11 of the island's most luxurious spas for you to try
Time Out Bahrain staff
Since we’re all about getting fit this month, we thought it was time for a round-up of some of our favourite spas.
After all, if we’re shaping up for summer then a bit of body scrubbing to get rid of winter’s (only slightly) sun-starved skin won’t go amiss, particularly since we’ve had a couple of rather splendid new spa openings in recent months.
Pure Spa, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Offering holistic treatments with exclusive five-star spa services, this is a great place to wind down after a hectic shopping spree at the island’s biggest mall, Bahrain City Centre (or any other time for that matter). There are 11 treatment rooms with designated male and female zones and a range of therapies using an extensive array of products created with herbs, flowers and aromatic oils.
The signature treatment uses Bahrain’s home-grown Green Bar products, as featured in last month’s Time Out, which are organic and locally produced – personal pampering while supporting local business, even better.
The complete-body treatment includes a nourishing head massage with a luxury oil mask, herbal flower face and body scrubbing and wrapping, toning with regional rosewaters, an anti-aging facial massage using a brightening Face Elixir and detoxifying body massage with apricot and grapefruit body oil.
The cost is BD30 for 60 minutes or BD45 for 90 minutes.
There are also bespoke massages, scrubs and body wraps, created with products from Elemental Herbology, and grooming from Hair by Elie and Jean.
See competition page 71 for the chance to win Pure Spa vouchers. Call (17 171 122).
E-Spa, Sofitel Bahrain Thalassa Sea & Spa Sea water and all its uses is what’s on the menu at the GCC’s first Thalassa spa centre. There’s a 2,000-sq-m array of different treatment areas with six wet and eight dry rooms.
Using water taken from the depths of the open sea, which is then heated to 33 degrees to promote muscle relaxation, E-Spa offers a range of face and body therapies in separate areas for men and women. The signature treatment is Watermass sculpting which is aimed at tackling cellulite with suction and high-pressure jet massage to break down the dreaded orange peel.
But we love the mud wrap which involves relaxing into a soothing waterbed as you float gently waiting for the treatment to take effect.
If you fancy a truly pampering experience the hotel has a special offer running till the end of the month for a two-night stay with breakfast and dinner and five Thalassa treatments at BD280 for a single room or BD390 for a double. Call (17 636 363).
La Fontaine The ‘most original spa in the Gulf’, a gorgeous hidden oasis, can be found in La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art.
The whole concept of this wonderfully designed spa is serenity with the focus on regaining and maintaining balance – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual – by using natural treatments for the face, such as the vitamin facial, seaweed facial and anti-pigmentation (using natural fruit acids) and signature body treatments including hot stone therapy, underwater massage and milk and honey body wrap.
There’s also permanent hair removal (using natural fruit enzymes), body sculpting lymphatic drainage where a skintonic machine improves cellulite problems and can allegedly melt fat in specific areas.
All this and art exhibitions too. Sign us up now please. Call (17 230 123).
Lei Garden Bang in the middle of Adliya, Lei Garden is inspired by Zen and the Bahraini culture of giving. The signature therapy is MARTA skin treatments which use an electronic pulse to apparently perform miracles in the fields of fat reduction and wrinkle rejuvenation. It’s also used for deep cleansing and lip filling and can even help stop spotty break-outs.
Treatments start from BD15 for lip filling so it’s affordable but what we really like about this place is that on arrival they take your shoes and you’re treated to a fish pedicure with your tootsies dipped in the pond. The ‘doctor fish’ nibble away at the hard skin on your feet leaving them baby soft and you finish the treatment with a shot of wheatgrass.
Containing 97 vitamins and minterals it’s great for the skin (one shot’s supposed equal a kilo of vegetables) and it’s grown at Lei Garden and juiced on the premises every day. Call (17 290 008).
Pineapple Spa Also in Adliya this is a one-stop-shop which not only offers a full range of treatments for women, from facials and massages to a green coffee slimming body wrap, but also has a variety of fitness classes including tae-bo and aqua aerobics, we could be wrong but we haven’t seen this class anywhere else.
The green coffee wrap promises to visibly reduce spongy, dimply cellulite areas in a 75-minute treatment that costs BD35.
There’s also a pool in rather fab garden surroundings, beauty, nail and hair salons and a nutrition centre. This one’s strictly ladies only so it’s a good call for the girls if you’re feeling a bit ropey. Call (17 712 000).
