Saigon’s spas and beauty centers are some of the best places to relax in Southeast Asia, with everything from rejuvenating skincare treatments and mud baths to vigorous body scrubs and restful Vietnamese massages. Be prepared to fall in love with the city’s spa culture – you may not want to leave.
Many of the top spas are situated inside one of the city’s numerous 5-star hotels, but there are some other gems to be found around Ho Chi Minh city too – many of them in converted and renovated villas, replete with timeless classical decor and calming spacious treatment rooms.
Beauty junkies will be pleased to discover the best spas in Saigon use naturally-sourced ingredients in many, if not all, of their treatment products. Don’t be afraid to ask about this, or anything else related to your visit – masseuses and therapists in high-quality spas are adept at tailoring the experience to the individual and the options to customise your visit are as plentiful as they are tantalising.
Of course, top spas are not complete without the full suite of extras to make you feel pampered and relaxed – expect jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms to be available to all spa guests, as well as fitness centres in the larger locations. Welcome and farewell drinks are other thoughtful touches.
For couples there are plenty of great romantic packages, with sensuous massages and luxurious pampering sessions to truly elevate your vacation or honeymoon experience.
Popular treatments include massage therapy (with Western, Thai and Vietnamese options), facial and hair care, pedicures, reflexology, manicures and face whitening. Be sure to ask at each individual spa about their signature massage treatment.
Of course, finding that inner glow that comes with true well-being often extends beyond the spa – fortunately for image-conscious travellers there are ample hair and nail salons in Saigon too, as well as superbly appointed gyms, like Equinox Fitness and Leisure Centre.