Sam Lewis tests out futuristic antigravity fitness and RF treatments on the Four Seasons’ private island
The beauty therapy to try
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay now offers guests a variety of face and body treatments after recently investing in cutting-edge Radiofrequency (RF) machines by medical cosmetic brand MCCM Portugal.
RF uses radio frequency waves to gently heat up the deeper layers of tissues without burning the epidermis (top layer of skin) to stimulate collagen, shrink lines, decrease wrinkles and firm sagging skin. With no needles or incisions, the procedure is quick and painless and those undergoing treatment should notice an improvement over the following month.
The body treatment to try
Russian trainer Xander Soldatova literally turned my notion of hotel fitness regimes upside down when he introduced me to AntiGravity Suspension Fitness. The gym offers both yoga and fitness training using the Harrison AntiGravity Hammock to build core strength and elongate muscles and, guess what, it works. After an hour of wrapping myself arms and legs around the hammock to create a series of challenging poses (and reps) I’m allowed to lie back and rock myself to relax. But it’s not until the next day that I realise how hard my body has worked — I’ve engaged the deepest core muscles I never knew existed.
Spa treatments can sometimes feel overrated and overpriced, but if you can afford a three-day programme of RF treatments and AntiGravity fitness I’m convinced you’ll will see benefits both in your complexion and body tone.
A serene oasis that really is a cut above, this is the second-largest Four Seasons spa in the world, with 17 treatment rooms, five swimming pools and two light and airy fitness centres (female only and mixed). Moroccan and Turkish influences abound, with a hammam and wide variety of rituals and deep-tissue massages using Ila and Sodashi skincare brands.
Located on a private man-made island, this geometric landmark stamps an H-shaped mark on Manama’s skyline with 68 floors offering views over the city or the Arabian Gulf. Lavish art deco-inspired interiors designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon evoke a sense of being on a 1930s luxury cruise line, with decadent details including Murano glass chandeliers, Hermes furniture and intricate floral displays. The indoor landscaping includes giant olive trees in the lobby. Three of seven restaurants are by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, with the best known, CUT, regarded as one of the finest steak restaurants in the world. For the best views, head for the high-end Asian outlet on the 50th floor for an innovative menu, with the refined, elegant dishes ranging from dumplings and dim sum to wok-fried sea bass and pan-roasted hamour, the region’s famous fish.
Lacquered mahogany and marble set the scene in spacious rooms, with furniture and bedspreads by Hermes. Every room features the signature Four Seasons Beds (they’re so comfortable guests often buy the boxspring mattress and topper), gigantic rainshowers and deep bathtubs where you can watch the TV set in the mirror.
A decadent city break close to one of the city’s newest malls, The Avenues. If you’re planning a visit for pleasure, wait until April/May 2018, when the resort plans to complete a man-made sandy beach and hopefully succeeds in manufacturing more scenic views and a resort-style atmosphere.
Double rooms from BHD135 (£269) per night plus 20% tax.
Sixty-minute treatment with facials from 60BHD (£119) or 80BHD (£152) with RF machine (£160 for 80 mins).