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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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