“No Massage = No Holliday” proclaims the sign outside one of Hoi An’s many spas. Arriving in Hoi An, you will see spa and massage spots at every turn. Offers of special prices or rehearsed conversation starters will constantly be directed your way. Take it all in your stride, Hoi An is ‘Spa Heaven” and having a treatment while on holiday here is a must for most visitors.
Internet searches offer over 150 spa listings on popular sites. Hundreds more, however, are not listed online. The variety is endless with an equal range of price and quality. A good spa experience is not guaranteed by glossy ads, prices, or five-star ratings. Don’t be fooled—ratings can be unreliable. Sad but true, search results are often manipulated by fake review writers and are a paid-for service. “They” can also be quite good at it. In turn, modest furnishings or tasteless interiors do not equal a bad spa experience. The most humble places can often deliver the best massages.
In this article, Hidden looked at each’s service, quality, consistency, ethics, and facilities to bring you a guide to the best spas in Hoi An, along with some useful tips.
Treatment Options, Products, & Value-Added Services
Hoi An spas mostly offer varieties of body therapies, foot massages, and nail treatments. Some offer facials, waxing, herbal steam baths or sauna, hair treatments and laser hair removal treatments. Be careful, though, as most facial products contain whitening agents, lighter skin is a very desirable phenomenon in the Asian culture. To westerners, it may hold a potential risk for skin irritation and pigmentation, especially when sun exposure is high. Most higher-end facilities or well-trained therapists will be aware of this and offer a distinction in treatment for their respective visitors. Be sure to inquire what your product contains beforehand and check out the ingredients.
The best spa and massage experience depends mainly on its people. Trust your gut. Is the space clean, inviting, and organised? Look at your therapist: long nails or jewellery is a clear warning sign.
Not all spas have full-time staff. Stand-ins are often called in and may not be up to the same standard. If a previous guest has recommended you a particular spa, ask for the therapist by name to guarantee continuity of care.
We have indicated the price of a standard 30 or 60-minute massage treatment in our spa reviews below. It is a useful way for you to gauge a spa’s affordability according to a general treatment.
- Cash is King: double check your agreement on price and get the correct amount of change. Not many places accept credit cards.
- Group bookings and discounts can be arranged up-front with the spa manager.
- A 10 to 20 per cent tip is welcomed, even when the service charge is included. Wages are fairly low and often, and therapists work on commision only. Tip your therapist directly to ensure the money goes to the right hands.
- Check for special offers during off-peak times.
The spa and massage industry in Hoi An creates employment for many. The community makes a great effort to establish a reputable and credible trade.
Hidden Hint: Most spas operate from either 9/10 a.m. until 9/10 p.m. The busiest times are in the late afternoons and evenings, and special offers may apply outside peak times.
Luxury: Top of the Line Pamper & Pleasure
KOI Hoi An Resort and Spa
Address: Cua Dai Beach
What makes the KOI Spa an attractive destination is that it is picturesque and has a variety of facilities on offer to spa attendees. From the moment you cross the bridge over the river, it is beauty and splendour all around. Weather permitting, you can also request to have your massage outdoors in a curtained canopy. The spa has its own bar/cafe area and a magnificent 25-metre lap pool. For a real hedonistic splurge, make use of the swim-up bar. The most impressive feature is the private sauna and shower in most treatment rooms. There is also a larger area with a sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, and indoor pool. Tranquillity and beauty mark this setting as unforgettable.
Hidden Hint: A Spa Buffet Menu offers extremely reasonable rates for a combination of three to five treatments. Each item selection is 30 minutes in length. Thus, the package of three treatments lasts for 90-minutes and costs only 850,000 VND (36.50 USD).
Akoya Spa – Vinpearl Resort & Spa Hoi An
Address: Block 06, Phuoc Hai
For a special occasion, this five-star spa is well worth the visit and includes a beauty salon. The signature package, “Ultimate Indulgence,” is perfect for couples. Mom-and-daughter pamper days include floral baths, and both these treatments are delivered in the VIP room. Think pleasure—four-hands massage, aromatic splendour, and delicious body scrubs.
The world-renowned Mandara spa operates Akoya Vinpearl Spa and focuses on service excellence. The products are natural or organic. The “Pure Natural Facial” consists of ingredients such as freshly squeezed carrot juice, powdered cacao, and natural clay. All body treatments begin with a gentle foot-cleansing ritual, infused with your choice of special aromatic essence. The facilities are luxurious and elegant. Separate-sex bathrooms are fully kitted out with the expected five-star amenities. Each has a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and showers.
The staff are exceptionally delightful and make you feel like royalty. Upon arrival, you receive a minty refresher towel and delicious ginger tea. At Akoya, they take great care to make you feel special and comfortable. Post-treatment you can make use of the hair salon, which offers mainly nourishing hair treatments from “O-Way.” Thalgo beauty products are available for treatments and purchase.
Hidden Hint: Although high-end, the atmosphere is inviting, and monthly promotions apply. A Family Voucher purchase allows for huge savings (as much as one-third of the treatment price can be discounted on some vouchers). The 30-minute express massage costs 700,000 VND (30 USD).
Mid-Range: Let’s Meet Somewhere in the Middle
Ginger Spa Hoi An
Address: 115 Cua Dai
It is indeed the small things that count. This charming little spa has heart and soul. They only use natural products, and no stone is left unturned when it comes to special touches. Enjoy a welcome tea while your feet relax on a bed of warmed mung beans. Therapists have unique training in traditional Vietnamese practices, and also complete yoga and meditation practice before every shift. This is to ensure a mindful, healing transfer of energy to their recipients. Even the music is composed for and in sync with the rhythms of each treatment. Ginger Spa Hoi An demonstrates real respect for the art of massage and performs treatments with intention and purpose.
