In the mood to treat yourself? After a day of exploring the city, what’s better than stepping out of your walking shoes and into slippers and a fluffy robe for a moment of pampering? We’ve selected the Best Spas in Amsterdam offering relaxing health and beauty treatments!
City Spas in Amsterdam
Soap Treatment Store
Established in 2005, Soap Treatment Store was one of the first of its kind in Amsterdam. Today, treatments include everything from waxing and brow shaping to spray tanning, mani- and pedicures, massages and facial treatments – you can even get Botox and skin-tightening Plexr here. The latest treatment is the Eyelash Lift: essentially a perm for your natural lashes, it gives you an effort-free curled and defined lash look for 5 weeks. Most treatments come in at under 60 minutes, making this an ideal lunchtime option.
Van Baerlestraat 122, Spuistraat 281 & De Bijenkorf
The Rituals Urban Spa
The Rituals Urban Spa offers a peaceful oasis where you can unwind and leave stress behind to enjoy the luxury of relaxation. The Spa’s menu lets you choose from a fine selection of the best treatments from all over the world. Discover the power of a luxury hot shell massage from Japan, the healing effects of the century old hammam treatment or you can indulge yourself with a revitalizing head and scalp massage from India.
Specialized in total body pampering and rejuvenation, the De Pijp-based boutique City Spa offers body contouring, permanent hair removal and skin repair treatments using the latest technologies and all-natural Dermalogica products. If you’re looking to rid yourself of rosacea, cellulite or liver spots, you’ll be happy to know you’re in the capable hands of owner-aesthetician Netty de Rond, who not only has 25 years of experience under her belt but also writes a beauty column for a leading Dutch magazine.
In the lush Amsterdam Forest, on the border between Amsterdam and Amstelveen, sits a 13,000 m2 spa – part of wellness-focused hotel Spa Sport Hotel Zuiver – with 8 saunas, beautiful baths, various relaxation zones, a 40 m long pool, and an ice room. Various beauty treatments and massages are offered, and while you’ll find a fully equipped gym, we recommend a bracing walk in the surrounding forest, instead.
The only spa in Amsterdam to offer “ floating”, a relaxation session that sees you floating weightlessly in a tank filled with salted water. A “floating session” is supposed to rid the body of toxins and relieve aches and pains, and we’re told that 1 hour of floating (€38.50) is as restful as five hours of sleep. Be sure to book one of Koan Float’s 14 massage options to round out the experience.
With awesome 1920’s Art Deco features, including original arched stained-glass windows and a striking ceiling light, which once graced the Au bon Marché department store in Paris, the 600 m2 Sauna Deco offers eye candy galore, but also excellent facilities, including two types of sauna, a steam bath, a cold-water plunge pool, tanning beds, and various relaxation areas. Enduringly popular with Amsterdam’s let-it-all-hang-out crowd, you should know that bathing suits are strictly prohibited here.
Best Massages in Amsterdam
Head to West for six styles of massage that balance the body using traditional techniques from the East at Het Massagehuys. Expect treatments such as pressure points and meridians massages, along with 100% natural home made massage oils and organic herbal teas (€62 for 55 minutes).
Jan Evertsenstraat 110
Amsterdam’s movers and shakers tame their tensions at this Zuid- based massage centre Corpus Rub, which offers calming treatments like hot stone massage and deep tissue massage. Apparently, it’s the ultimate way to rid the body of toxins and stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol (from €42.50 for 30 minutes).
Van Breestraat 72
Best Hotel Spas in Amsterdam
The Spa at the Andaz Hotel
For a premium pep-me- up after that long flight, head to The Spa at Andaz and ask for a customized REN face & body treatment (€135), which combines an energetic full body massage with a reviving mini-facial with all-natural products. The Wanders-designed space is unexpectedly calm, save for a pop of color from a Delft blue tile floor in the sauna-slash- shower-slash- relaxation area.
World of Guerlain Spa
Waldorf Astoria’s recently introduced 90-minute Orchidée Impériale Skin Light Treatment (€230) may make you forget every rejuvenating facial you’ve ever had. It combines the Parisian beauty emporium’s famous sculpting massage with manual microdermabrasion, a fruit acid peel, and a heated sheet mask rubbed in with glass “ice bubble” rollers for radiance that’ll last through your holiday.
Away Spa at the W Amsterdam
The Away Spa is situated in a former bank vault at W Amsterdam, this World Luxury Spa Awards Winner 2017, with its low-lit luxe gold and grey décor offers a premium private package for two (€500 for 120 minutes): while you and your lover sip on champagne, the romantic relaxation session begins with a “refueling foot ritual”, followed by a soothing body scrub, an Anti-Aging Diamond Care Facial and 60-minute massage in a couples’ room.
Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre
Akasha Spa at Conservatorium offers individual cabins for purifying hammam treatments and Amsterdam’s only private Watsu pool, where Shiatsu and meditation techniques are combined with custom water-based treatments. Plus, there’s a stunning subterranean pool. Other interesting treatments include ultra-cold cryotherapy for face- and body and oenotherapy body treatments, which harness “all the goodness of grape seeds”.
Van Baerlestraat 27