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Downtown, Cairo, Egypt.
Willow Stream Spa: Luxurious Massages at Fairmont Nile City
After wandering around in Cairo for a while, your skin can use some thorough cleaning and pampering. The constant pollution and hot desert wind is a killer to smooth skin, so spa visits should be a basic necessity, if they weren't so expensive.Fairmont Nile City Hotel has recently launched its Willow Stream Spa. Located one floor below the hotel’s rooftop pool, the spa has exquisite views over the city. On a clear day you can see the pyramids in the distance.
As you enter the spa’s modern, minimalist lounge, the very friendly and efficient staff will greet you. On the left side is the spa and on the right side the beauty salon and gym. There is also a little shop where you can purchase the products used in the spa as well as slippers, robes and gift sets.
The spa has a separate male and female wing. However, if you want a couple’s spa treatment, you can book a private room. The private rooms consist of two treatment tables and a spacious bathtub, where you can have a honey or milk bath. Behind the reception desk there is the Lapis lounge, which is a lounge for both male and female patrons.
The dressing rooms are not very big but not cramped either, though the lockers are a bit small. You are given a clean robe and slippers as well as disposable underwear to change into before your treatment. The dressing rooms are equipped with blow-dryers, hair-straighteners, towels, razors and shower caps as well as body lotion and a scale. You are escorted to your treatment room by your masseuse.
The treatment rooms have a very modern and tranquil ambiance, with soft ambient music playing in the background. This reviewer sampled the one-hour relaxation massage. The masseuse is very friendly and tries to make you feel as comfortable as possible. First, you are covered with hot towels, and a bowl with pleasant scents is laid underneath you on the floor. The masseuse works your muscles thoroughly and makes sure to ask you if the pressure of her touch is enough or not. Face and hair massage are included, but only if you want it.
After your massage, you can go over to the relaxation room with a Nile view for some coffee, tea or lemon- strawberry water while reading a magazine. You can use the steam room, after which you can cool down in the rain shower or the cool mist shower. In the rain shower, the water literally comes from everywhere. In the cool mist shower you can turn on the mist, which gives a nice combination of the cool air and hot water together.
Willow Stream Spa offers a relaxing, luxurious experience that comes with a pretty hefty price tag. Massages, facials and other treatments average at around 766LE (US$129) per hour and above.
The staff at La Villa is as friendly and professional as they come. After signing in, you’ll go on to be dressed in a clean, white robe and offered a variety of beverages including tea and juice.
La Villa’s design is boast-worthy; punches of colour are found in the tiniest of details, 1960’s themed screen prints line the walls and last but not least, the workrooms are beautifully serene and spacious. Continuing with the brightly coloured theme is a large, circular hot pink couch for those waiting. Alternatively, you can have a seat on one of their balconies nestled among the trees – watch out, though, as the cosy chairs with deep cushions have a tendency to suck you right in.
In terms of services and price, La Villa’s menu is on par with others around town, although running short on massage services. A Thai masseuse comes only once or twice a week, depending on the schedule. Massages start at 250LE and are available just for women, unfortunately.
Other stylists are also available including the talented Ehab. With a sense of humour and dance moves in tow, the entertainment is always appreciated. Haircuts begin at 150LE, including a shampoo, sleep-inducing head massage and blow-dry.
Hair removal, manicures and pedicures are also available. For 30LE and 40LE, the nail treatments are thorough, taking care of hangnails, tough cuticles and any other pesky nail problems that one might have. High quality OPI nail polish is used and a topcoat always offered to ensure a long-lasting paintjob.
When all is said and done, La villa is where it’s at. From their great customer service to the lively atmosphere and reasonable prices, it’s no wonder they stay busy and are sometimes booked for weeks in advance. Walk-ins are available but we recommend calling ahead.