Viver Zen Spa

Unwinding, Ipanema style

Rio's rat-race may be rather less, shall we say, ratty than some, but that isn't to say that sometimes more than just a sandy beach full of men shouting about their grilled cheese and esfiha is required to gtet things back on the right track. Anti-stress is the Viver Zen motto, and that is what you begin to sense just from walking through the door thanks to the feeling of reed carpets on bare feet and the sound of gently running water.

Arranged across two floors of a pretty yellow house in Ipanema, the team dedicates itself to the pursuit of relaxation techniques from massage and reflexology to hot stones and mud wraps. With an almost 50-50 male-female split in their customers, and as popular among tourists as it is locals, there is obviously something in the space's simplicity that has broader appeal than most, as well as monthly specials that are worth keeping an eye out for. The twelve-strong team also means the spa can stay open seven days a week (even during public holidays), and with discounts available for cash payments and specific hours, a restorative one-hour massage can go for as little as R$98.

Viver Zen Spa details

Address Rua Vinicius de Moraes 250

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Nearby Stations Metrô General Osório

Telephone (21) 2513 5355

Viver Zen Spa website

Prices R$98 massage Mon-Thu 8am-1pm, normal price R$145. R$145 acupuncture (1 hour). R$165 hot stones (80 mins). R$110 mud wrap (1 hour). half-day packages from R$435.

Major cards accepted

Open Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 10am-4pm

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