In the world of Beijing bathhouses, Shunjingwenquan is close to king. Located across from the IKEA on the Nor th Fourth Ring Road, this distinctive South-East-Asian themed bathhouse is a little pricier than the competition but the unique ambiance compensates for the extra cash.
After a quick shower, slip into your swimsuit and take a dip in the bathing area pool or head out to the mixed-sex lounge area, which is adorned with boulder fixtures, large trees, water falls and bamboo cabanas for resting. In addition to mixed-sex saunas, hot rooms, cooling pools and a dry steam room, numerous hot-spring spas are available both indoors and outdoors. Here you can indulge in a massage (98-698RMB) or a hair treatment.
Another 98RMB will get you dinner at the buffet, where the vast options include teppanyaki, Korean-style sushi, a few Western specialities and, most notably, a tasty dessert selection boasting a chocolate fountain. The only problem you might encounter with this tropical chill-out mecca is the coma you’ll surely endure after ward – but that’s okay; you’re welcome to stay and sleep as long as you like.
No English-speaking staff. Nudity level: medium (swimsuits optional).
By Yvette Ferrari