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Opulent Marcel Wanders-designed ESPA spa to launch at Mondrian Doha

by Rebecca Barnes | 04 Apr 2017

ESPA has been announced as the official spa partner for hotel operator sbe’s Mondrian Doha, which is due to launch in Q2 2017.

The first ESPA spa in Qatar, it is also the largest at 1,950sq m (209,89sq ft), offering separate spas for men and women, 12 treatment rooms, a heat experience garden and a traditional Turkish Hammam.

Designed in collaboration with Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and influenced by the distinct gender roles of the Middle East, ESPA at Mondrian Doha will offer two very different spa experiences and a menu of exclusive and holistic treatments.

All guests enter through a pure white reception area, before male and female guests enter their gender-specific areas to embark on their own personal journey.

The spa will offer six signature treatments that will unite the best of time-honoured Middle Eastern spa therapies with modern, western practices. It will also debut the ESPA Dermalux Time Renew Facial.

“We are thrilled to work on ESPA at Mondrian Doha. With such a diverse design, there’s simply no other spa out there like it,” said Susan Harmsworth MBE, founder and chairwoman, ESPA.

“Marrying the concepts of secret garden and souk plaza with our renowned exemplary ESPA treatments and service standards will most certainly present an exquisite and unparalleled spa experience.”

The female spa creates the illusion of a secret garden: feminine, soft, warm tones and curved lines have been used throughout, with golden and sparkling accents to create a luxurious, peaceful space.

With open, white spaces and five treatment rooms, there is also a multi-level heat experience garden including Swarovski crystal rain showers and a carved wooden Finnish sauna.

A continuation of Wanders’ design concept can be seen throughout the entire property; a flower petal mosaic covers the floor and guests pass underneath a ‘tree of life’ when entering the secret garden.

A Bisazza steam room features white mosaic walls and is another statement feature of the female spa. There are two manicure stations and two pedicure thrones with services from Margaret Dabbs, along with hair services in the hair design studio.

The male spa features a masculine design that has been inspired by the urban souks of the region. The space is dominated by deep, monochrome tones and muted lighting with bold, geometric patterns and golden accents throughout.

The Heat Experience Souk sits at the heart of the male spa and is based on Doha’s local bazaars, with facilities centred around the ‘fire and water’ fountain which guests can view from the muscle-warming heated daybeds.

Facilities include wet and dry steam rooms, ice fountain and body jet showers.

Across from the Heat Experience Souk via a golden archway lies the relaxation house. Guests can indulge in fresh juices from the bar in the relaxation room before enjoying a treatment.

Both men and women can separately enjoy the traditional Turkish hammam which sits beneath an ornate crystal canopy and features a central bathing area with heated table slabs. Two additional treatment rooms in the hammam offer body scrubs and massages.

A selection of exclusive and holistic treatments are customisable to each guest; six signature treatments will be available, all drawing inspiration from the landscape of Doha where contemporary meets tradition.

Treatments include Vitality Ritual, a facial, eye treatment and advanced massage synchronised to refine, tone and brighten skin while alleviating muscular stress or tension; and Luminescence Ritual, which includes a targeted massage and warm herbal poultices infused with bay and clove essential oils to stimulate circulation and ease aching muscles and joints.

ESPA at Mondrian Doha will also premiere its LED phototherapy facial, the ESPA Dermalux Time Renew Facial which uses non-invasive LED light technology and massage techniques to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, while toning and enhancing radiance.

“ESPA is a world-renowned spa brand and together with Mondrian Doha’s outstanding design features and the impressive space the spa encompasses, we know our guests are in for an incredible experience,” said Matt Balcik, general manager, Mondrian Doha.

Mondrian  ESPA  skincare  spa  Doha  Quatar  luxury  Marcel Wanders  designer  Sue Harmsworth 
ESPA has been announced as the official spa partner for hotel operator sbe’s Mondrian Doha, which is due to launch in Q2 2017. The first ESPA spa in Qatar, it is also the largest at 1,950sq m (209,89sq ft), offering separate spas for men and women, 12 treatment rooms, a heat experience garden and a traditional Turkish Hammam. Designed in collaboration with Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and influenced by the
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