December 2nd, 2015 Amsterdam
Recently I have had the pleasure to enjoy some amazing spas, two are in my hometown Amsterdam, and one is in London where I was on a weekend trip.
The two I have went to in Amsterdam were; Skin Institute in the L’Europe hotel and the Akasha Spa in the Conservartorium hotel. The former is more of a beauty institute, here I had a classic facial of 90min.
When I arrived in the L’Europe hotel I was told to wait, even though I was on time. The girl who would treat me wanted to eat something first, which is fine with me. However when you start later with the treatment you should also finish later, but this wasn’t the case. When I asked if I could have a sip of my tea, because she was getting something from another room, she told me I could have a sip but she wouldn’t put my chair up because otherwise that would go off of my time. I’m sorry, WHAT? Then in the middle of my treatment she advised me to take a connective tissue massage, which I felt was a bit of up-selling, whereas the treatment already costs 104 euro’s. Nevertheless, I thought what the hell, I’m going to spoil myself. Then when she was done with the message, she told me I could feel a bit ill the day after, like having a runny nose and being a bit sore. So you are telling me this after you just finished, and while I told you I was flying to New York in two days. All was a bit strange and I don’t know about you, but I never really feel like talking when I’m having some me time. Nevertheless, the facial overall was really good and my skin did look very clean and refreshed, so next I think I will just ask for another specialized.
The Akasha Spa in the Conservatorium hotel is amazing. In my opinion, it is one of the best hotel spas in the city and it was recently nominated by the World Luxury Spa Awards for being sooo good. They also have a gym that offers Yoga, Pilates and Meditation, all of which I’m a big fan. They have a variety of lessons; more meditation like, Hatha, Vinyasa, and many more.. The best thing about this gym is that you can jump in the pool after your workout, or just relax and unwind in the Sauna or Hamam.
During my stay in London I have tried a special treatment called the Aquatic Therapy, in the Akasha Spa at the Cafe Royal. This treatment is preformed in a Watsu pool, which is an exclusive treatment space dedicated to water therapy. You will start by floating around to relax all of your muscles, then a instructor will guide you through movements, and the only thing you have to do is completely relax. Because you float in the water, without gravity, you will be released from muscular and joint restrictions. It was truly a special experience and I really felt relaxed after, really something to try. The same day I also joined one of the group lessons, the Inner Peace Practice, a combination of meditation and yoga poses comparable with Hatha Yoga. I enjoyed this relaxing style of yoga where the focus was on the breath. Breading right makes a huge difference on how we feel, I felt relaxed after but at the same time full of energy.
Another Yoga lesson I tried was in Dubai, on the beach, which was spectacular. I never did a outdoor Yoga class before, so it was new to me. I joined a Hatha Yoga lesson which was preformed on the beach of the Al Qasr Hotel, Jumeirah. Sitting on the beach, looking at the sunset, while listing to the waves gently touching the seashore, is already amazing. But combined with Yoga, I can only say wow, I felt truly blessed. That reminds me of the end of every yoga lesson, being thankful, which I am for all the beautiful things I have experienced.