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Because I’m worth it!
I have a hard life as a writer. (Cue violin sonata…) I woke up on Monday morning, put the cat on and the kettle out, and was rudely interrupted while reading the paper by a call from my boss demanding that I go investigate the city’s best Spas. So I did.
I toiled and troubled and boiled and bubbled in the name of finding the quintessential dipping spots Barcelona has to offer, to bring you the best of my findings via this blog. Pity me, pretty please…
Six Senses Spa, Hotel Arts Barcelona
Set on the 42 and 43rd floors of this stylish modern hotel right by the beach, with views out over the ocean, you’ll find the Six Senses Spa. This place is truly from another world: embracing the philosophy of Balancing Senses. Treatments include: The Art of Stone therapy, and the namesake Six Senses Sensory Journey, which I decided to give a whirl. Remember to clear a space in your agenda for this one… Two therapists will thoroughly pamper you for over 2 hours, using the sublimely soft-scented Sodashi natural product line, and you’ll float on air for days afterwards. Aromatherapy and beauty services are also available by appointment.
Carrer de la Marina 19-21
0034 93 221 1000
O3 Thermal Centre
The O3 Thermal Centre has so many great treatments, I’m going to buy a waterproof laptop stand and bloomin’ well move in. Thermal baths, Vichy and Scottish shower treatments (I don’t mean a Glaswegian downpour), a hydro-massage bath, mud treatments and sub-aquatic massages with algae and essential oils are among the water sports, and 5 beauty cabins offer a host of ample pampering treatments. I went for a holistic massage with volcanic stones, and a paraffin hydrating facial… and positively wafted out of the place on a cloud. Combination packages include the Exotic Ceylon massage, which involves a body peel with oriental resins, herbs and spices, and the Multi-Sensorial Odyssey: An all-over exfoliation and an obsequies stone treatment, which is a ritual every part as divine as it sounds. Open 10am to 9pm Monday to Saturday.
Carrer Alfonso XII 7 bajos
0034-93 202 22 58
The Aqua Diagonal Wellness Centre
Who says Spas are just for girls? The Aqua Diagonal Wellness Centre actively encourages male visitors, with special offers on Father’s Day, and a wide range of treatments for himself. Personalized programmes, combining any of the spa treatments such as hydro or sub-aquatic massage, with beauty treatments such as an absolute Hydration or Just for Him, facials, hairdressing or styling and a scrumptious light bite in the café. I indulged in a heaven-scented, anti-oxidizing grape polyphenol bath treatment and a Dead-Sea body wrap, before gliding off to the café for a celebratory salad and a fruit juice. Who needs the real world anyway? The Aqua Diagonal is open Mondays to Fridays from 7.00h to 22.30h, Saturdays from 9.00h to 22.00h and Sundays and holidays from 9.00h to 20.00h.
Avda. Joan XXIII
0034-93 330 63 66
Wanna go all the way? Submerge yourself in one of the flotation tanks at the Flotarium. An hour-long session in this zero-gravity bath, replicates the feeling of being in the womb, and encourages profound relaxation, promotes circulation, reduces stress and can produce pain relief. The Flotarium itself is a 2.5 x 1.6m bath filled with 600 litres of water and 300kg of Epsom salts, to create a buoyancy similar to that of the Dead Sea. I’ve gotta tell you folks, I was a wee bit cautious at first, stepping into a bath in a semi-dark room, wearing only the suit I was born in. Thankfully there were two controllable lights, some optional chill-out music, and good ventilation, so I didn’t feel claustrophobic in the slightest. I came out all warm and tingly, without a care in the world and slept like a baby afterwards: Do it, I say. Sessions cost 35 Euros for an hour’s flotation, or 90 euros for 3 sessions (gift vouchers also available,) There are two Flotarium centres in Barcelona, each with 3 Flotariums and both open 10.00 to 22.00h, 7 days a week, including public holidays.
Placa Narcís Oller 3
0034-93 217 36 37
Carrer Valencia 160
0034-93 453 81 99
Well this sounds really relishing would love to have a spa as such when in Barcelona for sure.
June 13th, 2012 at 7:55, posted by Tracy Roberts @ Oceanside Body Treatment