Living in any bustling capital city can leave residents frazzled and in need of some pampering and rejuvenation. Writer Kimchhay Chanry takes a look at some of the top spas in Phnom Penh.
Best designed for relaxation of the mind and body, Bodia Spa, known as Cambodian Cocoon, aims to provide the best treatments and massages for locals, expats and tourists. Inside, customers are treated to a sanctuary that blends traditional Khmer design with modern touches. All of the sumptuous products used are made from natural ingredients and are produced locally. Offering a range of treatments settling on the right one can take time, from traditional and aromatherapy massages to body and facial treatments. Natural ingredients used in the products include mango, lime juice, cucumber juice, bananas, coconut milk and avocado for facial treatments, and turmeric, ginger, coconut, clove, cinnamon and coffee for body treatments, leaving you smelling good enough to eat. Try the Natural Exotic Wrap to leave your skin glowing and your mind relaxed. This includes an essential oil massage and moisturiser. The Tropical Moisturising offers a unique experience, with a package of an exotic tropical wrap followed by a Swedish massage and a fruity vitamin facial. The cost is $32 person or the package costs $50 to $120.
Corner of Sothearos Boulevard and Street 178.
Tel: 023 226 199. Open daily from 10am to midnight.
SAMATA HEALTH & WELLNESS STUDIO
Specialising in providing holistic treatments, SÂMATA Health & Wellness Studio, run by French certified physiotherapist and massage therapist Jean-Claude Dhuez, is on hand to cater to every ache, pain and stress and strain. As well as a range of spa therapies, the studio offers physiotherapy, manual therapy, massage therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, podiatry, childbirth preparation, aromatherapy, Reiki, therapeutic yoga and Pilates. After a long and tiring day, why not indulge in a package that takes in an aromatherapy massage, foot massage, back and shoulder massage, body scrub and Vichy shower for $26 an hour. Staff are qualified, with health practitioners being Western certified. The Pilates and yoga instructors, and Cambodian spa therapists have been trained by Dhuez. The aromatherapy and spa products are 100 percent blended in Cambodia, with Dhuez concocting the range of aromatherapy products in a lab at the back of the studio. They are made from natural ingredients sourced from across the world.
54 Street 306. Tel: 012 802 725.
Open daily from 9am to 10pm.
Since opening in the capital in 2013, Aura Spa has been providing the ultimate services for health and beauty in a tranquil, luxurious and relaxing atmosphere. The carefully concocted signature menu of treatments takes in traditional Khmer massage, body exfoliations, body wraps and facial treatments, that help to energise and rebalance the body, and sooth away stress. The studio also offers Khmer yoga, with gentle stretching and pressure point work to release blocked energy and tension. Sessions take between one and two hours and cost between $12 and $26. The range of facials on the menu are also well worth trying, with the natural facial, aroma facial, men’s facial and rejuvenation facial all featuring on the menu, costing between $25 and $58 for an hour. The results are beautiful glowing skin.
21 Mao Tse Toung Boulevard.
Tel: 015 991 688. Open daily from 9am to 11pm.
SEEING HANDS MASSAGE CENTRE
While it definitely doesn’t come with the relaxing surroundings of the other spas, Seeing Hands Massage Centre undoubtedly offers one of the best therapeutic massages for low prices in town. Don’t be put off by the shared room setting, which resembles a hospital ward, or the Khmers chattering away on their phones – take some headphones – because these therapists know their stuff. Operating since 1995, the clinic trains and employs blind masseurs to carry out full body and foot massages. Anma and Shiatsu techniques are used for the reflexology foot massage, while the massages aim to relieve stress and rebalance the body’s energy. Treatments to reduce body pain are also served. A one-hour full body massage costs $7. Most masseurs speak basic English, and if they were good, don’t forget to slip them a tip.
12 Street 13. Tel: 016 856 188.
Open daily from 7am to 10pm.
Tucked away near Russian market and famed for its excellent service and welcoming staff, Anna’s Spa provides facials, massages, scrubs, waxing and manicure and pedicures. From the moment guests walk through the door, they are treated like family, with smiles dished out by the dozen. Popular treatments take in the Thai massage, which is oil free and involves yoga-style and stretching techniques. The foot massage kneads away all those stresses and strains from the toes up to the knees, and the aromatherapy treatments soothe the mind, body and soul ($8 to $10 per hour). For those with office jobs, the Deep Tissue treatment is an awesome way to rid all the muscle tension. And if its stress or back pain that’s niggling, then go for the Slimming Hot Oil Massage, Traditional Chinese or Four Hand Massage, with prices ranging from $12 to $20 for an hour.
49de0 Street 430. Tel: 077 266 272.
Open daily from 10am to 9pm.