Good news for spa fans in the Middle East: Six Senses Spas has been tapped to manage the 32,000 square foot spa at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat, Oman, set to open February 2015. We hear the spa will have domed ceilings, arched walkways and columns and falaj (water channels) reflecting pools and natural stone walls and floors.
A five-minute walk from Al Bustan Palace, the spa will be built into the surrounding landscape of towering stone and rock cliffs of the Haijar Mountains and follows the natural progression of the wadi (valley). We hear it will cover three levels—much like an ancient Arabian fort.
The 17-room spa will have a relaxation lounge with a library, game room and a green bar serving Six Senses nutrition shots, B(eat)Y shots, power juices and express beauty services. Wet facilities will include infrared saunas, showers, ice showers, relaxation areas and hammams. In the meditation and yoga pavilions, guests can try the newly launched yogic programs with visiting practitioners.
A private ladies-only club offers prenatal treatments, female energy programs, anti-aging with preventive and corrective facial care and Six Senses Skin PT concept. The club includes a reception, gym, yoga studio, relaxation area, majali (intimate seating/meeting area), manicure and pedicure station, double beauty room with shower, double treatment with shower, hammam and ice shower as well as a library. There will also be a ladies-only pool and (bonus!) the only private beach for women in the country.
Treatments will include locally-inspired massages, facials, wellness therapies and rituals as well as body, beauty and fitness treatments. For something really unique, ask for the treatment delivered in a natural outdoor bath nestled in the side of the mountain.