Moroccan Hammam experience for two

By Mark Ody, guest writer for Unwind and let go.

Two years ago, my partner Marie and I visited the Heure Bleue Hotel in Essaouira on holiday. It was my first time visiting a  Moroccan Hammam, my only time so far, but now I feel a constant yearning to return. We had left our kids with willing and ageless grandparents, and flew from Marseilles looking forward to our autumnal break of culture, warmth, golf and sleep.


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Exfoliation at the Shelbourne Spa

After six weeks in the windswept North West, my skin was feeling dry and in need of some serious exfoliation and after a consultation with the Shelbourne Spa, I booked myself in for an elemis Exotic Coconut Body Rub and Milk Ritual Wrap.  Even though, an exfoliation treatment is less about relaxation and more about results, I was hoping for a repeat of my wonderful visit to the Six Senses in Paris [see here].

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An Autumn Spa Break – Park Hotel Kenmare

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As Autumn draws in, I cannot think of anything more relaxing than leaving the office early on a Friday evening to escape to the Park Hotel in Kenmare. Catching the 5 o’clock train from Heuston station, I  leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind as the train passes through fields and farmlands, reaching its final destination as the night draws in. A friend who regularly joins me, hits the nail on the head when she describes the hotel as having ‘gracious hospitality’. The staff are warm and welcoming and with log fires and an oldy-worldy interior, the hotel feels as refined as an elegant old lady. Continue reading “An Autumn Spa Break – Park Hotel Kenmare”

Unwinding at the Six Senses Spa Paris

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As you go from Place de Vendome, in the centre of Paris in the direction of Jardin des Tuileries, on the corner of Rue de Castiglione, you can find the Six Senses Spa. I had heard about its unique interior, and was curious to experience its fabled futuristic and ecological environment on my recent visit to the capital. Upon arriving however, I discovered more of a rural retreat in the city than something from the future.  And while its iconic cocoon shaped treatment rooms were very contemporary, throughout the rest of the Six Senses Spa Paris, there was a sympathetic focus on nature – which I liked very much. Continue reading “Unwinding at the Six Senses Spa Paris”

Citrus scented facial at the Urso Hotel Madrid

Citrus facial from the Urso Hotel Madrid

With only 24 hours to spare in a hot and humid Madrid, I decided to unwind with a Citrus scented facial at the spa at the Urso Hotel in the center of the city. Despite a mix up in my appointment times, the hotel reception were kind and accommodating and were thankfully able to find me a slot in their busy schedule. The spa located at basement level includes a Hamman, a Hydrotherapy pool as well as 3 treatment rooms and is a cool place to relax at the end of the day.  Continue reading “Citrus scented facial at the Urso Hotel Madrid”

Pedicure at the Peninsula Hotel Paris

Pedicure at the Peninsula Paris

The Spa at the Peninsula Paris is hushed and secluded. If you didn’t know you were in 16th Arrondissement, you would be forgiven for thinking you had arrived in the Far East. Spotlessly clean, the Peninsula’s contemporary interior is a bare minimal sanctuary, with cool floor boards, wood paneled walls and inlaid doors as well as being  lit by candlelight which gives it a feeling of calm throughout. My purpose for visiting the Peninsula was to get a much needed pedicure on a quiet Friday evening in the City of Lights.

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