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Scrub away the day with Bamboo

A warm welcome and relaxing escape from reality await you at Muscat’s tranquil Bamboo Spa, writes Heather Robertson



Being a full-time mum and wife can be hectic and stressful, so I was determined to indulge in a little rest and relaxation on my wedding anniversary.

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to spas in Muscat, but I was keen to try somewhere new and headed to Bamboo Spa in Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos.

Behind the gates lies a sweet little garden and water feature, which add colour and set the tone for what awaits inside. 

The building is small and unassuming, but a warm welcome awaits you at reception, where I was given a glass of lemon-infused water to help me hydrate before my treatment. 

As a fan of chamomile tea’s relaxing and rejuvenating properties, I chose a chamomile body scrub and full body massage – if that couldn’t make me relax and unwind then I didn’t know what would. Chamomile comes from a daisy-like flower and the name is said to mean “earth apple”.

The atmosphere was relaxing and calm, with plenty of smiling staff – qualities I consider very important in a spa. 

My therapist, Sally, showed me to a treatment room, an impressively tranquil oasis with dimmed lights, soothing music, and fluffy purple towels to wrap up in.

My body was scrubbed using chamomile combined with a coarse salt to exfoliate away the dead skin. At times, it felt a little too rough, but it was all for the greater good and worth it in the end. Once my skin was as smooth as a peach, I hopped into the shower to wash off the excess scrub ahead of my massage. 

As my muscles were kneaded and pounded, I could feel my tension melting away. Sally didn’t quite reach all of the tense areas in my back, but the finishing scalp and shoulder massage more than made up for that.

When she whispered after 90 minutes that the treatment was over, I didn’t want to believe it was true – my body was so relaxed that I didn’t want to move a single muscle.

Sally was wonderful and very professional, and struck up just the right amount of conversation – not too much that I wanted her to stop, nor too little that it felt awkward. 

After dressing and returning to reception, hot water with lemon and a small bowl of fruit were on offer before settling the bill: RO25 as part of an August promotion. I thought the snack was a lovely touch to wrap up the experience.

With rejuvenated skin and relaxed shoulders, I headed home to the madness of my house, but I felt more than ready to face the battles. Perhaps I should book some rest and relaxation more often.

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