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September 4, 2009

La Mamounia To Unveil New Spa

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

La Mamounia – a symbol of traditional Moroccan hospitality for more than 85 years— has proudly joined forces with a few of the world’s most prestigious names in beauty and wellness to launch the much-anticipated Mamounia Spa as part of the grand re-opening of the legendary hotel on September 29th, 2009. Inspired by both Moroccan and Eastern cultures, the 27,000 square-foot Mamounia Spa offers more than 80 treatments, including traditional Moroccan hammam treatments by marocMaroc, as well as holistic body and beauty treatments by SHISEIDO. Inviting guests to experience a journey to wellness in a magical atmosphere, Mamounia Spa features two traditional hammams and one private hammam, eight treatment rooms, a Spa Suite, and six outdoor massage cabanas, as well as, a hair salon by renowned stylist, Jean Michel Faretra Paris, nail treatments by La Ric, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, an indoor ozone swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a relaxation room with catering service and a boutique.

Conceived by internationally acclaimed interior designer, Jacques Garcia, Mamounia Spa pays homage to traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and customs with the use of local materials, such as tile, marble, tadellakt and wood, while incorporating modern design elements. Public spaces allow for the “sharing of beauty secrets” associated with the traditional Moroccan hammam ritual, while private treatment rooms and a Spa Suite, featuring a hammam, hair salon and double treatment room, provide tranquil havens for those who prefer a more intimate spa experience.

Fragrance expert, Olivia Giacobetti, famed as one of the seven ‘noses’ of the world, worked tirelessly to produce a series of scents for La Mamounia. These draw inspiration from local flavors and ingredients such as the fresh date, and are used to fragrance guest amenities and scented candles which flicker throughout the property.

Complementing the Mamounia Spa, the Fitness Pavilion, situated amidst the hotel’s historic 20 acres of gardens, invites guests to tone and revitalize, offering: a yoga, Pilates and aerobic studio; cardio and weight equipment; sauna; plus a heated outdoor ozone pool. Two clay tennis courts are available for guest play and as an exclusive to La Mamounia, international tennis legend, Henri Leconte, is developing the La Mamounia Tennis Academy with additional tennis clinics scheduled throughout the year. Additional exhibition matches, including Henri Leconte with Moroccan and global tennis stars will take place annually at La Mamounia.

The ceremony of the hammam is an age-old ritual of purification and well-being, exemplifying the Moroccan art of living. By reinterpreting ancestral beauty customs through modern formulas, marocMaroc brings the most enchanting tales of beauty to life with an opulent skin care line inspired by the legends and rituals of Morocco, as well as the land itself.

Drawing from Morocco’s rich local resources, Essences du Maroc, a specialist division of marocMaroc has created a luxurious skin care line exclusively for La Mamounia. The all-natural signature products, include: Savon Noir, an black soap exfoliant made from pressed olives and salt; Ghassoul, a mineral clay extracted from the Atlas Mountains, traditionally used as a gentle cleanser for skin and hair; Huile d’Argan, a regenerating Moroccan tree oil; a toning and smoothing Eau de Rose (rose water); and a refreshing Eau de Fleur d’Orange (orange water). Mamounia Spa’s highly trained staff carefully selects the appropriate marocMaroc products paired with healing therapies to create a customized hammam experience.

SHISEIDO—based on a philosophy distinguished by ancient traditions of health and beauty combined with state-of-the-art technology—is the perfect counterpart to Mamounia Spa. Inspired by the company’s cultural heritage, SHISEIDO’s signature Qi Method introduces a holistic dimension to beauty treatments, combining Eastern and Western massage techniques with the use of SHISEIDO skincare products.

At Mamounia Spa, licensed aestheticians are fully trained to use the products and techniques, in keeping with the Japanese concept of hospitality to provide the ultimate in well-being. The specific needs of each customer are determined during a one-on-one private consultation preceding the treatment. This undivided attention, entirely dedicated to achieving utter satisfaction, is focused on creating a custom-designed program selected from the variety of face and body treatments available.

Jean Michel Faretra Paris:
Under the direction of Paris’ acclaimed celebrity coiffeur, La Mamounia’s hair salon by Jean Michel Faretra Paris offers high style for both men and women. Noted for his creativity and skill, Faretra has been recognized as one of the world’s top “hair designers” by industry leaders and media alike and regularly styles in France, Argentina, Japan, the UK, Colombia and Peru. An ambassador for Sebastian and Wella Color, Faretra works with SHISEIDO make-up and cosmetics and can transform guest’s hair and makeup with flair.

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La Ric:
Mamounia Spa offers the ultimate pampering for hands and feet with manicures and pedicures by La Ric. A menu of luxurious treatments include aromatherapy, masks and scrubs, followed by the application of La Ric’s glossy, fast-drying polishes, available in a full range of colors from ‘Wildberries’ to ‘Green Tea’ to offer a fully groomed look.

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