After a 5am start, a long flight and lunch in the sun, I was definitely ready for a lie down. The thought of a two-hour massage made me a little dubious, however – would I be snoring into the round, face-shaped hole within a minute of being horizontal? 'Probably,' my masseuse advised me. But that was more than OK apparently.
The two-pronged massage first involved being rubbed down with an exfoliating balm before washing the grainy substance off in the shower. So far.... so awake.
I then relaxed into a blissful sleep during a full-body massage with hot stones – the pressure was perfect for my sensitive body. The weirdest part was having so much attention paid to my hands, but as my masseuse pushed the hot stone into my palms for the fourth time the warm sensation again worked its way up my arms into my torso sending me into an almost jelly-like state. Rarely has two hours gone by so fast.
On the menu: Scrubs, baths, wraps, massages.
Signature treatment: Maruwa two-hour massage designed to mimic the beat of an African drum.
Cost: Suites start at £355 per night, two sharing
Spa Secrets magazine is a luxury lifestyle title created to captivate spa consumers and international travellers. Vibrant, elegant and above all, a great read; Spa Secrets appeals to the aspirations of its high-profile readers with insightful editorial, lively interviews, expert advice, real reviews and exclusive offers. Spa Secrets magazine is recognised as essential reading for a new generation of affluent spa consumers.See my profile »