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Coco in the Middle East

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Following our review of the spa at the Four Seasons in London, Coco&Co took a little detour by the Middle East to try out the Four Seasons’ second largest spa in Bahrain. Located in the heart of the island of pearls, the Four Seasons Bahrain is a little haven set on the shores of the island, on the outskirts of the capital. With the eternal sunshine of the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain is an archipelago of sorts that is the ideal spot for a luxury retreat away from the hustle and bustle of its neighboring countries. The spa at the Four Seasons is the country’s most opulent sanctuary comprising of 17 treatment rooms, 5 swimming experiences and 2 fitness centers overlooking the bay.

Accessed from a private entrance on the ground floor, the spa is an endless labyrinth of fragrant oud scents, mingled with the gentle hum of the sea, stretching along four different buildings, interconnected by sprawling gardens reminiscent of modern Moroccan and Turkish havens.  The treatments offered at the spa reflect Bahrain’s Eastern influences, with traditional therapeutic treatments from the Middle East all the way to Asia. The finest ingredients, ethically sourced from all over the world, are carefully selected to promote well being and to establish a sense of connection with nature.

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Unique to Bahrain is their signature oud treatment, which is nothing short of 120 minutes of bliss. This deep tissue massage uses slow strokes and firm pressure to gently remove every ounce of stress, using Sodashi’s oud oil. Established in 1999, Sodashi creates luxurious chemical-free products curated for the countless renowned spas around the world. Sodashi’s oud oil is made up of natural ingredients that work holistically to nurture the skin, leaving it with a silky smooth touch. Followed by an exclusive facial massage using ancient Australian mineral stones, the signature oud treatment is one that focuses on the whole body, giving each part of the body special attention.

With their heated massage tables and cooling headrests, the spa at the Four Seasons Bahrain leaves nothing to chance and every minute of this 2-hour massage reflects their perfectionist ethos. Every treatment is tailored to fit the clients’ needs and every massage ought to be followed by a dip in the water. Whilst the hotel is set in the bay, the spa at the Four Seasons boasts Turkish hammams, a whirlpool and a salt-inhalation center which provide the perfect post-massage ritual to relax the body and mind.