Italy’s fashion capital is a buzzing metropolis filled with fashion, business and people on the move. From cultural events and new museum openings to annual design week and fabulous restaurants, there’s never been a better time to visit Milan. If you find yourself in town and need a break from all the action, there are plenty of places to unwind. From green parks to wellness and beauty centers offering state-of-the-art treatments, this is a city that has it all. If you’re looking for the best spas in Milan, look no further. Here are our favorite spots to feel relaxed, restored and ready to take on the world.
One of Italy’s leading wellness brands, QC Terme boasts a dozen spas, resorts and thermal centers across Italy. It’s no surprise, then, that Milan’s most popular spa destination is QC Termemilano, an art nouveau complex located within a former public transportation center. It offers a perfect combination of vast water-based spa facilities with deep relaxation experience.
After a day of shopping, soothe your body in a rain bath, meditate in a salt room or soak in an open-air hydro massage pool. You can also enjoy a sauna inside a refurbished tram car or swim in a “cinema pool” room with 360-degree video projections on the walls for a unique, multi-sensorial experience. Enjoy a buffet lunch or complimentary aperitivo in your bath robes, inside or al fresco, and leave QC Terme squeaky clean and totally refreshed. It’s best to come during weekdays when the spa is less crowded.
Armani Hotel Spa
Get up close and personal with one of Italy’s iconic fashion brands at the Armani hotel’s luxurious spa. Located on the eighth-floor of the hotel, the photogenic swimming pool offers spectacular city views. The atmosphere is so zen, you’ll forget you are at the heart of Montenapoleone, Milan’s upscale fashion district. The signature 2-hour treatments are inspired by wellness rituals in “enchanting places with an international flavor” across Asia and the Middle East. The 8-step Armani Crema Nera treatment is a highlight: this regeneration includes an exfoliating mask and draining massage to detoxify and energize the body and spirit.
warew, a popular Japanese anti-aging skincare line, has opened its first flagship store in Europe near Piazza Cinque Giornate in eastern Milan. With bright interiors and minimalist, light wood accents, this experiential spa oozes tranquility and calming Japanese aesthetics. warew’s skincare products use natural ingredients such as waters of the Beppu hot springs, extracts of Sakura bark and distilled water from Japanese plums.
warew offers three signature facial treatments: Sakura (face and eyes), Ume (face, eyes, décolleté and scalp), and Nagomi (all of the above, plus back, hands and arm). The Nagomi treatment, which lasts 120 minutes, take place in a chashitsu, a Japanese tea ceremony room. Each personalized treatment is multi-step beauty ritual which doesn’t use any tools; only manual techniques from physiotherapy which are designed to bring aesthetic results.
The brainchild of a celebrity facialist Joanna Hakimova, Natural Biolifiting offers face and body lifting that’s non-invasive, but still highly effective. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, Joanna’s signature face technique activates a biological rejuvenation process at a cellular level which gives instant visible results. The body treatments are equally promising – from a visceral detox for the stomach area to knee shaping and a body release anti-age treatment. These incorporate Japanese Yumeiho therapy — a mix of osteopathy, acupressure and physiotherapy.
Located in Milan’s hip Isola neighborhood, Iki Spa is another elegant urban refuge inspired by the fusion of eastern and western practices. Here, in a classic Milanese courtyard, you’ll find it all under one roof. Physiotherapy treatments, facials and all kinds of massages: emotional relief massage or Japanese eternal youth massage, anyone? The spa also offers a wide range of traditional Ayurveda treatments and a series of structured experiences that mix therapies and treatments. The “Caribbean trip” consists of a massage and peeling with papaya and sand, a body mask with tiare flowers and avocado, and ends with mist shower followed by the application of coconut oil. Why fly to the Caribbean if you can experience it at home?
Elvy Centro Benessere
Just off Corso Buenos Aires, Elvy Centro Benessere is one Milan’s most comprehensive spas that will take care of all your beauty and wellness needs. Elvy has an impressive 20-page menu of treatments that range from high-tech, anti-aging facials featuring top brands like Pevonia and La Prairie to body sculpting, shaping and detoxing using meso, thalasso and mud therapy. There are also dozens of massage from classic to Pinda massage (using herbal compresses), dedicated pregnancy treatments and effective anti-cellulite treatments.
With two locations in Milan (Cadorna and Porta Venezia), Dhermodesign is a beauty lounge with funky Brazilian vibes. This spa specializes in the Renata França method for lymphatic drainage and modeling. The signature “Miracle Touch” full body treatment is invigorating and soothing at the same time while offering visible results — particularly around the thighs and abdomen area — while working as manual liposculpture. Add on the “Miracle Face” massage, which gives a lifting effect and improves skin tone, for a natural glow from head to toe.
Hidden in a small courtyard near Milan’s Porta Romana, LoStudioBianco offers holistic treatments and eco-friendly beauty shopping and its small “yogic beauty shop”, Cardamomo. Lo Studio Bianco is an intimate wellness studio that focuses in Pranic healing: meaning chakra cleansing, energy recalibration and other spiritual treatments. There are also a series of ayurveda massages (abhyanga, shirodhara, udvartana) and stimulating scrubs using ingredients like peppermint, seaweed, almonds and ginger. Meanwhile Cardamomo stocks organic skincare, fragrances and makeup.