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This March issue we look at SS19 and how you can incorporate the latest trends into that powerful prowess of yours. Speaking of which, take this time to celebrate other woman the way you’d want to be celebrated. Buy them flowers, coffee, or a spa day. Take a girlfriend under your wing and sit down to just listen to her latest struggle with whatever challenging kid-phase, work issue or personal struggle that they are dealing with. Pass along the inspiration you feel from other females. Tell them “Good job!” for juggling so much instead of the tired, “I don’t know how she does it.” Here’s the thing: we know we’re in a special club as females. We’re a pretty intimidating bunch. It’s a sisterhood and there’s a code. Everyone is different, and the best thing we can do for each other is to embrace that and just celebrate who we are. Yes, there’s International Women’s Day, but deem this as the day to kick-start the constant reminder that we should all pause and just compliment one another, for the simple reason of ‘just because’ - all year around. It’s time to celebrate YOU. Good job, sister! Keep going - because, I see you.
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Inspired by a sense of naissance and renaissance, the brand focuses on the synchrony of metamorphosis and the burgeoning promise of newness, in its association with the rhythm of time and season. The collection is devised around an array of silhouettes adventurously mixed with materials such as technical and woven satin. Each group considers the brand distinctive attention to craftmanship and welcomes the complexity of technique and inventive artistry. The Folded Group insists on simple lines and subtle contrast, details which seamlessly converge, celebrating semantic and exploring elements of natural symmetry. A play on proportion in product, with soft nappa leather and metallics, for a challengingly understated BNWN offer. Solid natural metals become a key feature on braids and piping which, combined with meek
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FINDING YOUR FEET To commemorate International Women’s Day we couldn’t help but get things off on the right foot with the beautiful MARY ALICE MALONE, Founder & Creative Director of eponymous luxury shoe label Malone Souliers. Where do you gain your inspiration for your innovative designs? Art and psychology are both personal interests of mine. I find that a lot of my inspiration comes from a blend of psychology, art and where they intersect. I really enjoy evolutionary psychology; how the male-female dynamic has got to be. Were we to approach the basis of its instinct, shoes are fundamentally of sensuous presentation, albeit to the same or opposite sex – an ode to one’s self-admiration and often the wish for its external celebration. I am constantly trying to understand ‘what?’ and ‘why?’ we do, uncovering the elements that make women 22
feel beautiful, and more so. Art is of same inspiration, heavily boding on concepts reflective emotion and meditative intimacy. Tell us about your biggest challenge that you have faced with Malone Souliers and how you have overcome such difficulties. It was hard in the beginning to launch a brand as an unknown in the luxury shoe market that was already saturated with established brands. You have been quoted as saying ‘Comfort is king’, how have you ensured that this vision is showcased throughout the design process in ‘Malone Souliers’s collections’? I design architecturally, and secondly aesthetically. Every line and its final form is considered, each shoe must support to a woman’s form and weight, so much so the position of the heel is exact to a millimeter to ensure that the weight is perfectly balanced, and not thrown out of sync with the rest of the body. Malone Souliers has already gained international status with a whole accolade of icons adorning their feet, such as when THOSE blockheeled Marjorie shoes were worn by Amal Clooney. As a label you have collaborated with British ready-to-wear label Roksanda and French couture house classic Emanuel Ungaro, is there anyone else you would love to collaborate with? Collaborating with others is a beautiful privilege of getting to see and understand another girl, another woman, and indeed another vision. We are actually in talks with some very exciting Ready-to-Wear brands at the moment that I would love to collaborate with, so watch this space. As Founder and Creative Director of Malone Souliers what design from the Malone Souliers brand could you not live without?
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“Collaborating with others is a beautiful privilege of getting to see and understand another girl, another woman, and indeed another vision.”
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The mule style is what we are known for as a brand, in particular our iconic Maureen silhouette. This has been a favourite from day one. People are more aware of what they are wearing now-a-days and where their clothing is sourced. Do you follow a particular ethical approach throughout your portfolio? We are always mindful of our production process and the impact it has when creating a new collection. What is your plan for the near future, and where do you hope to take the brand in the next five to ten years? Ten years seems very far! I would love to simply continue to do what we are doing and what we do; creating comfortable and beautiful shoes that women want to wear and feel confident and empowered when they do. Since we are celebrating International Women’s Day this month, how would you describe a female who wears Malone Souliers? I design for a specific woman, but only in attitude and embodiment. I don’t care where she comes from - whether she’s a mother or a hedge fund banker, I am more fascinated by a woman who is unapologetically herself. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people are aware of. Before I studied at Cordwainers and became a shoe designer I actually was a furniture maker! Malone Souliers collections are exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, City Centre Bahrain @malonesouliers / @saksme www.ohlala-magazine.com
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We cannot help but feel that PASQUALE BRUNI’s latest collection GIARDINI SEGRETI is the perfect gift to celebrate Mother’s Day, or, any other day for that matter. looks can be created: from a precious scarf to a soft bag or worn in the hair to create a gem turban. The collection offers precious matching pendants and earrings which follow the lines of the body and to which a charm of leaves can be added for a daily chic look that is transformed into wear for important evenings. Pasquale Bruni collections are available at Asia Jewellers boutiques located in Moda Mall, Seef Mall, Al Aali Mall and City Centre Bahrain. For more information, please contact them on 17535344 @asiajewellers
iardini Segreti, this is the name of the iconic collection by Pasquale Bruni dedicated to the secret courtyards of Milan, its hidden gardens, real gems protected in the heart of the city, magical places which tell stories of secret encounters, art and nature. Giardini Segreti are pieces of jewellery in gold and diamonds which are born to sinuous leaves and create floral motifs. The seductive collection of rings is shaped on hands in order to obtain a perfect and sensual fit, in harmony with the body and its movements. Rings dress the hands in an unusual, intriguing and feminine way to give every woman the chance to create her garden, with the union of two or more rings creating continuous secret shapes. Each ring and pendant is also designed to accompany the Italian-made silk square which echoes the floral motif of the collection. Playing with the jewellery and the scarf, multiple
“It is fascinating and gives a real sense of joy to see how a tree wears its leaves in the dazzle of daylight. Nature conceals infinite secrets to discover and experience first-hand to feel like a flower in the most invaluable garden of life.” - says Eugenia Bruni, Creative Director of the Maison.
A FAMILY BEHIND A JEWEL PASQUALE BRUNI HAS BEEN CREATING, FOR TWO GENERATIONS, STUNNING JEWELLERY FOR WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD. EVERY CREATION IS A BLEND OF THE NOBILITY OF METAL WITH THE RICHNESS OF THE GEMSTONES, EACH PIECE MADE BY HAND IN A WORKSHOP IN THE HEART OF ITALY, WHERE EVERY DAY HE BRINGS HIS CRAFT, SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE AND EXPERIENCE TO THE STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF COLLECTIONS MADE IN ITALY. THE WORK HE PERFORMS IS THE EXPRESSION OF A “VERA PASSIONE”, A TRUE PASSION WHICH ANYONE WEARING PASQUALE BRUNI’S JEWELLERY CAN FEEL. CREATING A COMPANY RECOGNISED WORLDWIDE FOR THE EXCELLENCE OF ITS CRAFTSMANSHIP AND UNIQUE DESIGN; SINCE 1976, PASQUALE BRUNI HAS EPITOMISED QUALITY, ALONG WITH HIS DAUGHTER EUGENIA, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BRAND SINCE 2001 AND HIS SON DANIELE, NOW THE CEO OF PASQUALE BRUNI USA. NATURE IS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND WOMEN ITS TRUE MUSES. THE CREATIONS REFLECT A LOVE OF FREEDOM AND THE FREEDOM OF WOMEN. JEWELLERY OF DYNAMISM, EXPRESSION AND PASSION TAKES SHAPE, REVEALING A CONSTANT DESIRE TO EXPERIMENT. WHAT COMES ACROSS IS A DESIRE TO IMBUE THE JEWELLERY WITH A SOUL, SO THAT THE SOUL IS TRULY VISIBLE.
HAUTE HOROLOGY THE HUBLOT GENEVA DAYS 2019 NOVELTIES MIDDLE EAST ROADSHOW
Hublot brings its Geneva Days Roadshow to Bahrain for the fourth consecutive year, to present its first novelties for 2019 celebrating the “Art of Fusion” with innovative materials in various shapes and colours. David Tedeschi, Regional Director Hublot Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & Africa, and Dr. Abdul Qassim Shirazi, Managing Director of Bahrain Jewellery Centre, presented the new collection to Hublotistas and press members, and introduced the new Classic Fusion Bahrain Edition, an exclusive Titanium watch featuring the Bahrain emblem on the top of the cover and different iconic forts inside the cover which shields the red dial. Guests gathered at CUT, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay to discover the new watches during the highly anticipated yearly event, try out their favourite watches and share their best memories of time. The stars of the collection are the new Classic Fusion Orlinski pieces: the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Red Magic, released in a limited edition of 200 pieces, is vibrant with Hublot’s patented red ceramic, in the color of life and passion, evoking Richard Orlinski’s first Born Wild Crocodile sculpture. The new Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski carves out a creation that is as sculptural as it is free. Its wide, three-dimensional slanted case in sapphire, King Gold or black ceramic unveils structured mechanics, displaying modernity in all of its facets. With the energizing, luminous and brilliant Spirit of Big Bang Yellow Sapphire, the brand takes a new step in its colorimetric quest, marking a world first by inviting the radiance of the sun into its sapphire watches. Limited to 100 pieces, the watch takes you a little bit closer to the sun. Hublot dares to be different again, by setting for the first time ever on a watch, a baguette-cut version of the world’s most unique precious stone, the Paraíba Tourmaline. This new line comes in two variations: the Big Bang Unico Paraíba 45mm and Big Bang Paraíba One-Click 39mm, in white gold or King Gold, inviting you to dive into limpid waters through their blue sunray dial, bezels set with 48 baguette-cut and hundreds of brilliant-cut Paraíba Tourmalines, and turquoise blue alligator leather straps. 26
The elegant, minimalist and refined all-new Big Bang Unico 42mm, launched at Baselworld 2018 and featuring Hublot’s manufacture Unico 2 movement, is all dressed in white this year for a relaxed and timeless look. Whether in titanium or King Gold, the Big Bang Unico White 42mm’s size and color make it equally at home in men’s or women’s wardrobes. Ever the innovator, Hublot has added stylish new straps to its revolutionary One-Click 39mm interchangeable strap collection. The manufacture has teamed up again with Bischoff embroiderers in St. Gallen to create the Spring/Summer 2019 embroidered straps in fresh colours and tweed or tribal patterns. To these are added two new, fuchsia and turquoise Cuddly Cuffs straps, lined with soft black or white Orylag rabbit down. Commenting on the event, Dr. Abdul Qassim Shirazi said: “We are glad to be hosting in Manama again, the highly-anticipated yearly Hublot Roadshow. The novelties’ new combinations of materials, colours and shapes are a unique treat for our Hublot fans and new enthusiasts alike.” The Geneva Days 2019 Novelties Roadshow’s travels to Kuwait next, and its last stop will be in Beirut. This year is a celebration of The Art of Fusion in materials, and promises more innovation and world-firsts. Available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre (BJC), Various Stores @bahrainjewellerycentre / bjc.com.bh
Exclusive LUXURY JIMMY CHOO SHOP-INSHOP OPENS EXCLUSIVELY AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE BAHRAIN
Jimmy Choo SS19 collection boldly highlights the form and beauty of the shoe and the woman who wears it. Influences this season include the sculptures of Brancusi, and the dramatic draping inspired by the 80s Parisian couture. The result is a seductive interplay of form and fluidity released by carefully chosen fabrications that are simultaneously luxurious and self-possessed. This is the collection for standing tall, unafraid and unbowed, that was the creative director Sandra Choi’s portrayal for Jimmy Choo SS19 Collection. Inspired by her principles of integrity, confidence and power, the watch words for Jimmy Choo Spring Summer 2019. Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain marked the exclusive opening of its Jimmy Choo shop-inshop on February 21st, expanding its already vast designer shoe department. Guests were greeted with the soft melodies of a violin and welcomed with customised beverages and desserts as they entered the boutique to discover the glitz and glam of Jimmy Choo’s latest Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Mark Asfahani, Senior Division Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain,“Our aim is to provide unique experiences while upgrading the store with the latest fashion trends and the most sought-after international brands. We want our guests to enjoy the exclusive addition of Jimmy Choo to our famous shoe department located on the ground floor with the launch of the Spring/Summer ’19 collection which includes shoes and accessories. We invite you to visit the Jimmy Choo shop and enjoy the experience.” 28
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BEAUTY Column ANGELA BEITZ DISSECTS THE BEAUTY TRENDS YOU’LL WANT TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR ROUTINE FOR SS19 DEWY SKIN
Barely there, fresh-out-of-a-facial skin is one of the biggest beauty trends for SS19. This dewy look is super easy to create by blending in some highlighter with your foundation. This trend is better left simple with just a touch of baby pink or soft peach blush to give off an English rose vibe. Pare it back even more by skipping the foundation completely and opting for a light BB cream to accentuate freckles and your natural skin tone.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Glitter has been present for the last couple of seasons and it seems it’s here to stay. While this look used to be for parties it’s transitioned into a day-to-day trend with everything from glittering eyes with Swarovski crystals and heavy glitter to glitter lips. If you don’t want to do full on glitter but want to dip your toe into this trend then opt for a more wearable glitter with highlighter on the inner eye or a scatter of glitter through a metallic winged liner.
