Setting a spa appointment should come with its own intentions, similar to the way one would plan a trip around the purpose of business, pleasure, or visiting family.
Some spa trips are premeditated as a getaway from the toxicity of everyday life, while others are planned as a sort of detox to pause and restart. Whatever the reason, there is an abundance of exceptional spas outside the city to create that total sense of escape.
1. Nature-Based: Amanpulo Spa
A previous winner of the Best Spa Resort in the World Spa Awards, Amanpulo's wellness center ensures every experience is tailored to the needs of its clients. Located in an island sanctuary, the therapy rooms give guests sweeping views of nature right from the massage bed. The award for must-try treatment still belongs to the traditional Philippine Hilot, which makes use of local produce. To really connect with nature, guests will also get to enjoy a round of yoga or Pilates outdoors.
Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, 976.5222
2. Girls' Weekend: Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Boracay
For an all-girls trip you're bound to remember, fly out to the sunny island of Boracay and check in to the exclusive Shangri-La at Boracay, which is situated across a private bay away from the bustling commercial center. The indoor treatment areas are ideal for groups, as they feature multiple massage beds side by side. You and your clique can partake in back-to-back treatments: from the express facial to the scrub and wrap combination and finally one of the spa's signature body massages. For a prolonged experience, avail of the three-hour Indulgence of Time retreat, which combines a trio of spa treatments.
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 288.4988.
3. Health and Fitness: Aegle Wellness Center, Balesin
If you're a believer in the healing power of medical advances, the Aegle Wellness Center in Balesin uses the latest in science and technology to refresh the body. One of its most notable offers is the Day of Total Wellness retreat which, as its name suggests, is a whole day's worth of consultations with its experts, anti-aging therapies, detoxes, and other soothing treatments.
Mykonos Village, Balesin Island, Quezon, 737.0077
4. Easy Getaway: Veda Spa, Anvaya Cove
Two hours away from Metro Manila, Anvaya Cove offers respite. At the heart of the main pavilion lies the Veda Spa, an indulgent space that offers no-fail items on its menu: the classic Shiatsu or Swedish massages, aromatherapy, sea salt body scrub, and cleansing facials. From the entrance, the spa might not look as large but once you enter, you'll be led into private spaces, where you can have a treatment in one of the beachside massage huts or casitas.
Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club, Morong, Bataan, 793.9000
5. Detox: The Farm at San Benito
If a weekend of R&R must go beyond the usual massage package, then a quick trip to The Farm at San Benito will renew the senses. Despite its name, The Farm calls itself a "holistic medical wellness resort"—a place where one can heal from the inside-out. The Farm's underlying ethos is that it ties health and wellness to the typical spa archetype, which means trained medical experts are on hand to give you treatments that will repair the body, while maintaining a retreat that will refresh both mind and spirit. Treatments include detox cleanses, weight management programs, acupuncture, and more.
119 Barangay Tipakan 4217, Lip City, Batangas, 884.8074
6. Couple's Retreat: Aum Spa
Time away from your kids can be precious, as it gives you more time to connect with your partner. The award-winning Aum Spa at Crimson Hotel in Mactan, Cebu has created both intimate outdoor and indoor set-ups in romantic corners of the island resort. The lofty cabanas, pavilions, and indoor therapy rooms are all equipped to serve two guests at a time. The recently lymphatic massage, which is said to reduce your water retention, help you recover from any illness, and boost metabolism, is worth your time. Meanwhile, you can make use of spa facilities and recharge at the outdoor Jacuzzi or take the sauna and steam room out for a spin.
Seascapes Resort Town, Soong, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, 401.9999
7. Eco-Luxury: The Spa at Pangalusian Island
Tucked away in the pristine Bacuit Bay in Palawan, El Nido Resort's Pangalusian Island offers unparalleled stretches of white sand beaches and miles of greenery. The eco-friendly resort offers experiences not to be missed in that part of the archipelago, and one such experience is a sunny afternoon spent at its spa. On the spa menu, youâll find a great mix of Asian and European treatments. When you've secured your booking, prepare to be primped and pampered with only the most natural of ingredients—scrubs consist of crushed coffee beans and grated coconut while wraps use organic papaya cream and papaya leaves.
Pangalusian Island, El Nido Resorts, Palawan, 902.5990
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.