Over the past couple of decades, health spas have become extremely popular, with many people seeking out a haven to escape the pressures of modern life, to detox and to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Many holidaymakers also take advantage of such facilities whilst on vacation, and to cope with the demand, health and wellness spas have opened at most of the 4 and 5-star hotels here in Malta. Most health spas in Malta are equipped with an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym. Hotel guests can usually use these facilities free, and for non-residents, the fees for membership can cost from €200-500 per annum.

As well as the facilities, spas offer a range of health and beauty treatments. You can expect the usual offerings of massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing, but some facilities offer a wider range of therapies and specialist procedures and packages.

The best-known spa in Malta is The Fortina Spa Resort in Sliema, which is often host to a celebrity or two taking advantage of the discreet service and facilities. With a selection of four different spas to choose from at the resort, there are over 200 different therapies and beauty treatments on offer. Some of the more unusual remedies include colonic irrigation, laser hair removal and biofeedback, and there’s a wide selection of massages and facial treatments. There are also a number of spa package options which combine several treatments together for a real treat. The Spa Sante at the Fortina is equipped with 6 Experience Showers, a Finnish Sauna, a Mediterranean Sauna, Ice Fountain, Relaxation area with Tepidarium, Reflexology Basin, Aqua Meditation room (where you had the best healing crystals), Pedijets, Kneipp walk, Roman Laconium and a Steam & Flower room.

In nearby St. Julians, the Hilton, Meridien, Intercontinental, Radisson and Corinthia hotels all have spa and fitness facilities and provide an assortment of massages, body wraps, specialized facials, reflexology and hydro baths.

Further north, the larger hotels in Mellieha and Bugibba/Qawra, such as The Riu Seabank, The Maritim, The Ramla Bay Resort, The Riviera, The New Dolmen and The San Antonio all have health spa facilities and a whole array of therapies available.

Spa facilities at the hotels are generally available 7 days a week, even on public holidays. For prices, membership rates and a list of treatments, please contact each individual establishment. Bookings are required and cancellation fees may be charged for no-shows.