A vacation is a time to relax, unwind and let all your worries go. Think beautiful weather, a calming aura around you and some time to de-stress - and this is what Nepal offers! Nepal is one of the best emerging vacation spots in the world because of its great weather, friendly people, economic budget plans and many more. And when you combine the natural beauty of Kathmandu, the capital, with some much-needed stress relief, you've got yourself a winner! Pamper yourself at a spa the next time you're in Kathmandu for a truly unforgettable experience! If you're unsure of which spa to visit in Kathmandu, don't worry - we've got your back. We've put together a list of the best spas in the Nepali capital that are sure to rejuvenate you. Let's detoxify!
1. Mount Heaven Spa
Founded by award-winning therapists and masseurs, this spa offers many exciting offers for the tired vacationer! From grooming sessions to intense massage therapies, Mount Heaven lives up to its name by offering a variety of massage therapies and parlor treatments to suit your needs. Get pampered with Ayurvedic treatments or immerse yourself in a warm Jacuzzi - take your pick! Go international with the Swedish massage or unwind with a hot stone massage!
Location: The spa is located at Thamel, Kathmandu.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM, every day
Services offered: Body scrub, Jacuzzi hydrotherapy, parlor services (hair treatments, waxing, threading, trimming, facials, manicures, pedicures), sauna, steam bath, Shirodhara (Ayurvedic treatment), trekkers' massage, spinal massage, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, deep tissue therapy, Swedish massage, head and shoulder massage, reflexology treatment, and Thai stretching massage
Cost: Massage therapies start from as low as USD 5 (for aromatherapy) and go up to USD 60 for a 150-minute massage.
2. Ananda Natural Therapy
This spa lives up to its name - 'Ananda' means a state of supreme bliss in Sanskrit! It offers a plethora of choices to ease yourself, relax and rejuvenate. With Ayurveda, naturopathy and traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, this spa promises you natural therapy to make you feel fresh and revitalized. There are health packages that you can try as well. And here's a pro tip - walk in before noon and avail a 10% discount!
Location: Ananda Natural Therapy is located at Ashok Galli, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM, every day
Servicesoffered: Hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, beauty treatments, body scrubs, yoga, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, Shiatsu massage, Ayog massage, fusion massage, 5:00 PM massage, Pind Sweda massage, Shirodhara, trekkers? recovery massage, hot stone massage, Kati Basti, head and shoulders massage, foot massage, back massage, Jala Neti
Cost: Therapies range from USD 10 for simple massages. Avail the discount by walking in before noon!
3. Kinjjala Spa
Established by a dedicated team in 2008, Kinjjala has now grown to more than four locations in Nepal, in all major tourist destinations. They promise to drive away all stress and pain with their custom massages that include Chinese and Ayurvedic practices among others. 'Relaxing the body, calming the mind, and renewing the spirit' is their motto, and they're very good at it indeed!
Location: The spa is located at Citron Garden Plaza, Chaksibari Marg, opposite Hotel Dalai La, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Services offered: Remedial massage, Ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage, trekkers? healing massage, deep tissue massage, Shirodhara, Swedish massage, oil-based massage, Thai massage, Zen Shiatsu massage, Yogic Shiatsu massage, foot and palm reflexology, rose bath, cupping therapy, clay mask, chocolate wrap, hair removal, facial treatments, body scrub treatments, hair rejuvenation treatments
Cost: Basic massage treatments range from NPR 1000
4. Mandala Studio Yoga and Spa
Certified by the Government of Nepal for Yoga instruction and practice, this studio offers unique therapies and spa treatments that incorporate Ayurvedic principles. The studio also offers a variety of Tantric healing services that you can look into. The resident Guru can also guide you on various Ayurvedic and ancient techniques of relaxation, Yoga, and meditation.
Location: The studio is located at Mandala Street, Sagarmatha Bazar, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Services offered: Himalayan full body massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Thai Yoga massage, reflexology, acupressure, Nepali massage, trekkers' massage, steam bath, sauna, Shirodhara, facial, hair removal, Reiki healing, sound healing - ringing bowl therapy, six-cleaning
Cost: Spa treatments range from NPR 1500 to NPR 4000 based on duration and type of massage. Spa packages range from NPR 3000 to NPR 12000
5. Wellness Organic Club
The Wellness Organic Club not only consists of a spa, but also an international-standard gym, wellness center, and organic restaurant. The spacious spa has a variety of massage therapies and trainers who can help you choose the best package for yourself.
