If asked to describe The Essential Spa and Health Club at Mövenpick Hotel Beirut in one word, it would instinctively be: “Cozy”. The atmosphere in which it embraces you is not only soothing, but also exceptionally warm and intimate. Consecrated as Lebanon’s Leading Resort for 2014 by the World Travel Awards, Mövenpick Hotel Beirut has definitely earned this title by consistent notable successes throughout the years. Perfectly nestled right on the Mediterranean Sea in Lebanon’s beautiful capital, there is absolutely no better locale to schedule a superbly reviving spa experience!
The Essential Spa offers a rejuvenating getaway through 11 treatment rooms, a private spa suite equipped with its own sauna and private sitting space, a vast Thermarium area- which houses 3 saunas, a laconium, lifestyle showers, as well as a spacious relaxation room. The rejuvenating journey is further enhanced with a day lit indoor swimming pool complemented by an adjacent outdoor green area, benefiting from the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean as a backdrop. All treatments are performed only using the award-winning British ESPA products.
As soon as you walk into The Essential Spa’s reception area, you are greeted with smiles by staff members who are ready to provide you with everything you need in order to fully relish the day ahead. You are then personally lead to the ladies’/men’s changing rooms where you are assigned a locker to place your personal belongings and given a bathrobe, a towel, and a pair of slippers.
All set and ready to unwind, what follows is up to you. Depending on the time of your scheduled treatment, the options of organizing your day ahead are diverse. If you happen to be a fitness maven, then you might want to work out in the spacious fitness area, which is agreeably designed, featuring a day lit work-out area, 2 fitness class studios, and 2 squash courts, providing the ultimate work-out for members from different age groups. A post workout dive into the indoor pool’s calm waters – slightly below ambient temperature – is just what you need to cool off for as long as you desire.
Walk into the tranquil Thermarium area located on the same level as the health club and notice how the wooden sauna along with charming aromatic steam rooms contribute to a state of sheer gratification for your body and inner peace. Subsequently, a graceful ice fountain and a lifestyle shower await for a chilly thrill after so much heat. Last but not least, indulge in the relaxation lounge’s waterbeds and soft music which combine for a calming repose, until you are whisked away to the spa treatment room.
As you enter the spa treatment area with excitement, you are asked to wait for your appointment in an adjacent colorful waiting area where you are offered apples and tea until your treatment time approaches. Note that The Essential Spa boasts a diversified menu from body and facial therapy including the signature Jet- Lag Reviver, Holistic Total Body Care with Hot Stones, Indian Scalp Massage, and Oxy Touch Facial, to special ESPA envelopments like the Dark Chocolate body wrap.
Finishing off your tea, your therapist arrives to accompany you to the designated treatment room. To begin with, she makes sure you have no specific allergies or suffer from a specific medical condition out of precaution. Faint lighting, soft Far-Eastern music on, and candles lit, you are gradually transported into an endless world of relaxation. The Back Stone and Scalp Massage is undeniably fortifying and entirely replenishes natural balance. All through, the therapist quietly checks on you and ensures that the applied pressure is just right. Followed by a rejuvenating facial, incorporating different ESPA crèmes, you are not only left with smooth skin, but also with a liberating sensation fueled with positive energy.
Shortly after my treatment, I was invited to indulge in a glass of sparkling wine, which made me rejoice in the presence of truly friendly staff and such welcoming environment. I departed from the hotel with a feeling of extreme relaxation along with a sense of sadness. The Essential Spa at Mövenpick Hotel Beirut is honestly a place to stay in, not a place to leave!
The Essential Spa is open from 9:00am until 9:00pm every day of the week. The Health Club is open on weekdays from 6:30am until 10:30pm and from 6:30am until 9:30pm on weekends. For more information, contact The Essential Spa via email: [email protected] or by telephone: +961 1 869 666.
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