The Magic Spa $$
The owners of this establishment are American and have taken care to constantly train their staff and tailor their style to the tastes of foreigners. It is part of their policy to have desk staff that can speak excellent English, but this doesn’t always extend to the masseuses. To ensure you receive the best possible massage, they aim to personalize your treatment by asking how hard you want the massage in different areas, or if any places need to be avoided or focused on. It is important to take full advantage of this time as my masseuse’s vocabulary consisted almost entirely of “Ok?” and “Thank you”.
The Vietnamese style of massage is similar to the long, robust strokes of a Swedish massage but with more deep muscle kneading. The cliché “I was putty in her hands” comes to mind, but it does feel as if you are being molded into a better version of yourself. And of course there is a range of massage styles available, so have your pick from their extensive menu.
Leave your things in a locker after have you slipped into their black and gold silk robes in private changing rooms, a real sign of luxury in Vietnam. As the soft music and lemongrass scent of the massage rooms reach your senses, you are ready for a treat.
If you are looking for something a little different, they offer hot stone massages using carved Himalayan rock salt. These beautifully translucent pink stones are used to draw out toxins and sooth muscle tension. Another option is to take a traditional herbal bath, a practice that originates in the colder Northern Vietnam. Settle into the wooden bath tub and allow the aromas and oils of a special herb mix to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Of course they offer more than massages, with a broad range of manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and permanent make up. If you are interested in acrylic nails, this spa is home to one of the only women in Hoi An who is professionally trained in the US. Get the best of both worlds by relaxing into plump leather massage chairs as you have your nails done.
The service you will receive at The Magic Spa definitely make the prices good value, especially if you are looking for a higher end spa feel. So if you are feeling the need for a pampering session, go “discover the miracle” at The Magic Spa.
Price guide in Vietnamese Dong: massage (60 minutes) 320,000 VND; manicure & pedicure (55 minutes) 300,000 VND; facials start at 200,000 VND; eyelash extension (full set) 700,000 VND; permanent eyebrow 1,400,000 VND.
Revised June 2018