Escape to seaside serenity and soothe away stress with the Hajar Mountains as your backdrop.
Nestled between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the calming waves of the Indian Ocean lies the luxurious InterContinental Fujairah Resort and the O Spa by L’occitane.
This haven to tranquillity is situated far from the main hubbub of this expansive beach resort, tucked away in a stand-alone building close to the adults-only swimming pool. Yet, we feel a sense of tranquillity wash over us from the moment we open the doors and enter into an environment of natural wood and potted lavender plants.
While many spa and wellness centres are bathed in natural light, O Spa by L’occitane embraces the darkness and the privacy it provides. Communal areas are designed in natural tones and punctuated sparingly with turquoise textiles, while the wooden shelves stacked with knickknacks and products wouldn’t be amiss in a Provençal farmhouse.
We’re led into a couples treatment room and a secluded area of low-slung couches laden with cushions for the pre-treatment formalities. We catch a glimpse of manicured gardens and the mountainous topography through a window that has been left slightly ajar and are immediately embraced by a sense of relaxation.
O Spa by L’occitane provides guests with an extensive menu of treatments combining local ingredients and rituals with international wellness therapies to provide the body and mind an escape to Provençe. We’re pleased to find a spa that has created treatments that couples can actually enjoy together!
Clad in natural stone, the spacious couples treatment room features a deep jacuzzi and two temperature-controlled massage beds. Inside our own private sanctuary we enjoy an energising 60-minute deep tissue massage that combines Lomi Lomi deep pressure, acupressure points and gentle stretching. With a focus on the back, shoulders and neck area, our bodies feels refreshed and deeply rebalanced and muscular tension is eased. Like the rest of L’Occitane’s universe, O Spa is all about authenticity and the bespoke targeted treatment engages all of the senses – with sensorial textures, relaxing music and herbal teas inspired by Provençal traditions.
Often following a massage, we feel rushed to vacate the treatment room, but this is not the case at InterContinental Fujairah and we’re able to prolong the experience in the small outdoor garden while sipping on camomile tea.
In addition to a full range of massages, including re-energising sun stones, revitalising aromachologie massage and a signature sweet lime massage, the spa offers a range of facials, body wraps, body scrubs, area focused treatments and a hammam.
O Spa by L’occitane is a unique beachfront retreat comprising of six treatment rooms, two couple’s suites, a Turkish steam room and relaxation zones. With treatments inspired by the desert sands and the ocean surrounded by Fujairah’s natural landscape, where towering mountains meet the sea, there are few places quite like this in the UAE. It’s certainly worth the 90-minute drive up from Dubai.
GO: Call (0)9 209 9999 for reservations and more information.