This well-loved massage studio has recently undergone a fantastic makeover that takes you back in time to old Shanghai, and we can't get enough of it
Sure, we love to keep active by enjoying hiking in Hong Kong, visiting new workout studios like XP Fitness Hub and trying out all the great water sports the city has to offer, but we also love us some downtime. Enter Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour, an escape from the city in the heart of Hong Kong that offers some of the most amazing experience-based massages in town with wonderful design elements that export you to old time Shanghai.
Tell us about that design then
Well, Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour has actually been around for 18 years (that’s legendary for Hong Kong) and they’ve kind of morphed through a variety of looks and vibes. Originally, they were one of the city’s first Thai massage spots, but this year they underwent a massive refurb, themed around old Shanghai, and we are such huge fans.
From the hand-painted sign on Nathan Road to the beautiful secret door that welcomes you into the space, the team have really thought of everything. Inside, a wonderful soundtrack of classic Chinese tunes harks back to a different era (last time I was there they were pumping music from Crazy Rich Asians – #love), and you’re met with tiled floors, warm woods, red velvet curtains, and pops of neon.
They managed to source some classic barber chairs that are used for their signature footbaths, blending form and function as you start to relax. Lights in the footbaths rotate through a selection of bright colours, as an autonomous neck massager works on your knots and sore spots. Overhead, colourful lanterns contrast the black interior and throughout the space, a range of unique ephemera gives a truly unique feel.
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And what about the massages at Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour?
It’s kind of hard to decide what the best part of Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour is. I’ve been four times in the last few months (#obsessed), and each time the staff have been warm, welcoming and professional – such important details.
When we last visited, we enjoyed a 50-minute foot massage ($268), followed by the dreamiest 30-minute head, neck and shoulder massage ($168). They actually had specialty beds created for the parlour, and they are honestly the comfiest places to lie down ever, in fact more than one person that I’ve taken to visit has ended up snoring away contently (you know who you are!)
I even had a 30-minute herbal foot steam, which was really nice and great for the cooler climate. Apparently, the Chinese herbs that the steamer is infused with get right down into your insides to help detoxify and clear your system, and on top of that, they smell great.
It’s all the little extras at Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour that make it special. At the end of your treatment, you’ll be escorted to a lovely tea room filled with comfy couches, a range of tea paraphernalia and even a table with fish swimming inside. There, you can relax over some fresh-brewed tea and get ready to face the rest of your day.
Good design + great staff + comfortable surroundings = the perfect equation for relaxation at Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour.
We’re already planning our next visit.
Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour, 83 Nathan Road basement, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2301 1990, 香港尖沙咀彌敦道83號, Tsim Sha Tsui