HEALING IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Travel+Leisure India|November 2021
These 10 hotels in the Middle East are forerunners in offering rejuvenating therapies for all kinds of bodily aches and mental stresses. Expect everything from natural hot springs to indulgent treatments inspired by Cleopatra.
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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL CAIRO AT NILE PLAZA, EGYPT

WITH ITS LOCATION on the bank of River Nile, this hotel’s serene vibe is no surprise. Its four room types and six suite variations provide just the right ambience for peace of mind, while its nine dining venues serve flavours of Egypt, Italy, China, the Mediterranean, etc. The spa only heightens your feeling of bliss. Apart from the expected spa and beauty treatments, it offers bespoke relaxation experiences, such as the Journey to Bridal Bliss (to help you shed pre-wedding jitters), the Royal Couple Package (a three-hour-long couple’s treatment at the Spa Royal Suite, inclusive of a bento box and river views), the Nile Journey package (a 90-minute-long experience, with a choice of body scrub and hour-long massage), and the Chocolate Delight (coffee scrub and chocolate oil massage). Inspired by local lore, the Cleopatra Bath Ritual involves a soothing milk bath with honey and rose petals to ease tension and nourish skin. fourseasons.com

ANANTARA THE PALM DUBAI RESORT, UAE

PERCHED ON THE famous Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort boasts 400 metres of private shoreline and the UAE’s only overwater villas. The resort’s leisure aspect embraces water in the form of three temperature-controlled swimming lagoons; thrilling water sports like wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, and water skiing; and bespoke experiences like fishing trips. The resort’s luxury spa has 24 treatment rooms, including a holistic cocoon room and Ayurveda room; five couple suites with a steam bath or sauna, experience showers, solo pool bath and whirlpool with Microsilk technology; Turkish and Moroccan hammams; Thalasso wellness treatments; Zaki Salon; and wet areas like aroma steam room, crystal and gemstone steam room, bamboo sauna, herbal bath, liquid sound pool, Kneipp walk, salt inhalation room, and ice grotto. The treatments span a broad spectrum: from traditional Ayurveda therapies like abhyanga and shirodhara to modern ones like IV therapy to innovative magnesium body treatments. anantara.com

Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, Cyprus

THIS HEALING RETREAT in Miliou exudes calm from every corner. The boutique property can accommodate up to 150 guests in its 56 accommodation units, including garden suites, bungalows, and classic rooms. A swimming pool elevates the laid-back vibe. The showstopper, however, is the luxurious Pasithea Spa. The mineralrich water of the Ayia Anastasia spring is channelled into three treatment pools for kinesiotherapy, rheumatology, and phlebology. These medical offerings are complemented by various wellness treatments. Think underwater massage, mineral hydrobath, sulphur mud bath, spring pool treatment, reflexology, Indian-style head massage, thermal mud bath, and much more. aasparesort.com

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