The edited version of this post first appeared as a featured Spa article in the Oct 2013 Issue of Asean Tripper Magazine. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, AseanTripper combines news, opinions, fictions, documentaries about newly discovered and lesser-known travel destinations, travel related activities, and cultural movements in the 10 South East Asia countries.
Serving its customers as a professional spa in Hanoi for the past decade, SF Spa has a wide range of massages and spa body treatments to cater to the different needs of its clients. You could choose to indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy massage, a soothing foot massage or more extensive spa packages and treatments by its highly trained Vietnamese therapists.
After days of intense sight-seeing in the summer month of Hanoi, we decided to pamper ourselves with an exclusive spa treatment package at SF Spa. This took place on the very last day of our vacation, for what better way to recharge ourselves than to indulge in a relaxing spa treatment before heading back to work in hectic Singapore! An impromptu call to the spa was all it took, and before long, we had a reservation on our hands and a taxi on its way to pick us up at our hotel. To add to the experience, SF Spa will pick up the tab for the taxi ride from any hotels in the Old Quarters to the spa.
Warm Welcome to SF Spa
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Step into a world of peace and tranquillity at SF Spa. In stark contrast to the maddening noises of traffic and human activities on the streets outside, SF Spa offers a much welcomed refuge of calmness and serenity, created by soft lightings and modern furnishings. We indulged in a complimentary hot beverage of our choice as we took our time to browse through the extensive spa menu presented to us.
SF Spa Signature Package
SF Spa offers a wide range of services, including aromatherapy, various types of massages, manicures and facial treatments. To enjoy a comprehensive range of services, we picked the SF Spa Signature package, priced at 1,020,000 VND (48 USD) each for a 120 minutes session. The package included the following treatments:
- Steam Bath of Sauna or Jacuzzi
- Facial Clean and Breathing with Aromatherapy
- Anti-tiring Eye Massage, Facial Acupressure
- Stretching Massage
- Indian Head and Shoulder Massage
The spa offers customers the flexibility of replacing any of its items in the package with an equivalent, or in the case of price disparity, an option to top up the difference in price. After some considerations, we replaced the stretching massage with 60 minutes of SF Aromatherapy at an additional cost of 100,000 VND per person.
Be prepared to be immersed in a sensory journey of aromatherapy oils while picking out your choice of aromatherapy oil. There were six options to choose from, depending on the mood you wish to create – ‘Dedicate’; ‘Indulge’; ‘Naturally Fresh’; ‘Forest Fragrance’ and ‘Energy and Exotic’. We opted for what we felt was the mildest option of ‘Naturally Fresh’, which is perfect for a first-timer to aromatherapy.
A Private Sanctuary for Couples
And thus our spa treatment journey began! A private treatment room at the second level awaits us. Our massage therapists were already in attendance and handed us clean bathrobes to change into. For security reasons, our valuables were placed in a metal box and locked with a key that was handed to us, with the metal box always kept within our sight every step of the process.
Indulge in a Soothing Jacuzzi
The highlight of the spa extravaganza was, of course, the private Jacuzzi steam bath. A truly romantic and unforgettable experience, the Jacuzzi room is housed in a higher floor, and with its luxurious and exclusive setting, perfect for some private couple time.
To maintain our privacy, a bell was provided for us to sound, if we needed any attention from the staff. Otherwise, we were largely left undisturbed. With restorative acupressure water jets coupled with hot steaming water, our senses were uplifted and tense muscles loosened, as an ideal prelude to the body treatments that follows.
Aromatherapy Treatment and Massage
The half hour of relaxing Jacuzzi steam bath soon led to the aromatherapy treatment and massage back at our private treatment room. Our body and soul were reawakened in a realm of serenity and bliss, as the skillful therapists worked their magic on those tight muscles and joints so reminiscent of city dwellers. Just like any other skilled massage therapists, their touch and pressure were adjusted based on individual preferences. The massages, infused with aromatherapy oils, relaxed our tired bodies, improved circulation and assisted in detoxification. Most note-worthy was the anti-tiring eye massage and facial acupressure, both of which relieves tension built up in the eye area.
It was pure bliss as we were pampered and indulged by pure, natural ingredients used. If there was a heaven on earth, then this must be it! Overwhelmed by a feeling of well-being and lulled by the calming atmosphere and relaxing background music, we soon fell asleep as the highly trained and professional massage therapists continued working rigorously on relaxing us.
A Sense of Well-Being
SF Spa certainly knows how to pamper their customers. Their luxurious and elegant premises are a good respite from the daily grind of our lives, offering a private sanctuary away from a stressful lifestyle. Strategically located in the heart of Old Quarters, SF Spa is a perfect destination for a quick escapade. Our 120 minutes of therapy infused us with energy, rejuvenated our body and minds and uplifted our spirits. The next time you are in Hanoi, do remember to drop by SF Spa for a luxurious and blissful experience.
30 Cua Dong Str
Hoan Kiem District
Tel: (+84-4) 3926 2032 – 3747 5301
Fax: (+84-4) 3747 6108
Office: (+84-4) 3747 5637
The edited version of this post first appeared as a featured Spa article in the Oct 2013 Issue of Asean Tripper Magazine.
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, AseanTripper combines news, opinions, fictions, documentaries about newly discovered and lesser-known travel destinations, travel related activities, and cultural movements in the 10 South East Asia countries.