A touch of bliss
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 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, 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 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. 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.
Islands Massage is one of the city’s longest running spas and has been offering treatments since opening its doors in 1998. Combining traditional techniques with alternative remedies, the air-conditioned salon offers a range of reasonably priced therapies.
To sooth the soul, head to Amatak, 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.
Amret Spa is a small sanctuary that offers a variety of services, ranging from traditional to modern. Thai herbal massages are popular, along with the deep tissue and aromatherapy massages, and the home-made body scrubs.
Aziadée 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 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 Hairstylist, which offers chic, modern, and stylish hairdressing from Germany at Cambodian prices, including hair colour strands and also make up.