During our recent stay at The Chedi, my wife convinced me to give the Spa a try. I’m glad I listened as it was a great experience. 2 years ago I posted about the opening of the Spa at Chedi (click here to check it out) but this was my first time to experience it for myself. The pic above is just in front of the reception area. They sell all kinds of products including soaps, massage oils, lotions and even Chedi bathrobes (16 OR). We picked up a nice bottle of massage oil containing frankincense and rose for 11 OR. I called up and made an appointment for the “Authentic Balinese Treatment” at a cost of 40 OR.
Of course you don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to book a massage or treatment at the Spa. Just be sure to show up 10 mins in advance as it’s just good spa etiquette!
In a small comfortable waiting area, your therapist will come and ask you how you want your massage (strong, medium or soft) and will then ask you to choose your massage oil from a number of selections.
And then down the hallway to one of the many treatment rooms
The first part of the massage occurs in this “preparation room”. The room is too large to fit in one pic, but there is a large cabinet where you place all your clothes (while the therapist is on the other side of the door waiting for your knock to signal you’re ready) and lock up your belongings to give you an added sense of security. Once you’re ready and your bathrobe is on, the therapist will start with a very relaxing foot cleaning and scrubbing in the small basin pictured here. They even give you a nice drink full of antioxidants which is similar to the “Chedi detox” available on the menu at the long pool. A surprisingly pleasant part of the experience and a great way to start!
This is the actual treatment room. The therapist gave me the option of turning on the heated massage table or leaving it off. Although it was a very hot day, by the time I got to the treatment room I was cooled off so I decided to go for the heated table. I’m glad I did because I think it added to the whole experience. The 60 minutes flew right by and it was fantastic! She managed to work out every kink and I felt like a new man. And because the Chedi employs professionals you don’t have to worry about a therapist asking if you want anything more when you’re done…
Feel free to hang out in the Spa Lounge after your treatment.
They have a great view of the ocean crashing on the beach in the front window and the long pool in front of the lounge chairs to the right.
The Spa is a great place to relax and unwind during the killer heat of summer in Oman! Highly recommended!
Y-Magazine captured some of my all time pet peeves about driving in Oman on this video they published yesterday:
Tailgating, overspeeding and no use of indicators!
Dangerous driving is being talked about a lot on Oman Social Media this week as there was a horrendous accident in which 4 kids were killed and others injured involving a private minivan that was apparently overcrowded bringing kids to Pakistan School Muscat. Driving in Oman is one of the major downfalls of living here in Oman. Oman can be at the top of the list for many factors (“best roads”, happiest citizens, financial opportunities….bla,bla,bla) but if it cannot provide basic safety on its roads all those other successes seem absolutely meaningless. What is the point of having a good job in a beautiful city if one cannot have some peace of mind that their child has a strong chance of coming come home safely each day?! Facts of Life 101.
This recent report titled “One Hour of Shisha =100 Cigarettes“, from The Times of Oman suggests that Shisha (or Hookah) Smoking is not as harmless as a lot of people would like you to believe.
“Tell us your story” is a nationwide campaign by Safety First, Oman’s leading road safety organisation, that was founded by Oman national football team captain Ali Al Habsi and international rally champion Hamed Al Wahaibi.
“This video features a number of prominent people from Omani society that have lost someone or know a person that has suffered as a result of a road traffic accident. This campaign asks people all across Oman to tell their story, and experiences of the road, to raise awareness of the problem of road accidents.” Safety First Oman launched its nationwide campaign yesterday online and at Bouscher Stadium during Oman’s incredible draw (0-0) against Australia!. Follow Ali Al Habsi, Oman’s International goalkeeper, rolemodel and all-around humanitarian at https://twitter.com/#!/AliAlhabsi.