spa - Quantum, Moscow
Written by Jessica Baldwin
Olympic host 1980
A stone’s throw from Moscow’s historic Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral’s iconic colourful domes stands one of Moscow’s best spas.
The historic city of Moscow has come a long way since it hosted the 1980 Olympics. Today, Stalin’s 1950s skyscrapers stand alongside some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, and its crumbling Soviet remains mingle with cool cocktail bars and stylish spas.
One of the city’s best spas is Quantum Spa, located within the 5-star Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow hotel. Overlooking Red Square, the spa is flooded with natural light and boasts a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, Roman bath, and refreshing juice bar.
Fitness fanatics will love its impressive gymnasium featuring the latest cardiovascular equipment, while those after a little TLC can indulge in its extensive treatment menu, which offers traditional Russian massage as well as facials, masks, and peels.
Not to be missed is the Traditional Russian Bath treatment. After a relaxing sauna, your body is massaged with a variety of tree branches including elm and eucalyptus. Then a full body peeling takes place on a warm marble table before you are slathered in a honey mask. A cleansing soap massage completes this unique treatment, which promises to ease tired bodies.
Grounded in nature
Despite having a huge following in America, Russian massage is still a bit of a mystery to the rest of the world. Using a variety of different pressures and strokes, the deeply penetrating massage is used widely in Russian hospitals for sports rehabilitation. In addition to healing existing sports injuries, it is also great for stretching and relaxing tense or overused muscles; the perfect after-training treatment for athletes.