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Goodness knows us city folks in Hong Kong need a little extra TLC and relaxation, but the thought of splashing out a fortune on a fancy massage can make it seem almost preferable to be chronically wound-up like a coiled spring. Luckily, you don’t have to resign yourselves to living with the discomfort of a constant stiff neck and tight shoulders just yet.
If you scout around, there are actually plenty of specialists across the city dedicated to helping you knead those stubborn knots into submission and recalibrate your body without breaking the bank! From Thai massages to aromatherapy and deep-tissue treatments, here are the best affordable massage spots in Hong Kong for your next pamper sesh!
Indulge in a pampering Thai spa experience for a price that keeps your wallet happy! Despite Pelax Home’s intimate space, thoughtful touches like bamboo décor and pretty flower petals give the venue a sense of luxury and tranquil elegance. Opt for the authentic Thai traditional massage ($368 for one hour) and unlock the reinvigorating benefits of getting actively stretched, pulled, twisted, and massaged by a highly-trained professional, or cure your achy body and sports-related muscle pain with a soothing hot stone massage ($368 for 45 minutes). If you want to share the relaxing experience with a partner or a friend, there’s also a two-person room available!
Pelax Home, 5/F, 15 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2368 0128
With just a few armchairs and basic massage tables separated by curtains, this cosy, hole-in-the-wall massage joint in Sheung Wan is pared back to the bare essentials in terms of environment, but their strong Thai massages are rightfully equally to ones you get at a luxury spa.
Customers keep coming back for their 90-minute traditional Thai massage ($450), which promises to leave your whole body feeling limber and utterly refreshed by the time you’re done. Alternatively, for a quick solution to those dreaded muscle knots, their 45-minute Thai head, neck, and shoulder massage ($250) ought to do the trick! Pop-by during weekdays before 5 pm to enjoy special discounts for all their services.
Chew Chew Thai Massage & Spa, 37B Tung Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2887 3555
When you’re in need of a brief escape from the flurry of city life, Thai Natural Spa is the place to book in. Behind the unassuming shopfront, the rustic-wooden interiors and homey décor create a soothing atmosphere that allows you to instantly forget the hectic outside world. You are then taken further into a state of deep relaxation and blissful weightlessness under the deft hands of a skilled practitioner.
Of course, their budget-friendly prices help too, as you won’t be worrying about receiving a hefty receipt afterwards! The menu comprises a simple range of 30- to 60-minute Thai-style treatments that you can either combine or enjoy on their own. For the ultimate full-body rejuvenation, try their traditional Thai massage ($180 for one hour) followed by a tension-releasing foot massage ($150 for one hour).
Thai Natural Spa, 2/F, 105 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3485 2996
Stashed away in a hidden basement in the bustling heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour is like a secret portal to 1940s Shanghai, complete with red neon-lit signs, antique wooden furniture, and even an old-school apothecary cabinet. With a focus on harmony between the mind, body, and soul, this vintage Chinese-style massage parlour is all about providing a holistic massage experience using time-honoured Chinese healing methods.
Get your pressure points tingling and muscles back in balance with their full body massage ($348 per 50 minutes) or stimulate energy flow and natural healing with their signature foot massage ($288 per 50 minutes). After the treatment, guests are offered a cup of hot Chinese tea to round off the feel-good ritual!
Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour, Basement, 83 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2301 1990
Thai Sublime’s bright and clean space is a refreshing change from the usual dim lighting and dark tones found in local neighbourhood massage studios. Step inside and you’ll find a solid menu of services and time options to choose from.
Whether you only have time for a quick 45-minute foot rub ($200) or want to savour a two-hour Thai essential oil massage ($490), there’s a treatment to suit your needs and schedule. It’s easy to see how versatility is a major draw here, but what really keeps customers coming back is the gracious Thai hospitality—expect nothing less than warm service, attentive attitude, and complimentary tea and chocolate to seal the deal!
Thai Sublime, Flat B, 1/F Cheung Hong Mansion, 25 Johnston Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 6995 5452
Sung Massage beckons wayfarers to take a load off and rest their weary feet in an uber-zen atmosphere evocative of a Japanese onsen spa. This wellness-centric spa has a full scope of treatments to take care of all sorts of body aches and pains, such as a head & shoulder massage ($258), lymphatic detoxification massage ($298), and magnetic therapy massage ($358), but what receives top marks is the signature Sung health combo ($388).
The luxurious three-part treatment is a sure-fire way to revive even the most sluggish souls, starting with a 40-minute detoxifying foot soak, followed by a soothing 50-minute foot massage, and finally concluding with a 20-minute head and shoulder massage. Did we mention hot neck pillows, a nourishing drink, and ginger candies, too?
Sung Massage, Shop 3, Classic Mansion, 15 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin | (+852) 6683 1879
Operated by two ladies with backgrounds working in luxury hospitality, D’Varee Spa brings on the service and quality of a five-star hotel spa for just a fraction of the cost. This calming destination has everything you need to feel primped and preened from head-to-toe: facials, nail services, waxing, as well as a full range of top-notch body massages.
Achieve total relaxation with their ever-popular deep-tissue massage ($480 for 60 minutes) or the more gentle aromatherapy massage ($380 for 60 minutes). No matter which treatment you go for, they are always happy to tailor the session to target your individual needs, ensuring that your muscles will be worked exactly how you want!
D’Varee Spa, 2/F, 5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2865 7720