Location: This spa is located at Metroparak, Uttar Dhoka, Lazimpat, Kathmandu.
Timings: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM, every day
Services offered: Ayurvedic massage, acupressure, reflexology, trekkers' massage, hot stone massage, sauna, waxing, Shirodhara, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi
Cost: Prices start from NPR 1000 for basic services
6. Ayatana Spa
This spa follows the Buddhist principles of 'Base senses', and caters to the six senses - sight, smell, touch, taste, mind, and sound. The purifying, rejuvenating, re-energizing and trekking packages are a must here, as they offer to clear your aura and cleanse your mind.
Location: The spa is located at Bansbari Road, near Narayan Gopal Chowk, Kathmandu. Note that advance booking is mandatory here
Timings: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, every day
Services offered: Swedish facial, head and shoulder massage, Shirodhara, hair spa, body scrub, body polish, body wrap, Ayurvedic body massage, deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, trekkers' massage, hot stone massage, steam bath, foot reflexology, mani-pedis
Cost: The treatments start at NPR 1000
7. Thamel Spa
Recognised by the Nepal Tourism Board, this spa offers custom treatments and therapies to a range of clients. The flexible timing, variety of massage options and Ayurvedic techniques make for a revitalizing and purifying experience.
Location: The spa is located at Thamel, Kathmandu.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Services offered: Fruit facial, aromatherapy, body scrubs, mani-pedi, massage therapy, Shirodhara, Shiatsu massage, Thai massage, deep tissue massage, Ayog massage, Kati Basti, Pind Sweda massage, fusion massage
Cost: Spa treatments begin at NPR 900
8. Real Therapy and Beauty Point
Established in 2002 with a host of beauty and wellness professionals, Real Therapy and Beauty Point boasts of a large facility with a host of wellness products. The specialized packages for trekkers, rejuvenation, detoxification, de-stressing and budget-friendly customers are a hit here.
Location: The spa is located near the Electric Pagoda, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM, every day
Services offered: Himalayan hot stone massage, Thai stretching massage, foot reflexology, sports massage, rejuvenation massage, Ayurvedic massage, deep tissue massage, dry sauna, steam saura, Ofuro therapy
Cost: You can avail a host of services starting at NRP 1000, going up to NPR 7000 for a two and a half hour session.
9. Heritage Spa
This therapeutic institution prides itself on healing, purifying and revitalizing the systems of all customers, by tackling the root cause of discomfort. The custom packages offered by Heritage Spa are sure to help you de-stress and relax, as they come with fruity, natural ingredients and are a combination of massages and detoxifying scrubs.
Location: The spa is located at Basundhara Road, beside Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Services offered: Facial treatment, scalp massage, head and shoulders massage, hair spa, Shirodhara, brown sugar body polish, body salt glow, red clay body mask, indoor steam and sauna bath, raw coffee body scrub, balancing Ayurvedic body massage, deep tissue body massage, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, trekkers' massage, dry Thai massage, basalt hot stone therapy, PICHU, foot reflexology, stress relief package, mani-pedis, waxing
Cost: Stress relief massage packages are available for NPR 2600. The price of other packages and services starts from NPR 750
10. Kathmandu Spa
Be it after a long flight or a hard trek up the Himalayas, a massage always does you a world of good. Kathmandu Spa specializes in massages to soothe and revitalize your muscles. The boost in circulation you get after one of their massages is amazing! This spa does aromatherapy and herbal massages as well so that you can soak up all the goodness of natural ingredients. We recommend the trekkers' massage to help you rejuvenate your tired muscles!
Location: The spa is located at Thamel Bhagwati Marga, Bhagwati Bahal, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Cost: A 90-minute full body massage will cost you NPR 2200, while a three-hour massage can cost NPR 3000. Rates depend on the type of massage you want.
Always establish a level of comfort with your care provider
Communicate any difficulties or hesitations with your service provider immediately
Try to book an appointment before you visit the spa
Always be polite to your therapist - kindness goes a long way!
Feel free to tip your care provider if you felt satisfied
Visiting a spa is a must-have experience, especially when you're on a vacation. A spa day can make for a great activity with family, friends or even alone. Who wouldn't want to emerge from a day of relaxation - glowing, shining and fresh?! Here was our list of top spas in Kathmandu. Which therapy do you plan on taking? Have you visited one of these spas? How relaxed did you feel later? Comment below, and let us know!