The Best Spa Hotels in Milan

Excelsior Hotel Gallia offers a Japanese spa experience in luxurious old-world surrounds
Excelsior Hotel Gallia offers a Japanese spa experience in luxurious old-world surrounds | © byvalet / Alamy Stock Photo
Lucie Grace

Milan is Europe’s third-largest city, a true metropolis that has been at the forefront of fashion, art and design for centuries. Visiting is invariably a treat for the senses, so why not go all out and stay in one of these top spa hotels in Milan.

1. Hotel Viu Milan

Boutique Hotel

Grey sofa and chair in the foreground of sleek lounge area with round dining table and floor to ceiling windows at Hotel Viu.
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This elegant offering from the Marriott group hosts guests in serene rooms decorated in natural tones to produce a calming effect long before you enter the spa. Float in the roof terrace’s swimming pool, which offers 360° views of the city, before visiting the Turkish bath or sauna in the lavish onsite Viu Spa.

2. Grand Visconti Palace

Spa Hotel, Luxury, Hotel

Large double bed with leaf pattern and brown leather vanity bench in opulent room at Grand Visconti Palace. Wallpaper and curtains in the same leaf print.
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A classic slice of Italian grandeur, Grand Visconti Palace means business, hosting holidaymakers and professional visitors alike. Just a few minutes from the metro and within walking distance of world-famous art space Foundation Prada, the hotel offers evening spa and swimming pool facilities to soothe guests after a busy day in the city.

3. iQ Hotel Milano

Hotel

Twins beds in sleek, minimal room with city print on the wall, large desk and red swivel chair at iQ Hotel Milano.
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Just a stone’s throw from Milan’s central station, this hip hotel is a flurry of fun. From the lively bars to the zany design, this well-located hub was opened with a millennial crowd in mind. What iQ takes very seriously though, is the care and wellness of its guests, with a state-of-the-art gym and impressive spa featuring a sauna, hot tub and ice cascade designed to boost you back to brilliance.

4. Four Seasons Hotel Milano

Spa Hotel, Luxury, Hotel

Double bed with white sheets in airy room with small wooden table and chairs, comfy armchair and large windows at Four Seasons Milano.
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Nothing says luxury like Four Seasons. Set in a renovated 15th-century convent, this sophisticated garden retreat is awash with frescoes, vaulted ceilings and original features, including a dreamy heated pool. The spa suite is a slick, modern space with a whirlpool, steam room and divine treatment rooms.

5. Melia Milano

Spa Hotel, Luxury, Hotel

Twin double beds, one with childrens accessories on, in a large, airy room with wooden floors and a cream sofa at Melia Milano.
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This suave hotel, just minutes away from the world-famous San Siro Stadium, maintains high standards throughout. Yet it is the spa that really catches the eye, with a Turkish bath, sauna and whirlpool, you are encouraged to take your time to rejuvenate in the relaxation area. Opt for a vigorous sports massage or relaxing aromatherapy couples’ massage to top it all off.

6. Art Hotel Navigli

Hotel

Large double bed with red headboard in airy room with wooden floors and red furniture at Art Hotel Navigli.
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Navigli is undeniably the hippest area in Milan, playing host to an array of cool bars, leading restaurants and contemporary art galleries. A stay in this canal area promises to be unforgettable, particularly with boutique hotels as fabulous as Art Hotel Navigli, whose art-covered walls will dazzle even the most stubborn of Luddites. Their spa is a sensory whirl of neon, inviting you to unwind in the Turkish bath, sauna and sensory showers.

7. Hotel Principe Di Savoia

Hotel, Luxury

Close up of a large double bed with green headboard and ornate lamp on nightstand next to it, under a small portrait of a child in a gilded frame at Di Savola.
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Hosting the rich and famous since 1927, the Hotel Principe Di Savoia is a marvel of Italian design; its layers of rich history shine through in its ornate interiors. Get ready to pamper yourself with a treatment or two after your visit to the heated indoor pool, hydro-massage tub, steam room and sauna. Try the super-moisturising Hydramemory facial for dry skin, or a Shiatsu massage – said to relieve tension through the manipulation of pressure points.

