Spa treatments to try at some of Bahrain's best spas
Time Out Bahrain staff
Everybody needs a little ‘me time’ and what better way to spend those valuable spare moments than in a relaxing, tranquil haven where their main aim in business is to make you feel the best you can. While Bahrain is inundated with fabulous spas from corner to corner, we did a little spa trek around some of the most exciting facilities in the country to try and test a few of their favourite treatments. Here’s what we thought…
Four Seasons Spa The brand new 3,485-square metre spa at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay boasts 17 spacious treatment rooms, many of which are bathed in natural daylight. It is complete with Turkish hammams, a whirpool, salt-inhalation centre and relaxation zone with a private terrace for women, and the aim of the team is to rejuvenate you through ancient Indonesian, Indian and Thai methods. On top of that, there’s two state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness centres (one for women and one mixed), adults’ and kids’ pools, saltwater experience, a beauty salon, barber shop and boutique.
Tried & tested Invigorating Oud Massage for Him (90 minutes, BD79) The promise: A deep tissue massage of slow strokes and firm pressure using Sodashi’s luxurious oud oil. It’s the spa’s signature massage with a back mask and full-body, facial and head massages.
Verdict: The environment is lovely and the sound of a bell announces the beginning of each treatment – a nice touch. The added bonus of the heated massage bed and cooling headrest were a plus. From the very size of the spa, quality of facilities, private entrance, and great customer service, the spa has great foundations to build and continue to impress. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, Manama (1711 5000).
Heavenly Spa at The Westin Heavenly Spa is a true, tranquil haven in a bustling area with ten extremely elegant, fully equipped treatment rooms, and a couples’ suite, in designated male and female zones. It boasts the largest Turkish hammam bath on the island and the spa menu encompasses a range of luxurious treatments from massages to wraps, scrubs to facials – to name a few.
The promise: Heavenly Spa’s signature massage aims to relax and mentally uplift you through a Swedish full body massage using white tea aloe bath and massage oil, and topped off with the use of a hot herbal compress.
The verdict: The facilities at this beautiful spa are great and the tranquil nature of the venue and treatment rooms, emphasised through the design, really boosted the experience. The signature massage is perfect for relaxing and the addition of the heated compress complemented it well. The Westin City Centre Bahrain, Seef (1717 1122).
The Royal Spa The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain’s five-star spa focuses on luxury and wellness, offering an oasis of tranquility and professionalism. Overall, the sports and health facilities encompass the beach, jogging trail, football ground, table tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis. Meanwhile, they’re notable hammam consists of four plunge pools set at different temperatures alongside a steam room and sauna.
The promise: To refresh and revive your face using all-natural products designed to polish and oxygenate the skin. The treatment is customised to suit your needs and begins with a gentle massage of your chakras to ground you before ritualistically layering on the facial products while exfoliating, cleansing, toning, steaming, extracting and moisturising.
The verdict: Not a moment of the treatment is wasted as the therapist massages your feet and legs, hands and arms, head and neck, while the products work their magic on your face. The oxygen facials publicised by celebrities like Madonna and Kate Moss involve a machine that pushes a pressurised stream of oxygen with active ingredients into the skin but the Ritz version does not include any high-tech equipment. It’s not quite what was expected but we love the natural essence of the treatment, plus it’s effective and very enjoyable. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef (1758 0000).
Vie Lifestyle Lab There are three main focuses at The Domain’s urban wellness spa, Vie Lifestyle Lab, and that’s on relaxation, rejuvenation and revitalisation. You can relax through the personalised massage therapies from across the world and then be revitalised by the bevy of professional treatments, using cutting-edge technologies and products, aimed at making their clients look and feel younger. Meanwhile, there are total body detox programmes available, including colonic hydrotherapy and diets, which last anywhere from three to 30 days. Uniquely, this spa also features a Himalayan salt stone sauna, high-tech relaxation lounge with ‘pods’, a steam room and experience showers. Tried & tested Oriental Ceremony (75 minutes, BD39)
The promise: A Sothys body treatment which takes you on an aromatic and exhilarating journey inspired by Oriental rituals of South East Asia. It includes an exfoliating, spiced marmalade scrub, followed by an energising massage using smooth stones wrapped in aromatic bags that have been soaked in warm oil.
The verdict: It’s a heavenly treatment which allows the body to be enveloped in deep relaxation, leaving your spirit soothed and your skin feeling hydrated, soft and luminous. The smell of the scrub and oil, which were all made of cinnamon and ginger, is also temptingly intoxicating. The Domain Hotel & Spa, Diplomatic Area (1600 0000).
Royal Spa Al Areen Arguably one of the most fantastic spas on the island is Royal Spa Al Areen, inspired by the gardens of Royal Arabian palaces. It covers 10,000 square metres, the largest in the Middle East, and features 12 spa pavilions, each with twin rainmist shower beds, infinity bath tubs and private garden. The facility also interestingly boasts the Hydrothermal garden and garden hammam, a ladies beauty garden, gentleman’s salon, as well as other fitness and wellness equipment.
The promise: The first treatment aims to take tension out of the body and rejuvenate the skin. You’re personally guided through the impressive hydrotherapy garden, experiencing various hot and cold showers, saunas and steam rooms, an igloo room, self scrub and foot spa. This was followed by a foot rub and a customised Balinese massage using jojoba and sweet almond oils.
The verdict: Although some of the cold showers can be quite jarring, the repeated alternation of hot and cold therapies is proven to firm up skin and treat the musculoskeletal system, and the results are immediately apparent. You’re then relaxed by the soothing Balinese massage and wonderfully sweet oils. Overall, it’s a highly enjoyable and effective experience, enhanced by the remote, sprawling and luxurious surroundings. Al Alreen Palace & Spa, Zallaq (1784 5081).
Rimal Spa There’s a lot to love about this relatively new European-style spa. To start, it has two traditional Turkish Hammam suites, 12 treatment rooms and private male and female wings. What’s really special is the products they use, however, such as the latest from the UK’s famous Harley Street, and the CACI non-surgical face and body lift machine. They also offer a luxury VIP royal couple’s treatment suite and up to 43 a la carte treatments and massages to cater to all your wellness needs.
The promise: This wrap, which uses organically hand-harvested seaweed, is said to stimulate blood and lymph flow, combat cellulite, muscle fatigue, and smooth and improve skin tone. It takes you through a light foot massage and full body brushing, followed by a full-body exfoliation with ground walnut shells. Then you’re treated to a ten-minute steam, shower, and the wrap. This is when they apply a mask to your entire body and then you’re wrapped in a seaweed cocoon while you enjoy a lengthy head massage. It’s finished off with a light moisturising massage.
The verdict: First of all, the service was impeccable. The therapist is helpful and professional, the room is tranquil and the heated bed is relaxing. Then the treatment was outstanding. Everything tied in together really well and was perfectly relaxing throughout the whole experience. Your skin is left feeling lovely and soft, and you personally feel entirely refreshed and rejuvenated. Mövenpick Bahrain Hotel, Muharraq (1746 0051).