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE
A smokey eye never goes out of fashion and there is something very appealing about this look. This look was mainly present at the Tom Ford shows with a modern-sexy eye pared with sculpted skin - the look has almost a 70s grunge feel with gunmetal greys used across the eyelid and spots of gold to finish. The use of these metallic hues are perfect with a monochrome outfit.
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Bold, bushy brows are still the most popular trend for eyebrows and were seen in full force in plenty of the shows for SS19. To create this look use a volumising eyebrow gel to add texture and be sure to always brush upwards. On the complete opposite scale, bleached brows are also making their way back into fashion and are the perfect way to emphasise your eyes for a very dramatic look; be sure to pair this look with full 60s inspired lashes.
COLOUR YOUR WORLD
Colour is always popular for the Spring/Summer shows and there are plenty of great colour trends present for SS19. Eyes and brows is where you will see most colour this season with bright pink eyebrows and lots of graphic liner in heavy blue and orange. This trend is not for wallflowers so if you are going to embrace it go all the way with bright and bold make up. Forget subtle make-up and embrace a full on neon hue across your whole eyelid.
While make up trends lean more towards the bold and grunge, hair is all about romance this season. Ultra-pretty hairstyles, from elegant ballerina buns at Dior to romantic bows at Emilia Wickstead were seen, but it was Rodarte’s floral hairstyles, featuring hair laced with roses and petals, that boasted the most romantic collection for SS19.
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environment and lifestyle on skin hy is complexion harmony. Payot How do you juggle work and such an home life? iconic I think it’s important to create brand? a healthy home and work life Payot is so iconic because it has balance – I love what I do and a strong legacy: a founder who am so passionate about the Payot was a female doctor, high-quality brand, so much that it doesn’t products formulated for efficiency always feel like work, but it’s also and a pioneering spirit to consider very important to switch off at movement. Overall, Payot has times in order to clear your mind a consumer-centric vision and and keep yourself focused. we do not hesitate to put our Congestion and dryness are two consumers at the heart of the main key concerns here in the development to allow them to be region, what Payout products a part of the creation of a product. would you recommend to What is the philosophy behind combat these? the brand? You should use products that Payot is interesting because it PAYOT needs no introduction, with an will prevent sun damage and carries the values of a medical international reputation born in 1920 of the thermal shock which comes brand in the way that products are from transitioning from hot developed and tested, paired with extraordinary vision of one woman: Nadia Payot. temperatures to the cold of air a sensorial approach to creating Ahead of her time, she became one of the first conditioning. You should also unique and addictive formulas female doctors. Involved in the women’s rights exfoliate on a regular basis to with a strong performance. We movement, Nadia Payot demonstrated her prevent dark spots and use a have the authenticity of a medical range such as the Uni Skin line brand with the audacity of a commitment to using her medical, scientific from Payot that will even out cosmetics brand – this is what and herbal expertise in the skincare products your complexion and prevent any makes Payot unique. she developed. ANGELA BEITZ speaks with environmental damage. What are Payot’s best selling MRS MARIE-LAURE SIMONIN BRAUN, What is your daily skincare products and why? regime? The best-selling products CEO of Payot to talk about the brands I started to take care of my would be “PÂTE GRISE relevance to this day. eye-contour early and always L’ORIGINALE”, a mythical put my eye care products in the product launched 70 years fridge in order to better fight puffiness and dark circles, I also make sure to ago and a market reference for acne prone-skin and pimples. “MY PAYOT JOUR” a playful, joyful product with an addictive texture and fragrance and thoroughly and carefully remove my make-up, which is the key to keeping the “UNISKIN line” a major innovation that counteracts the influence of the skin in good condition. 46
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What are the key ingredients in your products that make them work? Most of the main ingredients come from science, such as Hyaluronic acid and Retinol which are the two most effective ingredients for skincare today – especially in anti-ageing products. We try to create the perfect mix of these effective ingredients with herbal extracts from medicinal plants, so every product will have the right balance of these two types of ingredients. What is your best skincare advice for glowing skin? I would say, make sure that you exfoliate skin and use a weekly mask, this will help to refine pores and give a lighter and brighter complexion. You should also avoid using water on your skin if you aren’t following it with a toner – water is not pH balanced to your skin, water has a neutral pH of 7 and skin should have a pH balance of around 5.5, therefore every time you splash water on your skin or you rinse your face with water it will upset the pH balance which can cause skin to become dry or sensitive - using a toner after you put water on your skin will help you to maintain a glowing complexion. What’s next for the brand? We are launching “BLUE TECHNI LISS”, the new PAYOT “slow-age” line. Cutting-edge technology products designed to fight wrinkles and digital pollution. “BLUE TECHNI LISS” line contain several forms of hyaluronic acid targeting wrinkles combined with plant extracts fighting against the excess of free radicals created by blue light over exposure. It offers an answer to the evolution of women’s lifestyle and proposes a simple routine: day / night / weekend. www.payot.com 48
FIT FOR A QUEEN With Mother’s day around the corner and female empowerment being celebrated this month, I thought it was only fair to treat myself to a beauty overhaul at GLOSS SALON & SPA.
’ll be honest, I’m one of those girls who doesn’t wash their hair too much, prefers it to have that ‘scruffy’ look (probably doesn’t look as good as I think it does) and I’m currently writing this as I sit with wet hair as I’ll most likely not move until its dried itself off. So what on earth would a girl like me want from Gloss Salon & Spa, a multi-faceted beauty salon in Juffair? Saying that, once I actually had a sneak peek at the place, I got a little bit excited. After all, I’m a big fan of self-
care so if it means I don’t have to wash my own hair for once, that’s great news. When I entered the salon I have to say, I was really impressed - I mean look at it, it’s stunning. I walked in and was greeted by their owner Sheikha AlAnood Al Khalifa, owner of Gloss Salon and Spa who created the concept, and her therapist and stylists who are ever-so-polite and attentive. And when the first thing she asks me is “Would you like a cup of coffee?” - I was sold, especially since they stock it exclusively from Nomad Urban Eatery. First on my beauty list was some waxing treatments, which were ridiculously overdue and wouldn’t look out of place in Jumanji, but hey, it’s been Winter for what feels like forever. I was a bit apprehensive about whether or not my pain threshold cold hack my legs and armpits being waxed, but, I needn’t of worried. Virgie was so efficient with the hot wax she made it a painless experience. You ladies HAVE to try this hot wax, they have strawberry, chocolate and gold flavours. Talk about a five star service! I’ve recently had my hair trimmed and girls, you all know that feeling when you first get it trimmed and you feel like you’ve lost all of your length...well I’m still mourning the loss of that length - so I didn’t want anything that would make it look shorter. Poor girl, I had purposely not washed my hair for days because I knew I was coming to Gloss but I’m sure she’s had worse, right?
“The first part of the process is of course ‘the wash’, and oh-my-gosh I wanted to eat whatever it was that she was washing my hair with, it smelt amazing, but, it was also incredibly relaxing, I’d happily come back just to get my head massaged again.”
