Take your time off at Qiwellness spa

More than a month ago I visited a spa in Makati called Qiwellness. The spa distinguishes itself from others all over the metro because of its focus on centuries-old acupressure combined with modern massage techniques. The spa's clean, elegant minimalist interiors are very relaxing, a quiet retreat in the middle of a bustling city. Of course, it helps that the spa is located in the more "genteel" part of Makati, just besides Picasso Suites in Salcedo.

The waiting lounge. They serve tea once you're settled in.

I decided to try out their latest treatment called Mother of Pearl (P1,680 for 90 minutes). It is supposed to smoothen and brighten the skin with the help of exfoliating sea salt and a body polish/wrap made entirely of powdered pearls. Yep, you heard that right! Powdered pearls! I wouldn't know if the pearls are real or pure, but the very idea tickles my mind. Just the thought of being wrapped in pearls is priceless.


Powdered pearls

Sea salt


The Mother of Pearl treatment began with a sea salt body scrub. It's quite gentle, since the salt is mixed with some sort of lotion. The attendant then asked me to shower. Afterwards, the powdered pearls are rubbed over the body. A 20-minute body wrap and head massage followed. After showering, a moisturizing lotion was massaged all over the body. The result is immediately softer skin and of course, a pleasant, relaxing afternoon well spent!

The treatment room is clean and everything is disposable, from underwear, shower caps, combs, blankets, etc.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience as Qiwellness. I particularly liked that the place is clean, discreet, and quiet, plus everything used on me was disposable. The masseuses were also female so that's a huge plus for me. Would I recommend this place? Yes. You can try out other treatments like their massages, Shiseido facials, waxing, and mani-pedis. Get the complete list of services here.