330 Maryland Avenue Southwest
Washington D.C., DC 20024

(202) 787-6100

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The Mandarin Oriental Spa, is located inside of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Facilities: The spa and fitness center is located on its own floor, right below the main lobby of the hotel.  The spa is very well designed.  As you exit the elevator bank, you walk down a long hallway to reach the check-in desk.  The distance means its extremely quiet and relaxing.  The check-in and waiting area is very large.  Men and women have their own separate steam rooms (wet and dry), and plunge pool.  Locker rooms are large with separate shower and sink areas.  The spa has several treatment rooms, larger than most spas.  Treatment rooms include light therapy units and electronic massage tables.

Staff: All of the  Mandarin Oriental spa staff  were very friendly and accommodating.

Treatments: The spa menu has a wide variety of spa treatments.  Most massages are a minimum of 80 minutes, giving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy.

Pricing: Prices are a bit high, but we felt after our treatment that it was worth it.  Rates increase for weekend appointments.

[box type=”info” ]Make sure to allow plenty of time before and after your appointment to enjoy the facilities, especially the experience showers.[/box]


Garza Blanca Resort Spa – Puerto Vallarta, MX


Km. 7.5 Carretera a Barra de Navidad
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Mexico 48390

(322) 176-0700

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The Garza Blanca Resort Spa, is located inside of the Garza Blanca Resort, about 10 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta on Highway Mex 200.

Facilities: The spa is located on the 7th floor of the newest building at the resort.  The spa has several treatment rooms, of which two are double treatment rooms with large verandas overlooking the ocean.  The men’s and women’s changing rooms are equipped with about 12 lockers, double sinks, toilets and two showers.  There is no steam room.  Each changing room is rather small.  There is a good sized workout room with cardio equipment and free weights.  There is no real waiting area for the spa.

Service: Everyone is the spa were very pleasant.  Appointments were easy to get, however, at the time we visited, the resort was not very busy.  We were a bit concerned that spa appointments were kept in a journal, not a calendar.

Treatments: The spa menu is rather standard.  Several different massage types, along with scrubs, facials, manicures & pedicures.  Not really any “exclusive” or “special treatments”.

Pricing: Prices were on the high side.  They were comparable to treatments at higher end spas in the US or Europe.  For example, $120 US for 50 minutes.  In Puerto Vallarta, most highly rated spas charge around $45-$60 for 60-70 minute treatments.

You can’t beat the convenience of having a spa on-site.  We had the basic swedish massage for 90 minutes and it was one of the better massages we had had in a long time.  Even though it’s pricey, you will walk away feeling refreshed.

Alternatives: If you’re looking for alternatives, that may not have all the ambiance of the resort, but still have great treatments, Metamorphosis Day Spa (review), Venus Sunshine Spa (review) or Blue Massage Spa (review).  We have not had the opportunity to try these, but they were highly ranked on TripAdvisor.

[box type=”info” ]Ask for a treatment room facing the ocean.[/box]