BEAUTY Spotlight MARCH PACKAGES ULTIMATE QUEEN Facial (1hr) Head and Shoulder Massage (30 mins) Wash Blow Dry and treatment (1hr 20 mins) Total Time: 2hrs 50mins BD 65 LASH QUEEN Eyelash tint Eyebrow shaping / Tint Manicure Total Time: 1hr 45mins BD 20 BEAUTY QUEEN Express Make Up With a choice or lashes or Ghua Sha treatment 30 minutes Waxing for Legs and Underarms* Tota Time: 2hrs BD 38 *T&C’s may apply @glossbahrain
The first part of the process is of course ‘the wash’, and oh-my-gosh I wanted to eat whatever it was that she was washing my hair with, it smelt amazing, but, it was also incredibly relaxing, I’d happily come back just to get my head massaged again. Now, onto my express makeup. It’s important to note that it’s called express only based on the expertise of the MUA Zuvia and her years of experience, but, this does not mean that it lacks in quality - far from it. Zuvia’s makeup is flawless, she is a natural at putting everyone around her at ease and she clearly listens to her clients. I’m not normally a makeup person and I was quite nervous about looking too ‘done’ but the makeup looked natural and I was incredibly pleased with my final look. If only I looked this good the next morning! Moving on to my blowdry and I must say that Stefan is an absolute hair wizard. He had done exactly what I asked, whilst also providing me with an overview of what my hair needs to ensure it steers away from being lacklustre. Stefan achieved the perfect ‘wavy-but-nottoo-wavy’ look so that my just past-shoulder length hair turned into a bob. I actually felt like my hair was too good for the rest of what was going on that day. Sometimes I’m so caught up in wearing the same clothes, going through the same routine with my hair and makeup and not really bothering to get dressed up too much that I forget what it’s like to be a little more ‘glam’. And the end result? I loved it, honestly. So, next time I’m off out for brunch, an event or treating a loved one...I know where I’m heading. Thank you to Gloss Salon for my overhaul - you’re amazing! www.ohlala-magazine.com
DESSANGE Do-Over 2.0 This month is all about female empowerment and these two lucky volunteers are now in their second month of ‘Do-Over’. Join us as we follow them on their transformation both inside-and-out. THE JOURNEY
“Growing up, I was always on the heavy side, my mom is a great cook and I didn’t want to disappoint her. As I grew older, so did my unhealthy obsession with emotional eating. I’d stay indoors, eat less, hide from the outside world because I felt too ugly. I learned to hide through selfdeprecating humour and pretending like I had a medical issue. I hate shopping because finding my size is still a challenge and no matter what I do, my skin still looks like bubble-wrap. Someday, I will learn to love all of it, not today, but, someday soon thanks to Dessange.” - Michelle D’Souza “Back in August 2017, I was having surgery to remove lumps in both breasts. The day of the operation, I signed Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) papers as I really didn’t want to wake up. The not knowing what I’d wake up looking like, was a harrowing thought at 30 years old. The results came back as benign, however the scars run deep, physically and emotionally, 52
MARCH OFFERS MOTHER’S DAY USE THE TAG #MUMOFTHEYEAR TO BE ENTERED INTO A COMPETITION TELLING DESSANGE WHY YOUR MUM DESERVES THE COVETED TITLE OF “MUM OF THE YEAR.” TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A AN EXCLUSIVE COMPLIMENTARY PACKAGE. START TAGGING AND SHARING! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, DESSANGE ARE OFFERING ALL SERVICES ON FRIDAY THE 8TH MARCH A COMPLIMENTARY BLOW-DRY! IMPORTANT DATES! 17TH MARCH - “DESSANGE WOMEN’S WARRIOR RELAY” - 6PM 30TH MARCH - OPEN DAY/LADIES DAY OUT - 9AM -6PM. CLASSES ARE BEING HELD EVERY HOUR FROM DESSANGE’S WORKOUT SCHEDULE ALONGSIDE A VARIETY OF MEMBERSHIP DEALS, REFERRAL DEALS AND NOT FORGETTING SOME FABULOUS SPA AND SALON PACKAGES. @dessangebahrain
I feel very self conscious in certain clothing and around people I don’t know. This is not who I am. I was a social butterfly. With the help of Dessange and their incredible generosity and kindness from all the staff I’m blossoming into the empowered woman I want to be.” - Natasha Fletcher
BEAUTY Spotlight SKIN DEEP Natasha
Skin Type: Sensitive combination skin due to dehydration from work, puffy eyes due to irregular hours of sleep and no eye care regime and not thoroughly cleansing skin. Suffers from oily/open pores on both cheeks and T-zone are due to abrasive at-home exfoliation products. Her skin has mild redness on both cheeks and there is some sagging skin on her neck and jawline due to losing weight.
DESSANGE SKIN CARE PLANS: 2 x a month for 111 Skin Original Spa/Clinical Facial - A highperformance facial that enhances the skin’s ability to repair and restrengthen itself using our iconic Y Theorem Serum – a clinically-proven product which utilises our unique NAC Y2 formula. Combined with our Signature Steps, including the Deep Muscle Facial Massage, skin is completely rested and restored. Significance: To help and treat Natasha’s skin sensitivity, deeply hydrating, non- abrasive exfoliator comes from lactic acid and will provide an immediate glow and lift to her skin. Result: 2-3 sessions
THE UPDATE Michelle:
Skin Type: Dry, dull and combination skin due to years of negligence, lifestyle and stress. Dark circles around eye area due to smoking, alcohol intake and no eye care, or skin cleansing regime. Clogged/open pores on both cheeks and T-zone due to superficial exfoliator without face mask. Her skin has pigmentation on both nasolabial areas, cheeks have acne scarring and there is sagging skin on neck and jawline.
DESSANGE SKIN CARE PLANS:
“We will review Michelle’s diet again and change the workout program to shock the body with improved results.The most important thing is not to get demotivated when you don’t see the scales going down as losing inches is just as important.” - Dessange
2 x a month for Dermalogica Expert Active facial with Diamond Microdermabrasion Intensive resurfacing treatment, powerful and concise range facial treatment. This super-charged treatment features our professional grade BioSurface™ Peel powered up with the latest technology to deliver smooth polished skin. Significance: By using dermalogica Power Bright skin range it will deeply cleanse and exfoliate, cure and rescue her skin and prevent the formation of hyperpigmentation. Result: 3-6 sessions
Natasha and Michelle
UPPER BODY (UPPER CHEST/BRA LINE GIRTH): 3 INCHES LOST LOWER BODY (THIGHS): 2 INCHES LOST. STARTING WEIGHT WEEK 1: 101.5KG WEIGHT WEEK 3: 101.5KG
LOWER ABS: 2 INCHES LOST LOWER BODY (THIGHS): 2 INCHES LOST STARTING WEIGHT WEEK 1: 63.5KG WEIGHT WEEK 3: 62KG “Again, we will review Natasha’s diet and change her workout routine to shock the body. Both ladies have been very positive about their journey so far in Dessange. It’s important for us to work closely together with full motivation and support.” - Dessange
Both ladies will benefit from an Endermolift Facial once a week. This is an anti-ageing treatment that naturally stimulates the youth cells to increase production of Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic. (15 mins to combine with LPG session) Significance: A specific program set in the LPG machine will activate the natural lipolysis process to refine skin, eliminate toxins and to reactivate the face’s radiance by smoothing skins texture and treating clogged or enlarged pores. Result: 6-8 sessions www.ohlala-magazine.com
HEATING UP Treatments are definitely heating up in Bahrain as THE SPA at FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY brings to us the latest in innovative technology, Onnetsu.
T “The properties of the oil and the infrared device promote circulation and expel toxins - something that everyone can benefit from.” 54
he Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is the epitome of serenity and luxury. It blends modern and traditional design seamlessly just as the iconic structure which it lies within does throughout. From the moment you arrive, staff are at hand to take care of your every need and the thoughtful addition of valet parking is part of this. As I entered the lobby area it was immediately evident that The spa is an extension of the excellence, luxury and understated elegance which has become synonymous with Four Seasons brand. The treatment areas, hammam, pools and steam rooms are housed within four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens punctuating the area with greenery and colour. The Spa areas are flooded with light. The ambience is airy, clean, crisp and refreshing. The spa treatments employ ethically sourced ingredients and many draw inspiration from traditional local sources and techniques. The Onnetsu Therapy was developed by a Japanese Doctor, Madam Toneko Mitsui. Japan is a fusion of cutting edge technology and traditional Asian healing treatments. This unique context allowed the Mitsui-Onnetsu technique to be developed. It focuses on boosting the immune system, using heat to stimulate cells which are cold and lack energy and therefore are ‘unhealthy’. The far infrared technology within the massage wand was developed by NASA and lies within the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, this is nothing more than heat and isn’t dangerous. This high technology is then combined with the fundamental principles of acupuncture and reflexology by focussing on pressure points
HEALTH Files “It’s important to understand how the technique was developed and that despite it seeming so futuristic it is rooted firmly in traditional, ancient philosophies and methods.”
and penetrating the organs with heat which is known as moxibustion. You will be relieved to hear that you won’t have to concentrate this hard at any point during the treatment but it’s important to understand how the technique was developed and that despite it seeming so futuristic it is rooted firmly in traditional, ancient philosophies and methods. I was greeted and welcomed warmly by the hosts and my therapist who explained the facilities which were available to me prior to and following my treatment. I was enrobed in a luxurious white gown and I deposited my belongings in an electronic locker, allowing my feet to snuggle into the cloud-like slippers. Each element is so thoughtfully organised and designed to make guests feel cherished. Lounge areas are also tailored to the individual needs of each client. You have the option of a variety of lounge areas in which to unwind prior to your treatment or to enjoy the afterglow, whether that be basking in the Jasmine Lounge illuminated by bright sunshine or the peaceful sanctuary of a more dimly lit relaxation area. The relaxing foot ritual marked the commencement of my Spa experience. My feet were soaked in salts and I was presented with a choice of four oils which would be used during my treatment. Each oil was coloured to reflect its properties and ingredients and was offered to me on my wrist as the benefits of each were explained. Presented in conical glass apothecary bottles giving a respectful nod to tradition. I opted for Dream Garden which was a blend of Jojoba Oil, Cranberry and Sweet Almond which is extremely hydrating. The treatment bed was vast and I didn’t feel, as I have during so many other spa visits, that I was teetering on the edge of a narrow platform. The piece de
resistance was one solitary red rose placed delicately on the crisp white pillow. Pure decadence and sophistication. The properties of the oil and the infrared device promote circulation and expel toxins - something that everyone can benefit from. In turn this boosts the immune system which means that this treatment is useful for both people with existing medical conditions and those suffering from something more common such as muscle tension. My body was encompassed in an overwhelming relaxed state as my therapist worked her magic on each section of my body; kneading out the knots that had accumulated on my somewhat lethargic frame. The tension surrendered to the pressure of my therapists meticulous movement and technique as it succumbed to an higher level of comfort. The heat from the Onnetsu Wand complemented the deep-tissue massage perfectly and eliminated by body from any remaining strain - this wand is actual magic and will become a regular staple in my well being regime. It’s important to note that during the consultation stage you can discuss your preference of pressure. The carefully directed massage followed by the application of the wand was both stimulating and relaxing. Usually massage treatments create a sense of relaxation or invigoration but this treatment genuinely generates a sense of wellbeing in addition to this and my body felt cleansed and refreshed. The Onnetsu Treatment was a revelation to me, in that I had not expected it to have such positive, immediately evident effects on my entire body. Undoubtedly repeating the treatment regularly would be beneficial in order to maximise its effects and make lasting changes to existing medical conditions. However, it is definitely worth experimenting with it as a standalone treatment. The entire Spa experience is like taking a deep cleansing breath for your body and mind… Now, what better present could you give to that lovely Mother of yours than this advantageous pamper? For reservations or more information, please call +973 1711 5000 @fsbahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com
Amy Gattas B I J O U X F I N E J E W E L L E RY
Based in Paris, and with Middle Eastern-Colombian heritage, Amy Gattas is a fine jeweller whose work is an intensely personal reflection of family and culture. Splitting her time between an atelier in Paris, workshop in Colombia, and family home in Beirut, Gattas is passionate about the art of Colombian Filigree, Gattas is on a mission to keep traditional craftsmanship alive. Having studied design in Paris, and found her passion in jewellery design, Amy travelled through India, Morocco and Peru, researching jewellery making techniques and traditions. In the end, it was in her very own country, Colombia, that Amy discovered the ancestral know-how of the goldsmiths, who work an extremely fine solid silver wire known as filigree. Filigree is the signature of Amy Gattas’ jewellery collection, blended with influence from contemporary arts. Amy Gattas Bijoux pieces are made from silver, gold, raw emerald and amethyst stones. Each of the filigree pieces are hand-made by craftsmen in Mompox, Colombia with a mixture of thread, patience, love and persistence. The stones used in the collection include amethyst from the cave of Muzo near Bogota, plus precious and semi-precious stones from Brazil and Birmani. Amy Gattas’ collection is a reflection of her primary inspirations; the natural beauty of raw gemstones, her Middle Eastern heritage, and the indigenous Colombian art that is a constant influence on her. Following a meticulous design process that gives birth to pieces that are fluid and organic, Amy Gattas Bijoux pieces are full of complexity, personality and detail. Standout pieces from the collection include gold ‘tendril’ hoop earrings that wrap in a spiral through the ear, delicate open cuffs with chunky raw emerald inserts, and decadent statement earrings in tiers of petal-shaped gold filigree. Gattas shares: ‘’ I want this brand to by a legacy for generations to come. To keep craftsmen, work alive through the mixture of East and West. My dream is for this brand to educate others on the importance of artisan work that can’t replace by machines’’.
