Photos by North Zen Villas and Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa
The Philippines is a top beach and island destination, with places like Palawan, Cebu, and Bohol topping the list for the best vacations in the country. Across the country, you'll have endless choices for stunning beach resorts for the perfect tropical escape; among these are spa and wellness resorts that offer the ultimate relaxation. You'll be pampered in retreats and spa treatments while being surrounded in white sand beaches and lush forests.
These spa resorts are usually nestled in secluded areas that offer great views of the sea and mountains. The surrounding forests also encourage travelers to connect with nature. Several in-house spas offer pampering services such as deep massage, shiatsu, and hilot (traditional massage) treatments.
Here are the 12 spa and wellness resorts in the Philippines where you can take a breather:
Photo by Luljetta’s Hanging Garden Spa/Danny Victoriano
Tucked along the side of the cliff, Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa is the first and only hanging gardens and spa in the Philippines with a sauna, heated jacuzzi, a hydro-massage pool, and infinity pools. It is nestled in Antipolo City, the capital of Rizal province that offers breathtaking views of the Manila skyline and Laguna de Bay.
One of the top Bali-inspired resorts in the Philippines, here you can pamper yourself through an array of spa treatments that are available for couples, families, and groups. You can choose from head massage, signature massage, body scrub treatment, luxurious spa treatment, couples spa treatment, and spa party package for a minimum of 10 persons.
These wellness treatments can last from two up to eight hours, depending on the complexity of the massage. Aside from jacuzzi and sauna access, the resort’s wellness package already includes food consumables and access to recreational amenities such as the lap pool, hydro pool, ionized pool, theater room, videoke, and garden lounges.
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Secluded in the remote and pristine island of El Nido is Qi Palawan, a solar-powered spa resort tucked between a pristine beach and lush rainforest. El Nido is a world-class destination known for its turquoise clear lagoons and limestone formations.
As one of the best spa resorts in Palawan, this eco-friendly resort has seven bamboo villas, a yoga pavilion, an organic herb garden, and an open-air restaurant that serves international cuisines. Guests can pamper themselves at the spa with an array of massage treatments like Swedish massage, traditional Filipino massage, and an herbal bath in the soaking tub.
The resort has breezy hammocks where you can lounge and relax. You can also try various activities such as scuba diving, island-hopping, kiteboarding, and mountain biking. Make the most of your stay by exploring the nearby Linapacan Island, a pristine white-sand beach between the famed Palawan islands of El Nido and Coron.
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True to its name, which means “House of Happiness”, Bahay Kalipay is an earth-friendly resort that serves as a detox and yoga center in Puerto Princesa, a coastal city in Palawan known for its UNESCO World Heritage Underground River.
Guests are encouraged to undergo personal transformation by participating in Bahay Kalipay’s wellness programs. Pamper yourself and feel free to join their yoga session, meditation, deep nature cleanse, and infinite yoga dance.
With an array of spa services, Bahay Kalipay lets you strengthen your core muscles and reduce stress levels by helping you reach your deepest relaxation state. Aside from the wellness yoga program, there are various massage treatments such as Trifecta Massage, Raindrop Therapy, Medicated Oil Massage, Deep Nature Body Scrub, and Acupuncture.
To complete your wellness journey, you can take a 45-minute day trip to Bahay Kalipay’s sister eco-village, the Maia Earth Village. On this trip, you will commune with nature as you savor the warm sea breeze while sipping fresh coconut juice. Then, you can have a picnic at the nearby Nagtabon Beach.
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Up next is an exclusive boutique resort, the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa. This traditional Filipino-themed villa resort sits on a 16-hectare property in Panglao Island, a pristine beach destination in the southernmost tip of Bohol province.
Befitting its name, Eskaya is a term coined after an indigenous people in Bohol's southeast towns at Pilar and Duero. The spa resort is elegantly furnished with local materials like bamboo, cogon, and wood for its finishings. It has an infinity pool, surrounded by Kubo-like villas.
Boasting contemporary Filipino-designed rooms, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa consists of 24 thatched roofs with modern touches of luxury. It also features its own wellness spot, the Handuraw Spa, which is derived from the Visayan phrase that evokes sweet memories and emotions.
Handuraw Spa pampers its guests with hilot (traditional massage) healing and coconut milk bathing. Adding Citaque, a local chocolate, is what makes the treatment uniquely soothing.
