Sauna with a view

MARK SMITH feels on top of the world at the Six Senses Spa, located in Hotel Arts, above the skyline of Barcelona

Images: Courtesy Six Senses Barcelona


Perched on the top two floors of the Hotel Arts, the Six Senses Spa in Barcelona provides panoramic views of the city, beach and Mediterranean Sea which certainly rival the world’s best spas for its stunning vistas.



Divided into separate male and female spas, the facilities include a hydrotherapy plunge pool, shower experience, steam room and a sauna that looks out across the sea. Two of the sauna’s wooden walls have been replaced with glass – the views are out of this world.




It’s so rare for a hotel spa to have natural day light, let alone a view, it’s definitely worth the trip alone. The shower area – again offers floor to ceiling views and the relaxation area has day beds and sofas, whilst outside on the deck there are sun loungers to hang out, catch some rays and relax - looking across to Montjuic, the port of Barcelona and Barceloneta Beach.




Finished with black slate and modern wood touches – it’s smart, compact and you can spend a few hours there post-treatment with ease. The Hotel Arts spa is the only urban spa operated by Six Senses (world-renowned for superior destination spa experiences). You really do feel like you are on top of the world as the spa is built across the 42nd and 43rd floors.




I was treated to a relaxing full body massage. It was cocooning, calming and exactly what I needed. I was asked to slip into paper pants, I’m often a bit hesitant, but glad I did as I was slathered in oil from head to toe. You do get to shower afterwards. So, the Barcelona Signature Massage - a full body and head massage with the balancing and healing powers of essential oils.




The base oil utilised is organic almond oil, my therapist also used a little Muscle De-stress Gel which includes rosemary and lavender to help to relieve some tension in my neck and shoulders.




Locally inspired and really rather divine, the treatment lasted just under an hour and was firm enough, but more holistic than therapeutic. The scent wasn’t overpowering and I did drift off to sleep at one point. The massage movements are long and flowing and the front and backs of the legs were thoroughly massaged including the back, neck, shoulders and upper chest. My therapist was very efficient and the team at the Six Senses Spa were very helpful.




The only note of caution to couples, the male and female spa areas are separate, so you won’t be able to relax, post-treatment with your husband/wife or partner




Barcelona Signature Massage 50 minutes – 149 euros 80 minutes – 195 euros




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