Amy Gattas jewellery is available to purchase at www.amygattas.com @amygattas 58
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HOTEL SPA REEF RESORT, REEF ISLAND An oasis of serenity awaits you as holistic therapies from around the world exude exotic aromas through their male and female spa’s enchanting interiors. Designed to restore and revitalise, these chic and elegant spas energise the body and replenish the mind.
property, this spa benefits from its unassuming location as it is the only luxury spa in the immediate Bab Al Bahrain vicinity. It is the very definition of what it means to escape the bustle of urban life. It’s the perfect place to wind down.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS
The Spa at the Four Seasons is a dream space. It provides the most complete experience you could want from a hotel spa – with stunning ornate features, a glorious indoor pool and more indulgent treatments than you could imagine. The entrance alone elicits a big wow.
Amwaj has been the go-to destination for recreational activities in Bahrain for over a decade. With ART Rotana being the ultimate resort hotel in the area, the spa provides an escape like no other. It’s the kind of spa you could while away in for hours on end and come out of it feeling fantastic.
ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS The Beach Club is the perfect luxury meets fitness and wellness destination. Boasting stunning design elements across the club, it is fully equipped to meet the needs of gym-goers, sun worshippers and kids. There are plenty of activities that you can get involved with, too.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN
The Spa has so many levels that it is its own entity within Four Seasons Hotel. The sheer labyrinth of the premises is a world away from the outside hustle and provides much- needed tranquillity. Every corner you turn, you find more luxury and reason to indulge.
REEF RESORT, REEF ISLAND
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA
We like to think of this spa as one of the original resort spas on the island – everyone thinks it, we’re saying it. The Ritz-Carlton have always been synonymous with luxury, resort and excellence. The grounds are pristine, the spa is a haven, you can’t get more resort than this.
THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA This has been a great addition to the Gulf Hotel’s leisure facilities. Right bang in the heart of the city, this is a true escape to serenity and calm. It’s the perfect place for indulgence, relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s been the talk of town since its opening and it deserves every positive word coming its way.
BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, DOWNTOWN ROTANA Located on the 9th floor of this capital city
Amidst an ambience of seclusion and luxury, the multi-award- winning Al Areen Spa offers a unique and exquisite haven for busy lives. Drawn from the Chinese element’s philosophy and other Asian traditions practiced centuries ago, our intimate retreat blends romance and serenity with exotic sensuality.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
One of the most classic hotel spas, The RitzCarlton provides a chic and dreamy space for anyone who wants to indulge in some self-care. From the elegant changing room area to the woodpanelled treatment rooms to the Thalassotherapy pool, you get a proper nurturing experience.
For a spa founded on the benefits of the sea, the Sofitel spa experience is truly indulgent. The spa offers a vast array of seawater-based treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage and wellness which aim to restore vitality and balance. With its location combined with its soul-soothing treatments, this is your go-to zen place.
AL AREEN PALACE & SPA
Nestled amidst expansive date gardens leading up to a pristine lagoon, Reef Resort is a peaceful sanctuary right within the heart of the city, a jewel amongst resorts in Bahrain.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA This sprawling property earns its resort status purely for its size and for being a wellness sanctuary like no other. What we love about this spa is how deep you go into the building and how many spaces there are to relax in. We could happily spend the rest of our lives there!
NOVOTEL BAHRAIN AL DANA RESORT The Thalasso & Spa retreat at this property is cited as one of the best places to find your balance and recharge your batteries. You can get both an invigorating or relaxing break while watching the Dhows float by. www.ohlala-magazine.com
OHLALA Awards DAY SPA THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Heavenly Spa is just that. Located at The Westin, with a link to City Centre Bahrain Mall, this spa encompasses all that it means to feel and be well. You can have the complete wellness experience at Heavenly Spa by enjoying soothing spa treatments designed to help you reclaim your relaxation and feel your best self by taking advantage of their unique fitness programmes. In short, if you go to heavenly spa in the morning, you’ll come out a new person by night.
DESSANGE PARIS Established by Jacques Dessange in Paris in 1947, the elegance of Dessange is what makes it one of the ultimate day spas in bahrain. You can get all your necessities done here – starting off by getting into shape with their fitness centre and catalogue of classes, followed by a juice bar stop for a thirst quencher and then you can unwind and get fully pampered with lots of body massages and treatments. Their plunge pool is also something to talk about!
MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN There’s something so warm and reassuring about the Mövenpick. There’s a great balance of cosmopolitan chic with colourful vitality. The fitness centre overlooking the pool and lush grounds give a feeling of paradise while the treatments lock you away in another zen world to make you feel completely relaxed and at one with your mind, body and soul.
MOMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA This spa has been the topic of conversation for a while now. Specialising in the wellness of all women and mothers, they offer bespoke services for mums-to-be, first time mums and mums who handle five kids at a time and mums that are grandmothers. Treatments are conducted by highly qualified therapists that seek to restore your sense of self, wellbeing and happiness. It’s all about inspiring women to better health. From manicures, pedicures to pregnancy massages to tummy sculpting treatments to rehydrating hair oil treatments, all your needs are met in one go here.
SASH SPA When it first opened, everyone was up in arms about how amazing Sash is. Tucked away in Riffa, you really get a sense of their ‘white paradise’ that is second to none in Bahrain. The 66
facilities are designed to relax, to renew and to re-energise guests. Every treatment is transformed into a unique and personal occasion to make it a moment created especially for you. The luxury Sash experience combines professionalism and aesthetic expertise. It’s beautiful, trust us.
THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA Rebalance your body and mind with the perfect mix of fitness and wellness. From getting centered with intense yoga classes to blowing off some steam in the sauna, they help you find your balance. Invaluable to your spa and wellness experience are the various treatments offered by their expert therapists. They offer everything from facials to deep tissue, full body massages, all tailored to your specific needs and wants.
while on-the-go, Downtown Rotana’s spa is a great pick-me-up. there’s a no frills, no fuss element to this spa where you get exactly what you need and when you need it at the drop of a hat. Bodylines offers a selection of massage treatments, including traditional thai massage, swedish massage, body masks and scrubs, as well as signature treatments – it’s as if you are in a parallel universe, when you’re really in the thick of the capital. Perfect.
THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA There’s so much to love about this city spa. Not only is it the best spa in the diplomatic area, it’s such great value for money. From a himalayan salt stone sauna to an infinity pool to their four sense relaxation lounge, your mind and body are completely replenished after a day at this spa.
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CITY SPA BODY & MIND SPA, WYNDHAM GARDEN MANAMA Nestled in the heart of Juffair you can head to the health club for the fitness centre, sauna, massage therapy, and aerobics programs, or relax in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub for overall rejuvenation.
DOWNTOWN ROTANA If you ever feel like you need an express treatment
Spa Intercontinental is a destination where every element is customised to your healthy time. It’s a space which bridges expert skincare and total wellness for your body and mind with treatments using natural products such as fruit, seeds, chocolate and yoghurt.
THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA The zen-inspired spa features treatments ranging from massages to facials. Offering four elegant pools including a luxurious spa and
encourage a healthy well-being for body and mind. There are several signature oils to choose from, formulated with natural plant and flower oils with wonderful exotic scents and powerful therapeutic benefits. This treatment works from your head to your toes, it will dissolve away all of your stress and tension held in every part of your body.
HERBAL POULTICE MASSAGE, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN Practiced for many years, this ancient art of healing promotes emotional and physical wellbeing. Warm Thai herbal compresses provide anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties to relieve stress and fatigue. One word: luxury.
TRESORS DES MERS RELAXATION MASSAGE, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA
wellness centre you’re able to drift away into a relaxing state from the hustle and bustle of the working week.
TAQAH SPA, RAMADA MANAMA CITY CENTRE Indulge at Taqah Spa at the Ramada Manama City Centre. Located on the ninth floor, Taqah Spa is available to all guests and offers a complete menu of massages, skin treatments, and healthy therapies. Rejuvenate as you enjoy a wonderful ocean view and allow yourself to truly unwind.
SPA SIGNATURE TREATMENT VIE VITALITY, THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA
The essential art of massage as part of a relaxing treatment to eliminate tension for a relaxed body. A complete body massage performed using luxuriously textured product concentrate with benefits from seawater.
INVIGORATING OUD MASSAGE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY As part of their Bahrain signature treatments, nothing is as unique as the invigorating oud massage. It’s a deep-tissue massage using slow strokes and rm pressure to ease stress, this treatment uses sodashi luxurious oud oil, rich with rose and frankincense, to melt your tension away. It’s then complemented by an exclusive facial massage using ancient australian mineral stones that balance and harmonise the body and mind.
FEMALE SPA DESSANGE PARIS Whenever someone asks us where to go for a female-only experience, we can’t help but recommend dessange. It’s practically an institution in bahrain and the favourite among ladies who love to leisure and indulge in the nicer things in life. There’s a real finesse about this spa where you feel totally taken care of and in good hands.
SASH SPA This spa has been the talk of town since it opened a few years ago. Being in the elite area of riffa, you’ll find some real haute ladies who attend. There’s a real exclusive vibe at this spa as the premises are totally closed off from the outside world, making you feel like you are in a white sanctuary. Everything about it, is elegant.
MOMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA The very essence of this spa is to celebrate women and all the amazing things we do – and to pamper us hard working women. The core values of the spa sit so well with how we feel women should be pampered, indulged and treated. At a time when women are their most beautiful, vulnerable and strong, pregnant women and new mothers can rest assured that this spa is a unique and safe space to feel free and enjoy to the max.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Impressive on an international scale, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design filled with natural light, reflecting modern Moroccan and Turkish influences. The Spa treatments, including a signature Bahrain massage, are inspired with traditional healing therapies from Asia, India and the Middle East, using only ethically sourced ingredients.
When you enter Vie Spa, you leave your troubles outside, especially if you indulge in Vie Vitality. It’s an aromatic and exhilarating journey inspired by oriental rituals of South-East Asia. The body is enveloped in deep relaxation, the spirit soothes, leaving the skin hydrated, soft and luminous with the use of black pillows filled with hot sand.
THE ULTIMATE AROMATHERAPY EXPERIENCE, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Here you can experience the ultimate customised aromatherapy experience using carefully applied pressures and techniques to www.ohlala-magazine.com
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THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Escape to a serene oasis in the heart of the city. The perfect place for indulgence, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Three floors of pure bliss and ultimate luxury where each detail has been meticulously taken care of to guarantee a memorable and unique experience.
HAMMAM TREATMENT SPECIAL MOMENTS HAMMAM, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
Minerals from the Dead Sea, thalassotherapy and plunge pools are among the waterinspired elements at this luxury spa in Bahrain. Treatments, from the Herbal Poultice Massage to the Secrets of Argan journey, also draw on rituals from Arabian history. Complementing the Bahrain hotel spa menu, which includes facials, massages and body treatments, is a setting that inspires the mind to calm with a traditional hammam, atrium pool and relaxation areas.
