Lisbon's intimate spa journey
4 Treatment Rooms
Ritz Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is a luxe getaway for international travelers who want every facet of their journey to include a sense of discovery.
Opened in 2003, with only four treatment rooms, the space feels intimate yet covers more than 16,000 square feet with stunning modern sculpture, poolside lounge beds and an overwhelming sense of calm thanks to Zen aesthetics such as marble and oak.
As part of the spa’s wellness exchange program, signature treatments and expert therapists are periodically brought in from other Four Seasons properties around the globe — exotic locales that have been featured include Mumbai and Thailand, among others.
While the temperature in Lisbon is lovely almost all year round, the benefits of ice on the body to remove inflammation abound no matter what the thermoset says. Take a eucalyptus-scented sauna in the heat experiences and then indulge in the crushed ice fountain for the perfect balance of senses, one that both clams and invigorates.
Every treatment room has its own private shower, ergonomically designed treatment beds and chairs where spa rituals are performed. The changing rooms are no less luxurious with details like heated limestone floors.
Before or after a service, hit the relaxation lounges for a chance to chill in a private, curtained relaxation bed with a reading light and personal music system.
Most services are designed around one of a trio of high-end spa product lines: Swiss Perfection, Sodashi and ESPA, all known for encompassing holistic properties.
A favorite is the ESPA Holistic Total Body Care that starts with a refreshing head-to-toe brushing to eradicated dead skin cells, followed by a deep all-over massage with essentials oils chosen to suit your liking. The treatment finishes with an express facial that leaves a glow on the part of you the world sees first. When feeling up for something especially extravagant, pair this with a hot stone therapy massage.
The most popular service is aptly named the Portuguese Retreat. It begins with a body scrub of natural honey and almond and is followed by a massage with a hint of rose to calm the senses.
The spa menu is extensive, with body services that range from detoxifying wraps and green tea scrubs to facials that focus on problem areas like eyes, neck and hyperpigmentation. You’ll also want to check out the seasonal treatments the Lisbon spa features, often from far-flung locations, such as an ancient Indian massage technique that combines warm herbal oil and both invigorating and soothing strokes.
An indoor, 59-foot lap pool complements the chic blending of elements that can be found throughout the hotel’s well-curated neutral-toned spaces — earth, air and water converge. Overlooking the property’s gardens and one of the city’s lush parks, the pool is heated to an ideal temperature between 78 and 82 degrees.
Also perched high, with a magnificent view is the rooftop fitness center. It has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that those on the treadmills, bicycles and elliptical machines can look out of while they workout.
Personal training sessions as well as yoga and Pilates are offered regularly. The pièce de résistance is the 1,313-foot, open-air track that encircles the rooftop with spectacular views of the city.