We all need to press pause from time to time and allow ourselves to delve into a universe of beautification and relaxation. Fernanda Langhammer visited the Thalassa Sea & Spa at Sofitel Bahrain, where she embarked on a fantastic full-body journey.
I love driving to Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. It feels like you are going out of town, away from busy streets and city centre noise. It gives you the feeling that you’re going to a unique retreat and, best of all, reaching this peaceful haven took me just 20 minutes – one of the perks of living on a small island.
My final destination? The Thalassa Sea & Spa at Sofitel Bahrain wellness centre. I parked near the spa’s private entrance. But if you have the time, reach the area through the magnificent hall and gorgeously decorated lobby – it’s definitely worth it, trust me. Just the walk through the resort will elevate your spirits.
It was my first visit to the Thalassa Sea & Spa and, before I started my treatment, Melona, my lovely therapist, took me to tour the space. I didn’t know how big it was! It has two floors dedicated to thalassotherapy, beauty and relaxation. With lots of spacious treatment rooms (dry and wet) and two indoor pools, one with heated seawater and the other with sweet water – in the perfect ambience with special lighting and incredible décor. The spa offers male and female spaces with separate and common areas. Even a fitness area facing the outdoors is available for those looking for a complete wellness experience.
Melona took me to the changing room, so I could get into my robe and start my treatments. The changing room is beautifully lit with an impressive dome with abstract floral designs and a glass chandelier. After appreciating the space and inhaling the delicate aromas, I moved to my treatment room to experience the 60-minute HydraFacial therapy that deep-cleans, exfoliates, and hydrates the skin using the Hydra Touch H2 machine. The mechanised tool works with highly-concentrated hydrogen water that releases active oxygen to fight skin ageing. The non-invasive procedure uses a wand that serves as a small vacuum to deeply clean and exfoliate while delivering serums customised to your skin type.
I was curious and ready to embrace this innovative technology that would transform my complexion. The machine comes with three different types of solutions called S1, S2 and S3 with their specific purposes. The first step, S1, removes dead skin cells and clarifies pores. In the second step, using the S2 bottle, extraction is the goal, focusing on the T-zone area and blackhead removal. Finally, the third step, S3, is all about hydration. My therapist followed specific movements that started from my chin and went up to my forehead in each step.
When I thought she was done, she then moved to a fantastic lymphatic drainage face massage using her hands and Anne Semonin serum. When applied to the face, this massage technique improves circulation, reduces puffiness, refines discolouration under the eyes and drains toxins. I honestly loved this part. The movements were rhythmic, technical and singular. The HydraFacial treatment ends with two other wands that promote lifting and help the serum penetrate more profoundly into the skin. The micromassage stimulates the muscles via a weak electric current to rejuvenate and tighten the skin.
Even after the first treatment, you can see visible results. When I looked in the mirror, my skin was radiant, and I looked 10 years younger! The fine lines were subtle and my skin texture was incredible – I was really impressed. My face felt lighter than ever and relaxed after every muscle had received a magical touch. The skin was replenished, the colour was more uniform, and it didn’t feel dry anymore.
After such a comprehensive and unique facial massage, it was time to move to a different room where Melona would treat my body. The body massage was not planned, but after a week of intense work, tension and stress, I felt like I deserved this extra love. And after experiencing the incredible professionalism of the spa team, I couldn’t miss this opportunity.
The therapy started with a warm bath for my feet that were gently exfoliated with coarse salt. I then laid down on a comfortable bed facing down so Melona could work her magic on my back. She was impressed with the knots in my shoulders, right arm and hand (a gift from the previous press week) and prepared a tailor-made session to tackle my specific issues. She applied a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissues and Aromatherapy massages to treat and heal my muscles and nerves and improve blood circulation. Another hour of pure bliss and paying attention to myself.
It was, unfortunately, time to leave, but what a fantastic spa day! My experience at the Thalassa Sea & Spa was more than I expected. The environment, the team and especially the treatments, go beyond your regular spa visits. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind therapies and a relaxing and detoxifying escape, this is the place to head to. Now that I found you, I hope to come back soon!