We highly recommend the Yin-Yang Therapy, a male and female, four-hand-massage, which restores balance and harmony. Included in this and also in the Traditional Vietnamese massage, is the Tum Hum Steam bath. It can also be taken as a stand-alone treatment for 100,000 to 160,000 VND (4 to 7 USD). This herbal infusion steam bath detoxifies the body and stimulates immunity. It is an age-old ritual passed down through generations in the rural parts of Vietnam. A shower can be taken afterwards to freshen up.
Did We mention the Chocolate Full-Body 75-Minutes massage? Or the standard post-treatment, fresh-fruit cocktail? — Yum! Also, the 60 Minutes Head Neck and Back massage costs 490,000 VND (21 USD).
Hidden Hint: Walk-ins are welcome, but most treatments require preparation or availability of specifically trained therapists. Book to avoid disappointment.
Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa
Address: 538 Cua Dai
The Belle Maison Spa has such a comprehensive range of treatments with its natural and true organic products and ingredients. A few therapies worth mentioning are their Signature Maison-Hoi An and Sports treatment — a very deep pressure massage. The words “strong pressure” appear quite a lot on the spa menu. Rest assured, there are plenty of relaxation treatments like Thai yoga and shiatsu body therapies, scrubs, wraps, and facials.
For a sensory delight, try the “Candles Therapy” — a massage with smooth, silky, nutrient-rich, melting wax. Even pregnant mothers, children, and infants from three-months-old can enjoy special treatments. The well-known brands Thann and Natural Rendez-Vous are the products selected for beauty treatments.
The pool, restaurant, and bar area, which surround the Maison Spa, is a real haven in the Hoi An heat. It has adequate shading and covers from the hotel building, which makes this space a tranquil hideaway. Day visitors are permitted to use the pool area if they order from the restaurant and bar. 60 Minutes Swedish massage 690,000 VND (30 USD).
Budget: A Few Dong Can Go a Long Way
Hai Au Hotel – Minty Spa
Address: 572 Cua Dai
At first glance, you’ll think “coffee shop,” but behind the cafe is a line of massage chairs for feet and nail treatments. A lovely four-bed treatment room, with curtain divides and its own bathroom, is reserved for body therapies. Although the facilities are modest, it is clean, functional, and has a touch of personality.
Minty Spa does, in fact, serve a delicious, freshly ground coffee, the owner is conscious of quality ingredients and Western preferences. You can also enjoy other beverages like smoothies or an ice cold beer. There is a comfortable little sitting area where you can catch up on your internet activities while waiting for a treatment or merely for relaxing while waiting for a friend or partner who wants to do a treatment. 60 Minutes Full-Body massage 440,000 VND (19 USD).
Hidden Hint: Minty Spa runs great promotions and discounts during off-peak times. As part of the Hai Au Boutique Hotel, spa guests have free access to the hotel bar and generally uncrowded swimming pool.
Hoi An Blind Massage
Address: 412 Cua Dai
Enjoy a massage and make a difference. For the not-so-fussy, philanthropic spirited, a service at Hoi An Blind Massage is a worthwhile experience. This operation creates a livelihood for a few blind or partially-sighted Vietnamese. Their well-developed sense of touch finds knots and niggles intuitively and deals with them efficiently. Prepare yourself for unapologetic firm grasps, strong pinch and roll techniques, and a somewhat satisfying spine crack.
Although a phone number is listed on a blog site, don’t bother making an appointment. You are guided into one of two rooms, no questions asked, except for: “massage?” The rooms offer scanty privacy, and adjacent beds are divided by rather flimsy curtains. Expect little to zero ambience or decorum and a good rub-down. Nonetheless, a massage is offered at the ridiculously low price of 130,000 VND (5.60 USD).
Hidden Hint: Bring your own towel or cloth to lay down over the massage bed for better hygiene.
Phu Thinh Boutique Resort & Spa – Jasmine Spa
Address: 488 Cua Dai
For a full day’s experience, you must try this Hidden Gem! Fill up a day with spa treatments, swimming, relaxation, and other activities. The Jasmine Spa has a walk-in street entrance, adjacent to the hotel. Jasmine spa offers general face and body therapies, nails, and waxing. Don’t deny yourself a full head massage; the salon offers haircuts and styling. A shampoo-wash contains Indomalayan Lebbeck, famous for keeping Vietnamese women’s hair smooth and beautiful. You will be ready and set for a restaurant visit post-treatment.
Phu Thinh Hotel also offers a few special promotions and traditional-costume-hire, which can make for a fun “Selfie” or entertainment for a group visit. As a spa guest, you may rent traditional wear for the day and also enjoy the pool, restaurant, and bar area, which overlooks a luscious pond. Bring a good book or grab one from the bookshelf in the garden sitting area. 60 Minutes Ancient Balinese massage 420,000 VND (18 USD).
Hidden Hint: Free Tai Chi Classes, Special Yoga, and Dinner Packages run, subject to seasonal demands.
Compared to back home, spa treatments here in Hoi An can still feel like a guilty pleasure but without the hefty price tag. Remember though, the price is not a definitive indicator of a quality spa experience. You can find a fantastic massage, well below our budget suggestion of 300,000 to 400,000 VND (13 to 18 USD). That said, it is equally possible to pay a lot for a mediocre and unsatisfactory spa experience.
When it comes to spas and massages in Hoi An, you are spoilt for choice. We strongly recommend that you view the spa’s facilities first, and then ask the right questions before your treatment starts. Or better yet, simply choose from our list above since we’ve already done the legwork for you!