Hong Kong is undeniably one of the world’s most enthralling cities. From its dramatic movie-set skyline, to its frenetic market life, it is a unique metropolis where past and present fuse comfortably. As many visitors quickly discover, however, Honkers is also city of contrasts. While getting around by public transport is cheap, a Starbucks will set you back twice as much as it would in Sydney. Spa treatments are also pricey affairs, with a basic, hour-long basic Swedish massage in a swanky hotel spa setting you back over $250. So what’s a weary traveller to do? They should head to Tai Pan Reflexology Beauty and Foot Spa on Nathan Road in Kowloon. The entrance to the spa is unique; you descend a wooden staircase flanked with palm trees, and cross over a surreal fish-tank walkway filled with goldfish, arriving into a softly-lit space resembling an Asian antique store, with spa music playing gently in the background.
The treatment list is impressive, featuring everything from foot reflexology and Thai massage, to exotic facials, manicures, and even ear cleaning – and it’s cheap. As ever a question remains on whether or not it will be good. I’ve personally tried a 50-minute foot and lower leg massage which was not only good value for money, but essential therapy after a long day exploring the city. Pre-massage pampering aside, as far as foot reflexology goes, the treatment was one of the best I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. So good was it, in fact, that I returned to the spa several times during a five-day stay in the city; once for Thai massage, and a second time for foot reflexology with a head massage. And all for a price way less than a five-star spa (http://www.taipanreflexologist.com.hk/).