I think it’s well documented that I love a massage and I seemed to have passed that spa loving gene onto the teenager. On her recent visit we had a mother and daughter pampering session at the Saray Spa at the newly opened Marriott Hotel Al Forsan.
Saray Spa (Saray meaning palace or castle in Arabic) is a large contemporary facility located within the hotel (with its own separate entrance and valet), its ethos is offering guests a combination of ancient Arabic rituals with modern day methods. Locally sourced natural ingredients are used in all the different treatments. There are a total of nine nondescript treatment rooms (including a couples room) and a traditional hammam room where you can experience authentic Turkish, Moroccan and Royal rituals. As the hotel is new it benefits from the latest modern design which is a little clinical, the relaxation area however is stylish and inviting. The separate male and female changing rooms have steam rooms, saunas, ice fountains and large jacuzzis.
The Experience ~ We were booked in for 60 minute signature Swedish massages. There was no pre-massage foot treatment it was just straight into the treatment with my therapist, Eve who used a lovely smelling essential oil. Her long gliding strokes using medium pressure made my body completely relax, additional circular movements using her hands and palms helped the de-stress process. All the knots in my shoulders were identified and kneaded out which is always a bonus. The teenager enjoyed her massage with Sri, a relaxing experience that she could easily get used too.
The results ~ Knot free shoulders, completely relaxed body and silky smooth skin from the essential oil.
Pros ~ Both our therapists were well trained and although I enjoyed the massage itself and felt relaxed, I’ve had better all round experiences in the capital.
Cons ~ We were pretty much left to our own devices and I didn’t feel that we were well looked after pre and post massage which usually adds to the overall experience.
Along with seven different massages and hammams, Saray Spa offers an extensive menu of signature rituals (I’m particularly like the sound of the Arabic Coffee Awakener), facials, body, hand & foot treatments and a range of add-ons. There is also an assortment of waxing treatments for men and women, a separate hair salon and health club.
We redeemed an amazing two-for-one beauty offer in The Entertainer Abu Dhabi Body 2017 app, paying for one massage instead of two.
Location: Ground Floor, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, 12th Street, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi
Telephone : 02 201 4000
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm
Summer offer – 30% discount available on all treatments at Saray Spa, Marriott Al Forsan and complimentary access to the Olympic sized pool. Valid Sunday – Thursday between 10am to 10pm until 10 September 2017.
The views in this post are all my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2017. All rights reserved.