Egyptian Delight Four Seasons Hotel

| June 17, 2011

Cox & Kings’ Alix King recently travelled to Egypt and sampled the delights of the spa at the Four Seasons at the First Residence.

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During my recent three-night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence I decided that I must visit their Spa and Wellness Centre. Before my trip I had been told that the ancient Egyptians spent many hours pampering their bodies with oils and creams to restore vitality and encourage good health, so I thought, “What’s good enough for the ancient Egyptians is good enough for me”.

After scanning the spa menu and deciding upon the Pharaonic massage, I rang the spa to book my 90-minute treatment. After a quick chat with the spa manager to determine what I wanted to gain from my massage treatment, a 90-minute Balinese massage was booked for me instead. While the Pharaonic massage uses local oils to relax the body, it is quite a soft massage so the Balinese method was recommended, as this provides more of a deep tissue massage, releasing the tension in the body.

I have to say the experience was heavenly. Every now and again my serenity was interrupted by the loud beeping of a horn from the traffic below, reminding me that I was in a bustling city that never sleeps, however, this just made me appreciate how my massage was easing away the stresses of the day. Afterwards I hopped into the jacuzzi for 15 minutes or so and then was literally ready for bed.

The next day I sampled the complimentary sauna and steam room facilities, but decided to give the fitness room a miss… Other complimentary spa amenities include individual private lockers with bathrobes, towels and slippers; use of sportswear and disposable swimwear, a selection of teas and water, hairdryers and a variety of beauty products. At the spa there are separate male and female sections, but there is also a private spa suite with its own sauna and whirlpool for couples that wish to enjoy these facilities together.

The spa is open daily from 6am to 10pm, with massages and other treatments available between 8am and 8.45pm. I strongly advise booking your treatment before your holiday, especially if you are only going to be at the hotel for two or three nights. During my stay the hotel was offering selected 60-minute massage treatments for $75, however the normal prices are from $129 for 60 minutes and $179 for 90 minutes. Other spa packages, including City Escape and Essence of Egypt, are also available. All treatments are payable locally.

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