The Crown Plaza Hotel has the famous Spa Aquatonic and when I was still with Hayati he asked me to give it a try. He wanted to buy me a yearly membership so I could go with him to the aquatonic pool several times a week.
I was very impressed with the size and beauty of the spa. It's just gorgeous! My photos do not do the spa justice at all. I felt like I walked into a calming sanctuary. The ladies room was beyond amazing and very large. I went when it wasn't crowded so I almost had the place to myself.
I immediately met an American lady who wasn't the least bit friendly. She was almost rude as I asked her several questions (utilizing my best Southern manners) about her experience at the spa. Of course she was a damn "Yankee"! ;) LOL! I finally got her to open up a little. She didn't seem like the spa type and kind of looked like a prison guard. :P
I was quickly whisked away to the aquatonic pool where a spa attendant gave me a tour and explained they would let me try it out for free. That day was mixed but there wasn't any ladies in the pool.
I wasn't allowed to take pics inside the pool area so this one is from the Spa Aquatonic website (here). I loved my experience in the pool and everything about the spa up to that point.
Every detail of the spa is well thought of and immaculate. You really feel like you're in a 'real' spa and not a tiny space made to feel like a spa.
The lobby where you can sit and have tea and juice.
The front door and the parking lot is out to the right. They have valet parking in front of the Hotel door. One thing I do not like about the spa is the location. You have to drive to Farwaniya and it's not pleasant. Still, the amazing Spa Aquatonic is worth it.
Inside the room I was shocked how large it was compared to other spas. Their rooms are very quiet and the massage tables are even heated. Unfortunately the room was freezing cold and I kept asking the massage therapist to make it warmer but she never fixed it. I literally had the shakes from the chill and asked her to turn up the heated table and cover me with extra towels. :(
Everything about this spa is amazing except for the actual massage. The massage therapist was the worst one I've ever had in my life. She was just terrible and I'm not a difficult customer. Her English was good but if I asked her something she wouldn't do it. I asked her to concentrate on two key areas and she just ignored me. I asked her again and she did the opposite of what I asked. She kept talking the entire time and I just kept getting more and more agitated. She didn't even seem to know how to give a massage so I asked her if she was new. She said that she had been there for years. Apparently they had just lost several of their best therapists because a new salon owner came and hired them. I was beyond disappointed with the massage and on the verge of getting sick from the freezing cold air.
Lovely attention to details.
This is where you go to relax after your treatment and I was alone. I thought about complaining but then I didn't want to get her in trouble. I knew nothing could fix her technique and that only those who do not get regular massages would think she was decent.
I would definitely go back and try another massage therapist because Hayati said they are usually top notch. I was disappointed in the treatment but my overall experience with the acquatonic pool and spa itself was amazing.