An enormous indoor swimming pool at the Westin Cairo is surrounded by lounge chairs and faces tall windows looking out over palm trees, and it's one of the best spas in Cairo.

Best Must-Try Spas In Cairo (A Local’s Guide)

Cairo has some stunning luxurious spas that are a much-needed oasis of calm in the bustling city.

Try some decadent oriental treatments and fragrant local oils to unwind from the Cairo craziness at these restful sanctuaries.

Or take a plunge in a swimming pool with Nile views followed by a dip in a warm sauna.

Cairo’s 5-star spas are always a good idea.

Dee relaxing in the water at the spa at the Westin Cairo with a palm tree in the background.

And they’re often a bargain compared to their US and European counterparts. Which means you can unwind with a Swedish massage or a facial at a fraction of the price you’d pay at the same hotel chains in the West.

I’m an expat living in Cairo for the past decade and counting. And I love a good spa day to melt my worries away and catch a breather from city life.

I’ve sampled a half dozen different spas across Cairo over the years – including a few overpriced duds (that I won’t mention).

And this is my ultimate list of my absolute favorites. These are the facilities that have never disappointed, rated on service, atmosphere, location and experience.

Best spas in Cairo:

1. Resense Spa (at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski)

A treatment room at the Resense Spa at the Kempinski in Cairo is dimly lit with a portrait on the wall of a red-haired woman smelling pink roses. A treatment table draped in white cotton stands alongside yellow ochre walls and shelves lined with lamps.

Two images show the spa at the Kempinski in Cairo. On the left are mosaic studded lounge chairs with a painting of a nude man hanging on the wall. On the right is a circular jaccuzi under an oval lantern in a treatment room lined with dark grey and blue mosaics.

Resense Spa is an old-world atmospheric feast for the senses with its European paintings, heavy drapes and fragrant treatments.

From the pre-Raphaelite portraits in the treatment rooms to the mosaic-studded jacuzzi room, Resense Spa is indulgent, opulent and regal. And it fits in perfectly with the palace theme of the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski.

Treatments include hammam and steam room experiences, Arabian-inspired massages and scrubs along with staples like Swedish and Thai massages.

Need to know:

The interior of the spa at the Kempinski in Cairo is shown in two images. On the left is a glass ornament sitting on an ornate white shelf with a dark drape. On the right is a room with purple walls and purple chairs and a black coffee table under an ornate crystal chandelier.

The spa includes eight treatment rooms, and separate saunas, steam rooms and an indoor pool for your use (before or after your treatment).

What I love: the lavish and bold decor, the fragrant oils and the outstanding service.

2. Heavenly Spa (at Westin Cairo Golf Resort)

The enormous blue indoor swimming pool under an arched roof at the Westin in Cairo.

The reception area of the Heavenly Spa at the Westin Cairo has a long black counter with a vase that holds white and yellow flowers. The spa's logo is on the beige wall and there is a receptionist behind the counter in the distance.

Heavenly Spa is light and airy with treatment rooms looking out into small gardens and relaxation spaces full of palms and sunshine.

It’s spacious and breezy with an enormous indoor pool and tall windows facing the swaying palm trees.

Treatments include body scrubs, facials and all the traditional massages with lots of options for couples and weddings too. Treatment rooms are filled with natural light and the sounds of small garden fountains.

Need to know:

Two images show the spa at the Westin Cairo. On the left are cups with light green cream and pieces of cookies and chocolate. On the right is the relaxation area that contains white chairs, small tables with vases of flowers and a white drape with sunlight coming in from the window.

Heavenly Spa has beautiful relaxation spaces to unwind after your treatment with cozy lounge chairs and refreshing snacks alongside windows with flowing drapes.

What I love: the elegant yet minimal decor, the balance of outdoor and indoor space and the enormous pool.

3. Semiramis Spa (at Semiramis InterContinental)

The blue swimming pool at the Semiramis in Cairo surrounded by lounge chairs with the Nile River and the tall Cairo Tower off in the distance.

The interior of the spa at the Semiramis in Cairo is lined with marble on the floors and the walls and lined with large circular lounge chairs.

Semiramis Spa is a recently-opened oasis in the heart of downtown with sleek marble interiors and an outdoor pool with Nile views.

This award-winning spa is small but mighty with cozy jacuzzis, an indoor pool and quiet treatment rooms that offer a full menu of treatments.

Need to know:

The spa at the Semiramis in Cairo shown in two images. On the left is the hall leading to the treatment rooms with windows facing greenery, grey and black marble and rows of plants. On the right is a grey table in the relaxation room with a tea pot and a bowl of apples.

It’s a serene oasis in the heart of downtown with a show-stopping pool that looks out over the Nile River and the Cairo Tower in the distance.

What I love: the serenity right in central Cairo, the downtown views from the swimming pool.

Best hotels in Cairo

The enormous courtyard at the Kempinski in Cairo is lined with the hotel's white facades topped with blue roofs, the blue pool and purple and green plants.

From epic pyramid views to leafy historic villas, Cairo has some incredible 5-star hotels. And they’re often a bargain compared to their US or European counterparts.

Read 6 Best Luxury Hotels In Cairo (A Local’s Guide!) for my ultimate list of the city’s gems.

Best restaurants in Cairo

best restaurants in cairo

From Egyptian to Italian and Thai, the city has some incredible (and often underrated!) restaurants that serve up innovative dishes alongside pyramid and Nile views.

Read 6 Must-Try Restaurants In Cairo (A Local’s Guide!) for my ultimate foodie’s guide to the city.

More resources:

4 Incredible Things To Do On The Nile River in Cairo

11 Best Cafes in Cairo (A Local’s Guide)

18 Incredible Things To Do In Downtown Cairo (A Local’s Guide)