Massages in Beijing can be very gratifying, and definitely worth a trip if you're feeling a bit stressed or under the weather. Like everything else here, they run from high-rolling luxury to bare-bones minimalism. Although a fancy treatment may promise you respite from city life and much more, sometimes the cheaper ones may actually be more effective. These spas and resorts listed offer an extensive spectrum of facials, scrubs, baths, light therapy and other indulgent beauty treatments.
Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat - 菩提会所
Introduction: A range of luxurious massage options in stylish, minimalist surroundings. Thai traditional massage, aromatherapy massage, Thai herbal treatment and Ayurvedic massage are available. Bodhi's Chinese therapist is trained in TCM and offers such as tuina (body massage) and foot reflexology. Enjoy discount rates (RMB78) Mon-Thu before 5pm; prices begin at RMB138 otherwise.
Add: 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6417 9595
Daisy's Beauty Salon - 黛丝美容中心
Introduction: Specialties include waxing (upper lip RMB60, full face RMB320, and full-body around RMB1, 000), permanent IPL laser hair removal, and weight loss (3-10kg). Also offers facials (RMB218), manicure (RMB80) and pedicures (RMB150). Uses quality products from Paris.
Add: Rm.301, Building B, Sunshine 100 International Apartments, Guanghua Donglu
Tel: 5100 0556/7
Dragonfly Retreat - 悠庭保健会所
Introduction: This extremely popular boutique avoids rowdy groups, leaving ample room for relaxation and solace. Chinese, Shiatsu and foot massages start at RMB135 per hour. An exhaustive menu of spa packages includes the 2hr Hangover Relief Massage and the Ultimate Indulgence (an hour each of full-body and foot massage), both RMB270. Other services include manicure, pedicure, waxing, and more. Candles, statues, jewelry and aroma oil for sale. Discounts for members.
Add: 888 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi
Tel: 8046 6682
Essence Vale Spa - 艾森薇尔水疗
Introduction: The Beijing branch of the Singapore-based spa draws its water directly from a natural hot spring 3,000m beneath the Yosemite compound and features dark oak wood Asian decor, personal balconies and large bathtubs in some VIP suites. A 60min Thai herbal massage will set you back RMB480, a 30min guasha (scraping) RMB200, and bikini-line waxing RMB220. The masseuses, who hail from the Philippines and Thailand, all speak English.
Add: 4 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi
Tel: 8041 7589
Heavenly Spa by Westin - 威斯汀天梦水疗中心
Introduction: The latest addition to the ever-popular East-meets-West style of spa therapy. Award-winning Comfort Zone spa products from Italy are used for all treatments, and items such as handcrafted jade eye masks and a touch of China. The Westin Wonder (RMB850, 2hrs), combines traditional Chinese massage techniques with essential aromatic oil. The Instinctive Jade (RMB850, 2hrs) is a soothing massage with ancient Chinese stone rollers.
Add: 9B Financial Street,Xidan/Financial Street 金融街乙9号
Tel: 6606 8866 ext.7878
i Spa - 泰美好
Introduction: Resonating Thai harmony in both decor and services. The luxurious selection features facials (RMB438, 1hr), body wraps (RMB49, 1hr), aroma baths (RMB280), Thai herbal scrubs (RMB298, 30min), and their signature head-to-toe massages with specially blended oil (RMB558, 90min). For those who prefer stronger palm strokes, the traditional Thai massage (RMB498 for 90min) including stretching and concentrates on the body's pressures points.
Add: 5/F, Tower 2, Taiyue Suites, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu
Tel: 6507 1517
I-Spa - 泰美好
Introduction: Located in InterContinnental Hotel, this spa combines the Western practice of soothing oil massages with Chinese techniques that focuses healing muscles. Treatments include facials, tanning, foot reflexology, body massages and Vichy showers. Massages start at RMB200, for a 30min neck and shoulder massage, the main attraction is the InterContinnental Massage (RMB980 for 150mins). Additional 15% service fee.
Add1: 6/F, Intercontinental Financial Street Beijing, Xicheng District
Tel: 5852 5888 ext.5601
Long Island Massage & Spa - 长岛健身
Introduction: This large establishment offers Chinese and Thai-style massage and reflexology as well as facials and other beauty treatments. It distinguishes itself from the pack with several licensed medical masseuses on staff, and a food and drink menu, emphasizing healthful southern-style specialties. 90min foot massages and 1hr body massages cost RMB108 during the day, RMB158 at night.
Add: 14A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 5130 9718
99 Massage and Spa Center - 99按摩中心
Introduction: Body (RMB150), foot (RMB100) and aromatic oil massage (RMB200-380), with free food, fruit and drinks. Single and double rooms. Membership guarantees great discount.
Add: Rm 703, E-Tower C12, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6501 0799
Palm Springs Spa - 棕榈泉国际俱乐部
Introduction: Lavishly designed Asian-, Persian-, and European-style rooms reflect a journey along the Silk Road. Services include foot massage (RMB260, 1hr), stress-relief back massage (RMB 450), full-body massage (RMB760, 90min), whitening facial (RMB680), and men's deep cleansing facial (RMB780). Appointments by reservation only.
Add: B1\F, Palm Springs International Club
Tel: 6539 8888 ext.8080
Renewal Spa & Resort - 善泉
Introduction: Attention to detail is key at this luxurious spa that uses all organic products, many of which are imported from Morocco and Indonesia. Services include facials starting at RMB 480 and massages at RMB 380. The traditional Javanese massage (RMB600, 90min) is followed by delightful organic Indonesian ginger tea. The resort wing specializes in "rituals" or themed packages that take place in impeccably decorated suites. Try the Moroccan treats-kassa scrub, mud pack, steam session (rasul) and rosewater soak-starting at RMB1, 788 for 3 hours.
Drawing on a decade of experience in Singapore, the team behind Renewal has established a day spa that specializes in Javanese massages, and a resort complex that offers lengthier and luxurious packages and treatments.
Add: C1 Area, Upper East Side Central Plaza, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 5139 5555
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