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One of the most relaxing spa resorts near Manila is the Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay, known for its cool breeze and scenic Taal volcano views. This wellness retreat holiday resort claims to be the pioneer wellness spot in the Philippines and one of the best spa resorts in Tagaytay. It offers distinctive ecotherapy treatments and traditional Filipino massage.
Nurture Wellness Village has licensed therapists that provide curative aromatherapy using freshly blended therapeutic massage oils. The spa treatments include a combination of signature massage, body polish, foot treatments, and natural facials.
This wellness spa also takes pride in its holistic health services for those suffering from chronic diseases. Guests can try detoxification services such as Enema, Charcoal Whole Body Wrap with Biomat, Pyroenergen, Biomat Therapy, Suob or Steam Bath, Hyperthermia bath, and Acupuncture.
While staying true to its commitment to sustainability and wellness, the spa also offers farm-to-table dining options, ranging from organic Filipino cuisine to international dishes. Other amenities at the resort include Filipino-themed suites, a glamping area, an organic garden, and a swimming pool.
Photo by Badian Island Wellness Resort
Overlooking breathtaking sea views, Badian Island Wellness Resort is a 5-star eco-friendly spa and wellness resort in Cebu, the Queen City of the South. Canyoneering is a famous activity at Kawasan Falls in Badian town, only 8.1km away from the resort.
Majestically set along a white-sand beach on Badian Bay, this elegant spa and wellness resort provides its guests with a reclusive open-air relaxation through its Thalasso or ionized seawater outdoor pools. It also introduces natural spa treatments and yoga exercises paired with organic food and drinks.
Recognized as a premier world-class resort, Badian Island Wellness Resort offers first-class accommodation designed for exclusive comfort. It has an open-air spa village and an outdoor pavilion where guests can pamper themselves with signature seaweed massage, virgin coconut oil massage, ginger and nut scrub.
Fronting the outdoor spa village is a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and Badian Bay. Its relaxing ambiance adds up to the rejuvenating power of the massage and spa treatments.
Photo by Donatela Resort and Sanctuary
Another lush garden resort nestled in Panglao Island, the Donatela Resort and Sanctuary, is a Balinese-inspired village within a tropical forest in Bohol. The resort is surrounded by freshwater fish ponds, stone-paved paths, and Buddha sculptures.
This Bali-like spa resort has 12 nipa hut villas with solar-powered LED lights and mahogany wood furnishings. It has a path leading to the Corniche Terrace by the water’s edge and a tiny private cove. Adding to its luxurious vibe is the panoramic view of the South Bohol Sea, which you can perfectly capture when you dine at its oceanfront restaurant and cliffside bar.
At the spa village, you can pamper yourself with Donatela Signature Massage, Hilot, and Red Rice Body Scrub. One of its featured spa treatments is the Bohol Chocolate Body Scrub, which combines chocolate and milk to remove dead skin cells. The resort also boasts its first Filipino aromatherapy line, the Aromatherapy Massage by Amu’In.
Photo by Mandala Spa and Resort Villas
Recognized globally as one of Asia’s finest eco-friendly spa resorts, Mandala Spa and Resort Villas is a 4-star hotel nestled in Station 3 Boracay Island, famous for its long stretch of white-sand beach.
Its hilltop villas are surrounded by tropical lush gardens, which are only 700m away from White Beach. The Digital Detox Villa is perched on the hillside while the garden villa is set amidst the tropical greenery. Each accommodation package includes a daily healthy breakfast and yoga class passes.
This tranquil spa resort takes pride in its signature award-winning treatments that offer authentic holistic wellness. Among its famous massage treatments is the Hilot Trilogy, the Philippines’ traditional healing system combined with Mandala’s soulful care and masterful technique.
Other spa services include the Mandala Asian Signature Massage, body scrubs, and facial beauty treatments. Guests can also participate in private yoga classes. To complete your wellness journey, you can dine alternative healthy food choices at Prana Restaurant. You can choose from organic, gluten-free, and vegan cuisines.
Photo by Atmosphere Resorts and Spa
Acclaimed as one of the best tropical boutique resorts in the Philippines, Atmosphere Resorts and Spa is a luxurious beachfront resort beautifully situated within a 2-hectare old coconut plantation in Negros Oriental, where Dumaguete or the City of Gentle People is located. This is also a great home base for diving tours to Apo Island, one of the top diving destinations in the Philippines.
