Every aspect of the new 1,500 square metre Spa at Four Seasons Hotel The Ritz Lisbon is focused on relaxation.
The overall feeling throughout is one of serene exoticism - from the multi-sensory ambience and minimalist design, to the oversized beds and enticing scents.
The combination of skilled therapists and holistic E’SPA products expertly maximise the benefits of physical and mental calm, resulting in a heightened experience for both body and mind.
The Spa is comprised of a welcoming reception, 18 metre long indoor pool and lounge area with oversized pool loungers, treatment rooms and a relaxation room.
Mood-enhancing music and the exotic aromas of oils, incense and petals are complemented by seasonal fruits, herbal infusions and natural features influenced by Asian design. Guests are immediately enveloped in a relaxing ambience from the moment their Spa journey begins.
In the pool and adjacent pool lounge, the soft tones of jazz and bossa nova merge with the refreshing aroma of Mediterranean orange blossom to provide an uplifting air.
Captivating views over the gardens and Eduardo VII Park through floor to ceiling windows enhance the feeling of spaciousness.
Further sensory appeal comes from the heated limestone floor, polished stones and simple arrangements of papyrus, Indian bamboo and loofah.
Great emphasis is placed on encouraging guests to spend quality time relaxing prior to each treatment to prepare the body and mind for a more beneficial therapeutic experience.
The relaxation commences with a Sauna or eucalyptus-infused Steam, followed by the invigorating benefits of crushed ice from a marble ice fountain.
Each guest is then escorted to the comfort of the specially-designed Italian poolside loungers, where they are offered jasmine infused green tea, originally introduced by the Portuguese to Europe. Personal CDs and reading material are also available.
The multi-functional treatment rooms and relaxation room are permeated with the meditative scent of jasmine whilst Buddhist-inspired music invokes a sense of simplicity and freedom.
All treatment rooms have private shower facilities, ergonomically-designed treatment beds and ritual chairs; finished in rich oak and beige marble, their clean lines, calming neutral tones and candle-lit walls further invoke a Zen-like vision of tranquillity.
Each treatment is preceded by a lifestyle consultation, accompanied by a lime foot revival massage and herbal infusion.
The extensive treatment list includes unique signature treatments such as the ‘Tranquillity Massage’, ‘Heavenly Nectar and Papaya Wrap’ and the decadent ‘In Suite Spa Experience’ -
a candlelit bath infused with aromatic milk and honey, followed by an Aromatherapy Massage.
The advanced techniques employed by the therapists are complemented by the holistic benefits of E’SPA products used in all the treatments, from body wraps, advanced facials and massages to traditional in-room mandi baths and ancient rituals.
To ensure the natural feeling extends to the poolside Spa lounge, the hotel’s Chef, Stéphane Hestin, has created a health conscious yet indulgent Spa menu for those wishing to enjoy the benefits of his 3-Michelin star experience.
In keeping with the Spa’s tranquil ambience, the lounge uses wooden trays and teacups and handcrafted menus. In addition, complimentary beverages, hot and cold towels infused with aromatherapy oils and delicate treats such as pineapple verrines and port granité are offered discreetly to poolside loungers.
The entire Spa area features abstract art and modern sculptures, in keeping with the hotel`s strong artistic leanings.
Complementing the multi-sensory aspect of the Spa, the art encourages the rested mind to explore its own creativity.
The many pieces are evocative of the journey of the Spa through the ages, and range from a Man’s Torso sculpture, to Chinese chests, to the striking bronze swordfish that overlooks the pool.
The arresting foot sculpture in reception, representative of the hotel`s signature foot-revival massage prior to each treatment, also doubles up as a novel seat exemplifying the links between the visual and the physical in this inspirational environment.
The benefits of visiting Four Seasons Hotel The Ritz Lisbon’s Spa are much more than skin deep; with the mind freed from the stresses of everyday life, the body can surrender itself to the pure escapism of ultimate relaxation.
And with such an exemplary combination of service, experienced therapists, advanced treatment techniques and multi-sensory tranquillity on offer, indulging in the peace of a relaxed state of mind has never been easier.
For further information please visit Four Seasons Hotel The Ritz Lisbon website: http://www.fourseasons.com/lisbon/index.html.