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Best spots for wellness and relaxation in Amsterdam

We are here to guide you through the best places to indulge in relaxation and self-care in this beautiful city. Amsterdam is known for its vibrant culture but it's also home to some of Europe's most luxurious and peaceful wellness centres. Taking some time to unwind and rejuvenate at a spa can be the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From traditional saunas to innovative treatments, we've got you covered with a comprehensive list of Amsterdam's top wellness and spa spots. So sit back and relax while we tell you where to get your zen on.

Sweating it out Nordic style

Kuuma sauna
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Inspired by Nordic relaxation spots, four friends launched the Kuuma sauna space in Amsterdam Noord and Marineterreine. A sauna trip can be enjoyed alone or with friends for the extra company as you soak up the sweeping waterside views. It is a sensational experience that will help you escape the city noise without going too far out.

Kuuma Sauna | Aambeeldstraat 24 / Kattenburgerstraat 5

Winter bathing

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Inspired by nature and community well-being, Badhus aspires to bring individuals together in true Nordic fashion to enjoy winter bathing in Amsterdam. They offer private sauna packages, workshops, and event bundles that include dining and drinking while using the sauna. Don’t expect any typical spa treatment, as Badhus has added its touch on well-being by bringing a healthy and sustainable social alternative to the Amsterdam community.

Badhus | Korte Papaverweg 4

Stress reliever

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Nothing beats good pampering. But figuring out where to go with so many options available can get tricky. Luckily, you can‘t go wrong with Het Massagehuys, which we know from its Westside original (Jan Evertsenstraat 110). With a second location in De Pijp, it now combines traditional massage techniques with the contemporary feel of a luxury hotel spa. With half a dozen massages on offer, there’s something for everyone, including the signature Authentic Asian Massage, an intense Strong Muscle Massage, and more. Everything here’s tailored to your needs, from the sustainable tea you’ll sip to the all-natural oils you’ll be slathered in.

Massagehuys Spa | Jan Evertsenstraat 110-H / Ceintuurbaan 252

Wellness treatments in shipping containers

Soak Urban Wellness Containers
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You might be surprised to see a boutique spa in an industrial park, but in Zuidoost, you can find precisely that. Soak Urban Wellness offers a variety of treatments, from saunas, steam rooms, massages, and tanning beds to any combination thereof. Spread across eight meticulously renovated shipping containers, this modern spa complex breathes luxury and innovation at an accessible price point. Check out the package, which includes a high tea with bubbles.

Soak Urban Wellness | Hullenbergweg 6A

This one’s goated

A group of women doing goat yoga at Ridammerhoeve geitenboerderij goat farm - Amstelveen
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This option is definitely a challenge for the senses and the mind. Goat yoga is all about embracing imperfection and surrendering to the situation. Goats will accompany you throughout the class as they walk, nuzzle, and even climb onto you during your hay-covered yoga poses. Zen might prove unattainable, but that’s the point: to let go of control and be in the moment.

Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve | Nieuwe Meerlaan 4, Amsterdamse Bos

Let the problems float away

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Float your way to relaxation by spending a blissful session in Koan Float’s floating pods. The warm water and Epsom salts bring your body into a meditative state, easing stress along with muscle tension and pain. When you feel sufficiently relaxed, wrap yourself in a luxurious bath towel and wash your worries away with Rituals shower products. Various massages, including hot stone and shiatsu, are available at Koan Float.

Koan Float | Herengracht 321

Yoga by the sea

Naar Zee Yoga Class
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Take a breather by the water and head to Naar Zee Yoga for a yoga session. Their gorgeous studio overlooks the still IJmeer, which brings a sense of calm to your yoga practice. This zen spot offers solo or group yoga classes in different styles such as Iyengar, Kundalini, prenatal, and Hatha. Book a massage, craniosacral therapy or holistic pulsing if you want to loosen up even further.

Naar Zee Yoga | Bert Haanstrakade 102

Finnish it right

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What better way to let go of your worries than to let them evaporate as the sauna steam courses around you? Sauna Deco is ideally suited to relieve pressure from busy city-goers. Step into the Finnish or Infrared sauna or take a steam bath before relaxing in the patio garden or dipping in the cold-water pool. There are plenty of wellness procedures, from a shiatsu massage to a revitalising feet reflexology massage.

Sauna Deco | Herengracht 115A