Doesn’t everyone need a little pampering in January? A spa day is just the thing to banish the winter blues – and just in time for the new year, too. Conveniently, there’s a wealth of forward-thinking wellness centres and spas in Lisbon designed to reinvigorate and restore; whether you want to relax in the chic environs of Restelo’s City Spa, indulge in some floatation therapy at Float In, find your happy place at Case Vinyasa or experience the Corinthia’s own world class spa, each offers a variety of treatments and rituals geared towards nourishing the mind, body and soul. So lie back, relax (or take up your preferred yoga position) and prepare to enter 2016 refreshed and reinvigorated.
Based on ancient hot and cold bathing rituals, the world class Spa at Corinthia Lisbon offers sensory showers, cold plunge pools, ice fountains and steam baths for a truly cleansing and rejuvenating experience that will buttress you against the coldest of winters. For an even more indulgent experience, a menu of massage therapies – including Reiki, Ayurvedic and Shiatsu – nourishing scrubs and personalised body therapies will ensure you leave thoroughly de-stressed.
One of the more popular spas in Lisbon, Float In offers a number of treatments, including an extensive range of massage therapies. However, this stylish spa is best known for its float sessions. For those unaware of the benefits of floatation therapy, the idea is that the body – and mind – are allowed time to repair when external stimuli is significantly reduced. However, if you don’t like the idea of floating in a water tank in complete silence, the spa offers you the opportunity to bring your own music to accompany your zero-gravity odyssey.
Whether you’re a seasoned yoga practitioner looking to get your fix, or you want to get the New Year off on the right foot with a new (healthy) hobby, Casa Vinyasa will extend a warm welcome. Specialising in Ashtanga yoga, these daily sessions include the Mysore Style, perfect for beginners as you set your own pace, and the Led Class, for those with a little more experience. They also organise workshops tackling themes such as nutrition, wellbeing and, of course, yoga. The stunning studio space – a parquet-floored island of calm next to the Parque Eduardo VII – is an added bonus.
This chic day spa in the district of Restelo offers a wide range of services, with treatment programmes – or rituals, as they’re known here – that can be exclusively catered to your individual needs. The spa also offers oxygen treatments and wraps designed to combat toxins and reduce fat, so whether you’re looking to relax, purify, tone or exfoliate, City Spa can select the perfect ritual for you. An extensive facial menu and a selection of treatments designed especially for men makes this one of the best spas in Lisbon.
This oasis in the Principe Real is slightly different to other spas in Lisbon: it prizes curative and preventative therapies, bringing together treatments from across the world in pursuit of physiological and psychological harmony. Their massage menu alone runs into the double figures, and their qualified staff offer a broad range of complimentary therapies as well as specialist services for men and mothers-to-be. Opt for one of their themed packages to get a taste of their comprehensive treatments – from relaxation to weight loss.
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