Sofitel to launch landmark spa in Bahrain

DUE to open towards the end of the year, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa will be the first of its kind in the region and also the first offering on the island from the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on all five continents.

According to Guy Poujoulat, area general manager of the new property: “Sofitel Bahrain is the first and the only hotel in the GCC market to offer Thalassa Sea & Spa treatments, which use sea water and the marine climate for well being and remedial purposes. The spa spreads over an area of 2000 sq m on two storeys, with men’s and ladies’ services separated from each other.”

The $150-million development sits on the west coast of Bahrain, on Zallaq beach, close to a number of royal residences and surrounded by magnificent landmarks such as Al Areen Wild Life Park, Bahrain International Circuit and The Lost Paradise of Dilmun water park.

The propery occupies 89,000 sq m of land with a total built area of 63,000 sq m which comprises a  seven-storey, five-star luxury hotel with a total of 262 lavish sea view rooms, including 28 suites, each of which boasts cutting-edge technology and a private balcony with sea views.

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The hotel has 21 prestige suites and six roof-top Opera suites, each individually themed with private terrace and infinity pool.

There will also be five restaurants, four bars, a Club Millesime floor and 2,000 sq m of meeting space including a 1,100-sq-m grand ballroom which can cater for up to 1,200 people.

Food and beverage offerings include Fiamma – an Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating where guests can choose their favourite anti-pasti from the buffet, while watching the chef prepare fresh pizza – Saraya – the all-day-dining area overlooking the pool and sea and serving buffet flavours from across the world – Wok – offering authentic cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia – La Mer – the hotel’s signature seafood restaurant – Pashawat – with a selection of Lebanese, Persian and Bahraini dishes, Arabic live band and belly dancer – Tapas – serving a selection of exciting tapas and cocktails – and the Lagoon pool bar which will be open all day for juices, smoothies and cocktails  with a light food menu.

The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa will be the first hotel within the GCC to offer thalassotherapy – from the Greek word thalassa, meaning sea, thalassotherapy is the medical use of seawater as a form of therapy. The properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin and trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and iodide, found in seawater, are believed to be absorbed through the skin. The therapy is applied in various forms, as either showers of warmed seawater, application of marine mud or of algae paste, or the inhalation of sea fog and mud and seaweed wrapping.

The 2,000-sq-m spa complex offers 14 treatment rooms combining seawater hydrotherapy, massages, and wellness programmes. Facilities include a seawater hydrotherapy pool, a freshwater pool, saunas, steam rooms and a yoga studio and meditation area.

There is will also be a specialised dietician on-site to offer advise on general body condition, body mass index and tailor-made fitness programmes.