Huong Sen Spa

There’s no tipping in Huong Sen Spa for two very smart reasons: peace of mind and equal treatment. When a customer is getting a foot massage or a deep-cleansing facial, the last thing she needs to think about is how much to tip based on the masseuse’s performance. Customers should remember the experience, not what they paid for it. Since everyone gets equal treatment and the tipping policy rules out favorites, repeat customers steadily pile up. Those who couldn’t afford weekly spa treatments at other locations can now easily set up a session every 7-10 days at Huong Sen.

Ms. Oanh may not have the most easy-to-find spa in Ho Chi Minh City. Nor does her décor shriek upscale superfluity. But what the Huong Sen Spa on Huynh Van Banh does have is a personally trained masseuse team able to put even the most wound-up, anxiety-ridden gal (or guy) into a state of oiled bliss. With a combination of natural oils, a tranquil setting, skilled hands and great prices, this is the type of hidden gem many of us have been wishing to discover. Luckily, City Pass found it for you.

The spa opened its doors in 2006. Over nine years Ms. Oanh steadily improved Huong Sen by investing back into the business but keeping her prices steady. The services are more than affordable – a 70-minutes hot stone massage with natural coconut oil is VND 200,000. A 25-minute facial mask application is VND 55,000. We were surprised.

While there are cheap spas in the area, their service is relatively average. The spa knows exactly what to do to stand out for the crowd. That’s why Huong Sen’s been getting the same repeat customers for the past nine years.

When it comes down to brass tacks, however, the question remains: is the service what it claims to be?

The spa is tucked away from the busy streets – check out our map below to see what we mean. It’s not the easiest place to find, but the upside is that you’re only 10 minutes from the airport. If you’ve got a few hours to waste away before leaving Saigon, you can make a pit stop into Huong Sen for an authentic full body massage – trust us, after this one you’ll sleep like a newborn.

The spa is four floors. There’s three couple rooms, two triple bed rooms and one foot massage room. The décor is nothing too fancy, but pleasantly tranquil and feels authentic. The low lighting, scented rooms and subtle music are nice touches, but during our time there we were more focused on the skilled fingers of the masseuse and the amazing body oils and natural products than whether there were spa-standard lotus flowers floating around in basins.

Masseuses are kind, silent, and really work wonders to evaporate their presence from your mind as you get your treatment. Ushering you into the experience seems natural to them, and they are more concerned with making you feel like you're on another plane than sounding overly cute and humble.

If you want organic, they’ve got it. You’ve got two choices for body oils for your massage: lemongrass and coconut oil. The lemongrass leaves a pleasant scent. The coconut oil will cost you an extra VND 20,000 (about $1), and is made by Huong Sen itself. The process is lengthy and elaborate – cooking the oil takes up around 4-5 hours alone. The coconut oil is great for the entire body, as well as the hair.

Facials come in three varieties: the coconut oil facial; the OHUI (Korean high-end product) facial; and the Shiseido (Japanese high-end product) facial (these hover around the VND 200,000 range, and last for around an hour). All three facials include five steps: basic cleaning, steaming the face for softer skin, deep cleaning, the facial massage, and the eye-area massage.

For dead skin removal, the Huong Sen team uses powdered bamboo and milk (VND 150,000). The concoction is great for thoroughly cleaning the skin and is 100% natural.

City Pass visited Huong Sen for a full body hot stone massage (VND 180,000) to get the authentic Vietnamese spa experience.

With our eyes buried in a pillow and our backs upturned for most of the massage, we let our other senses do the work of assessing the masseuses work, along with the results.

We did a preliminary body massage to begin with. The one thing we noticed immediately is the masseuse’s intuitive reaction to our pain. Even high-end spas we’ve tried didn’t notice our grunts at times. When one of our writers made a subtle reaction to a painful arm rub, the masseuse softened her touch and didn’t do the same move again. Later when we were getting hot stones placed on our bodies, and a particularly blistering one was placed under our team member’s hand, the masseuse immediately took the stone away at the first wince. It was trained intuition at its best, and it made us feel completely at ease.

The staff knows their pressure points; their movements are precise, deliberate and best of all, feel great, even if the massage can be a bit rough for spa newbies. The natural oils smelled great and our bodies felt and looked noticeably healthier after the experience.