If you’ve been lucky enough to indulge in the women’s spa, rest assured that the men’s spa is a mirror image of fabulousness and repose. The plunge pools in particular are something to talk about – and the lighting throughout the spa is akin to peace and happiness.
THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA Experience deep rejuvenation and calm on your terms. They help you design your own health and wellness regime tailored to fit your individual needs. Whether you need to relax your mind, heal your ailments or just enjoy some rest and relaxation, you can’t go wrong with this idyllic spa resort.
MALE SPA THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN The spa here is an absolute haven for men who want to take some much-needed r&r. Treatments vary widely and include a stress reliever massage, a muscle recovery massage, an activity recover and a men’s facial. 68
MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Rimal spa ensures that all their treatment rooms are designed to the highest standards and have private showers. to ensure privacy, the wellness facility offers segregated male and female wings with relaxation waiting areas where organic herbal infusions and fruit water are served. Offering up to 43 a la carte treatments and massages Rimal Spa will never disappoint.
REEF RESORT, REEF ISLAND Lie back and revel in an extraordinary journey of rejuvenation, relaxation and pure wellness in the richly embellished spas for men and women. An oasis of serenity awaits you as holistic therapies from around the world exude exotic aromas through the spa’s enchanting interiors. Designed to restore and revitalize, these chic and elegant spas energise the body and replenish the mind.
THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA Vie Lifestyle Lab is an urban wellness spa focusing not only on relaxation and rejuvenation, but also offers you a revitalisation program with an
Special Moments Hammam Treatment at Heavenly Spa is unique in that it is the biggest hammam chamber/treatment room in Bahrain and is a sight to behold, really. You’ll get your proper Turkish hammam experience here, with experienced therapists who help you escape the overstimulation of the world outside and unwind in true tranquillity – all that exfoliation is worth it.
TRADITIONAL ROSE HAMMAM, THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Enjoy this Traditional Hammam from Arabia. Relax and let the scented black olive soap purify your body and clear your senses. Glow with vitality as a vigorous exfoliation with your personal hammam mitt. A healing rose clay body mask is applied to nourish and regenerate your skin. Rich oil with a blend of Arabian aromatherapy is massaged into the skin to soften.
TURKISH BATH CEREMONY, MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN The 90-minute Turkish Bath Ceremony is a serious invitation to explore the ottoman era, of fulfilment and serenity; the turkish bath and its unique ritual involves a soft steam and a traditional kessa glove scrub with black olive soap to remove dead skin cells, followed by a massage in a cloud of foam, resulting in total relaxation. Utter bliss.
INDULGENT RITUAL, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Pamper yourself with their Signature Hammam followed by the Ceremonial massage drawing on the Moroccan rituals including an application of heat packs to relax muscular tension, stretching to ease aches and a combination of massage
techniques using Ougent d’Argan which will melt in to the skin to nourish and leave you feeling deeply relaxed.
HAMMAM, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA This is an amazing treatment that includes a steam, body scrub and hair wash. You can add additional extra such as a detoxifying mask or an exotic moisture facial, a balinese massage or perhaps even a manicure and pedicure followed by a blow dry.
COUPLE’S TREATMENT RITUAL OF ROMANCE, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA This 120 minute escape allows you to leave the limits of time and share the experience with a friend or a loved one. refresh and re-energise your mind and soul with their special package which includes: rainmist, rose exfoliating salt and a scrub-rain shower.
I LOVE SHARING, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA This is a gentle relaxation for two that involves 1 couples hammam session, a marine body wrap and then a massage of your choice. As if you really needed an excuse to pamper yourselves.
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full-body scrub. Take a break from pampering in their relaxation room, enjoying a glass of bubbly and fresh fruits to get ready for a massage using essential oils in their luxurious couples’ room.
SPA BRAND HEAVENLY SPA, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Akin with the ultimate wellness, Heavenly Spa is true to its word. This spa brand embodies a wellness philosophy where you can surrender to a healing touch and immerse yourself in relaxing scents, inspiring melodies and invigorating massages.
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ELEMIS, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS
111SKIN, DESSANGE PARIS
This luxury brand dedicated to women’s beauty care is best at combining skin, body and hair care all under one roof. The house of Dessange, as established by Jacques Dessange in Paris 1947, is elegance recognised internationally and is one of the most trusted spa brands in Bahrain.
Developed by leading Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, 111SKIN offers the most advanced, sophisticated healing and anti-aging. Based on ingredients tested for effectiveness in extreme conditions in space, this pioneering range repairs and protects for a youthful, radiant appearance.
TIME TOGETHER, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN
THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
Celebrate love and reconnect with their Couples’ Escape package. Your journey begins with a eucalyptus steam, followed by a rejuvenating
From refining acids to natural botanicals, natura bisse offers exclusive anti-aging formulas to deliver radiant skin. These products specifically target the effects of premature aging while personalising serums and other products to meet the needs of various skin types. Discover a brand that defines luxury.
Specialising in targeted skin and body care, Elemis use natural active ingredients combined with cutting-edge science to create leading, luxury spa-driven beauty products. Producing some of the most influential anti-ageing.
THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN
COUPLES ESCAPE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
NATURA BISSE, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN
The Bahrain pearl’s thalassotherapy complex offers a vast array of seawater-based treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage and wellness. There’s also a beach club with fitness facilities, steam rooms, tennis and squash courts, and a pool.
For the couple who want it all, you can choose from 1001 roses milk or a deep relaxation bath inclusive of an essential vitamin c facial for her and a gentleman’s facial for him. Top that off with a final crescendo of an aromatherapy massage paired with melodic singing bowls proving itself as its namesake.
Time Together begins with a 15-minute steam treatment followed by a 30-minute body cleansing scrub. next an invigorating 60-minute signature massage soothes your senses, followed by a 45-minute wrap. Your ultimate experience is concluded with a 30-minute rejuvenating jacuzzi in the luxurious couple’s suite.
essentials will ensure your skin is as fit and strong as you are. Their sub-range Mama Mio ensures your skin is protected and nourished throughout the nine month stretch to keep you looking and feeling gorgeously healthy from top to toe. Pamper more, spend less and indulge in a little mama time- trust us it’s worth it!
Indulge in the next evolution of the Spa experience at The Ritz-Carlton. Every one of their spas around the globe combine world-class expertise with local flavours to deliver a bespoke experience that is undeniably unique for every guest.
Impressive on an international scale, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design filled with natural light, reflecting modern Moroccan and Turkish influences.
SPA PRODUCTS MIO, GLOSS SALON & SPA, BAHRAIN From hydrating to firming, detoxifying to exfoliating, this range of powerful bodycare
GREEN BAR INC, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Green Bar is a small company based in Bahrain reflecting a modern take on the region’s age-old middle eastern beauty rituals. They specialise in beauty oils because they believe in anointing your body like it’s a sacred temple. The underlying theme of the products is a natural extravagance.
SODASHI, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Luxurious high performance skincare meticulously crafted using the purest botanical extracts. Sodashi’s unadulterated natural ingredients, organic where possible, are ethically sourced from around the world for their powerfully regenerative and therapeutic qualities. Where their ingredients are not yet available organically at the quality they require, they’ve made the decision not to compromise the integrity of their products by using lesser organic ingredients. www.ohlala-magazine.com
OHLALA Awards ANNE SÉMONIN PARIS, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA Because everyone’s skin is unique, your beauty specialist uses the Anne Sémonin Experience to personalise treatments that are best suited to you. By combining exclusive energetic drainage with various high-performance treatment protocols such as cryotherapy and anti-gravity techniques, your Anne Sémonin treatment guarantees exceptional results leaving your skin fresh and radiant.
SPA DESIGN THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA It’s beautifully urban and luxurious with unending corridors and treatment rooms. It feels like a maze that doesn’t end but keeps going on and on. And, what’s more, the entire spa goes over three glorious floors.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Impressive on an international scale, the spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design lled with natural light, reflecting modern moroccan and turkish influences.
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA This spa space is nothing short of incredible. The soft lighting, ornate marbling and intricate mosaic patterns make this spa a joy to be in. The design has the ability to naturally re-energise you even before you step into your treatment.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN The spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the very definition of a private sanctuary – it feels like an open plan museum with historical looking columns and beautiful sculptures throughout.
THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Uncover rewarding physical and mental renewal at the Heavenly Spa by Westin in Bahrain. Spa facilities include 10 treatment rooms with designated male & female zones that are intricately designed to promote optimum zen alongside an opulent couples’ spa suite. 70
HEALTH CLUB, THE GROVE HOTEL BAHRAIN, AMWAJ
Whether you’re visiting The Grove Hotel Bahrain for business or pleasure, there’s always time to invest in you! Enjoy a breathtaking view of the ocean and Amwaj Marina from their rooftop pool and enjoy the additional fitness and leisure facilities.
FITNESS FIRST As the fitness leaders in Bahrain, their mission is to make the world (and the island) a fitter place. They do this by combining innovation in their classes and gym environment, with experienced, friendly and knowledgeable personal trainers. overall, fitness first is about having fun while exercising.
MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Nothing says health better than a club that overlooks lush greenery and a pool, right? This is what you get at the Mövenpick health club and it makes you want to pound the treadmill even harder.
CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN This health club is perfect for the on-the-go traveller who needs to take some time for themselves. This is a great club to recharge your batteries, feel good and take the world by storm again.
SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL This property provides one of the best and fully equipped health and recreation centers in Bahrain with its top of the line gymnasium, swimming pool and recreation facilities. They offer an exclusive membership that allows you to keep fit by providing you with strength and cardio equipments along with extensive recreational facilities.
DOWNTOWN ROTANA Keep fit & relax with their state-of-the-art facilities at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club located on the 9th floor of the Downtown Rotana, it offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city below. The gym is equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines from Technogym and there is a stretching ROOM for pre and post workout exercises. The rooftop swimming pool offers views over the city and is the perfect place to wind down.
As we said before, this is a premier fitness nirvana equipped with the best in modern facilities. You can benefit from specialist personal trainers who will help you up your cardio, weight management, introduce bodybuilding programs, group exercise, boxing classes, aerobics classes and nutrition plans.
LIFT BAHRAIN BOXING CLUB Head over to their website and the first thing you’ll think is: this is hardcore. And it is but the results are so worth it! This strength and conditioning centre is suitable for use by all individuals of any level of fitness. The gym is equipped with a 20 meter stretch of astroturf, trx, olympic rings, battle ropes, tyres, kettlebells, landmines and sleds.
TRAINING FOR WARRIORS The TFW system began as a fitness program originally created for some of the best combat athletes in the world more than 18 years ago. What separates the TFW system from other training programs is its holistic approach to training.
OXYGEN GYM This gym is dedicated to helping you get healthy, breathe better, decrease stress, increase body strength and achieve your overall fitness goals. Over 1000 square meters in size, Oxygen Gym is one of the largest co-ed fitness centres in Bahrain and is equipped with the most hi-tech weight training machines and cardio fitness equipment.
