Hotels spas in Amsterdam
Many of Amsterdam’s luxury hotels have impressive spas with a wide range of relaxing treatments. A few of these spas are only for hotel guests, but most offer day passes to the general public. The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at the Conservatorium Hotel is one of the city’s most recent spa additions. Here you can relax in the hammam, float in the Watsu bath or sip organic juice in the lounge.
Saunas and spas
Amsterdam boasts a variety of saunas, including the luxurious Sauna Deco, styled with historic Art Deco pieces. For massages, Jacuzzis, rain showers and ‘relaxation zones’, visit one of Amsterdam’s excellent spas. The roof terrace at Sento Spa offers panoramic views of the historic centre. Zuiver Amsterdam arguably takes the prize for the most idyllic location, surrounded by the Amsterdamse Bos – a lovely forested park to the south of Amsterdam.
Relaxing in the water
If submerging yourself in warm salt water sounds like heaven, then head to Koan Float in the city centre. You can swim your worries away at one of the city’s public pools – including Het De Mirandabad, the Art Deco-inspired Zuiderbad or Het Marnix. Just a short trip from Amsterdam, you'll find some extra special options – treat yourself to the thermal baths at Ridderrode (website in Dutch) or relax under the hydromassage at the Spaarnwoude Resort.
Beauty treatments for him & her
Beauty treatments aren’t only for women – men deserve some pampering as well! The S.Y.U. Grooming Center is the first salon in Amsterdam especially for men. Gents can go in for a haircut and shave, but can also indulge in a facial or foot massage. Or how about getting your new look while enjoying a sneak preview of what's new in the art scene? Galerie de Salon in the Nine Streets (Negen Straatjes) is a barber shop and art gallery all in one!
For facials, peels, manicures and more, visit one of the two SOAP Treatment Store locations in Amsterdam. Beauty and skin care brand Rituals has its own City Spa (website in Dutch) in Amstelveen where you can book a variety of treatments. The Aveda Dayspa (website in Dutch) at the Olympic stadium comes highly recommended, as does the Chill Out Spa in the Oud Zuid neighbourhood of the city.
Amsterdam spas and saunas can be a bit of an eye-opener for some visitors. Most of them have a no-clothes policy and many are mixed-gender. If this makes you feel a bit uncomfortable about visiting, ask about ‘bathing suit days’ or if they have special ‘ladies only’ times.