After our hot stone experience, we received some delicious natural fruit juice. Ms. Oanh’s strongly believes in removing the impurities both on the outside and the inside. We were left feeling clean, cleansed and tranquil, and our muscles were noticeably missing the tension of the hard day’s work.

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Amour Beauty Boutique

If you live near Saigon’s District 2 and are looking for a reliable beauty parlour where you can pamper yourself, we’ve got good news for you. Amour Beauty Boutique, located in the heart of Thao Dien, is a one-stop beauty centre that is popular with both locals and expats and features a variety of treatments to make you look and feel good.

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From nails, to hair treatments and even waxing services, the highly trained and professional staff will serve your every need with guaranteed results.

Top Quality Products

The range of products used for Amour’s services include top of the line brands from Italy, France and the United States such as Cuccio nail products, Oway organic hair products and Shellac, which is a naturally-occuring resin that helps strengthen your nails and is proven to be less damaging than regular acrylic.

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Amour’s use of organic and sustainable products is a nod to environmental conservation and is the best way to give the utmost care to your body.

The Boutique

Amour’s two-storey facility is designed to evoke a sense of calm and rejuvenation. With soft music and an in-house cafeteria, you have plenty of space to relax with a drink in hand.

The staff at Amour are well-versed in their craft and are both friendly and attentive to your needs.

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Treatments available here include manicures and pedicures with optional additions of nail designs and nail strengthening treatments, hairstyling services, including hair and eyelash extensions and colouring and skin treatments and waxing services to smooth your skin. There are currently plans to expand the boutique’s hairstyling services to provide you with even more options.

What Others Say

Amour Beauty Boutique scores an impressive 4.6 out of 5 on their Facebook page with many reviewers praising the staff’s strict attention to detail and flawless workmanship. Other reviewers also complimented the boutique’s hygiene and safety standards as well as the affordable price packages.

What City Pass Guide Says

Amour is a good option for those living in District 2 and surrounding areas and with its affordable pricing and strong reputation among satisfied customers, it’s certainly a good place to spend some quality time to get your beauty fix.

 

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The Spa at The Reverie Saigon

The Spa, together with the fitness centre, encompasses 1,200 square metres (12,900 square feet) of the 6th and 7th floors of The Reverie Saigon.

Within this space are 10 treatment rooms - four for couples and six for individual therapies - each with city and river views. Steam and sauna facilities, as well as a beauty salon, round out the wellness and aesthetic options.

The comprehensive spa menu offers treatments from across Asia in a decidedly European-inspired setting. The high-end, organic spa products are by Ila.

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Sen Spa

Vietnam’s Premier Spa, Providing Mind and Body Relaxation

Nurturing in the pureness of nature, Saigon’s Sen Spa is a sanctuary for those who seek the ultimate Zen experience. Lose yourself in a sensory haven, get a facial, massage, body scrub, nail care and wash away the pressures of life in the big city at Sen Spa in Ho Chi Minh City. Beauty is a luxury taken seriously in Vietnam, and especially in HCMC, so every person should have the opportunity to indulge; Sen Spa is the perfect place to do it.

Sen Spa is truly one of the premier spas in Ho Chi Minh City. In nine floors Sen Spa works to provide a relaxing experience for any customer who walks through its doors. The most special part of the Sen Spa experience is their commitment to make the entire experience relaxing and memorable – not just the service.

Available Services

No matter what treatment you’re seeking, Sen Spa probably has what you’re looking for. This professional and established company takes pride in making sure its customers are well taken care of.

At Sen Spa you can receive body care treatments, body massages, facial care treatments, hand and foot care, nail care, waxing sessions and hair service. But that’s not all. Sen Spa also has a variety of packages on offer, either for one person or two. These packages are all tailored to give clients specialised experiences.

For example, the Mysterious Package includes a herbal steam bath, body scrub, body wrap, body massage, snacks and tea and a facial treatment (four hours for VND 2,640,000), while the Oasis Package is an hour and a half and includes a head and neck massage and a whitening facial treatment (VND 1,100,000).

Ambience & Service

Located on Dong Du in HCMC’s hectic District 1, this busy environment might seem like a strange place to have a spa at first. However, as soon as you step into Sen Spa, you’ll see that the noisy streets outside become muted as soon as the sliding glass doors close behind you. This might actually be one of the best parts about the Sen Spa experience: although you’re in the heart of the HCMC’s action, this spa is a true oasis of peace and calm.

