Travel might be stressful right now, but at these spas in Barcelona you can relax and let the worries of the world fall off your shoulders. The capital of Catalonia has so much to offer visitors, and with fewer tourists around it’s calmer than ever. After spending a long day strolling the cobbled streets of the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), boulevards of Eixample and winding alleys of El Born, there’s nothing better than a muscle-soothing massage.
1. Mayan Secret Spa at Hotel Claris
One of the best spas in Barcelona, Mayan Secret has won numerous titles from the World Luxury Spa Awards – including Best Emerging Spa 2017, and Best Historic Spa in 2018 and 2019. If you’re wondering about the latter award, the spa contains authentic archaeological pieces from pre-Columbian America.
The spa is helmed by Mexican native Manual de la Garza, who takes inspiration from ancient Mayan rituals that have been passed down for generations. He sees it as an opportunity to honour his ancestors. Try one of the many Mayan massages, or indulge in something a little more left field – we’d go for the Wine Body Experience, which includes a scrub and body wrap.
Afterwards, head up to the rooftop pool or take a gander at the museum of antiquities on the first floor. The hotel owner is a collector of ancient artefacts, and if you can afford to stay the night, you’ll find some in the rooms too.
2. Elements of Wellbeing at Almanac Hotel
This swish design hotel is located in the heart of Barcelona’s buzzing Eixample neighbourhood. Head up here to see some of Antoni Gaudi’s modernist gems, then pop into the day spa for a soothing massage or ritual. The ‘light legs’ massage stimulates and energises your muscles, helping to ease away aches from city strolling.
If you choose to stay at the hotel, you can enjoy your spa therapy from the comfort of your own room. You’ll also have access to an exclusive sauna and steam room – plus a relaxation room with heated beds. If you fancy some fresh air, head up to the multi-level rooftop terrace. You can loaf around on the sun loungers or cool off in the small wading pool. All while enjoying incredible views across Barcelona’s skyline.
3. 43 The Spa at Hotel Arts
Even if you can’t afford to stay overnight at this luxurious spa hotel in Barcelona, you can pop in and use the water circuit for just €45. It’s worth it just for the sweeping views of the beach from the 43rd floor. We reckon this is one of the best spas in Barcelona for hen parties. It’s split into areas by gender, so you can fully relax during your girls’ trip. If you’re part of a couple, just ask to be together when you book.
Relax on the open air terraces between beauty treatments. The menu of facials, scrubs and massages incorporate products from Spanish skincare label Natura Bissé. The wet zone has more than enough to keep you occupied. There are saunas, vitality pools and a rejuvenating ice fountain. There are also Klafs colour therapy steam rooms, to help you really zone out and unwind.
4. Spa by L’Occitane at Hotel Miramar
Fans of French skincare brand L’Occitane will be in for a treat at this lavish spa. All of the treatments use the label’s products, which are made from natural products and essential oils distilled from the herbs and flowers of Provence. It’s a true aromatherapeutic experience. It starts with a foot bath when you arrive, and doesn’t end until the final sip of herbal tea you’re given after your treatment.
Before or after your treatment you can enjoy some water therapy. Relax in the hot tub, cool off under the ice fountain or feel your pores open in the sauna and steam room. There’s a heated indoor pool as well as a picturesque outdoor one. The Hotel Miramar itself is worthy of a Wes Anderson film. It’s an art deco palace perched on the slopes of Montjuïc, just 10 minutes’ walk from the bustling shops of Las Ramblas.
5. The Zero Space Spa at Sir Victor Hotel
Set inside the chic Sir Victor Hotel near the popular Passeig de Gràcia shopping street, The Zero Space Spa is a seriously sophisticated space. Hotel guests automatically have access to the spa area, while passers by can snap up a day pass. As well as an indoor pool, sauna and steam room there’s also a cryotherapy chamber. This uses extreme cold temperatures to soothe painful muscles and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
As for treatments, you can choose from a long list of exfoliating and nourishing body scrubs. There are also lots of luxurious facials using Natura Bissé products. If you’ve been missing human touch during lockdown, treat yourself to one of the massages. There are a few different choices including aromatherapy, ayurveda and a pregnancy massage designed for expecting mothers.
6. Aire de Barcelona
It would be impossible to write about spas in Barcelona without mentioning this hammam style destination in the Born neighbourhood. The experience is inspired by the bathing rituals of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman civilisations. Set inside a restored historic building, the beautiful downstairs area is all brick walls and low lighting, creating a super relaxing atmosphere.
There are different areas to explore. Indulge in a body scrub, soak in the whirlpool and bathe in the pool. One of the standout features is the pool you plunge into to cool off after a sauna. It’s got real ice in it for that real Nordic circuit experience. Prices vary – you can either come just to use the water areas, or add on a relaxing massage or ritual.
This spa is super popular, so advance booking is required. You can do it online, and cancel up to 48 hours before you’re due to visit.
7. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
If you want to show off your toes in your sandals, head to the Mandarin Oriental Spa. It’s home to a branch of Pedi:Mani:Cure studio – a concept developed by podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. The process draws on podiatry concepts, incorporating massage and nail care to leave your feet looking and feeling heavenly.
There are other experiences on the menu, too. These include facials using Linda Meredith products and full-body treatments with Miriam Quevado ones. There’s a spa boutique on site too, so you can take a little bit of the experience home with you. It’s best to arrive at least 45 minutes before your treatment. You’ll want plenty of time to enjoy the Oriental steam room, 21-metre swimming pool and seriously chilled relaxation area.
The spa is open to day guests, but if you can afford it it’s worth splashing out on a room at this luxurious hotel. It’s located in a glamorous part of the city, and hotel guests can make use of a truly stunning rooftop swimming pool.
Tempted by these spas in Barcelona?
We could all do with unwinding after the past few months of lockdown. Travel guidelines are constantly in flux, so adding a spa day to your Barcelona city break might take some stress out of the unknown. Whether you fancy a full-body wrap using the antioxidants found in red wine or soaking in a historic underground hammam, there truly is a spa in Barcelona to suit everyone.
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