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Six Senses: Sharq Village and Spa, Doha

BY Lisa Lindblad

January 24, 2011

In a part of the world where the fabulous glass and steel skyscraper cities feel, sometimes, like stage sets, it was a delight to come across Six Senses at Doha’s (Ritz Carlton) Sharq Village and Spa.  Supposedly referencing local domestic architecture (there is none of it left in Doha if there ever was any), Six Senses has created a village of evocative buildings and close alleyways that feel ancient and exotic.  In fact, they remind me of Lamu town on Kenya’s Swahili Coast with its high walls, flat rooves, narrow lanes, sharp shadows, and intricately carved doorways.  The interiors, with pools, resting rooms filled with low footed tables and carved lounging beds, hanging lanterns and flat woven wool, striped rugs, house three separate spa facilities for men, women and both together.  The spa village is recreated on the hotel property which shares a similar, but less successful, architecture and interior design.

Six Senses is known for the organic products used in all of its spas.   It is also celebrated for the professionalism and skill of its therapists who offer not only a base of standard signature treatments but also an extensive menu of others that draw from the culture of the spa’s location.

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