8. Palazzo Parigi Milano

Spa Hotel

Stylish room with large double bed, chandelier and sleek furniture looking out onto a wraparound balcony at Palazzo Parigi Milano.
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Palazzo Parigi offers luxurious rooms and suites in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, not to mention a cream of the crop spa. Surrounded by Moorish-inspired decor, the peaceful indoor pool offers views of the private garden, adorned with palm trees. The spa has seven rooms dedicated to different therapeutic techniques from around the world including Indian, Swedish and Polynesian traditions, to name but a few. Don’t miss the Royal Hammam Privé to experience Moroccan rituals, such as a scrub with black soap or a massage with argan oil.

9. Bvlgari Hotel Milano

Hotel

Large double bed with grey throw in stylish room with floor to ceiling sliding doors that open onto a balcony at Bvlgari Hotel Milano.
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One of an exclusive chain of hotels by haute couture jewellers Bvlgari, this converted 18th-century palazzo with courtyard garden is pure high-end luxury. Immerse yourself in the outdoor hot tub at the Bvlgari Spa, offering panoramic views of the city. The spa space itself is a delight, featuring a gold plated swimming pool, sauna and hydrotherapy room. Ask about the Holistic Touch rituals, inspired by Indian ayurvedic medicine.

10. Excelsior Hotel Gallia

Spa Hotel

Double bed with white sheets in sleek, minimal room with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto an old Italian building at Excelsior Hotel Gallia.
 Courtesy of Excelsior Hotel Gallia / Expedia
An art deco marvel, the Excelsior Hotel Gallia has been welcoming guests to Milan since the 1930s. While the interior design is thoroughly nostalgic, the commitment to wellness is wholly modern. Located on the sixth and seventh floors, the Shiseido Spa provides an authentic Japanese experience. Rotate between the hydro-massage pools, hot tub and hammam or indulge in one of the countless beauty treatments. The hot, scented Japanese foot bathing ritual comes highly recommended.

11. Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo

Spa Hotel

Twin beds in simple room with wooden floors and a print of the old city of Milan on the wall at Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo.
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Right in the heart of Corso Buenos Aires, Milan’s buzzy shopping district, the Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo offers 128 tranquil rooms to relax within after some retail therapy. Don’t leave without visiting the Hado Spa, a tranquil, intimate space with a Turkish bath, sauna and hammam. If you book one of the suites, your stay comes with a complimentary 30-minute body massage including eye contour treatment and Aleppo black soap scrub.

12. Armani Hotel Milano

Hotel, Resort, Independent Hotel

Double bed with grey sheets in sleek, minimal, dark-toned room with a large window at Armani Hotel Milano.
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Located inside the Armani Hotel, this wellness heaven is distinguished by its minimalism – the signature style of the famous fashion designer and owner, Giorgio Armani. Whether you decide to stay for half a day or spend eight hours, it’s advised to try one of their unique treatments. One option is Mu, a warm oil massage accompanied by Japanese music in the background. Personal trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors are all available for you to book for a one-on-one session.

13. Mandarin Oriental

Spa Hotel

Large double bed with wide grey headboard flanked by sleek wooden nightstands in a stylish room with large window at Mandarin Oriental.
 Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Milan / Expedia

Soft lighting and comfortable chairs placed around the pool enrich the atmosphere of this wellness centre at one of the most renowned hotels in the world. Everything at the Mandarin Oriental has an Asian element, from the decorations to the choice of treatments. Try the Oriental Qi, an essential oil massage that works on the meridians of the body, or the traveller’s package, a series of massages that includes jet-lag cures to remove fatigue and reactivate circulation after long flights. Couples can book a massage for two in the VIP suite.

14. Enterprise Hotel

Spa Hotel

Large double bed with white sheets and plush brown headboard in minimal room with leather armchairs surrounding a table with a Japanese tea set at Enterprise Hotel.
 Courtesy of Enterprise Hotel Design & Boutique / Expedia

Inside the Enterprise Hotel, Le Terme di Kyoto spa is a tribute to Japan, employing warm tones like red, black, beige and green. The wellness itinerary includes an immersion in the hot tub, followed by 10 minutes in the steam bath with aromatherapy. One of the core treatments is the Cherry Blossom Ritual, a scrub with cherry blossoms and rice powder, followed by the application of a cherry blossom butter across the body. The treatment ends with a relaxing full-body massage.

Heading to Italy’s capital of culture? Here’s our round-up of the top reasons to visit Milan as well as guides on the city’s best attractions and its coolest neighbourhoods. Looking for somewhere to stay? Book directly with Culture Trip and select from Milan’s best luxury hotels.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Anna Volpicelli.

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