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#TreatYourself at I'M Onsen Spa for under P2000

#TreatYourself at I’M Onsen Spa for under P2000

TREAT YOURSELF. I’M Onsen Spa, Manila’s largest spa, boasts 6 storeys and luxury within reach.

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We can all agree that a momentary, peaceful escape from Manila’s jam-packed streets, sizzling heat, and the city’s fast-paced hustle would be nice.

However, the stress of planning one isn’t.

Getting worked up over the logistics of an out-of-town weekend getaway includes transportation options, gas costs, travel and traffic time, accommodations, budget constraints, number of guests, toll fees, filing of leaves, and a whole new brand of stress that could demotivate you just the same.

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Thankfully, I’M Onsen Spa, a self-proclaimed “urban oasis” – and quite a literal one at that – stands tall and proud at the center of congested Makati Avenue, providing easily accessible luxury and peace for a fairly affordable price at a prime location.

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Attached to I’M Hotel, I’M Onsen Spa, the largest urban spa in Manila to date, is more than just an addition to a hotel. It stands as its own well-known name – all 6 storeys of it.

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It isn’t just about function here, either – guests don’t just come to enter in and out in less than two hours.

There are 6 experiential levels to this spa, making it highly recommended to block off an entire afternoon to fully enjoy the complete Onsen journey.

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One of the spa’s best-selling offerings is the all-inclusive Onsen Spa package, priced at P1950 and is inclusive of lockers, saunas, steam rooms, heated pools, rainshowers, a one-hour signature massage of your choice, complimentary teas at their wellness lounge, and an international buffet.

Sulit? We think so, too.

Ambiance: Attainable luxury

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Welcome to I’M Onsen! As you step inside the spa’s doors, you are greeted by a simple yet classy lobby almost reminiscent of a luxury boutique hotel.

Admittedly, part of a great overall spa experience is the fancy feels it gives its guests, so make sure to take in the sosy ambiance you know you came here for as soon as you enter.

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Upon checking in, the spa’s friendly staff will have everything sorted out for you ASAP (although it is best to reserve your session in advance) while you comfortably wait at their spacious lounge lobby.

Level 2: The pre-game

Once you’re ready to go, you’ll be led to an elevator, where each floor button indicates each level’s purpose.

The second floor is designated for your individual electronic locker, so there’s no need to worry about lugging all your stuff with you everywhere – the locker will securely store your clothes and belongings for you during your stay.

After you’ve changed into I’M Onsen’s comfy spa robe and slippers, you can head towards Onsen’s well-loved amenities – the herbal steam rooms, Finnish saunas, rainshower rooms, and the thermal bath pools, each one available for you to veg in at while killing time before your treatment.

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Fun fact: Onsen Spa is actually inspired by Japan’s famous “onsen” hot springs, as seen through their special herbal thermal pools, made to mimic the exact chemical composition and temperature of Japan’s natural hot spring waters.

We heard it’s also great for detoxification and lowering one’s blood pressure, so why not dip in?

Level 3: Tea-ke it easy

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There’s nowhere to go but up, as I’M Onsen takes the spa game a notch higher at the 3rd mezzanine level, where a spacious relaxation lounge and free-flowing green and mint teas await you.

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Waiting is definitely welcome at I’M Onsen, where 50 cozy, retractable armchairs are available for those who wish to take their time unwinding before their session – Makati view in sight and hot cup of herbal tea in hand.

Level 4: The star of the spa show

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Ready for your massage? Great, because it’s finally time!

You will be directed to your designated private treatment room – couple suite or single – and enjoy in silence and solitude your Onsen treatment of choice for an hour.

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For major destressing, the I’M Onsen Spa signature massage will do just the trick for those tense shoulders.

The suite’s solid massage bed, dim lights, ambient music, and your attentive, skilled masseuse all help to create the restful and relaxed state you’re guaranteed post-treatment.

Level 5: Best for last

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Worked up an appetite from all that lazing around? Up to the 5th floor you go for the last leg of your journey – the complimentary buffet at The Common Good, where 9 international food stations greet hungry guests.

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Try not to get paralyzed by the variety of choices available – Would you really want to miss out on the peking duck, crispy pata, make-your-own-pasta station, pizza, salad, bread and cheeses, unli-juices, dessert table, and other international delicacies? Probably not.

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Sold? Book that weekend for yourself ASAP and enjoy the best of what P1950 can give you! – Rappler.com

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