A New Era for Iridium Spa, at the St. Regis Resort Saadiyat Island
Born from the rich heritage of the St. Regis brand, Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi has transpired into a holistic haven for guests seeking tranquillity Director of Spa, Mariana Toma leads the team in pioneering innovative phases for the luxury spa industry, setting the brand apart both locally and internationally.
With more than 12 years of experience, Toma transformed her passion for beauty and wellness into dedicating herself to learning more about holistic therapies, practicing traditional treatments from Chinese medicine to Old Japanese techniques which further improved her abilities as a therapeutic healer. She has since worked in renowned hotels and medical aesthetic clinics in the United Kingdom and in the UAE, eventually making The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, her home.
Marina Toma explained, “Compared to the US and Asia – which are the current spa market leaders in the world- spas in the Middle East in particular are associated with more luxurious and result-driven therapeutic experiences. At the end of the day, the aim of all beauty treatments is to make people feel at ease while glowing from within.”
Iridium Spa brings decades of knowledge and heritage, married with natural ingredient intelligence to create equally unique products. Each elevated experience of pure tranquillity begins with the authentic Iridium Touch, a state of relaxation before the therapy. All unmatched treatments are fused with traditional remedies and state-of-the-art technologies that are bound to unearth the most incredible, unprecedented sensations for the mind, body and spirit.
“The right support and the right platform,” said Toma when asked about her current position in the 5-star resort. “Iridium Spa , Abu Dhabi t boasts an idyllic venue where unique treatments – treatments that not only feels good but looks good – are delivered.”
The spa is well-known for being one of the pioneers of Ayurvedic treatments in Abu Dhabi, the highest bespoke type of treatment where a holistic approach on wellness is used.
“Our Ayurvedic-inspired ritual aims to bring balance, focus and energy for those experiencing high level of stress, anxiety or poor sleeping patterns. Dosha (body types)-specific blended oils help release any toxins and restore, with an immense feeling of calm and warm sense of wellbeing, while feeling physically cleansed and renewed on a deep emotional level,” she added.
Guests can expect more cutting edge treatments from the Iridium Spa, Abu Dhabi during the next quarter of the year. Spa enthusiasts are in for a treat as the Spa will be launching a new series of signature massages including Sense of Calm, Sense of Purity and Sense of Happiness. New facial treatments will also be introduced, including a Pure Gold and Diamond Dust, Collagen and Diamond Lift.
“I am indeed very happy and grateful to be with such a brand that encourages me to explore the nuances of relaxation and beauty. When it comes to guests’ expectations, no one understands the synergies of mind, body and soul better than the Iridium Spa team. This is not something we do, it is everything we do,” concluded Toma.
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