Diplomat Radisson Blu This Manama spa focuses on a natural Zen-style concept inspired by Asian culture with a mix of traditional treatments and modern skincare products.
There are 15 treatment rooms with designated areas for massage/facials, aroma bath, Vichy shower and Thai massage and separate men’s and women’s zones as well as a couples’ treatment area which is a great place for either marrieds or pals.
Signature therapies include the Thai lanna wrap using specially sourced Asian, Pytomer anti-aging treatments and body sculpting for those following a slimming programme who need a little help along the way. Prices start at BD20. Call (17 525 237).
There’s a range of body wraps that taste good enough to eat – youghurt, papaya and pumpkin and organge – and scrubs including coconut, coffee and natural pulses and fruits.
Massages run from aromatherapy to traditional Malaysian urut via Balinese, deep tissue sports and classic Swedish.
And they’ve put them together in packages ranging from two treatments to four – you can either go for one of the set recipes or build your own.
Prices start from BD16 for a 30-minute anti-stress neck and shoulder massage up to BD101 for the three-and-a-half-hour four-treatment package. Call (17 208 355).
Ritz-Carlton We love the R-C spa and not just because it’s super luxurious but it also offers a great range of men’s treatments from the executive de-stress package, which includes body brushing, deep pressure massage and purifying facial, to the triple O2 oxygen facial, particularly good for smokers and frequent flyers.
There’s also a brand new treatment which is described as ‘the most serious cosmetic alternative to micro-injections’.
La Alternativa treats and diminishes expression lines and wrinkles with Octamioxyl, an effective inhibitor of facial contractions. A combination of active ingredients adds volume to the skin, effectively filling existing deep wrinkles and expression lines while contouring the face. The treatment includes an innovative Sono-Lifting massage that provides micro-stimulating waves emitted by a tuning fork.
Men’s treatments start at BD45 and La Alternativa costs BD75 for 90 minutes. Call (17 580 000).
Al Areen Palace & Spa No longer under the umbrella of Banyan Tree, we’ve not heard much from Al Areen recently but it turns out they’re still offering an incredible array of treatments at one of the region’s biggest spa facilities.
There’s a hydrothermal garden where a basic 60-minute session starts at BD15 or if you fancy something a bit more luxurious the indulgence Gui Shi Rainmist package is BD100++ for a three-hour session which includes hot-stone massage, rain mist shower to open the pores for a turmeric honey cleanser, a quick rainshower to prep the skin for the sweet orange conditioner then there’s more showering before a lavender body mist. Sounds delicious and spa sessions come with a soothing foot bath, herbal drink and 30-minutes calm time. Call (17 845 000).
Dessange This ladies only, international French chain offers everything from salon treatments and classes to a full range of facial and body therapies.
Using Elemis products look out for the cellutox aroma spa ocean wrap, which promises to detox and stimulate the system, or our personal favourite, and one of the cheaper options, the exotic lime and ginger salt glow scrub at BD26 for 45 minutes.
And the five-hour chill-out package at BD120 consists of an Elemis milk bath, the lime and ginger scrub, a facial, hot-stone therapy and a blow dry and it would make us very happy. Call (17 713 999).
Sparadise And last but by no means least Sparadise, yes we know we nicked the name for our headline.
Part of the Elite Resort & Spa in Muharraq, Sparadise is another of the island’s largest facilities with 17 treatment rooms offering a range of therapies from Guinot facials to massages, scrubs and a genuine oriental hammam, a fusion of Moroccan and Turkish bath, which is unique and new to Bahrain with specially qualified male and female Tellaks (master and guard of the baths) all the way from Morocco.
Separate men’s and women’s facilities run alongside the only Kerastase Institute in Bahrain and a make-up artist is also available.
In a first for Bahrain, and the Middle East, Sparadise has introduced Sweetan booth technology, a UV-free tanning treatment in which the skin is warmed using infrared lamps and sprayed with a natural tanning cosmetic before being machine dried.
The same system can also be used for anti-aging, skin strengthening and moisturising treatments. Sweetan tanning takes just a minute and costs BD30 to 40. Call (17 313 131).
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Ahmed Nov 16, 2014 04:50 pm
what is name of the spa ?
Where is the address of Of SPA?
Mahdi May 21, 2012 10:06 am
I was there two weeks ago and the place is rely nice and relaxing the massage girl was so good and professional i liked it so much but for men the space of changing clothes should be bigger and the closet is kind of small so don't wear Thob going there ;-)