Rio de Janeiro is a city of sports, fitness and well-being where beauty and health is a firm priority for the residents and long-term expats that have embraced its lifestyle. Treatments at salons and spas are common, taking a place in the routine of every day life. Rio has some deeply relaxing spas with a wide range of treatments, from muscle-softening massages to deep-cleaning facials; here, discover the best spas in Rio de Janeiro.
The W Spa, based in Barra da Tijuca, is the perfect place for those looking to destress with some relaxing and pampering treatments. Massages here are truly unique; each one follows careful rituals and uses exotic and rare ingredients, such as uncaria tomentosa, a plant typically from Peru. Try the Serene Massage, which is one of the most popular treatments known for its deep, firm movements that loosens the muscles and relaxes the mind. Or, treat yourself to one of their star treatments, the Radiant Purte with tanaka powder that uses the powder of tanaka that comes from Burma.
Located in Ipanema and near the edge of the stunning Lagoa, HBD spa captures the tranquility of its surroundings and adds them to its wonderful treatments. It’s no wonder this spa is popular in the celebrity scene with the likes of Adriana Esteves and Cynthia Howlett pampering themselves there. Some of the most popular treatments include the deep skin cleansing and a relaxing massage that massages the whole body from head to toe.
The Espaço Nirvana Spa is known for its yoga and pilates classes as well as meditative spa treatments. One of the most popular treatments is the Nirvana Relaxing Massage, a massage that combines therapeutic oils and hot stones. There is also the half day slim body option that exfoliates the body to activate blood circulation and ultimately reduces cellulite. The spa offers a total of 18 different types of massages.
Donne Spa is based in upscale Leblon and the spa treatment is led by a team of medical professionals and nutritionists to give you a pampering session tailored for your body and your needs, including for pregnant women and those looking for a detox treatment. One of the most sought-after treatments is the massage with warm shells that is combined with hot oil and is highly hydrating with a tingly mint essence.
Based in Ipanema, Cultura da Beleza Clube aims to provide treatments that combine not just beauty but well-being, too. Relax for a while and try the therapeutic massages that stimulate the lymphatic system and eliminates toxins built up in the body. Or try the Shiatsu, a Japanese therapy that frees tension and improves posture. The facial peeling treatments that leave the skin looking clean and smooth are popular requests, too.
Bem Zen spa is located a little further outside of the tourist hotspots at the beginning of the north zone of the city. This simply means that while the treatments on offer are still outstanding, the prices are often considerably less. The relaxing massages are wonderful and encourage circulation while reducing tension from the head to the toes. The deep cleaning facials are perfect to remove dead skin cells and plump up the skin, making it look younger and fresher.
Arthys Spa offers a highly popular treatment of liposuction without surgery. Working with a system called Ultra Cavity, it breaks down the fat underneath the skin. Another popular treatment is the deep clean for skin that uses ultrasound, leaving the skin completely smooth. The energetic Shiatsu that is offered is a therapy that focuses on the same points used in acupuncture, but without the needles. For the ultimate relaxing session, though, try the Spa Relax that exfoliates the body followed by a soak in a bath of essential oils.
Located inside the iconic Copacabana Palace, this spa is luxurious and considers every aspect to make the treatments relaxing, unique and special. One of the most indulgent treatments available is the Copacabana, a five hour treatment that includes exfoliating the body with extracts of açaí, and a face mask that removes the toxins from the skin and leaves it feeling clean and soft before finishing with a specially prepared menu from the chef Nicola Finamore.
Le Spa is part of the services offered at Hotel Santa Teresa. The spa itself is surrounded by a tropical garden and majestic trees, creating a peaceful and serene environment. Try the day signature spa, a three hour treatment that exfoliates the body followed by a relaxing bath of essential oils and herbs in addition to a one hour massage and facial treatments.
Windsor Spa is part of the Windsor Hotel in Leme and offers a range of wonderful treatments. The relaxing massages are one of the most popular treatments, with the Relax Forest massage aiming to reduce muscular tension. Another sought after treatment is the facial that promises to uplift the skin, making it appear younger and smoother. By Sarah Brown