Marking my blog's 3rd month from launch, myself and two friends had an opportunity to experience The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain's newest offering - The Luxury Spa Escape for the Ladies of Eastern Province, KSA. The package includes a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Ghost Series II on a return journey, an all-day beach access, healthy lunch at the hotel's La Med restaurant, and a luxuriously relaxing 1-hour body massage and 45-minute facial treatment.
Rolls Royce Ghost Series II
Our day started early with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Ghost Series II. Thanks to our gracious driver, Mr. Ahmed for the stylish, smooth and quiet ride from home in Saudi Arabia to The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has a setting conducive to relaxation and wellbeing. From the spectacular panorama of the Arabian Gulf to the fresh sea breeze and the soothing sounds of gentle waves, the setting induces a sense of calm and peace that will make you feel like you’re in a completely different environment.
The beautiful expansive beach is one of the most astounding features of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. Its fine, powdery white sands and its crystal clear blue waters make it irresistibly photogenic. Aside from its highly-impressive beach, the hotel also boasts 3 swimming pools (2 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool), all with spectacular view of the Arabian Gulf. A relaxing day at the beach or in the pool is an absolute bliss!
La Med has a beautifully peaceful setting with calming interiors and stunning swimming pool view. It offers relaxed dining experience where guests can indulge in a deliciously healthy buffet of appetizers, soups, salad, entrees and desserts. Amongst my favourites during our lunch were fattoush salad, grape leaves rolls, roast duck, nigiri and maki. Everything in La Med was amazing from its restaurant design, staff, food and view. It was truly enjoyable we dined there for more than 2 hours!
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain prides itself on having world-class spa facilities that include a thalassotherapy pool, steam room, jacuzzi and other wellness area.
After our hearty meal at La Med, we proceeded to The Ritz-Carlton Spa where Laura, the Spa Manager joyfully welcomed us and showed us around the spa and subsequently took us to the locker room where the three of us changed to comfortable robes and brand new spa slippers before heading to the spa waiting room.
When we arrived to the spa waiting room, our masseuses introduced themselves and asked each of us to fill out a consultation card, with few questions to answer and tick boxes to select any medical issues like heart conditions, back pain, allergies, asthma, muscular joint pain, etc. Our masseuses used these to identify the most suitable oils and techniques for each one of us. After that, they offered us iced tea with lemon and lemon water with apple slices. I opted for the latter which I think was very refreshing. Rattana, the masseuse told me that drinking tea or water before the massage helps keep the muscles soft and pliable, and it also aids the kidneys process the various toxins moving through the body to be flushed out after the treatment. After signing the papers and drinking water, each of us were led to our treatment rooms. The treatment rooms were purposely designed and equipped to provide the most relaxing experience. They were adequately spacious with warm neutral colours, ideal room temperature and relaxing music. As soon as I was ready for the massage, Rattana, politely told me to lay face down on the comfortable massage bed and asked me to smell 3 different types of essential oils that she picked based on my answer in the consultation card. She didn't tell me what they were or what they were for because she wanted me to go by my feeling and choose the essential oil that I best reacted to. I ended up choosing the energizing essential oil. Soon after that, Rattana started working her magic from my back concentrating on my hips before moving on to my legs and rolled me over to take care of my arms and shoulders. The calming sound of the music and the rhythmic movement of Rattana’s trained hands were perfectly in sync. With the use of finest quality essential oil and an application of optimal amount of pressure tailored to my needs, the massage left me feeling completely relaxed and ultimately detoxified.
After the relaxing massage, I was treated with a facial treatment that includes a gentle cleanse and exfoliation, followed by a hot and cold sensations, moisturizing and a delightful aromatic facial massage. I had a happy, refreshed and rejuvenated skin afterwards.
After the facial treatment was over, I was then taken to the relaxation room where me and my friends enjoyed a cup of tea before going to the changing room to get dressed and head out.
Did you know that the 2017 Rolls Royce Ghost II Series has an onboard wifi, outstanding seats with fully-functional features which include iDrive infotainment system, heated seats with massage function, soundproofing technology, adjustable air-suspension system and a lot more astonishing features that were made to achieve the best ride possible?
With its innovative technology and advanced engineering, a relaxing and comfortable journey from The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain back home to Saudi Arabia was guaranteed.