5 of The Best Hotel Spa Experiences in Ho Chi Minh City

Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind spa experience in Saigon. Photo by Aaron Joel Santos. Take me there

Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City will find no shortage of spa options in their quest for pampering and relaxation.

In addition to the plentiful day spas around the city, hotel spas are bringing a new level to the spa experience with innovative concepts and design. Indulge in comprehensive choice of spa treatments from European style massages to authentic Vietnamese modalities.

Wow Wellness at THE SPA (Reverie Saigon)

The Spa at The Reverie Saigon

The Spa at the Reverie Saigon is as opulent and extravagant in design as the rest of the hotel. The entrance into the spa, a grand reception area, features floor to ceiling details from plush designer carpet to sparkling chandeliers. As the largest spa facility in Saigon, The Spa occupies two floors with six individual and four couples treatment rooms. One of the main perks included in all treatments is access to their wellness facilities. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to enjoy the state-of-the-art heat and water facilities in separate areas for ladies and gentlemen. A must-try is the colour therapy steam room equipped with crystal walls that emit eucalyptus-flavoured,invigorating steam. Another ‘wow’ feature is the sauna covered in orange Himalayan salt, which combined with natural aromas, induces a state of relaxation while also increasing metabolism to release body toxins. Imagine–this is all before you even begin your treatment!

Must-try treatment: Seaweed Hot Stone (90 or 120 minutes). After a soothing hot stone massage, heated swaths of Atlantic seaweed packed with rich vitamins and minerals, are layered onto the body to deeply nourish the skin and promote a sense of calm and well-being.
Product: Voya (Ireland) and ILA organic (UK)
Price: One-hour body massage starts from 1,900,000vnd++


Boutique Vietnamese Inspired at XUAN SPA (Park Hyatt Saigon)

The Xuan Spa

Xuan, meaning ‘spring’ in Vietnamese, is an elegant, understated spa located on the third floor of the Park Hyatt. Xuan Spa embraces the local culture with its Mekong Delta inspired spa treatments. Great care has been taken to select the finest floral, botanical and mineral resources from the fertile mangroves and rich biodiversity of the Mekong Delta. Ginger, orange, cajeput, basil and cinnamon, commonly used in Vietnamese traditional healing, are incorporated into the regimens at Xuan Spa. The personalised service at Xuan Spa begins with a consultation and a selection of individual aromatherapy oils (for body massage), followed by a soothing footbath ritual. The lush, tropical garden-esque pool area just outside the spa is the perfect place to chill with a cup of tea after finishing your treatment.

Must-try treatment: Dao Dua Coconut Monk (60 minutes). Treatment includes a short massage session to promote circulation, followed by a full body scrub made from ginger flower with fresh grated coconut granules to exfoliate and revive the skin.
Product: Natural products and Thalgo (French) for facial and body treatments
Price: One-hour body massage starts from 1,700,000vnd++


Urban Nature at THANN SANCTUARY (Pullman Saigon)

Thann Sanctuary Pullman Saigon

Thann Sanctuary is a contemporary urban spa, influenced by Thai healing practices. Embracing the theme of ‘natural therapy’, the spa’s interior comprising of bamboo, wood and forest elements, was designed to induce calm and tranquillity. The aromatic scents of wood and jasmine wafting through the air create a relaxing ambiance. Every treatment on the spa menu uses Thann products, which include body, face-to-hand and foot care. The small facility ensures that guests receive focused attention and personalised care by their well-trained staff.

Must-try treatment: Healing Stone Body Massage (90 minutes). A hot stone massage is combined with the placement of Healing Crystals on seven chakras to calm the mental state while releasing toxins from the physical body. A current promotion includes an additional 30 minute complimentary salt scrub and collagen face mask.
Product: Thann (Thai)
Price: One-hour body massage starts from 930,000vnd++


Art Meets Spa at EXPLORE SPA (Le Meridien)

Le Meridien

Explore Spa is situated on the ninth floor of Le Meridien. Together with the fitness centre, swimming pool and Explore Bistro, the quartet combined produces a holistic wellness experience. Consistent with the Le Meridien’s contemporary art aesthetic, the entrance to Explore Spa is surrounded by a shimmering mosaic wall fountain, enveloped by artful displays of a spiral wooden door frame and white plastic “bubbles” seemingly floating in mid-air. The underwater theme applies not only to the interior decoration, but also to the treatments, using marine-based Phytomer products. The offerings are mostly European centric, such as the Oligomer Silhouette for body contouring and Marine Detoxifying Body Therapy using seaweed wraps to replenish and hydrate.

Must-try treatment: Youth Intervention Anti-Aging (90 minutes). An anti-aging facial treatment using red algae plant, a natural marine antioxidant, to activate skin regeneration and restore a youthful glow.
Product: Phytomer (French)
Price: One-hour massage starts from 1,150,000vnd++


Beauty and Relaxation at KARA SPA (Caravelle Hotel)

Caravelle Kara Spa

Kara Spa is located on the seventh floor of the Caravelle, a prime location in city centre with a view of the Opera House. The entire floor is a dedicated wellbeing area housing the spa, swimming pool and fitness centre. The spa’s extensive menu offers not only relaxing massage therapies, but also beauty care services including facials, foot treatments, nail care, waxing and even a hair salon. The Caravelle is the only five-star hotel in the city that has a dedicated beauty parlour. Sapporo Coiffe is a Japanese-operated salon that provides a complete range of hair services— shampooing, colouring, perms, haircuts—and styling for both ladies and gentlemen.

Must-try treatment: Kara Saigon Signature (90min). A body massage that combines Swedish, Balinese, Thai and hot stone for a deeply therapeutic experience.
Product: Thann (Thai)
Price: One-hour body massage starts from 1,175,000vnd++

In this article:

The Spa (Reverie Saigon): http://thereveriesaigon.com/the-spa

Xuan Spa (Park Hyatt): http://saigon.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities/hotel-activities/spa.html

Thann Sanctuary (Pullman Saigon): http://pullman-saigon-centre.com

Explore Spa (Le Meridien): http://www.lemeridiensaigon.com/explore-spa

Kara Spa (Caravelle Hotel): http://www.caravellehotel.com/services/kara-spa

by Thuy M. Do

Thuy Do is a Vietnamese-American who has lived in Vietnam since 1998 and opened one of Vietnam’s first international standard day spa in Ho Chi Minh City. Merging her career in travel with spa and wellness, she founded wellnessvietnam.com, a spa and wellness resource and wellness holiday website.