Ambrosia is the name that the ancient Greeks gave to the food of their gods and goddesses, a magic concoction that made sure those Olympians would stay young, strong and beautiful forever. Barcelona’s Ambrosia Spa is a place where anybody can feel like Zeus or Aphrodite
Sitting between two of the busiest streets in Barcelona, with the constant din of Passeig de Gràcia to its right and the leafy Rambla de Catalunya to its left, Ambrosia Spa manages against all odds to remain an oasis of calm. The place feels soothing from the very moment you step through its doors, with the warm glow of the hand-painted Moroccan lamp, the soft cushions on the couch and the fragrant flowers. The pan-Asian-inspired interior design transports guests to the Indian Ocean shores by way of sunny Andalusia and the mysterious Maghreb. But it’s not just the furnishings that convey the influence of those multifarious cultures. The treatments on offer are just as varied, featuring European anti-stress rituals, Japanese facial treatments and Balinese or Swedish massage, the last of these being particularly recommended after a long flight or a day of sightseeing in Barcelona.
Man has always strived to look good and to remain young as long as possible, from the time people believed in spring-dwelling nymphs. That’s still true today, when that our standards of well being and beauty are informed by the deities we see in advertisements. At Ambrosia Spa, the answer is Menard skincare products from Japan. Menard cosmetics contain extracts of red and black Reishi mushrooms that have proved incredibly effective in preventing and combatting the negative effects of ageing. A newer addition to the product range at Ambrosia Spa is Silken Oil, made in Spain from the Ebro delta rice germs. Here at Ambrosia, it is used in Japanese lifting, a rejuvenating facial that serves to stimulate the lymphatic system and helps with the oxygenation of tissues. Even though the effects are said to show after the very first facial, cosmetologists suggest these should be repeated weekly for at least a month.
Just have a look at their Cleopatra ritual, which will have you relaxing in a bath filled with milk and rose petals
As a matter of principle, there are no mechanical massagers or other devices used at Ambrosia, where they firmly believing in the power of the human touch. And they are just as fussy in their choice of skincare and beauty products, insisting upon using only those made with strictly natural components. Like the German Babor cosmetics line, which exclusively uses pure extracts and essential oils from Alpine flowers and plants. Ambrosia estheticians attend Babor workshops every six months or so to keep pace with the ever-expanding cosmetics line and all the new products coming on the market.
Ambrosia Spa Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Address: Passatge Domingo, 9, Metro Passeig de Gràcia, Diagonal
Contacts: 931 863 342, 628 317 320 / www.ambrosiaspabcn.com
As anyone who remembers his Ovid and his Homer will tell you, those ancient Greek goddesses were not only beautiful but also quite short-tempered. Cross them and they’d turn you into a flower or a tree. Rest assured, even the most demanding of the Olympians would find the treatments on offer at Ambrosia Spa to their satisfaction. Treatments like Wine Therapy, for example, that includes a grape seed-based body scrub, a wine-and-lavender body wrap and a relaxing massage with the antioxidant-rich grapeseed oil. If you think nothing could sound better, just have a look at their Cleopatra Ritual, which will have you relaxing in a bath filled with milk and rose petals and sipping a chilly cava after a vigorous Dead Sea salts body scrub and a seaweed wrap, the whole package topped off by a soothing massage with a rich mix of orange blossoms, myrrh, geranium oils and frankincense. There’s a version for men, too: the Caesar Ritual. It follows the regimen just described above, differing only in the essential oils that go into the rejuvenating bath – a bath that is guaranteed to give you wings to carry you to the peak of Mount Olympus.