I have a thing for traveling (as if it weren’t apparent from my crazy Instagram feed filled with travel moments). I had an adventurous stay at Anantara Hotel and Spa two weeks ago and believe me, nothing would make me happier to be there right about now.
This 24-hour break involved a lot of relaxing and a rendezvous with fresh air. But there was one really exciting experience lined up – The Anantara Spa. I was booked in for a 60 minutes’ hammam and 45 minutes’ massage. Let me just tell you, it was FANTASTIC! I’ve never been more relaxed in my life and it truly was a liberating experience
During the Signature Hammam Ritual, eleven flower oils and fruit essences are bestowed upon the body. Each level of this experience consists of holistic properties that are meant to invigorate the senses. First, you’re taken to a calming waiting area and fed detoxifying water and a date. Then, you change into your robes and are taken into the steam and sauna room, respectively. Post which you lie on the warm stone, with time to derive the properties of a heated stone surface that relaxes your body. And thus begins a luxurious body buff using a traditional Turkish Kese Mitt to prepare your skin for hydrating suds. Basins of water are then poured over the body, imitating relaxing waves that cleanses the skin. Purifying Jasmine Rose Rhassoul Clay is then applied all over and cleansed with the Moroccan Mint Tea Silt purifier, the skin is then cooled and oxygenated with Orange Quince.
I was taken to the relaxation room after the Hammam and replenished with a minty laban drink and Turkish delights. The experience was heavenly and I certainly enjoyed the lotions and potions that were used during the process. In fact, I loved the shower gel so much that I ended up purchasing the same scent as a souvenir and it’s one special scent. In case you’re wondering it’s called Les Sens Marrakech shower gel in Rose & Sandal.
The entire experience was favorably concluded with a 45-minutes body massage. My problem areas were my calves and my back, so the masseuse and I worked through with the calming scent of Cardamom Amber Oil. The massage was blissful and I left as a happy customer. If you’re looking for luxurious pamper that will leave you on a loss of words, this is it. They really do take their time to understand your needs, limitations and problem areas. I suffer from anxiety and vertigo and my therapist was happy to help me through the positions that didn’t trigger both.
This was one of those few days where I was anxiety and back-ache free, and I couldn’t appreciate this stay more. I walked as light as air and refreshes as if I had been on a 10-day beach holiday. So if you’re looking for a quick getaway, this is exactly what you need!