SPA InterContinental gave new meaning to the word relaxation on our indulgent visit to the heart of Manama at InterContinental Regency Bahrain
I nterContinental Regency Bahrain is synonymous with timeless hospitality and exacting standards. The contemporary exterior houses a variety of venues and dining experiences as well as exquisitely decadent public lounges and of course, SPA InterContinental. This was my destination and I entered with a sense of expectation and anticipation at the prospect of total relaxation and revitalisation. Upon entering the SPA the sense of serenity was overwhelming. Hushed tones, tranquil aromas and knowledgeable, attentive hosts. The welcome included a series of questions which were designed to personalise this experience and to tailor my treatment
to fit my lifestyle and sources of stress. My preferences were duly noted as I was led from the reception area and allowed to familiarise myself with the facilities and treatments available. SPA InterContinental boasts an impressive terrace and access to an outdoor pool area with daybeds and inviting loungers. In addition to the pool visitors to the SPA also have full access to the fitness centre
The décor is reminiscent of colonial Asia. Mahogany and bamboo are a continuing theme throughout. Earthy tones and injections of colour such as images of lotus blossom compliment this perfectly. Sophisticated luxuriance, just as expected.
I opted for the Swedish Massage delivered by a highly experienced Thai therapist. Swedish Massage emphasizes long strokes, combined with kneading and friction motions to encourage proper circulation. The technique involves rubbing muscles together in the same direction as the flow of blood to the heart. When a part of the body is massaged in such a fashion oxygen levels blood flow to the area facilitates the delivery of essential nutrients to the cells. Therefore the effects are both immediate and long lasting.
My treatment room illustrated why SPA InterContinental is considered one of the best in Manama. Spacious and airy and offering me access to my own en suite bathroom, which was such an unexpected bonus. Although traditional shared facilities are usually more than adequate, having my own space in which to refresh myself either prior to or following the treatment elevated my experience.
My therapist had employed the knowledge she had gleaned from our initial meeting in order to select oil with an aroma that suited my needs. The whole process was a fusion of invigoration and pure unadulterated requiescence. Each stress point and knot was addressed during the course of the massage. The length of each stroke and the motion of muscle-on-muscle was something I had never experienced during other full body massage treatments. I would thoroughly recommend this style of massage as it a blend of rejuvenation, instant gratification and lasting benefits.
In order to purge any toxins from my system I was encouraged to drink one of the complimentary infused waters which were abundant in restorative ingredients, antioxidants and were extremely refreshing. The glow which was conjured by the skilled therapist was both physical and spiritual. The relaxation areas allowed me to fully embrace the benefits before stepping back into the hustle and bustle of the city
The Swedish Massage treatment therapy can be helpful with a number of physical challenges, such as the reduction of scar tissue by physically manipulating the fibres of the tissue, allowing the scar tissue to be reabsorbed into the skin. Although should you simply be in search of a phenomenal massage which leaves you feeling invigorated and ready to face the challenges of day to day life then this is also for you.