The Sofitel Manila is my favorite luxury hotel in town and we’ve been regular guests for weekend staycations. We love Spiral’s brunch, the great service at the executive lounge and the spacious pool area. The spa at the Sofitel is just as good and a great way to be pampered during your stay, whether after a long work day or during a leisure trip!
I had the chance to try out the spa during the TBEX Convention for free and really enjoyed the experience. We went back during a recent staycation for a paid treatment and this review combines the photos I was able to take during the spa tour at TBEX with the experience of the paid-for massage. And I really wanted to include some photos of the facilities – similar to the rest of the Sofitel, they are excellent and reason alone to visit! Upon entering the spa, you can select your treatment in the quiet lobby of the spa and enjoy water or tea while making your choice. A spa attendant will bring you to the locker room where you can take a shower and start to relax in the large wellness area. The staff is very attentive, assisting you and providing towels, water or anything else you’ll need.
You’ll find a dry sauna and a steam room, as well as a large hot jacuzzi pool and a smaller very, very, VERY cold pool to cool down after. The sauna or pool will allow your muscles to relax before starting your treatment. Both times, I had the wellness area pretty much to myself, it’s very generous in size and luxurious in the choice of materials and decoration, creating a very pleasant ambiance.
Once it’s time for your treatment, you are brought to the massage room. The single room had a shower and the couples room also had a bath tub and both were large and well equipped. The massage table is very comfortable with soft padding and high-quality sheets, providing the appropriate base for the pampering. The therapists are very experienced and knowledgeable, able to tailor the treatment to your needs. They were able to adjust pressure when asked and delivered a very relaxed massage experience!
Massages are very inexpensive in Manila and you can treat yourself to a 1h massage for under $10 at small massage shops like Touch & Heal. Treatments at the Sofitel Spa are much more expensive at $50 and up – but well worth the price. The facilities really make a difference, making for a luxurious experience and justify the much higher rates. It’s a bargain compared to massages at other luxury hotels and can make your work trip better or complete your staycation. I’m sure I’ll be back to the LeSpa during a future stay at the Sofitel Manila.