I entered the Anantara resort and found my way to the Spa through the majestic halls and corridors of the complex, a breathtaking showcase of Arabian design, grand central passageways and arched ceilings. I entered the Spa and was welcomed by the very courteous staff. I was guided (almost glided in sheer bliss) to a beautiful waiting area where my therapist, Nerie, introduced herself and offered me a refreshing lemongrass drink. This drink did wonders to kill the fatigue that I had built up in the long and traffic congested drive from Dubai to the resort.
After a quick change of clothes, I was gently led to the main Hammam area. There is no other way to describe my feelings except to say that I was awestruck by the grandeur of the chamber I had entered. The room was set in a royal gold and brown with an enormous chandelier, one of the most beautiful chandeliers I have ever seen, hanging from the ceiling. Before commencing the actual Hammam
treatment, I spent five minutes in the steam room followed by five minutes in the sauna. I was then taken to a flat marble slab in the center of the room and was asked to lie down on my stomach. The treatment had begun.
My therapist started scrubbing my entire body with kesse mitts, a pair of gloves with a rough surface, to remove dead skin. The theory is that by removing dead skin, new skin cells get generated much faster. A mask made of rose and jasmine was used to detoxify my body. As I lay on the marble slab with my head resting on a comfortable pillow, I was given a head bath with a jasmine infused shampoo. This was followed by the application of a head mask used as a conditioner. I was told that this mask was sourced from the Atlas mountains of Morocco. Never before have I experienced the kind of royalty like I did that afternoon. After this, Moroccan silt was used to cleanse and purify my body. This was followed by a very interesting procedure that involved a whole lot of foam and bubbles which was, as I was informed, made of olives that were poured and massaged into my skin. I was then made to stand and given a full top-to-bottom bath. I was again made to lie down and a scrub made of coffee, lemon and olives was used to massage my body. After this I was given a bath with cold water to refresh my senses, bring me out of my stupor and help improve my blood circulation. The Hammam was now complete.
I was then taken to a relaxation lounge where I was offered an iron rich drink made from yogurt. I was also given a few
pieces of Turkish Delight to provide me with a much needed sugar rush. After about ten minutes of relaxation I was taken to another massage room where I was to be given yet another relaxing massage. The treatment started with an orange skin steam quencher spray and then followed by an application of fig butter to lock in the moisture of the cardamom oil. I was told that this was good for muscle tension. This was followed by a forty minute massage with the cardamom oil.
I finally got up from the table feeling pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated. As I was sipping the glass of Moroccan tea, it dawned on me that this fantastic experience was finally coming to an end. Maybe I should give heed to Robin Sharma’s words and head back to the Anantara spa again in the future.