UFC GYM Beat the routine. Train at the caliber of world champions and get in the best shape of your life. Defy your doubts and shatter your goals with programs, training, and a community shaped to push you forward, no matter your age or athletic ability. UFC GYM features a full-range of functional fitness classes, group and private MMA training, group fitness, personal and group dynamic performance-based training, plus MMA youth programming.
COBRA FITNESS BAHRAIN There’s fit – and then there’s fighting fit. Cobra Fitness provides you with everything you need to transform both your physique and your outlook. They don’t breed gym-bunnies, they create champions through their access to martial arts discipline, high-tech gym and weights areas and results-oriented fitness classes – plus we offer nutritional advice and training tips.
reducing pain, and in replenishing hair loss in both men and women.
MICRODERMABRASION, DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. it mechanically exfoliates the outermost layer of dead skin cells (the stratum corneum) and vacuums them away, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother and if done well, looking younger and more vibrant.
SKIN TIGHTENING, MARAFIE CLINIC CROSSFIT DELMON CrossFit is strength and conditioning program based on constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity. The beauty of CrossFit is that all of their workouts and movements are universally scalable which means that anyone can workout regardless of current ability.
MEDICAL SPA HOSPITALIA BY YARA This is where medical meets luxury. With an impressive array of treatments for your complete wellness, this medical spa houses the best specialists, most cutting edge technology and is a beautiful sanctuary. Departments in this medical spa include: Dermatology, Dental, Cryotherapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen.
ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL RBH delivers state-of-the-art-medical care. With a professional team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and administrators with high-end facilities and equipment from countries such as Germany and the USA. The main attribute of quality comes from the Kims group. as Royal Bahrain Hospital is the fifth healthcare institution of the Kims group in the Gulf region, patients can expect a high level of quality care and expertise to be provided within RBH.
DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL Dr. Tariq Saeed is the renowned Bahraini, plastic, aesthetic and laser surgeon who has been in plastic surgery since 1983 and trained in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Dermoplasty at Dr.Tariq Hospital recognises that its clients are the center of its universe. It embraces and adopts the highest standards and most contemporary science in
delivering plastic surgery, laser dermatology and allied services to these clients in a caring and compassionate environment.
MARAFIE CLINIC Dr. Hanann A.Wahed Marafie is considered to be one of the leading dermatologist and cosmetic dermatologists in the Kingdom of Bahrain. With over 20 years of experience within the industry she is well known for introducing many of the latest and most advanced technologies to the Kingdom Of Bahrain.
LA SANTÉ, THE WOMEN WELLNESS CENTER Catering for women of all ages La Santé offers exclusive services in the fields of women health, wellbeing and lifestyle including clinics, rehabilitation, rejuvenation, fitness and lifestyle services.
NON INVASIVE SURGICAL TREATMENT CARBON FACIAL, HOSPITALIA BY YARA Carbon Facial is a new non invasive and painfree laser treatment that is great for treating minor skin imperfections. This includes reducing fine lines and wrinkles, tightening dilated pores, reducing acne, scars and post acne discoloration, restoring skin integrity and radiance, stimulating collagen growth and clearing pores to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads.
MESOTHERAPY, ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL Mesotherapy treatment is a non surgical cosmetic solution aimed at diminishing problem areas in your body such as cellulite, excess weight, body contouring, and face/neck rejuvenation, just to name a few. Mesotherapy can also assist in
Skin Tightening with Cutera Titan® uses a safe infrared light energy to heat the dermis deep beneath your skin’s surface with the goal of tightening facial laxity and stimulating collagen growth – without surgery, recovery time, or injections, titan is an ideal solution for your face lift and abdomen, arms skin tightening. Since the titan procedure heats tissue under the skin’s surface, patients of any skin type or age can be treated.
HYDRA FACIAL, GERMAN MEDICAL CENTRE German Medical Centre – Bahrain (GMC) operates across the Kingdom. HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. HydraFacial super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow that promises you the best skin of your life.
DENTAL SPA SEEF DENTAL The year 2005 marked the birth of Seef Dental, when Dr. Azza Fityani, Dr. Sameh Shaheen, Dr. Roger El Bassit and Dr. Sami El Bassit joined ventures to address the growing demand for professional dental services in Bahrain. The rich background of technical knowledge and academic exposure of the founders, as well as their wide spectrum of knowledge that encompassed different disciplines in dentistry, made service at Seef Dental unique and professional.
DENTAL SPECIALIST CENTRE At Dental Specialist Center, they offer a range of different services that are all carried out using the latest methods and modern techniques. from root canal treatments to dental implants to braces, their consultants are experts in their fields and you can rest assured that you will be in good hands. www.ohlala-magazine.com
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The royal dental studio houses their dental department, with a full roster of dentists, orthodontists and endodontists. Their doctors use expert dexterity and a mix of advanced techniques to ensure healthy gums and teeth. They offer comprehensive evaluation of oral health based on which preventive and conservative measures and treatments are advised to meet client needs to ensure good oral hygiene.
Every last beauty want and need is met at Dessange Paris with the utmost knowledge, care and attention. we’ve had many a manicure and pedicure here and have come away from it super happy – especially with the long-lasting results!
CERAM DENTAL Dedicated to a total comprehensive dental care approach that focuses on treating people, not only teeth. The enhance their patient’s experience by providing them the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
SMILE DENTAL CLINIC Situated in the heart of Zinj is Smile Dental Clinic in which their services include smile makeovers, veneers, laser whitening alongside cleaning to provide you with something to truly smile about.
BEAUTY SALON GLOSS SALON & SPA At Gloss Salon & Spa you can expect modern chic hair cuts, vibrant colour, highlights, special occasion styling as well as waxing and hair removal, pedicure, nails, facials and makeup. The experienced team will help you determine the best services and will assist you to tailor them for your specific needs. Their quirky and chic salon is designed to offer you an exciting experience and make you feel glamorous.
LUEUR BEAUTY SALON Conveniently located on the 3rd floor of The Westin & Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain lies Lueur Beauty Salon offering an enticing array of services for hair, nails and beauty. They always deliver the highest quality service and value with the utmost professionalism – always a pleasure to visit!
SASH SPA The word pamper goes a long way at Sash Spa. Every treatment is transformed into a personal and unique experience where the glamour of beauty gives you an impeccable feel and look. there are always surprise touches throughout.
JOZ SALON AND SPA Celebrating over 75 years in the beauty business, Joz Salon and Spa has continually met the challenge of their mission, providing beauty and spa treatments in a friendly, relaxing environment while using the best quality products. With locations throughout Bahrain, this salon has always been the firm favourite for always being a trusty option for any woman who wants a pick-me-up.
YARA BEAUTY LOUNGE As women we all need a little r&r along the way. You can groom yourself to perfection via a host of treatments including eyebrow tinting and shaping, waxing, tanning, gelish/shellac manicures and pedicures. Yara Beauty Lounge offers a true five star experience for women of all ages.
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HAIR SALON SASH SPA Hair Care By Philip Kingsley takes centre stage at sash spa which aims to transform dull hair into lustrous glossy locks. You can do conditioning treatments, dry scalp packages and hair loss treatments.
LUEUR BEAUTY SALON To see the mixture of healthy and beautiful hair in action you need to sashay your way to this acclaimed Kérastase and L’Oréal professional salon in Bahrain. Accelerate your inner goddess at the prestigious Lueur Beauty Salon and basque in ultimate luxury.
TONI & GUY Toni & Guy is the most powerful hairdressing brand in the world. From the cool to the quirky to the classic, all the stylists and directors have expert knowledge of hair and can literally do anything you want them to do.
GLOSS SALON & SPA Whatever style you want, gloss can do it for you. Whether that is platinum highlights or lowlights, roots, their infamous blow drys, updos or a keratin straightening treatment, you’ll be able to get exactly what you want. With a constant influx of experts from around the world being flown in frequently, you have no other option than to receive the ultimate five-star service with their upskilled staff.
JOZ SALON AND SPA At Joz, unprecedented customer service is focused on to ensure that every guest has an experience unlike any other – and that very much includes hair care. For your run of the mill colour job or trim, it’s always done right here.
A family owned business originally founded in 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain offers a unique concept bursting with new technologies, products, and services following updated trends. They’ve combined creative ideas such as themed spa rooms.
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LAFEMME BELLE SALON, SAAR MALL
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A friendly, contemporary and welcoming salon providing a wide range of beauty treatments and therapies to help you feel pampered and relaxed. It also offers unique solutions and the latest trends in haircuts, hair colour, care and styling for a total look.
This salon has a calm, fresh friendly feel to it, as you walk through the doors and are greeted by the friendly, talented staff of stylists and assistants. They offer a comprehensive range of hair and beauty treatments using Schwarzkopf and L’Oréal products.
Located In Moda Mall, Janabiya, The Sofitel and Hamala, this salon has grown exponentially over the years and has become the go-to for women who want that extra special updo.
NAIL STUDIO Oh, how we love nail art. The possibilities of a manicure are endless! Whether you like stripes, florals, rhinestones, portraits or even landscapes, Dessange’s nail technicians are able to transform a simple manicure into a true work of art.
precious”. At Diet Mealz, they aim to hit two birds at once. Diet Mealz is a solution to this problem as it is a unique f&b outlet promoting healthy living. All meals are freshly prepared daily to ensure the food quality and meals are individually portioned and packed in heatable containers for easy, healthy on the go meals.
NSTYLE BEAUTY LOUNGE
HEALTH WATCHERS BAHRAIN
We like to think of this nail studio as luxury at an affordable price. Nstyle Beauty Lounge provides today’s modern women with the ultimate in beauty lavishness set in a trendy and highly luxurious store environment offering the highest quality services and stringent hygiene standards.
This program is simple. Call to book an appointment, get your consultation where the dietitians will give you a custom-made diet plan in order for your to reach your goal set, whether it’s weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain or weight maintenance. Get your diverse meals delivered to your door – you can get: Khaleeji, Oriental, Occidental and European dishes.
N.SPA The first nail spa and boutique of its kind in the Kingdom Of Bahrain offers the most comprehensive menu of nail care services and exclusive nail care products, by the best brands in nail revolution such as essie, cuccio, creative nail design and opi. N.spa provides today’s modern women with an elegant and indulgent range of manicure and pedicure experiences that will turn hands and feet into the epitome of taste and style, in a unique and luxurious setting.
GLOSS SALON & SPA From shellac to mani-pedi packages, gloss can give you the best nail makeover in town. You get the complete treatment at gloss with lovely hand and feet massages as your nails are buffed and polished. Your visit to gloss becomes a memorable occasion and one that you will always look forward to.
BEAUTY SPOT SALON & SPA Based in Hamala, Beauty Spot has been a trusty go-to for a long time now. You get high quality products for your nails alongside internationally trained specialists to ensure you get only the best.
WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM VLCC BAHRAIN At vlcc, they endeavor to turn a desire to lose weight into an achievable state of healthy living, by offering a harmonious blend of the latest scientific technologies along with nutritional and lifestyle counseling in leading a happy, stress free life.
DIET MEALZ “Health is wealth” as much as “Time is
CARLTON NUTRITION CENTER Carlton Nutrition Center has multinational professional team hired for a specific combination of education, skills and expertise working in a high spirit of successful performance and dedication to ensure customer satisfaction. Through its wide variety of dishes inspired by a myriad of cuisines, CNC culinary artists bring delicacies of the world right into the meal. Their professional dietitians help you lose, gain, or maintain your weight and improve your athletic performance.
