From the sophisticated holistic retreats hidden inside notable hotels to a private club in an ancient-inspired location, Culture Trip has rounded up the 10 best spas to boost your energy in Milan.
Grand Spa at Palazzo Parigi Milano
This five-star luxury oasis is housed inside of Palazzo Parigi, among the most sophisticated buildings in Milan | Courtesy of Palazzo Parigi Milan
This five-star luxury oasis is housed inside of Palazzo Parigi, among the most sophisticated buildings in Milan. Led and designed by Paola Giambelli, founder and managing director of the Palazzo, this wellness nest was meant to emulate a Moroccan experience. 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, such as Indian, Swedish and Polynesian, to name 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.
Immerse yourself in warm water while enjoying the outdoor surroundings at The Bvlgari Spa, which is among the most popular and acclaimed day spas thanks to its outdoor Jacuzzi that offers panoramic views of the city. This urban retreat can be experienced in a group or alone for a personalised treatment, and for a romantic date, it’s possible to book the suite as a couple and ask about the Holistic Touch rituals inspired by the wisdom of Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
The Shiseido Spa provides an authentic and refined Japanese experience | Courtesy of Shiseido Spa Milan
Located on the sixth and seventh floors of the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, the Shiseido Spa provides an authentic and refined Japanese experience. The facility hosts four cabins named after flowers and symbols from Japanese culture, while the wellness line-up includes a series of treatments, such as total Zen delight, a relaxing massage and a deep cleansing back treatment. The Private Spa Suite has a room dedicated to couples’ treatments, equipped with a Jacuzzi and ice waterfall. The hot and scented Japanese foot bathing ritual comes highly recommended.
Located within the Parco Aldo Aniasi in San Siro, this spa is perfect for taking in its natural surroundings | Courtesy Aspria Harbour Club Milan / Hotels.com
Located within the Parco Aldo Aniasi in San Siro, this spa is perfect for taking in the area’s natural surroundings. The Aspria Harbor Club is a bit different from the other city wellness centres – not only due to its location but also because it’s the ideal place for sports lovers. It offers 18 tennis courts, an outdoor heated Olympic pool and a pool bar. After so much exercise, it’s worth relaxing in the Finnish sauna or the warm waters of the hydrotherapy pool.
The atmosphere at Hado Spa is friendly and intimate | Courtesy of Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo
Hado Spa lies inside the Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo, with an independent entrance to facilitate guests who are not staying in the hotel. The atmosphere is friendly and very intimate, and it’s perfect for those with limited time who need a boost of energy. After an excellent session of chromotherapy, ask for an Arab scrub with black hammam soap.
The location of QC Terme Milano itself is worth a visit as the property is housed in a historic Art Nouveau building surrounded by a private garden. The architecture is reminiscent of ancient Roman baths, where women and men indulged in purifying and beauty rituals. As an antidote against cold winter days, the outdoor hot pools are a must-visit. For a pure Milanese experience, take advantage of the bio sauna built inside an old tram.
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 its unique treatments. One option is Mu, which includes a warm oil massage accompanied by some Japanese music in the background. Another is Fluidity, which offers a modern twist to the tradition of Berber treatments, and Freedom is a beauty ritual treatment that incorporates the Thai discipline with that of yoga. For the winter season, the wellness program includes the chocolate-based Sweet Christmas massage.
Soft lighting and comfortable chaise lounges placed around the pool enrich the atmosphere of this wellness centre at one of the most renowned hotels in the world. Everything here 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 include jet-lag cures to remove fatigue and reactivate circulation after long flights. Couples can book a massage for two in the VIP suite.
Le Terme di Kyoto offers a wide range of treatments | Courtesy of Enterprise Hotel Milano
Le Terme di Kyoto spa is a tribute to Japan, employing warm tones such as red, black, beige and green. The wellness itinerary includes an immersion in the Jacuzzi, followed by 10 minutes in the steam bath with aromatherapy. One of the treatments is the Cherry Blossom Ritual, which is a scrub with cherry blossoms and rice powder, followed by the application of a cherry blossom butter all over the body. The treatment ends with a relaxing full-body massage.
This spa offers a relaxation path complete with a Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish baths | Courtesy of Hotel NH Milano Palazzo Moscova
Housed inside the Hotel NH Milano Palazzo Moscova, a historic building that was once an old railway station, this urban retreat is a stone’s throw away from the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. Open to outsiders as well as hotel guests, the spa offers a relaxation path complete with a Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish baths with regenerating tubs and emotional showers.