It has 6 types of accommodation: Deluxe Suite Rooms, Premium Pool Suite Rooms, Premium Suite Rooms, Family Suite Rooms, Garden Apartments, Penthouses, and Duplexes. Guests can have access to their own private infinity pool at the premium pool suite rooms.
Atmosphere Resorts and Spa is home to one of the best spas in Asia, The Sanctuary Spa. Their fitness services vary for individuals and groups. For yoga and workout sessions, the treetop yoga platform and outdoor warrior gym are open daily for individual practice and group sessions.
Guests can dine at the resort’s multiple food venues. Whether you like to have a romantic dinner by the beach or a seafood barbeque party, the resort is surrounded by scenic dining spots with a relaxing ambiance. It has two atmospheric restaurants, two bars, and a wine tasting room.
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Amidst a lush mangrove forest in Panglao, Bohol is a 4-star wellness resort known as the North Zen Villas. This luxurious haven is one of the best spa resorts in Bohol, which serves as an ideal accommodation for family celebrations and holiday getaways. It offers soothing massage and signature spa treatments for those seeking ultimate comfort and relaxation.
All of its 21 villas are intricately designed with modern and traditional Filipino elements. Each has a private bathroom with a bathtub overlooking scenic sea views and mangrove forests. Besides elegant ambiance, the wellness sanctuary provides you with a unique dining experience.
Indulge in delicious farm-to-table cuisine at the SEADS Restaurant. Then, take a sip of signature cocktails and refreshments while enjoying the breathtaking sunset views at the Nest Bar.
North Zen Villas acquires fruits, vegetables, herbs at the South Farm, a 9-hectare organic farm in Panglao, Bohol. Guests may opt to tour around the farm and participate in clay pot making, basket weaving, or essential coconut oil making with the help of Boholano artisans.
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Previously known as Panglao Island and Nature Resort, Mithi Resort & Spa is a 14-hectare wellness resort that features over 68 mountainside and Seaview villas with a private outdoor jacuzzi and an expansive veranda. This 4-star spa and resort feature its own cave, small islet, and half a kilometer private white-sand beach.
Often regarded as the best spa on the island, Mithi Resort & Spa lets you experience holistic treatments. It offers massage treatments that are inspired by different countries around the world. Aside from Swedish and Shiatsu massage, it also features Japanese Shitao Stone Massage, a head-to-toe treatment using volcanic stones.
You can also try African Khanya Energy Balance Body Massage, which uses wooden African rattles on the body. Another featured spa treatment is the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, which comes from the gentle and rhythmic movement of the hula.
Other amenities at the resort include a tennis court, fitness gym, bar, game room, and a playground for kids. Guests can even take a refreshing dip at the resort’s expansive swimming pool.
Photo by The Farm at San Benito
One of the popular celebrity retreat destinations in the Philippines is The Farm at San Benito. This world-class wellness resort is situated in a lush garden setting in Batangas, home to the famous Taal Volcano. Its villas are surrounded by spacious lanais, koi ponds, and outdoor covered terraces.
Aside from being a spa resort, it also resembles the island paradise of Bali, Indonesia. It features over 12 types of Bali-inspired accommodation with Filipino designs. One of its featured suites is the Sulu Terraces, modeled after the Philippine rice barns with wood-beamed ceilings and thatched roofs.
This Bali-like resort takes pride in its Cellular Health Optimization Programs and Mindful Movements, including Mandala Meditation and Nature Walks. With an array of holistic detox and wellness therapy, guests will feel mindfully nourished and cleansed. For a more rejuvenating experience, guests can take a healthy vegan breakfast and immune-boosting juice.
Get Yourself Pampered in These World-Class Spa and Wellness Resorts
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If you’ve been longing to relax and unwind, you can choose from multiple spa and wellness retreats and resorts in the Philippines that provide unparalleled comfort and relaxation. These spa resorts offer unique and award-winning massage services that can ultimately target all of your body tension and muscle aches.
For your next spa visit, consider staying overnight at these resorts to make the most of your rejuvenating experience. On top of specialized spa services, these wellness retreats offer an array of detox programs, meditation, yoga classes, and ecotherapy.
Start planning your next getaway to the best spa resorts near Manila and around the Philippines. Whether you like to detoxify or revitalize your energy, these wellness retreats will make sure that you will get pampered like a celebrity!