If you feel you need a bit of pam­per­ing, head to Six Senses Spa at Al Bus­tan Palace. It’s the per­fect place to re­lax and un­wind in com­fort.

The thought of spend­ing an hour or two in a quaint place amidst flick­er­ing candles, sooth­ing mu­sic, and aroma is the ul­ti­mate lux­ury for me in my fren­zied world. It must be the same for those who spend their whole week hop­ping from one chore to another and fi­nally when the week­end mood sets in all they want is to sneak in some ‘me time’ to es­cape from the daily stresses of life. So on a sul­try week­end af­ter­noon I walked in­side Six Senses Spa, the spa at Al Bus­tan Palace, as after a tire­some week all I wanted was to send my senses into full re­treat, far away from re­al­ity.

While Al Bus­tan Palace is cur­rently closed for ren­o­va­tion, the spa which is just five min­utes’ walk from the ho­tel, re­opened re­cently and can be your per­fect week­end getaway to rub­down all the stress that you gath­ered through­out the week. It was no dif­fer­ent for me.

At the re­cep­tion as I filled the form fur­nish­ing my per­sonal de­tails , a must in every spa, I looked around the aes­thet­i­cally done in­te­ri­ors. Seren­ity sets in as soon as you step in­side the ma­jes­tic en­trance of the spa.

Six Senses Spa is one of those places where you get the forget-the-world-and-its-ev­ery­thing kind of feel­ing, a place to in­dulge all your senses.

Without much de­lay I was ush­ered to­wards the treat­ment room and after keep­ing my be­long­ings in the locker I was all set for an hour long re­ju­ve­na­tion. ‘Leave your stress at the door please’, I could hear my in­ner voice telling me as I re­clined on the bed for the treat­ment.

My treat­ment for the day was Six Sens­esSig­na­ture Mas­sage. At Six Senses, the sig­na­ture mas­sages that are for about 50/80 min­utes, are done ac­cord­ing to one’s pref­er­ences and re­quire­ment.

While the deep tis­sue is oil-based mas­sage to ease mus­cle ten­sion where sil­i­cone cups are used to lift con­nec­tive tis­sue and im­prove blood flow to slug­gish skin and mus­cles, the other options are detox, en­er­giser, or a sooth­ing holis­tic mas­sage. I opted for en­er­giser mas­sage that is spe­cific for back and shoul­der aches. To be­gin with, a hot towel was gen­tly rubbed on my aching feet, and with soft mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground, thoughts of work and other mun­dane con­cerns just melted away.

Later as my ther­a­pist gen­tly mas­saged my scalp with her mag­i­cal fin­gers I al­most dozed off. Some­one who for­ever com­plains of headaches felt a sooth­ing re­lief with the right pres­sure on my fore­head. The in­dul­gence went up a notch when she eased my nig­gling back­ache and shoul­der stiff­ness by her gen­tle mas­sage by giv­ing lit­tle ex­tra pres­sure on those spe­cific ar­eas that needed at­ten­tion. In an hour’s time I could feel the dif­fer­ence as my tired mus­cles felt re­laxed and the pain was tamed too. Suf­fused with en­ergy I stepped out of Six Senses Spa, fully re­freshed and re­ju­ve­nated.

There are var­i­ous other treat­ment options at the spa that is cur­rently of­fer­ing some at­trac­tive sum­mer deals. These in­clude special mas­sages for cou­ples, Thai yoga mas­sage, body scrub, body wrap, and more. Pick up the one that suits you for the ul­ti­mate restora­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

SIX SENSES SPA, AL BUS­TAN PALACE, A RITZ-CARL­TON HO­TEL +968 2476 4333 reser­va­tion-al­bus­

Open­ing Hours 10.30am to 9.00pm Ladies beach: 10.30am to 6.30pm

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