The Six Senses Spa, on the second floor of the five-star designer hotel, has 13 treatment rooms including two Hammams, separate areas for men and ladies, and a bridal room including salon, pedicure and manicure areas. The 1,500-square metre spa also houses a fitness centre with a mixed and ladies-only gym, yoga studio, experience shower, sauna, steam rooms and luxurious relaxation areas.
We sent a couple of Six Senses ‘devotees’ to experience the company’s first Kuwait spa. Adrian and Fiona Austin, both physically very active and with a keen eye for life’s simple pleasures, selected individual treatments and then reported back to us.
Adrian opted for the 50 minute Specialist Bamboo massage. For him the ambiance, gentle music, temperature, scents and touch of the soft fabrics all contributed to a feeling of ‘well-being’. As he recalls, “the massage was a relaxing journey where all I needed to do was to focus on breathing”.
His masseur, Ed, used bamboo to roll away tension in the muscles and in particular Adrian’s neck. As the treatment progress Ed sensed the precise amount of pressure to apply, enabling Adrian to relax further. As an active sportsman Adrian says “this is exactly what I needed. The massage exceeded my expectations”.
Meanwhile, Fiona had selected one of Six Senses ‘Holisitic’ massages. However, during her pre-massage consultation it became clear to her therapist that this was not what she needed. Fiona recalls, “having encountered the multiple knots in my back due to excessive swimming, cycling and running, my therapist recommended the Six senses Sport Specific massage”.
50 minutes later, following a very firm massage, Fiona stepped down from the treatment table bursting with energy, and with her back feeling rejuvenated.
Fresh and aligned, a twenty minute session in the steam room was followed by ginger tea and sweet nutty biscuits.
How did the Kuwait Six Senses experience match up against those of Qatar and Oman? They both agreed that whilst Six Senses Spa at Hotel Missoni is still delightfully tranquil, as is the signature mood at all Six Senses Spas. At Hotel Missoni it is achieved using fresh, crisp and cool colours.
In addition to massage treatments, Six Senses offers a comprehensive range of other treatments, including treatments inspired by Arabic traditions. As well as Six Senses signature treatments and traditional Asian therapies, the spa menu offers locally inspired treatments using organic ingredients such as dates, olives and Arabic spices. There are also detox and weight loss programmes for guests wishing to achieve specific wellness goals. Activities such as yoga, Pilates and meditation are available privately, as well as in group sessions, and health retreats may be booked, combining spa treatments with personal training, spa cuisine and wellness activities.
Find out more at www.sixsenses.com
First Published in Men's Passion Issue #38 March 2012