When you overlook the view from the The Phoenician: A Luxury Collection Resort, you’re granted a beautiful scene of greenery, pools, mountains and in the center– The Phoenician Spa.
The Phoenician Spa is a rejuvenation sanctuary where you rise magnificently and emerge anew. Over a year ago, the three-story spa opened as part of the resort’s major enhancements.
Past the large, decorative doors, I found myself in complete awe of the gilded spa. The opulent, vast lobby draws much light and causes the matted-gold decor to glimmer.
A spa escort welcomed me with my choice of prickly pear iced tea or coconut water before providing me with a tour of the 37,000-square-foot property. It’s recommended to check-in 30 min. before, but I arrived earlier to give myself enough time to explore.
During the tour, she even inquired of my treatments. I told her my treatments for the day included the Body Slimming Detox and the Pure Indulgence Facial. She suggested hot-and-cold contrast hydrotherapy to experience better results.
While enjoying the vitality pools, I had a peaceful overlook of the
resort’s property and the mountains. Around, women kept at peace– some
even adorn the chilled cucumbers over their eyes.
After spending time in the steam room, I walked down the stairs from the women’s locker room to the relax room. I recommend utilizing either the sauna or steam room before a spa treatment because it assists with releasing the toxins from the body.
The Relax Room
The Phoenician Spa’s relax room is a darkened atmosphere that leads to 24 treatment rooms. The environment caters to releasing any tension or distractions from the mind.
While the floor above created an ethereal space with the gilded accents against the white marble, the downstairs decor features darker tones of grey and brown with a granite fire place.
Inside the relax room included light spa snacks: dried veggie and nut mixture, dark-chocolate covered coconut and soothing beverages. Aside from the prickly pear iced tea and coconut water, you will find a customized wellness-tea collection by The Art of Tea. The teas were broken down by mood or what you were seeking– e.g.: deep relaxation, healing, happiness, etc.
The Body Slimming Detox, a 50 min. treatment, focused on firming the body through the tools of dry brushing and the NuBody device. While exfoliating, the dry-brushing technique promoted lymphatic drainage and circulation. The goal is to enable a greater absorption of the clinically-tested slimming actives. To be honest I am a bit ticklish and was mildly worried the dry-brushing may prevent relaxation but it didn’t! In fact, I found myself relaxed by the soft brushing.
The relaxation process continued with the NuBody device and a slimming massage. The multi-active serum, with the key ingredients of ginger and caffeine, further stimulated circulation and activated lipolysis (essentially the breakdown of fats). With this treatment I noticed there was a tingling sensation anytime the NuBody went over any of the “problem areas.” It was quite an experience! To receive the best results, my esthetician recommended to do mini treatments at home by using products sold at the spa or regularly coming in for a treatment.
The Pure Indulgence Facial, an 80 min. rejuvenating facial, incorporated the Ancient Art of Gua Sha, a Traditional Chinese Medicine healing technique, combined with protein-dense Caviar for a visibly firm, contoured, glowing complexion. The Gua Sha, a smooth-edged jade tool, is used to graze the face to stimulate the lymphatic drainage which resulted in released toxins and improved circulation. Botanical essences nourished, replenished and fortified the skin during the process. The treatment was applied to my face, neck and décolleté.
The aftermath? Complete radiant skin. I was thoroughly impressed with how much my skin glowed after this treatment. If I lived in the valley, I would get this treatment on a regular basis because I enjoyed it that much! The entire process was relaxing: tension release, puffiness reduced and clarity enhanced. As someone with problem skin, I found this treatment helpful. Nearly a month later, my skin still radiates. I would love to return and try out more of their treatments, but specifically the facials!
With the spa being as spacious as it is, I would recommend spending a full day or at least six hours to truly enjoy all of the benefits and amenities. As a guest, you’re granted access to the Movement Studio and Fitness Center. Additionally, you’re welcome to enjoy the rooftop pool on the third floor where it’s an ideal place to retreat to after your treatments.
I honestly would’ve spent more time at the spa because I loved it that much. But I guess that just means that I need to come back with my girlfriends! Speaking of girlfriends– if you have plans after your spa visit then I recommend checking out the Drybar studio for a blowout. I tried out Drybar when I lived in New York and they were incredibly convenient and saved time.
Thank you to The Phoenician Spa for hosting me with these incredible experiences, I will definitely be back!