The staff all work to help support and strengthen this feeling of peace. The receptionists are kind and polite; customers receive tea as they wait for treatments to begin, candied ginger is available on every waiting table, and attendants are patient and attentive as clients change from their everyday clothes to the cloth wraps Sen Spa provides before the treatments.

Experience

When we went to Sen Spa, we chose to try the anti-stress facial with a natural mask (60 minutes, VND 550,000). We were led into a room with four beds, and while the lights were brighter than we had anticipated, the music was soothing. As soon as we closed our eyes, peace reigned.

This intensive facial treatment was truly calming. The skilled professionals used a variety a different creams and exfoliants to provide the best skin care treatment for our faces possible. However, our favourite part was undoubtedly the massage that was added with the facial. Towards the end of the treatment, while we rested and enjoyed our natural mask, our attendants provided us with brief leg, arm, neck and head massages. This was an experience that makes Sen Spa that much better.

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Le Spa des Artistes - Hôtel des Arts Saigon

From the first step onto the 3rd floor of Hôtel des Arts Saigon, the scent of lemongrass and lavender welcome you to take a pause. Discard your schedule and enter this secret sanctuary of wellness and rest where expert massage therapists, manicurists and estheticians are waiting to ease your travel tensions away.

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The World Luxury Spa Awards recognized the excellence of Le Spa des Artistes at Hôtel des Arts Saigon with awards for the most “Luxury Hotel Spa” in Vietnam and the most “Luxury Boutique Spa” in Asia in 2017; in 2018, the spa took home the awards for the most “Luxury Urban Escape” in Asia and the most “Luxury Business Spa” Globally.

Le Spa des Artistes is more than just another place to have a massage. It has been designed with all the top of the line creature comforts in mind as the designers and therapists strive for beauty, excellence and a well-crafted experience that touches both body and soul. Asian and European techniques are used in the menu of luxurious and effective treatments. All products have been carefully chosen from Sothys, a luxury brand from Paris that uses environmentally friendly packaging.

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A Sensory Voyage into Pure Relaxation at Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s Le Spa des Artistes

For those with a mission of full relaxation, let Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s Le Spa des Artistes take you on “The Artist’s Journey”. These sensory voyages merge skincare regimens with total body healing. Perfect for a spa day with friends or a pampering package to be enjoyed as a couple. The lush furnishings, soft lighting, and attentive staff make this the perfect honeymoon retreat.

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The spa’s 6 treatment rooms, including a dedicated couple’s room with two treatment beds available, are beautifully decked out with floor to ceiling windows so that you can rest your body with a bird’s eye view of rooftops and trees. A well-curated selection of fine art paintings and sculptures showcase the beauty of the female form and spirit.

Abandon all worries and sink into a perfect state of zen with a “four hands” massage, where 2 talented therapists will work in tandem to ease tension and discomfort. Le Spa des Artistes also has a selection of signature treatments such as “Sensations Orientales”, which will transport you into a discovery of ancestral Oriental rites with products such as saponaria—a flower from the carnation family—and date oil extract, both known from detoxifying skin as they hydrate and soothe.

Not Just For Hotel Guests, Le Spa des Artistes is a Sanctuary for Saigon Dwellers as well

Le Spa des Artistes at Hôtel des Arts Saigon has also turned into a destination for locals and expats living in Ho Chi Minh City. The healing and detoxifying treatments as well as the skin specific facial treatments are sought after for recharging the body and creating a lovely glow that will have friends asking if you’ve fallen in love. The “Visible Lift” treatment is our choice for eternal youth. It uses the Asian beauty secret of velvet camellia, which dramatically softens skin.

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Finish off your beautification and relaxation routine with an exfoliation such as a Himalayan salt scrub and a manicure and pedicure complete with a hand and foot massage.

Your five senses will be eased into complete comfort with the calming essential oil scented products, the gold-toned decor and the gentle sounds of soft music. Sit back and allow yourself to be pampered on your wellness journey.

A fitness center is also available to hotel guests so that they can maintain their perfect form even while travelling.

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Kara Salon & Spa - Fitness Centre

Kara Salon & Spa, a tranquil 750 square meter sanctuary, offers a wide variety of high quality health and wellness therapies, hair and beauty treatments.

Our gym is equipped with the latest imported machines and is complimentary for all hotel guests. Our well trained fitness instructors are on hand to help you get the best from your workout.

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