CAMBRIDGE WEIGHT PLAN Cambridge Weight Plan provides flexible weight loss programmes to both women and men through Cambridge Weight Plan Consultants, who will give you one-to-one support on your weight loss journey.
MIDDLE EAST HOSPITAL The hospital is considered among the most advanced in equipment, and staffed with the best qualified in the area, to generate a service that is highly demanded by the populous in bahrain and beyond. Moreover, while it is the most equipped and staffed, it provides its services at a ordable cost to individuals, corporates and insurance companies alike – thanks to modern management systems that emphasize efficiency and quality of care.
BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL The vision of Bahrain Specialist Hospital is to be always the top provider of the highest standards of healthcare by expanding the scope of services at the current location and at other sites in Bahrain and the region, and to be the primary center for medical tourism in the area.
AMERICAN MISSION HOSPITAL American Mission Hospital has been providing healthcare for the people of bahrain for over a hundred years in a nonprofit setting. the ideals by which amh was rst established have remained unchanged in over a century of service.
INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL OF BAHRAIN If you have not visited the International Hospital of Bahrain lately, and if you are looking for the most suitable or convenient healthcare facility for you and for your loved ones, then why don’t you drop in for a coffee, and let them show you round? They invite you to do so.
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THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA
RBH delivers state-of-the-art-medical care. With a professional team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and administrators with highend facilities and equipment from countries such as Germany and the USA. The main attribute of quality comes from the Kims Group. As RBH is the fifth healthcare institution of the Kims Group in the gulf region, patients can expect a high level of quality care and expertise to be provided within RBH.
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CHIC Eats The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Our round up of the best chic eats venues
BBQ Night at Bar de La Plage Grill and chill with an exclusive BBQ dining experience. Enjoy an assortment of tender meats, sauces,side dishes and desserts on the beautiful beachfront restaurant, while savoring the cool weather and listening to live entertainment. Available daily, however, indulge yourself on a Thursday to enjoy their promotional package between 7pm to 11pm. BHD 20 per person including soft beverages and BHD 30 per person including select beverages. For reservations or more information, please call 1758 6499
Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain
St. Patrick’s Day Themed Brunch Deck yourself out in green and celebrate Ireland with an amazing Saint Patrick’s Day Themed Brunch on 15th March at BD 28 net including soft drinks and water, or BD 40 net including selected free flow beverages. Live music from their Twin Band. Book for 10+ people and receive 20% discount. Brunch at Baharat is every Friday from 12.30pm until 4.00pm. For reservations or more information, please call 1717 1144
The Westin City Centre Bahrain
Magical Milkshakes Indulge in their selection of signature milkshakes all day and every day at Furn Bakery. Enjoy the unique ambience of the Rotunda and the specials from the Furn Bakery display amongst their delicious cakes crafted by skilled culinary hands. For reservations or more information, please call 1717 1441
Tabehodai Endless Sushi Watch as your chef prepares your Sushi and Sashimi right in front of your eyes every weekday, apart from a Monday. Visit Tokyo Reef for a great dining experience and receive 50% off. For reservations or more information, please call 1311 0110
Crowne Plaza Bahrain
Indian Cuisine Spices Indian restaurant is at the forefront of the Bahrain Indian Cuisine scene. With promotions and offers every month, be sure to enjoy all the exotic tastes and flavours from their experienced chefs. For reservations or more information, please call 1753 1122
High Tea in Style Served on an elegant three-tiered silver stand, the traditional high tea features a mouth-watering selection of dainty finger sandwiches, scrumptious sweet and savoury treats. Not to forget their freshly baked scones accompanied by a selection of superb leaf teas. Served daily between 2pm and 5pm in Noor Lounge. Women can enjoy 50% off on a Wednesday too! For reservations or more information, please call 1722 7777
Elite Resort & Spa
Al Naseem & La Brasserie Enjoy ladies night with a special section for ladies. Enjoy some fruity 74
flavour hubble-bubble, soft beverages and also assorted mezze platter for BHD7 net inclusive. The evening is heightened by their atmospheric backdrop alongside their Arabic DJ performance. For reservations or more information, please call 1731 3333
catch up with your friends and family - no matter the occasion. Their afternoon tea is revered across the Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. We admonish you to indulge your taste buds, at once! For reservations or more information, please call 1754 1041
Hazel Rooftop Lounge
Black Tap, Jumeriah Royal Saray
A Little Bit of Everything A selection of gourmet sharing plates, mouth watering finger foods and perfectly cooked main dishes. Their atmosphere is casual yet sophisticated, easy going yet cool. Their international tapas selection delights the palate, elegantly matching our signature cocktails made by our in house mixologists. For reservations or more information, please call 1723 1231
St. Patrick’s Day Taste delicious international dishes, including Irish specialties, such as Irish Breakfast, Irish Stew, Guinness Pie, Salmon Fish Cakes, Colcannon Potatoes (champ), Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks, Potato Soup, Green Macaroons with Vanilla Ice Cream, Irish Baileys Sauce and Spiced Apple Cake! Get entertained all the way with the live DJ and a European Band performing popular Irish tunes for you to groove on! BHD 36 net including unlimited premium beverages on 15th March between 12:30 and 17:30, Al Murjan Ballroom. For reservations or more information, please call 1746 0017
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Friday Spring Fair Brunch Spring in Bahrain is one of the most delightful times of the year. Take advantage of the perfect temperatures and fresh air while tucking into a delightful brunch menu of deliciously healthy dishes, and post-brunch on March 1st, you’ve got free access to their Brazilian Beach Party. Served every Friday on March 1st, 8th, 22nd & 29th between 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. Priced at BHD 30.3 net inclusive of soft drinks and BHD 42.4 net inclusive of premium beverages. Children below 5 years eat for free and kids between 6 and 12 years old will receive a 50% discount. For reservations or more information, please call 1711 5500
Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Japanese Emperor’s Birthday Celebrate the Japanese Emperor’s birthday with Chef Kudo’s Emperor platter. Sato patrons can choose between the ‘Imperial Deluxe platter’ or the ‘Grand Teppanyaki platter’ between 5th to 30th March. For reservations or more information, please call 1771 3000
Florence La Maison Meditérranéenne
The Place to Be Looking for a new gathering place that welcomes everyone: friends, families, couples and individuals? Step inside Florence and enjoy being surrounded by their unique décor and natural garden while having some delicious and authentic Mediterranean food. For reservations or more information, please call 1733 6373
The Tea Room, Trousseau
Charming Chic Join them for tea or coffee, cakes and scones when you finish your shopping in Al Aali mall in their quiet and relaxing tea room. The ideal location to
Doing it for the ‘Gram Black Tap, the popular New York concept loved around the world for its award-winning burgers and ‘Insta-famous’ CrazyShake milkshakes, is now open for all burger-Related business at the Jumeriah Royal Saray, Bahrain. For reservations or more information, please call 1710 0363
Lobster and Crabs Themed Friday Brunch Enjoy the return of the famous Lobster and Crabs Themed Friday Brunch at the award-winning restaurant Flavours on 2 this March. Select your own fresh seafood from their chefs to cook just for you. The live cooking station is beyond imagination featuring a huge selection of your favourite Lobsters and Crabs. There’s a selection of freshly grilled food for the meat lovers too. BD22 Net for non-alcoholic drinks or BD 32 Net with unlimited drink package from 12pm to 4pm, until the end of March. For reservations or more information, please call 1311 9999
St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Celebrate Saint Patrick Day in style at ART Rotana’s famous Friday Brunch on the 15th March at Choices Restaurant & Terrace, from 12:30 pm to 4pm. Discover the lavish spread of excellent dishes, brilliant live cooking stations and unlimited drinks. Enjoy the feast in honor of St. Patrick to commemorate his arrival to Ireland. BD25 NET with soft drinks & juices BD36 NET with house beverages. Kids aged between 6-12 years old at BD 12.5 NET and kids below 6 years old dine for free. For reservations or more information, please call 1600 0111
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
Rio Carnival Grand Friday Brunch Experience the magic of Rio Carnival in Bahrain with their fabulously themed Grand Friday Brunch on the 8th of March. Delight your taste buds as you savour a mix of authentic international delights and tune in to the mesmerizing live Cuban melodies by, Latin Soul, to create the perfect celebratory atmosphere for you and your loved ones on this special occasion. Don’t forget to wear your favourite carnival themed costume to avail an exclusive 20% OFF on your brunch package. BHD 32/36 net for soft drink/premium drinks. For reservations or more information, please call 1763 6363.
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BUSINESS Looking to close a particular deal? Look no further than PLAY Restaurant & Lounge located at JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY, BAHRAIN as it effortlessly ticks all the boxes of corporate chic.
PLAY is the hottest venue in the Seef district of Manama, and with its high calibre clientele and immersive menu, there’s no wonder that it’s showcased as not just a place to see, but, the ultimate place to be. As I entered the restaurant the styling immediately struck me. It is best described as a modern interpretation of a chic 70’s lounge. The ceiling with its irregular tessellated panelling and gold, velour and marble completing the theme. The furnishings are retro in the most contemporary way possible and provide diners with the option to create large communal seating areas with fitted leather benches spanning much of the perimeter of the restaurant. Perfect for larger groups wanting a convivial dining experience. The speciality menus offered to large groups will fuel the most intense corporate dialogue or create an inclusive, fine dining experience which will thoroughly delight clients, colleagues or employees alike.The menu is best described as Asian fusion, although the cuisine is innovatively unexpected and immersive. Dishes are curated from around the globe to create an eclectic menu bursting with vibrancy and originality yet still playing host to some familiar favourites. The appetisers were presented in the most sophisticated, precise way emulating the Asian style that inspires all elements of the menu. Steamed Edamame served traditionally with sea salt and Fresh Salmon surrounded by a moat of jalapeno dressing tantalised the palate and made us eager to explore further. The Duck Gyoza presented with a moreish dipping sauce provided another choice where conversation and discourse were not halted in order to devour the contents of the platter. The fact that the dipping sauce was presented in a rectangular dish which was large enough to be communal as opposed to personal stresses the restaurant’s commitment to providing a bespoke service tailored to the needs of business clientele. Piles of crispy deep fried squid and heaped, mixed leaves with shaved vegetables and wafer thin parmesan are delectable. The sense of theatre was evident throughout
“Perfect for larger groups wanting a convivial dining experience. The speciality menus offered to large groups will fuel the most intense corporate dialogue or create an inclusive, fine dining experience which will thoroughly delight clients, colleagues or employees alike.”
CHIC Eats but the arrival of the sushi, sashimi and maki ‘tower’ was a real ‘wow’ moment. The mist created by the dry ice on arrival to our table emphasized the icy freshness of each morsel. Bento style boxes and sushi mats gave a nod towards both the construction and the heritage of this dish. The assortment was presented with delicate elegance, adorned with tiny edible flowers. The oriental crudité encased in sesame sushi rice looked too good to eat … Well, almost! In addition generous slices of fresh salmon, tuna and Japanese eel were cooled on a hunk of glistening ice. The variety, vibrant presentation and superbly high quality ingredients make this a show stopping choice. Once again the expertly sourced ingredients combined with innovative seasoning and spices make the likes of Corn-fed Baby Chicken served on a griddle hot plate so memorable. The title ‘Fish in a bag’ is both incredibly accurate and an absolutely glaring understatement of what this dish represents. A generous piece of Sea Bass steamed with burnt tomatoes, olives and herb dressing cooked to perfection and served in the bag that has retained every ounce of succulence and flavour.
