If there’s ever a list of the busiest places in the metro somewhere out there, chances are you’ll find Ortigas in the top five. It’s no surprise considering it’s an all-in-one kind of place. It has residential areas, countless offices, a number of commercial spaces, and even schools!
And of course, there are the malls, which unfortunately can be a pain to go to at times. Terrible traffic, the sea of people in every nook and cranny, and the blink-and-it’s-gone parking are no joke to deal with, especially when all you want to do is to relax and unwind.
Luckily for all of us, especially those who find themselves in Ortigas more often than not, there are places in the area you can go to for a well-deserved me time minus all the hassles the mall brings!
Whether you’re looking to work out and release pent up stress or you simply want to pamper yourself with a new hairdo and perfectly manicured nails, we’ve got something on this list for you!
1. CrossFit Ortigas
Many of us city dwellers rely heavily on exercise to get through life with our sanity intact. So if you happen to be in Ortigas and in need to sweat it out in the gym, why not give CrossFit Ortigas a try! Focusing on strength and conditioning, CrossFit makes use of varied workouts so if repetitive routines bore you, this is something you’ll enjoy.
And by varied, we mean there’s gymnastics, calisthenics, running, yoga, circuit training, and so much more! Rates begin at ₱3,200 for six sessions per month. If you’re still uncertain about CrossFit, CrossFit Ortigas offers Intro to CrossFit classes as well as free trial classes! Just make sure to book your reservation right away to get your desired schedule!
CrossFit Ortigas is located at Unit 105 Emerald Mansion, Garnet Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
2. Polecats Manila
Is finding your groove your way of exercising? Kick your usual dance numbers up a notch by trying pole dancing! Polecats Manila offers beginner classes for those who want to learn the ropes and try the basics, which includes spins, transitions, and climbs. And believe it or not, Polecats Manila also offers pole dancing classes for men! Men’s Pole Fitness, for example, focuses on acrobatics, strength, and endurance training.
Most of Polecats Manila’s classes, however, are open to both men and women. Challenge yourself even more by taking the Spinning Pole! Polecats Manila also has an Aerial Silk class where you can channel your inner acrobat and do flips and spins using silk!
Polecats Manila is located at 22/F Strata Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
3. Salon de Matt Ortigas
Itching for a new hairstyle to freshen up your locks? Or maybe a quick blow dry to get rid of that haggard look? Salon de Matt Ortigas has got you covered! But in case you’re worried that getting a haircut here will hurt your wallet, you’ve got nothing to worry about because a haircut only costs ₱180 for ladies and ₱150 for men! A plus point for Salon de Matt is that they have organic and ammonia-free products available!
Want a hot oil treatment to go along with your haircut? It only costs ₱400 for ladies and ₱250 for men. Salon de Matt offers other hair treatments such as the Nou Nou Hair Mask, which is ideal for bleached hair as well as those with highlights. Want a hair treatment that will protect its dyed color while making it shiny and smooth? Go for the Powerdose Color Treatment!
If you want to get your nails done while having your hair styled, Salon de Matt Ortigas can do that for you! There are a variety of different packages offered and you can choose which local or imported nail polish brand (Opi, Essie, Sally Hansen, etc.) you want for your nails!
Give your feet an extra treat with an Aromatherapy foot scrub! Among the scents you can choose from are lavender, coffee, lemongrass, and sweet pea.
Salon de Matt Ortigas is located at Unit 106, Parc Royal Condominium, Jade Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
4. 360 Fitness Club
There are a lot of gyms scattered all over the metro these days but if you’re looking for one that takes care of the fitness of your heart, mind, and body, 360 Fitness Club is the way to go.
360 Fitness Club is most known for its circuit training program, which lets you go through a 30-minute program (guided by a coach, of course!) that improves your body composition, increases your muscular strength and endurance, among other benefits!
But since 360 Fitness Club promises a holistic experience, it also has different yoga classes such as the Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga! For a healthy heart, join their 360 Heart Rate Training Program.
Ready to challenge yourself? There’s the 360 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), 360 Core (focuses on your midsection), and the 360 Kettle Bell Strength and 360 Kettle Bell Ultimate!
360 Fitness Club is located at 22/F Strata 100, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
5. Enza Nails and Spa
In her looloo review, Tiara A. calls Enza her “go-to place” for quality manicures and nail artists who are “nice, accommodating, and really friendly.” It’s no surprise then that many of Enza Nails and Spa’s customers are loyal and returning patrons who are more that satisfied with its services.
Chief among those are the Hand and Foot Treats which are Enza’s most popular services. For a total hand and foot care experience, try the Dead Sea Indulgence and treat yourself to an olive foot spa, dead sea mud mask, pedicure, and polish upgrade.
Aside from the hand and foot treatments and packages, Enza also offers threading and cold wax services as well as massages like the Indian Head and Neck Massage!
Enza Nails and Spa is located at Grand Emerald Tower, Garnet Road corner Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
6. Felipe and Sons
Felipe and Sons is all about the stylish gentleman. It’s something that’s apparent from its classy interiors all the way to the top notch service that it offers its customers. A haircut, for example, includes the use of relaxing hot towels and a massage. You also get to select your preferred temperature when your hair is rinsed.
Growing a beard? Or would you rather shave it off? Felipe and Sons also offers shaving and beard sculpting services.
Other services that Felipe and Sons offers that will take your closer to that stylist gentleman look includes the hair spa, facial, anti-dandruff, and anti-thinning. And if you want to complete your whole look, Felipe and Sons is also a haberdashery so chances are you’ll find a shirt, pants, coat, or even a two or three-piece suit that will fit your needs.
Felipe and Sons is located at El Pueblo Real de Manila, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig.