Too much fun and frolics in the city can leave you with tired feet and in desperate need for relaxation. Why not use our guide to Phnom Penh pampering and take some time for self-indulgence?
Around the capital you’ll find a whole host of global treatment and massage options, from Swedish, Thai, Balinese, Japanese and Chinese to Hawaiian and Khmer. Ranging from cheap massages to spas where you can really splurge on yourself, you’re sure to find somewhere to make you feel on top of the world.
Bodia Spa (St. 178) describes itself as a ‘Cambodian Cocoon’, and you may well feel like you’ve been turned into a butterfly as you float away after your session. Beautifully designed natural décor complements the 100% natural treatments, which are made in house. Couples can indulge with packages such as ‘In The Mood For Love’ ($125 per person), which includes body massage, body treatment and facial and steam in the Harmony Room filled with 100 scented candles.
Wash away any worries and regale in a relaxing session at NagaWorld (Hun Sen Park), the capital’s largest hotel and entertainment resort (and exclusive casino). Boasting 22 dedicated suites with personalised steam, sauna and jacuzzi, The Spa offers a range of pampering treats that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. Treatments include the ancient Cambodian spa therapy and traditional lulur or Angkor coffee scrub.
For a choice of spa therapies, physiotherapy, acupuncture and therapeutic yoga, Qi Qong and pilates, Samata Health & Wellness Studio (St. 306) is the place to go. If even all that isn’t enough to tempt you then the fact that owner Jean-Claude sells his own self-made aromatherapy products, made using natural ingredients should seal the deal.
Peace and serenity are the key ingredients at Champei Spa (St. 57 & St. 334). The Champei signature massage ($27 for 90 minutes) sees skilled therapists blend traditional Khmer massage with deep tissue massage to stimulate blood circulation and release tension, while the mini day package ($39) offers a herbal steam and Jacuzzi, oil massage and head and foot massage.
To sooth the soul, head to Amatak (Sisowath Quay), a spa that has been carefully designed to ooze peace and tranquillity, and where you can relax, reflect, rejuvenate and rejoice. Specialising in a range of treatments from massage therapy, body wraps and scrubs to facials and waxing, there’s something to suit everyone.
Aziadée (St. 322) has air-con massage rooms arranged cloister style around a small garden with a fountain. Choose from facial, foot or full-body massage in Egyptian, Thai or Indian styles and manicures and pedicures from $8 to $30. For a full pampering, choose a special package, including the Tropical Dream made up of a floral bath, ginger scrub, aromatherapy or deep tissue massage.
O’Spa (St. 75) is tucked down a peaceful back street, boasting a relaxing environment with fish ponds, fountains and aquariums. With a focus on aromatherapy treatments covering scrubs, wraps, facials, four hand massages and foot treatments, they also provide hot stones massage, herbal steam baths and hot compress or hot candle massages.
After all that hands-on healing, it may be appropriate to have your exterior reflecting how good you feel on the inside. So why not go for a distinguished look at Hatta Hair stylist (St. 258), which offers chic, modern, and stylish hairdressing from Germany at Cambodian prices, including hair colour strands and also make up.
Meanwhile, Sunny Nail, Lash & Brow (St. 68) has fine assortment of professional beauty, cosmetic and personal care treatments available for customers, including nail work and repair, eyelash extensions, callus removal, “scientific tattoos”, facials and body skin therapies using high-quality imported products.
For those requiring treatment for medical conditions, Khema International Polyclinic (St. 294, St. 528) provides high quality, patient-centered clinical care, with their teams of highly specialised and experienced foreign and local doctors.