Who doesn’t love a good spa day? Everyone does! Whether you’re in Panama for a quick visit or an extended stay, your options for great spa treatments are plentiful. Here are six of the best the city has to offer, and what you can expect while you’re there.
1. The Spa at Bristol:
The Spa at Bristol stays true to the hotel’s theme of sophistication and British hospitality. The space is elegant and peaceful, on the beautiful 25th floor of the tower with beautiful views of the city skyline and bay. The spa prides itself on providing a complete state of wellness through a range of manual therapy, therapeutic and relaxation techniques. The Spa at Bristol offers a very large list of health and wellness services, and is best known for their extensive body treatments such as Volcanic Stone Massages, Vichy Showers, Organic Exfoliation sessions and Deep Tissue Massages. The spa is located at the Bristol Hotel, in Panama City’s Obarrio district. It’s easily reached by taxi, Uber, or private car and is adjacent to Panama’s financial center.
2. Spa at Waldorf Astoria:
Like all good hotels in Panama City, the spa has to be at a high level to compete, and the Waldorf Astoria’s doesn’t disappoint in this category. The spa is cozy and luxurious, combining a creative décor with the signature hotel’s gold trimmings, and world-class service. It is located on the 7th floor of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, just beside the pool area. This spa is well-known for their Swedish, deep tissue, and pre-natal massages. You must try the chocolate or honey body treatments as well. The spa also offers couples’ treatments, which is perfect if you’re on a romantic getaway with your significant other. The Waldorf Astoria is conveniently located in Marbella, just a block from both Ave. Balboa and Calle Uruguay.
3. Sortis Spa:
At the Sortis Hotel it’s all about the extras, with an in-house casino, shopping, restaurants, and even a trampoline park in the building for guests to enjoy. The spa, however, is the hotel’s real star. It’s one of Panama City’s largest, and offers luxury relaxation, healing and bodywork options of all types. Some of the biggest draws to this spa are its grand Turkish bath, vitality pool, and tropical showers. It also has Central America’s only wave relaxation room, which combines audio and visual stimuli to create an ambience of pure zen, and inner peace. You do not want to miss this experience on your trip to Panama City, whether staying at the Sortis or not. The Sortis Hotel is located in Obarrio, in the city center.
4. Eforea Spa at Hilton:
This is the hotel’s first Latin American entry in their family of Eforea-branded spas, and it is already one of the city’s best. The spa consists of seven luxurious treatment rooms, each with their own theme and special amenities. One of the most popular treatment areas is the wet area, where they offer a unique Vichy Shower couples treatment, as well as a beautiful whirlpool and a large steam room to sweat it out ahead of time. The spa also offers a full line of high-tech skin treatments exclusively using Kerstin Florian products, and sets to take home with you for continued self-treatment after your stay. Eforea is located at the pool level of the Hilton Hotel, on Ave. Balboa right on the Panama Bay.
5. Alta Vita Spa:
Unlike most of the spas on this list, Alta Vita is a standalone property, creating a dedicated “lifestyle spa” that bills itself as “Panama’s first and only full-service luxury Medi-Spa and Holistic Wellness Center.” This is very large and complete spa with over 100 different treatments to choose from, spanning from facials and bodywork, to oxygen/ozone treatments and yoga/meditation. They accept reservations for individual or group excursions and can see you for just an hour or so, or book full day packages for you and your friends. The spa is easy to get to and is conveniently located in Panama City’s San Francisco district, just a few minutes by car from the hotels and condos of the city center, open 9am-7pm M-F, and 9am-6pm on Saturdays.
6. Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel:
What’s better than a relaxing spa day after living it up at the Hard Rock Hotel for the weekend? This spa is the perfect compliment to the large and luxurious hotel, famous for their parties, rock décor, and fabulous international-themed restaurants. The Rock Spa offers a full menu of services including facials, full body treatments, oxygen therapy, and even a unique algae bath. The spa, of course, is decorated with some great classic rock paraphernalia and has a fun, upbeat style that will keep you in the Hard Rock mood, while soothing you into relaxation. It’s located on the spa/gym floor of the 60+ story Hard Rock Hotel, located in the center of Panama City, just one block from the ocean, adjacent to the Multicentro shopping center.