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Willow Stream Spa: Luxurious Massages at Fairmont Nile City

  • The Fairmont Hotel, Nile City Towers ,2005 B,
  • Spa
reviewed by
Anne de Groot
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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.

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

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.

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.  

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.

360 Tip

Fairmont Nile City offers gym memberships. For 1000LE a month, you can use the pool, spa facilities and gym.

Best Bit

The massages are absolutely amazing.

Worst Bit

There is no sauna.

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