Step into the foyer of The Magic Spa and get ready to be pampered. The decor is more Vietnam goes to Vegas than Vogue living. None of your steel and white hospital-morgue chic here thank you very much! It’s gold, gold, gold all the way. This place is unashamedly and elaborately Vietnamese.
Sinking into the gold-embossed cushions after being handed a menu and some warm ginger tea, I decided on ‘The Magic Spa Signature Massage’. Good value at 350,000VND considering the top-end setting. Hoi An is swamped with massage venues and spas, mostly of the budget variety, but that’s the difference between a homestay and a 5* hotel. It’s all about luxury.
Danny, son of the owner and a Hoi An native (more recently of the USA), regaled me with a glorious vision of what I was about to receive: this massage was special, with hidden extras. I could hardly wait! The private changing room was a nice touch for modest types. Unfortunately, as I had donned the incomprehensible ‘robe’ on back-to-front and upside-down, ﬂashing to all and sundry in the process of calling for help, the effect was spoilt. Next time, just a simple kimono for simple people…like me, please?
An hour in, my own private nirvana and I emerged fabulously relaxed with just that slight twinge of sadness that comes when a good massage comes to a close. And it was a good massage. Firm, professional and relaxing. The ‘extras’ involved hot stones and some Thai stretches (nothing alarming). I felt as though I had had a treat, and that’s exactly how one should feel after all.
Price guide in Vietnamese Dong: massage (60 minutes) 350,000 VND; manicure & pedicure (55 minutes) 230,000 VND; eyelash extension (full set) 700,000 VND; permanent eyebrow 1,400,000 VND.
Hours: 9am – 10pm daily
Add: 48 Cao Hong Lanh, An Hoi
Tel: +84 (0)5103 914 888
Email: [email protected]