The variety offered by the menu choices is extended into the dessert menu which will not fail to please every palate. The bespoke packages offered to larger groups, maximise this. Playful treats combines three of the Chef ’s most divine creations, this time including and array of delights including a pistachio chocolate bar with pistachio ice cream, along with a colourful rainbow display of macarons and seasonal fruit. The petit four are indescribable. You will just have to taste them for yourself! The meticulous attention to detail, innovative flavours and stunning presentation makes this a destination for all but particularly for those wishing to bring together clients or colleagues and impress them, not just with the business being discussed but the sense of theatre created as you dine. The levels of service, the comfortable, eclectic furnishings and the menus which will please all make this the go to venue to be, to see and be heard. If the phrase “All work and no PLAY” was true in this scenario then that would make for a little less fulfillment on the dining scale in Bahrain, but, thankfully PLAY is here to reign and be the perfect business partner all year round. @playrestaurantbahrain 78
Mahonia hosts its second “FourHands Dinners” with three Michelinstarred Chef Mauro Colagreco from Mirazur, ranked number three in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list.
hef Mauro Colagreco, an Italo-Argentinian residing in France, came to Bahrain to craft an eight-course gastronomic extravaganza with Mahonia’s own awardwinning executive chef Herve Pronzato. For two nights only, on 28th February and 1st March, diners were treated to an exceptional menu that crossed all borders. The one-off menu developed by the two chefs was perfectly matched with exclusive beverage pairings from Mahonia’s expansive cellar as selected by the sommelier. Hi Chef! Congratulations on being crowned number three on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Can you describe for us the four hands dining experience that awaits guests at Mahonia? 80
Thank you! This accolade was really unexpected, it’s flattering and a big responsibility too - we are still overwhelmed by joy. For the dinner at Mahonia, guests can expect an eight-course menu that I’ve created with Chef Pronzato. The menu, paired with grape, will include different signature dishes inspired by the menu at Mirazur. What are you most looking forward to about visiting Bahrain – how do you anticipate the food scene to be here? This will be my first visit to Bahrain, so I’m very excited to try and discover its unique cuisine, the flavours, colours and produce. What makes your style of cooking and presentation stand out? My style of cooking is influenced by the location of Mirazur and my inspiration comes from the surrounding environment, the mountains, the sea and my garden. We are lucky to be in Cote d’Azur, right in between the French Riviera and the Italian Riviera, the region known for its mild climate and orchards. I’ve spent many days finding the local farmers and fishermen who work respecting the traditions and the earth. This way I can let the produce I use express the best. I try to couple flavours that mutually enhance each other to create unexpected taste explosions, to challenge and excite my guests, and make something which works perfectly together. People travel to Mirazur to discover the flavour landscapes of this region, and I hope to bring the essences of the Cote D’Azur on a plate. How would you define fine dining and is that the term you would use to describe your calibre of cooking? I think fine dining restaurants are all different styles, but they share similar characteristics - such as the attention to detail, service and the perfect execution of dishes. This is what I do, take care of the details and execution to give our guests a unique experience.
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CHIC Eats You’re a busy man – travelling the world and sharing experiences, visiting special events and running a restaurant - do you still enjoy the grind? Yes of course, it’s my passion! Cooking is what I am: I could not be anything else. I am also passionate and extremely proud of the produce, capturing the very best from both France and Italy, and marrying the two together to create beautiful food. Bahrain is a relatively small country, what made you decide to come to Mahonia restaurant to collaborate for a Four Hands Dinner? I’ve been to Emirates a few times, and fell in love with the culture, delicious food and produce. I’ve also heard good things about beautiful Bahrain, but never had the chance to visit before. Sawsan (Mahonia’s owner) has dined at Mirazur and we’ve met on a couple of occasions since. It was a lovely opportunity when she invited me to collaborate, and coincidently my ex Maitre’D Saif works in Mahonia too and told me what an exceptional restaurant it is. I thought it was the perfect moment to go and discover! Let’s take it back to the beginning – can you share with us the story of your early culinary career… It’s quite unusual… I decided that I wanted to cook when I was 20 years old, which is considered a late beginning in the industry. Sometimes a crisis can be dangerous but sometimes it’s a blessing and leads to a great opportunity! In fact, when I had to decide what I first wanted to do as a job, I was confused, I couldn’t find my way. I tried to follow in my dad’s footsteps as an accountant, but as with every job you must find passion in what you do, and this wasn’t the case here. I also tried to pursue a literary career, but that wasn’t for me either. It was my sister who reminded me of the pleasure and happiness I used to feel as a child when I used to cook with my grandmother. That memory turned out to be a real journey back to rediscovering myself and my true passion. Cooking is what I am; I could not be anything else. What inspires you to keep cooking after many years in the food industry? My garden, the beautiful location of Menton and my different trips around the world. What’s the greatest honour or compliment you’ve received as a chef? The greatest compliment for me is when my guests say it was the best food they have ever tasted, that it evokes childhood memories and lots of emotions. Food needs to transmit beauty and emotion in order to give a true unique experience! Going into 2019 and after having accomplished so much up until now – do you still have any resolutions to make come true over the next year and if yes, what are the goals? The challenge is to always remain consistent and to always push myself (and my team) to surpass the expectations of our diners. You cannot become complacent. Any advice for young budding chefs? Keep focusing on your goal and find the passion and strength inside you. Never give up, even when it gets tough. Rediscover the meaning of patience. For reservations please call Mahonia 17000071 @mahoniabh / mahoniabh.com 82
“Bahrain’s first ever fine dining gastronomic degustation restaurant. Daringly exclusive with only seven tables.” - Mahonia
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P O R S C H E PA NA M E R A G T S THE NEW PORSCHE PANAMERA PROVIDES PERFORMANCE AND PRACTICALITY.
he Porsche brand is synonymous with class, performance and sheer automobile driving pleasure. Over the last 70 years, their master craftsmen have created unforgettable vehicles such as the 1968 Porsche 917, the 1986 Porsche 959 and the classic 1994 Porsche 911. Any car manufacturer who can lay claim to machines of this calibre is doing something consistently right. But how do Porscheâ€™s latest offerings compare with these iconic creations? We at Ohlala got the opportunity to thoroughly inspect as well as to test drive the Panamera GTS and needless to say, we were far from disappointed. We were officially handed the keys for the Panamera at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, where we immediately began to inspect every line, curve and feature of this fine-looking machine. At first glance, the GTS made us smile and upon closer inspection we began to appreciate the true beauty this vehicle had to offer. It was obvious that the new Panamera
GTS has been significantly upgraded in a number of areas, including the appearance of the exterior with its black trim and badging. The GTS is also equipped with impressive 20-inch Panamera Design wheels as standard. The elegant interior of the vehicle houses only the very finest of materials and handcrafted finishes as one would expect of a Porsche. It features hallmark elements of black Alcantara and anodised aluminium, adding to the striking inner appearance of this luxury sports car. The overall design of the cabin was very impressive with all elements ensuring not only extreme comfort but also practicality. Some of the state-of-the-art innovations to be found in the GTS include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, as well as assist systems such as Porsche InnoDrive with both adaptive cruise control and optional rear-axle steering. A remarkable feature of this car is the headup display that can be configured by the driver and projects all relevant information directly into oneâ€™s direct line of sight, in full colour. This feature is truly a novelty and gives the Panamera driving experience a futuristic feel. www.ohlala-magazine.com
â€œThe elegant interior of the vehicle houses only the very finest of materials and handcrafted finishes as one would expect of a Porsche.â€?
We savoured the lengthy drive to Durrat Al-Bahrain, which gave us time to really appreciate the near perfect performance of the new Panamera as it effortlessly cruised along any road placed in front of her. We decided to hold off on any limit pushing at this stage as we knew our final destination would provide the ultimate environment to push the Panamera as far as we possibly could. After a quick cappuccino, we headed for the historic site of the Riffa Fort, where we could not help but ponder over the progress man has made from the historical construction of such structures to the intricate design of the GTS. Anxious to get the full engine experience of this Panamera, we headed for our last stop of the day. Before long, we found ourselves on the tarmac of the Formula One track, ready to experience the Porsche Panamera GTS in all of its glory. As the light changed, pressure was applied to peddle and bodies were thrust back against seats. The four-litre, V8 biturbo engine proved to be a thing of beauty as the vehicle hurtled forward at an ever increasing, seemingly unstoppable pace. The 460 hp of output and a maximum torque of 620 Nm combined with the standard sports exhaust system, ensured this car sounded as good as it drove. It powered from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and we soon reached the top speed of 292 km/h. Not too shabby for a car weighing in close to 2.5 tonnes! There were no interruptions in tractive force as power is transmitted to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system by the eight-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox. For a large sports car, the Panamera could certainly move and we pushed all of her capabilities to the limit. We found the deceleration of the braking to be most impressive as well as the grip and feel of the car on the corners. We were fortunate to have another run on the track after the sun had set, which served to highlight how consistently the GTS performs under different track conditions. By the time we arrived back at the Porsche Bahrain showroom, we were fully satisfied we had pushed the Panamera as far as we possibly could. The vehicle proved to be not only extremely comfortable, practical and powerful, but also very easy to look at. @porschecentrebahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com
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Mothers! Each and every one of us has their own perceptions and experiences of the term motherhood, whether that’s as a child or indeed a parent. Some mothers have a biological attachment whereas the bond with others is purely emotional and nurtured amongst being developed due to the care and unconditional love that they offer. We all have a mother in one form or another but some of us have two or even more, work mums, football mums, aunties who feel like second mothers; they come in all shapes, sizes and forms. For many of us (including myself) this is another fine example of expectation and reality never quite marrying. At least, not for any length of time. There may be the odd fleeting burst of brilliance where the planets align and you feel triumphant, you’re actually doing a brilliant job as a mother...and then, ‘BANG!’ It all collapses like a Jenga Tower and you’re back to square one. The best part is that you then pick up all the pieces and start over again. This time with more determination and resilience that the tower may teeter but it will not, and I repeat, NOT topple. Just as you are mastering motherhood, honing it to a fine art even, you are thrown a curve ball … teenage hormones! It is a never ending cycle of trial and error of triumph and disaster but with the most exhilarating, glorious moments each time around. Motherhood isn’t just a series of jobs and chores but is also about being a role model, a teacher , therapist, disciplinarian and protector. Each day mothers wear so many ‘hats’ that choosing a fitting uniform or outfit for a mother would be an impossibility, although a ‘flack’ jacket and seemingly bottomless handbag would be essential! They may follow a variety of philosophies and approaches , employ techniques and tools but all have the same goal or outcome - to produce a much better version of themselves in the form of us, their children. I could leave you with a prophetic thought or quote about doing the best for our children, what defines motherhood or unconditional love but, no, I think JD Salinger, author of The Catcher in The Rye when he said, ‘Mothers are all slightly insane. It’s about channelling that insanity into fun, compassion, empathy and joy… in theory at least !
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