READY FOR A RUB DOWN?
In Hoi An, there are more massage parlours available than limbs that need rubbing From budget, no-frills affairs to lavish sanctuaries, it’s actually quite easy to reach Nirvana here. Or to get pretty damn close.
Unfortunately, many spas that offer massage don’t actually have trained masseuses or masseurs on staff. But hey, at less than $10 for an hour’s rubdown in a tranquil setting, that won’t bother a lot of people. Just make sure that if you have a back or neck injury, leave it to the professionals…
We’ve tried out a lot of spas and had a lot of massages to bring you this comprehensive list. (We’re selfless like that.) So whether you want simple but effective at the Blind Massage Centre or sheer luxury, there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy. Just try and stay awake long enough to enjoy it.
Best Spas and Masage in Hoi An
If you’re looking for a decent massage in Hoi An, it’s very much a case of “you get what you pay for”. Spend the minimum amount and you won’t get the full spa experience. Rather you’ll be left to wait with your feet resting in tepid water while a masseuse is called in from down the road. Sometimes she’s only OK; other times she’s so skilled you want to befriend her for life. The fact is that she probably works for several Hoi An “spas” in the area – so even if you go to the same place a few times you may never see her again. Shame.
By spending a little extra on a “day spa”, you’ll get an experience similar to spas back home. Soft music, incense and well-trained staff on salary who are actually there when you arrive…and who’ll even give you privacy while you undress! Imagine.
Still, sometimes all you want is a vigorous rubdown, without the frills.
So here’s our guide to best spas in Hoi An…
From budget to luxury to everything in between.
Near Hoi An Old Town
Citrus Spa $$
A trip to Vietnam isn’t complete until you sample a bowl of steaming pho, until you drink some rocket-fuel coffee while sitting on a teeny red stool and until you go for a massage. Fortunately, Citrus Spa is built for vacation pampering, with a wide range of massages and beauty treatments that’ll leave you as revitalized and invigorated as its zingy name. Their clean and modern lobby with have you feeling refreshed before you even begin. And their Hot Stone massage is like a hug from Mother Nature herself. This place is one of the most popular spas in Hoi An, so booking is almost always essential. (Tip: if emailing in advance, see if you can wangle a discount for yourself. Van might sort you out.)
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Add: 99 Ly Thuong Kiet
Pure Beauty Spa $$
Pure Beauty Spa is your beauty answer to everything. Tattoo removal, permanent hair removal, eyelash extensions, fat reduction Lipo Laser treatment, detox packages, nine massage treatments, facials for every skin type, scrubs, reflexology, eyebrow tattoos, high tech machines for wrinkle reduction (Hallelujah!) and wait for it… yes, you are reading it right, they even have chocolate face masks!
Hours: 9.30 am – 9 pm (7 days)
Add: 69 Ly Thai To
The Magic Spa $$
Want the feeling of a lavish spa without the lavish price tag? The Magic Spa could be your golden ticket. This American-owned spa features a wide range of massages and beauty treatments, including acrylic nails and permanent makeup applied by staff who were professionally trained in the US. From the gold and black silk robes to the private changing rooms – yes, private! – and even the fluffy towels, this place ticks all the boxes in the luxury stakes. Enjoy five-star treatment for a three star price…a touch of magic, indeed.
Hours: 9 am – 10 pm
Add: 48 Cao Hong Lanh, An Hoi
La Luna Spa $$
La Luna is a big giant step above Hoi An’s budget options in quality, although fortunately, not in cost.
And whether you choose to go all Mother Nature and seek healing from the earth with a Hot Stone Massage, or to go all out and experience the magic of a 4 Hands Massage for the first time, this is a place that puts the ‘treat’ in ‘retreat’.
From the decadent sea salt, lemongrass and ginger foot bath, to the luxurious silk robes, to the tasty Vietnamese biscuits and soothing chamomile tea, this place screams “relax”. (Actually, it’s more of a gentle whisper.)
Make it your go-to place for peace and quiet. And the best part is you needn’t go far to escape – because this sanctuary’s right in the heart of Hoi An.
