Bahrain Wellness Resort A gorgeous secluded spot off the Janabiya Highway which offers residential healing as well as a range of Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines. In the lower-priced end of the scale, at BD8 for 30 minutes you can try a nasyam Ayurvedic treatment which involves having herbs administered through the nose to improve breathing. Or, particularly good for anyone who regularly works at a computer, there’s netra tarpanam, an eye treatment in which garam dough is made into a mask around the eyes and ghee oil is seeped around it, rejuvenating the skin and, in some cases, improving the sight in tired peepers. For both men and women. Open daily 8am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Off Janabiya Highway (17 795 961).
Beauty Spot Other than specialist treatments such as the full range of Kerastase treats and Bruno Vassari face and body care, which do come in on the pricey side, it’s hard to find anything on Beauty Spot’s price list that goes above BD10. We’d recommend booking in for the fastest bikini wax in town at BD5 – it’s never going to be painless (no matter what the clever advertising folk would have girls believe) so we figure the quicker the better. You can also get mainis and pedis from just BD5, an eyebrow tint also at BD5, or a 30-minute aromatherapy, hand and leg or back and shoulder massage at BD10 for 30 minutes. Ladies only. Open daily, call for timings. Hamala (17 611 888).
Bliss Spa This place gets extra points for being so pretty, as well as having regular special offers such as two free pieces of nail art with a standard manicure or three treatments for BD29.999 – and they’re good treatments, too. But if you’re looking for a high-end experience at a budget price, go for the ‘Twinkle Toes Pedicure’ which is described as a ‘facial for your feet’ and includes a peppermint foot mask, followed by a cucumber healing massage as well as the regular pedicure at BD7. Or the ‘Sparkling Hands Mani’, which is much the same thing for your paws at BD6. Open daily 9am-7pm. Adliya (17 742 222).
Kshetra Recently launched in Adliya, next to the sari shop of the same name, Kshetra has a whole raft of treatments for less than BD10. For example a straight manicure is just BD4. However, it is currently offering mani/pedicure/foot spa and hot oil hair treatment, which is recommended for the ever-present problem of hair fall due to desalinated water, for the princely sum of BD10. There are also lots more luxurious treatments such as massage and anti-cellulite wrapping, all at fairly reasonable prices, and the therapists are really friendly and informative. Ladies only. Open daily 10am-8pm. Adliya (17 600 350).
Lei Garden Time Out has written about Lei Garden before – it’s the home of the Dr Fish pedicure in which garra rufa fish make a meal of the hard skin on your feet. But, for the purposes of this round-up, we’re more interested in the massages, of which there are several – from river stone and bamboo, to colour therapy and aromatherapy, starting at BD8 for 30 minutes. Or take in a purity hammam – olive oil soap, floral full-body scrub with lavender and chamomile steam at BD10. At some time during your visit, either on arrival or as you leave, you’ll also usually be given a shot of wheatgrass to try. It’s grown on the premises and supposed to be über-good for you. And if you do want to splash out a bit they also do MARTA skin treatments for both men and women (price on application). Open daily 9.30am-8.30pm. Adliya (17 290 008).