After days of exploring Cairo in the hot Egyptian sun, you’re body is going to want to take a break, whether your mind wants to or not. Fortunately, the city has plenty of fantastic hotel spas where you can relax and rejuvenate before heading back out onto the city’s frenetic streets. You don’t even need to stay at many of these luxe hotels in order to live it up, as many of them offer one day passes and walk-ins. Here are our picks for the best hotel spas in Cairo, Egypt.
Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza Spa
Located just a short walk from Garden City’s historic mansions, the spa at the Four Seasons is one of the largest in the city and has a superior assortment of massages and thorough spa treatments. It’s also one of the most pricey and luxurious in town (something to keep in mind), but visitors say it’s well worth it. Some of the massages that are available include Thai massage, Pharaonic massage, and an extensive jet lag recovery massage performed by two specialists at a time. While you might be on a different time zone, you’re body will feel fantastic. Try out the Nile Journey massage, which starts with an Egyptian ritual, herbal steam and a loofah scrub down. Or if you don’t want to head to the fourth floor, you can also get a spa treatment in your room. Other amenities on site include a steam room, jacuzzi and a hot sauna.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
The Kempinski Hotel on the Nile River is one of the most luxurious in all of Cairo, and following suit, Kempinski The Spa is no different. The spa combines the best of Egyptian and European elegance to offer a soothing place for the mind and body while staying in the heart of the city. There are a total of five treatment rooms in the spa, including a spa suite that’s used for private couple’s treatments. Separate facilities are available for men and women, where they can relax in a steam bath, sauna, or one of the multi-sensory showers. The spa integrates its treatments with the changing of the seasons to restore the body’s equilibrium.
JW Marriot Hotel Cairo
The JW Marriot Hotel’s Mandara Spa is another large offering in Cairo, featuring 2,500 square meters with three double suites, two double rooms, four single rooms, a facial treatment room and a dedicated Thai massage room. Those who like water treatments will love the Watsu Pool which offers a swim with a calming after treatment. Massages on offer are influenced from Bali, Egypt, India and Thailand, and combine luxurious rituals to cultivate the body. If you need serious relaxation, go for the Mandara Journey, which offers 2-3 days of full body restoration. The opulent hammam is also worth discovering and features ornately tiled walls, large arches and colorful artwork. Click here for a complete spa menu.
Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah
Sofitel hotels are associated with the finest in luxury offerings and the So spa at El Gezirah is no different. The spa treatments feature time-honored traditions from around the world, but specializes in French cosmetology with an Egyptian twist. The view from the spa is also extremely nice and is the perfect place to relax while looking out over the Nile River and the lights of Cairo. The spa also includes a jacuzzi, hammam, steam room and sauna for chilling out and getting additional relief for your body. The rest of the hotel is also top-notch, be sure to check out the infinity pool before or after your treatment.
Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo
The Dusit Thana Lakeview is an exquisite oasis in the middle of Cairo and aims to offer a complete Thai experience, from the beautifully designed lobby and rooms, down to the posh spa. The full-service spa features a laundry list of treatments from massages, to foot rubs, to facials — most in Thai style. Go for the aromatic water-treatment with fresh Thai herbs before having a massage to clear your lungs and invigorate your body. For possibly the best treatment you’ll ever have, try the Nantha Garden experience, a two and a half hour relaxing journey that will have you surrounded in pink lotus and champaca petals.
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This article was originally published September 10, 2015.