By Jou Pabalate
I’m sharing my spa adventures with all of you, men (yes, I recognize you’re stressed too) and women in dire need of some pampering.
A personal favorite, Hot Stone is one of the first spas that opened in Riyadh that didn’t look like a clinic. A health and beauty center, it’s a one stop shop for women.
DR Recommends: The hot stone massage (there’s something oddly relaxing with all the clickity-clacking) or the Swedish massage. Look for Rosa or Sally. Full body massage price starts at SR 350 per hour.
In addition to their spa, Al Multaka has a library, outdoor cafe, restaurant, indoor pool and a gym that offers a variety of fitness classes. The place is known for providing a holistic relaxation experience.
DR Recommends: Top your rejuvenating experience with some carrot cake and Arabic coffee at the café area.
Being the first boutique hotel and spa for women in Riyadh, Luthan has made a name for itself in terms of providing a safe sanctuary for those who don’t mind splurging a little on themselves. Its quiet location makes it conducive for anyone who wants stay overnight just to have a change of scenery.
DR Recommends: Their spa will whisk you out of Riyadh and with that, we give our thumbs up to their Asian-inspired treatment. The Ayurvedic massage is amazing and one should try their Nepalese body scrub at least once (you’ll want it over and over again). Their oriental massage, which I do hope you get to have in their Japanese inspired treatment room, makes me go ohm (and snore shortly after).
Tucked at the heart of the Diplomatic Quarter is one of the first women centers in Riyadh. Their spa and beauty salon has been around for years and despite not being the most accessible place in our list, it does have a long list of loyal followers.
DR Recommends: If you live outside the DQ, you can still easily access Al Manahil by telling the guards at the gate. While I hesitate to give you my favorite masseuse’s name (it’s already difficult as is to get an appointment with her), I do so as a public service—look for Siva when you make your reservation. I would personally recommend the Aromatherapy massage (SR 350 per hour) for people who want things light and relaxing. If you think your body needs deep strokes and some stretching, try the Thai Massage.
Faisaliah Hotel and Suites
With franchises in key tourist destinations around the world, ESPA promises and delivers a luxury spa experience. The multi-awarded spa is all about providing five-star treatments at premium prices. Nevertheless, it has managed to woo the affluent city dwellers that are all praises for their VIP treatments, relaxation rooms and facilities.
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A true gentleman knows how to listen to his body and takes the time to take care of himself. And so, R&R destinations for men are a hit among Riyadhis lately. One such place is Blackstone Spa, which offers everything from Moroccan baths, body care and massages. They also have a Jacuzzi, sauna and TV room so you don’t miss the football game.
Everything is grand at the Ritz, so they say, and their spa lives up to these words. With one of the most iconic picturesque indoor swimming pools and renowned spa treatments, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh assures its Exclusive Spa Members a unique and memorable experience to relax and rejuvenate with professional spa therapists who provide the finest service in the most ambient of settings.