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by: Camille Bacsa
With long weekends behind us and a dreary work week rapidly looming in, our bodies naturally fall into a fervent resistance where the only cure is to find something new and relaxing to look forward to. While wanderlust in the beach is never off the table during a hot, tropical summer, it’s equally important to squeeze in some downtime. With hotter days ahead, trade your sunblock and sunglasses for essential oils and a more soothing form of R&R – spas! Better yet, make sure to check out our top spa picks that offer buffets – so you can pamper yourself with relaxed muscles and glutinous bites of your favorite dishes!



Marina Bay Spa and Lifestyle Club

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This spa harnesses its beautiful location by the sea to soothe its tired patrons with inviting hospitality and TLC. With its 20 private massage rooms where you can avail of signature massage therapies like the exotic tropical detox, relaxing crystal chakra massage, recharge stone therapy massage, bamboo massage, aromatic slimming massage, and even a specialized sports massage for people with active lifestyles and mothers-to-be massage for those who are expecting. Your day of pampering will also be incomplete if you don’t take a dip into their luxurious infinity pool to soak up the summer sun, or try out the multitude of their other wellness facilities like a fully equipped gym, KTV room, gaming lounge, mini-theater, and studio (check out the class schedules for Muay Thai, Yoga, Pilates, TRX, among many others). Since a day of relaxation can also get you craving for delicious food, their buffet, open from 11:30 am to 12:00 am, also offers delicious entrees and healthy serving portions of salads and seafood, plated with vibrant colors for a wholesome, aesthetically enriching experience.

Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Seaside Blvd. Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City


Wensha Spa

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Unlike most establishments in the city, Wensha Spa offers respite for tired customers 24/7. From affordably priced deep exfoliating scrubs, facial and body masks, and the foot and full body massage with an accompanying buffet meal, customers get their money’s worth in an easy to access, multi-branch local spa. The food, though deceptively simple in terms of offerings, are tasty and filling. Perfect for solo sojourns, couple dates, or even a family retreat, Wensha is a laid back choice that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. After your big buffet meal, feel free to chill out in their sauna and make a splash in the pool!

Pasay: Boom na Boom Grounds, Roxas Blvd. cor. Sen Gil Puyat Ave, CCP Complex, Pasay

Quezon City: 1st-2nd Level Pasda Mansion Building, 4 Timog cor. Panay Ave, Quezon City


Ace Water Spa

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It’s so tempting to get lazier and lazier as the days get hotter, and while this is not a welcome trait at work, weekends are a time of indulgence and Ace Water Spa has offerings that can revitalize your spirit. From their soft massages like the bubble bed, bubble pool, bubble massage, and hydro-acupuncture bed that gently stimulate and create a soothing prickling sensation, to their hard massages like the waterfalls and jet massages that capitalize on targeting sore spots with high water pressure – they really know how to utilize water for a relaxing experience. In case you’re a little more inclined in the middle, they also have moderate massages like the rainfall acupuncture and hydro-buoyancy massage. With their facility’s accompanying Ace Coffee Lounge, delight your senses with bite-sized buffet offerings of sandwiches and cakes to munch away the stress, then check in at the Ace Hotel for a good night’s rest, and a longer opportunity to make the most  of their hot herbal pools, kiddie play areas, and other water-based amenities.

Pasig: United St., cor. Brixton St. near Pioneer, Pasig City

Quezon City: 399 Del Monte Avenue (near cor. Banaue St.) SFDM, Quezon City


I’m Onsen Spa

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Step out of the busy urban streets of Makati, and begin a rejuvenating journey at I’M Onsen Spa, conveniently located inside the I’M Hotel at Makati Avenue. Aside from the classic shiatsu and Philippine style hilot, they also offer specific treatments that aim to banish jet lag (Jet Lag Recovery Massage), release deep seated muscle tensions (Aromassage), improve circulation (Lymphatic Drainage Massage), and promote youthful skin (brightening and anti-aging facials). If you’re still undecided, try out their signature massage to get a little bit of everything then indulge in the traditional Japanese practice of Onsen bathing, infused with natural minerals extracted from Japan’s hot springs. Cap off the day by filling up in their 9-station all-day buffet The Common Good, starting as light as you want with soup and fresh salads, and trying out multiple cuisines in their main course and dessert selections.

Upper Ground Floor, I’M Hotel, 7852 Makati Avenue cor. Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City


Cintai Corito’s Garden

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No time or dineros to book a flight? Experience Bali without leaving Philippine shores at Cintai Corito! As soon as you step in, be greeted by their charming huts, lush greenery, and warm hospitality. Aside from the calming scene, their spa also specializes in full body massages that can either be enjoyed outdoors in their dedicated spa station or in your own private villa. On weekends, treat yourself and your dearest companions to a sumptuous lunch buffet of Pinoy food fare at the Abadi Restaurant. Fridays have an especially themed Mongolian lunch buffet too, so you can carefully craft your perfect rice bowl. In addition to the numerous Instagrammable spots at Cintai Corito, the nature sanctuary is also home to friendly animals like alpacas, spotted deer, mini horses, and peacocks – and it’s only a short drive away from Metro Manila!

Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan, Balete, Batangas

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