spa - Anantara Spa, Doha
Written by Karen Martin
Tucked away on the top floor of Al Jasra Boutique Hotel, Anantara Spa is a tranquil and welcoming haven in bustling Souq Waqif.
With its roots in Thai spa therapies, Anantara Spa also draws from the cultural traditions, heritage, and natural beauty of its destination. In harmony with Qatari culture and heritage, the design of the spa creates an atmosphere of hospitality and warmth, incorporating natural elements such as water, wood, and stone, and rich earthy colours.
The range of face and body treatments mirrors Arabian rituals infused with tranquil Thai methods, using natural ingredients indigenous to the region, such as exotic spices, honey, rosebuds, and olives.
The spa features two treatment rooms, two saunas, a Jacuzzi, and a stunning Moroccan hammam, with grand marble archways and intricate mosaic designs that reflect the heritage of the traditional cleansing bath. In the hammam, you can soak up centuries of Arabic wellness secrets with the 180-minute signature journey Gateway to Arabia. The treatment begins with a sauna and warm-water ritual, followed by a deep cleansing steam to relieve tension and open pores, ready for a cleansing ritual with traditional black-olive soap. This is followed by a loofah body exfoliation to purify and polish the skin, and a mineral-rich Rhassoul body-mask to hydrate. A mini cleansing facial, conditioning hair bath, body massage, and cool-water ritual complete the treatment.
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