Exploring a new destination is often exhausting as well as enjoyable. Cities are especially challenging, and it can take hours and a great deal of energy to understand their layout and navigate your way to the sights. In the process, the importance of rest and relaxation tends to be overlooked. Yet one of the most rewarding experiences when travelling can be discovering a city’s spas – and Amsterdam has some of the most innovative and luxurious in Europe. Whether you want a body massage, a facial or a pedicure, or a full day of pampering, be sure to take some time for yourself and enjoy Amsterdam’s best health and beauty offerings.
For more than 30 years Sauna Deco has been the go-to place for Amsterdam’s wellness fans. Set on Herengracht, one of the city’s most important canals, it is famous for its beautiful art deco-inspired interior, from elaborate lights to swirling balustrades. Facilities range from saunas to a steam bath and a hydro-massage bed. Treatments include reflexology and sports and hot stone massages as well as beauty options such as facials and pedicures. The solarium is a perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring the city.
Sauna Deco, Herengracht 115, 1015 BE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 623 8215
The City Street Spa
This boutique spa on the city’s picturesque Prinsengracht is renowned for its innovative treatments for both men and women. It offers face mapping, a process that analyses your skin to ascertain which botanicals will work best for you; these feature in a facial treatment and you then take a list of the ingredients home to keep up the good work. Or opt for a Caci (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) treatment, an electronic beauty procedure using micro-currents to achieve the effect of a facelift but without the surgery. The spa also offers a range of detox packages, which are a great way to relax and refresh.
The City Street Spa, Prinsengracht 764, 1017 LE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 221 4102
There are rustic touches to the pared-back, white décor of this well-regarded spa. They reflect the ethos here; Human Beauty offers a select range of treatments using products that have an emphasis on natural and organic ingredients. The spa is renowned for the effectiveness of its skin-calming treatment, consisting of an organic facial and eyebrow shaping. It also has a boutique offering plant-based skincare products, handmade jewellery, bags and scarves, and ceramics created by Human Beauty owner Jessica Wichers.
Human Beauty, Eerste Tuinwarsstraat 1, 1016 LE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 422 0655
Koan Float is at the forefront of hydrotherapy and among its range of innovative treatments it offers flotation sessions in specially devised, cutting-edge tanks. These are filled with warm water and Epsom salt, simulating the effects of the Dead Sea. Customers effortlessly float on the service in total tranquillity. Among other benefits, the sessions are believed to improve sleeping patterns, alleviate chronic pain, and enhance memory, thinking and creativity. Koan Float also offers 14 different types of massage including craniosacral balancing and shiatsu treatments.
Koan Float, Herengracht 321, 1016 AW Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 555 0333
Wellness 1926 is a cosy retreat in the bustling city centre. Built as a nursery school, and later turned into a public bathhouse, it bow has a welcoming Mediterraanean-inspired interior, and offers a variety of health and beauty treatments. Opt for a manicure with shellac nails, or a relaxing facial using organic products from Morocco. Those seeking a more inclusive spa experiene should look into Wellness 1926'spackage offers, which include Total Wellness - comprising a facial, aromatherapt massage and foot massage - to leave you rejuvinated from head to toe.
Wellness 1926, Halmaheirastraat 28, 1094 Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 774 9180