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Add: 111 Bà Triệu
White Rose Spa $$ - $$$
The ladies at White Rose sure know how to make a client feel welcome. Step into a sanctuary adorned with lush greenery, pretty lanterns and cute trinkets. Enjoy some tasty herbal tea while your feet soak in an equally soothing herbal bath. Spend a blissful afternoon trying out a variety of luxurious treatments – from body wraps to bamboo massages – and savour the light refreshments in between. Warning: All good things must come to an end… and it may be very hard to return to the outside world!
Hours: 9.30 am – 10 pm
Add: 529 Hai Ba Trung
Palmarosa Spa $$ - $$$
For a colonial-era style escape, head to this gem of a spa on Ba Trieu. There you’ll find the kind of treatments you’d get at a high-end establishment at home…for a fraction of the price.
The decor is all cream and dark wood, the ginger tea is fresh and delicious and the therapists are sweet and very, very good at what they do. Tick tick tick. They even have a crèche!
This is also one of the only places in Hoi An that offers a proper Indian Head Massage. So if all that scooter noise is doing your head in, Palmarosa might be the balsam you need.
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Add: 90 Ba Trieu, Hoi An
Five Senses Spa $$
Don’t judge a book by its cover. This simple spa might look like one of the dime-a-dozen cheapies that crowd the streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, but it’s got far more potential. The customer service here is personalised and conscientious. It is a bit of a gamble as to which masseur you get, but chances are higher for a good one (and low prices can make the risk worthwhile). Five Senses is where you go to get a decent, proper pressure massage; in a more basic setting than the more luxurious ones on this list but still with enough going on to help you truly relax. It’s definitely worth a visit but remember, prices are negotiable – so agree on a figure before you start.
Hours: 8 am – 10 pm
Add: 14 Phan Boi Chau
Pandanus Spa $
A haven of peace just off busy Ly Thai To, this spa is a real find (and great value for money). It may offer the standard array of massages and treatments, but its slightly out-of-the-way location, its friendly and accommodating service and the pure strength of its Swedish Massage sets it apart from others in the same price range. Recommended for a rainy day: head here for a strong rubdown and no-fuss pampering.
Hours: 10am – 9pm
Add: 21 Phan DinhPhung Street (off Ly Thai To Street)
Between the Old Town and Cua Dai Beach
Emotion Spa $$
When it comes to creating the right atmosphere it’s hard to beat the Balinese. As much as we love Vietnam, atmosphere and aesthetics in massage establishments can be somewhat lacking. Thankfully, Emotion Spa kicks it up a notch with some of that unique Balinese charm. Subtle – but important – touches make the world of difference between a good massage and a great massage. And Emotion Spa has got it all just right. Arrive in a knot of tension; leave floating on your blissed-out cloud.
Hours: 9 am – 10 pm
Add: 417b Cua Dai
Ma Spa $$
Ma Spa offers a slice of sanctuary in the peaceful rice paddies, just far enough from honking horns and the noise of the streets to ensure you get pampered in peace. A strong favorite among expats, the owner at Ma Spa is aware of the competition and is determined to win customers over by offering the sort of professionalism you would expect from a high-end establishment.
Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Add: 111B Le Thanh Tong Star
Blind Massage Centre $
At $6, this is one of the best-value massages in town. You won’t find fancy robes or sweet-smelling oils here – but you will find a strong and therapeutic massage given by people who really know what they’re doing. There’s no welfare in Vietnam but places like Hoi An’s Blind Massage Centre enable its sightless masseurs to make a living with their sense of touch instead. Not only will your patronage support a great cause, you’ll be doing your body a favour while you’re at it.
Hours: 8 am – 9 pm
Add: 412 Cua Dai
On Every Corner of Hoi An
Massage Hoi An Style: A Quintessential Vietnamese Spa Experience
On every corner of Hoi An you’ll find a spa. Most are family run and operated on the understanding that all you need is two hands: one to hold the mobile for the conversation you’ll have throughout the massage, the other to rub the person’s body again and again and again – and again, until the hour is up or the person gets fed up and walks out.
Throw into this recipe for success, one ancestor shrine, a fake Trip Adviser sign outside the door and 368 Trip Advisor reviews from relatives and friends enthusing the 5 Star value of your incredibly, amazing, mind-altering spa.