I’m no charlatan and especially when it comes to a particular stay in Lebanon. They say location is everything, but have we forgotten to ask, what are we looking for? We’re usually so fast in following the trendy sites or ‘the center’ of things in cities. I say my center is where I’m close to the beach and not the shopping district. My center is where (at that moment) I needed to be and somewhere I can utilize the full potential of being in Zen at a spa therapy. I needed to find a place in Lebanon away from the busy street life, away from traffic and somewhere close to the sea and at an award winning spa. I found that in Finding Zen at Le Royal Hotels & Resorts and as part of The Leading Hotels in The World, the property itself over met the expectations of a 5 star hotel in Lebanon as to maintenance standards and keeping the hotel looking brand new.
A towering hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, you can’t miss it if you are going away from Beirut towards the highway to Jounieh.
The Royal SPA, spread over three levels and 3,500 m2 of space with a panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, an indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, sauna, mud bath and Turkish bath, aerobics classes, personal training, squash, and tennis, in addition to many unique SPA treatments is the highlight of my trip. An award winning spa that I had the chance to visit once before in 2009 and today. Unlike Lebanese politics, the spa and property has accelerated and emerged in a strong way.
During my stay, I was prepping for a 14 day detox diet with Kay Bodanza in Dubai in the American Academy of Cosmic Surgery Hospital in Dubai. So I need a place where I could experience the greatest spa treatments. I’ve received an email from Le Royal mentioning that they have started a wellness month focusing on all things related to detox programs, drinks and food, so it was natural for me to book the 3 nights in Le Royal Hotels and Resorts
The Iyashi Dôme
The Iyashi Dôme concept: the Japanese technology that purifies and shapes your silhouette by restoring balance and youth to your body. For centuries, the Japanese would bury themselves in hot sand to purify the body and eliminate toxins.
The heat (Far Infrared Rays) emitted by the sun warmed the sand giving it precious helaing properties for the body.
This tradition is carried our today through the Far Infrared Technology by the Iyashi Dôme.
The Benefits it claims to have:
• Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and moisturize your skin • Improve skin density and radiance
• Improve skin elasticity and firmness • Improve skin hydration of the face and body
• Detoxify and cleanse your body at the deepest level • Restore balance to your body
• Relaxation and Stress elimination • Sports preparation and recovery
• Better quality of sleep
• Shape and slim your silhouette • Weight re-balancing action
• Drop 1 to 2 dress sizes • Lose body fat
• Reduce appearance of Cellulite
As a treatment, it does lots of things to the body but I was more interested in the detoxification before my program. It restores balance to you body and inner wellbeing • Relaxation and Stress elimination • Allows a better Sports preparation and recovery • Better quality of sleep – As a traveler, I needed to believe that could work.
How I felt?
During the treatment, a therapist explained to me the benefits and answered any questions I had. Was it hot? YES! but not to a point where I was uncomfortable, it actually felt nice since I feel during my trips I need a boost of blood circulation. After the treatment, I was glad it happened. I did not experience any life alter changing moments, but I did feel I have sweated off some toxins. Treatment is done in a minimum of 4 sessions to feel the difference.
Simplified to the very best and very well maintained with the greatest comfort and view of the sea.
There is a reason I would pick the other side of Beirut over and over again. I love peace. I search for peace. I tend to stay away from the city life as much as possible, if possible. Le Royal is in between highways facing the Mediterranean sea and to me, one of my favorite locations because I am so used to being in Lebanon by the sea away from the city life. If Beirut city life is what you need but away from traffic, then the hotel is a perfect 15 minutes drive to downtown Beirut.
Food and Restaurants
During my stay, I was fortunate enough to have been around the same time they have started a wellness month. A homemade juice with lemongrass for detox and dried fruit pastries was the cherry on top of my preparations for my detoxing program when back in Dubai.
The international Le Jardin du Royal, the Titanic piano bar and the Lobby Bar. In winter, the Sunday buffets are everyone’s favorites, while in summer, the Barbecue nights by the pool are popular with the in-crowds.
Family and Kids Friendly
The popular water gate is open to kids all ages and what makes this a great family stay. I have not yet brought Chloe to the park, but in summer, I can’t wait to visit! Spread over 20,000 m2, the WaterGate is a thrilling theme park that offers a host of entertaining rides, activities and restaurants!
All games open daily from 11 am to 6 pm
All games close daily from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
All games will be closed from 1-15 June, pools remain open
All games will be closed from 15-30 September, pools remain open
Wifi Complimentary throughout the hotel
Valet service is available at a charge
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