By Joelle Theresa Ngo
These days, we live in such a fast-paced environment with so many things to do every day, 24 hours is nearly not enough to do it all. We're constantly itching to detach ourselves from the hustle and bustle of the city life—and the idea of a sweet escape to the beach or a remote province is extremely tempting, but sometimes quite impossible to squeeze into our busy schedules.
Thankfully, the Holy Week break is coming up—and apart from taking the time out to reflect during this time, we can also grab the chance to restart our busy lives, especially if you're staying in the city. In preparation, Chalk scoured the metro for must-visit pampering spots that will help you take a break from the routine without requiring you to venture too far from your home base (or shelling out a lot of money). Read on and discover these awesome places for some R&R right in Manila!
Ahavia Lounge Spa UP Village
128 Malakas St., UP Vill., Diliman, Quezon City
Known for its luxurious service and treatments at affordable prices, Ahavia Lounge Spa opened its doors in UP Village last July and has since been raved about as much as its main branch in San Juan. “The whole Ahavia Experience is above average at an affordable price and this is what we wish to promote and advocate. Luxury does not have to cost an arm and a leg. At Ahavia, you experience luxurious service and treatment, at an affordable price that you can actually come everyday if you wish!” says Julie Magno, one of the partners at Ahavia Lounge Spa UP Village. Aside from the massage and body spa services, you can also get your hair treatments there, too! Whether you're a workaholic or a college student trying to seek tranquility amidst deadlines, this place would surely provide you a relaxing escape from the everyday hustle.
Recommended Services: For those on a budget, you can try the standard 60-minute massage for P349, foot spa for P299, or their 20-minute concentrated massage add-ons for P99. If you're looking to splurge, you can also try their Anti-Stress Thermal massage and the luxurious 150-minute full body massage with body scrub, foot reflexology, and a special customized freebie.
Best Time to Visit: Full day? No problem! This place is open until 3:00 a.m. so you can book an appointment after school or work! This Holy Week, they will be open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday, in case you're planning on booking your massage! You can also avail of their special summer promos to save on a few bucks!
916 Luna Mencias St., Brgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City
This one-stop-shop lifestyle store is a gem for all modern and sophisticated Filipino gentlemen who want to achieve that slick James Bond look. Aside from their in-house barber shop, they also offer high quality tailor-made suits, shoes, and other men’s accessories in-store—but don't worry, ladies, this Spectre Manila isn't just limited to guys! You, too, can have your hair treated and shop for leather goods while you’re at it. Not to mention, it has a mini-pub and überly Instagrammable special area designed for ladies to lounge in like queens (or should we say, Bond Girls)!
Recommended Services: Bond-shell blowout (which consists of shampoo, haircut, massage, and a drink) for P650, Signature Hair Treatment for P1,350 per dose, Keratin Therapy for P2,000 per dose, Zero Shade of Grey (one shade hair color) starting at P1,500, and Spectre Advanced Hair Color starting at P2,500.
Best Time to Visit: Clients normally come after work hours on weekdays (7:00 p.m. onwards), so it’s advisable to come earlier during the day or to book an appointment with them ahead of time. On weekends, most clients call in advance, so make sure you do so as well as Saturdays and Sundays can get pretty busy.
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Photographs by (Ahavia Lounge Spa UP Village) Vyn Radovan