Now, we aren’t trying to suggest that the best thing to do with food is anything other than to eat it. We are still firmly of the opinion that coffee and chocolate far better serve their purpose in a tiramisu, and figs are best baked in honey, perhaps with some mascarpone or maybe on a cheeseboard.
If, however, all the recent talk of food festivals and eating has somehow got you tired of eating food, may we suggest that you check yourself into a spa, and cover yourself in it instead?
Whatever your ache, pain or ailment, chances are there’s a foodie ingredient perfectly suited to soothing it. Minerals in green tea; antioxidants in ginger; skin-firming enzymes in figs – there’s no doubt that forgoing the dubious chemicals found in many cosmetics in favour of natural ingredients can do you a world of good. And, if nothing else, you’ll come out smelling like a delicious cup of mocha.
Well, that’s certainly good enough for us.
Ginger rub massage
Bliss Spa’s specially-created series of men’s treatments includes this brisk and invigorating rub of freshly-grated ginger root with warm essential oils, followed by a deep “body-melting” massage.
QR1,000 (135 min). Bliss spa, W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5555).
Coffee and Chocolate
Coffee is (obviously) energising, but it’s also known to have a firming effect on the skin. This treatment involves a coffee scrub sealed with moisturising chocolate body lotion.
QR450 (45 min). Jaula Spa, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1056).
Green tea salt therapy
Antioxidant- and mineral-rich green tea is used with salt as an exfoliator to improve circulation and ease muscle tension, before a refreshing, hydrating cream treatment.
QR725 (60 min). The Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).
Fruits of Arabia
Inspired by traditional Arabian remedies, this includes a powdered fig exfoliation, a softening pomegranate and date treatment and a frankincense and fig oil massage.
QR650 (80 min). Saray Spa, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Hotel (4419 5000).