The most genuine Moroccan experience in Sydney

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Several months ago I had the pleasure of visiting Marrakesh, Morocco, and got to experience a lot of exotic wonders for the first time, including a scrub and massage at a traditional hammam. It would have to have been one of the better massages I’d had in a long time; different to any form of body therapy trialled in Asia, the Americas or Australia. So it was delight that I was invited to new Sydney medispa Fleur De Lys to view their hammam and enjoy a traditional Moroccan-style body scrub and massage.

As their slogan states, Fleur De Lys really is “an oasis of luxurious indulgence” and its owners have taken traditional Moroccan aesthetics and therapeutic practices and ensured these are generously carried out – all in the heart of Woollahra, Sydney.

For a typical experience, it’s recommended to try the ‘One Day, One Desert’ package (cost $300), a 90-minute treatment that involves full body exfoliation and body scrub using one of four distinctive fragrances (Jasmin, Amber & Musk, Orange Blossom or Verbena) to stimulate the skin and restore its radiance. The extraordinary scrub combines the natural exfoliating potency of sea salt and Moroccan sand with the restorative benefits of Argan oil (the oil name on every quality beautician’s list of recommendations). The exfoliation is followed by a full body massage, and the therapist will instinctively know whether to be more gentle or firmer, such as they deliver in actual Morocco.

After your massage, you’re covered in oils and left to feel wonderfully blissed out; in fact you really do feel like you are in a new layer of skin. There’s also the option of a ‘Royal Oriental Hammam’ (cost $450) that is tailored to rejuvenate both your skin and your hair. The treatments involves the application of traditional Moroccan black olive and eucalyptus to the body and hair, followed by a full body wrap made of Rhassoul clay and rose water. Rhassoul clay is mined from beneath the shafts of the Atlas Mountains. It has detoxifying, cleansing, degreasing and astringent properties and leaves skin’s clarity and elasticity, and hair’s sheen and texture – all at once!

But the standout treatment on Fleur De Lys’ extensive menu has to be the ‘Gold Facial’, a 100% natural rejuvenating facial that utilises pure 24 carat gold to deliver glow and radiance to your skin. The feeling of gold flakes covering your face and drying to create a comfortable mask is decadent to say the least. The results? The gold helps lift and firm the top of your cheeks, reduces the appearance of fine lines and sun damage, and eradicates free radicals, leaving you with, literally, a subtle golden glow. The cost of a ‘Gold Facial’ is $399 and, just like gold bullions, it’s worth every dollar.

There are countless other treatments including electrolysis, starting at $35 a session, to waxing from $15 to $110.

Prior or post treatment, Fleur De Lys staff will invite you to enjoy a mint tea in the gorgeously decorated salon lobby. The decor is opulent in its gold gilding and bold mosaic but not over-the-top. Indeed, this a stunning one-stop beauty shop that is well worth the visit.

Fleur De Lys is situated 2a Queen Street, Woollahra.
Bookings and enquiries on (02) 9361 4441 or visit www.fleurdelysmedispa.com.au