"It is revitalizing and truly de- stressing," said a businessman, after a
one week session of Thalassotherapy, a lady was exhilarated after all her hydro messages and seaweed wraps, "it has changed me into a new person,"
said she. The secret effect of sea water and sea weeds has been known for centuries.
Hundreds of vacationers in Europe are opting to take a holiday on
the ocean coast or sea coast to enjoy the benefits of sea water and a good
hotel to rejuvenate their health. This European concept is little known across the Atlantic except in the name of a spa that is not nearly the
equivalent to a real marine immersion.
The minerals in the sea and its products have been established to have a wonderful healing effect on the
body and mind. Hippocrates, famous Greek physician had mentioned about the
treatment and healing through sea water.
Thalassotherapy is essentially a treatment in warm sea water of 34 degrees by plunging the body in the water
and massaging with jet bubbles to open the pores of the skin and disintoxicate the body. Its revitalizing effect is one of the best for
curative and preventive treatment. The doctor mentioned that you get to know
your body best under these conditions to cure the ailments and also de-stress your mind.
On the Mediterranean coast of Tunis in the region of Cap Bon, we visited a
fabulous center for thalassotherapy in the luxurious hotel Hasdrubal
Thalassa. Located on the white sandy beach, the establishment had all the perfect amenities of a sea water treatment. Its Roman corridors, its
impeccably clean and modern baths, tisanerie, music and relaxation, over 50
individual hydrotherapy cabins, messages, sea water swimming pool, aerobic,
musicotherapy, relaxation therapy and mineral oil messages were enough to take one to another world.
Started by a famous Tunisian doctor, Dr. Raoudha Lakhouaja and his wife who is also a doctor, the center is known as the
Vital Center International. Several doctors and well trained specialists
operate the center to rehabilitate people suffering from back aches, arthritis, osteoporosis, nervous depression and other ailments.
The therapy not only cures these numerous afflictions, but also rejuvenates the body and
mind into a fit and healthy condition.
The warm and breezy sea coast climate and thalassotherapy form a wonderful
combination for relieving stress and fatigue and the effects of over work.
A six day session consisted of a bio marine aquarobics course with a qualified
instructor, two hydrotherapy treatments that includes, hydro massage baths,
sea water wraps, fully body jet showers, massage under seawater sprinklers,
underwater jet showers, concluded by a full personalized body massage with
I experienced a tingling sensation as my pores of the skin
opened and felt a sense of disintoxication. It was wonderful. The warm and
cold sea water interchanging rhythmically with the message was a special toning.
The Tunisian instructors are very gentle with their hands and have a
kind and soothing approach to add to the hydrotherapy. The Mediterranean breeze and the water restores body and mind completely.
They assist in pacifying muscular and nervous tension and effectively contribute to ones balance and well being.
The different treatments include:
Leg relief treatment
Bio facial treatment
The center also has a large indoor sea water swimming pool, several machines
for cardiovascular work outs and aerobic exercise rooms. There is a separate
beauty department for different kinds of facials, manicure, pedicure and other needs.
Dr. Lakhouja's Vital Center was first set up in Djerba in an island in the
Mediterranean sea on the coast of Tunis. Its success led him to open several
new centers around the Mediterranean coast not only in Tunis but in other countries, like Egypt, Malta, Turkey and few other places
He believes that health and well being are now closer to people in this stress
era where many diseases are linked to fatigue and pressure and that sea water has the magic properties for
revitalization. He does consider that a first class hotel with luxurious comforts and fine cuisine adds to this type
of holiday, as well as enhance recovery.
Hotel Hasdrubal Thalassa The prestigious resort hotel Hasdrubal Thalassa is a Moorish-style enclave
-- paradise on the coast of Cap Bon in Hammamet Yasmin.
An hour's drive from the Tunis international airport, the resort hotel is a large magnificent
property of 60,000 sq. meters. Marble floors, fine wooden carvings, Berber
carpets on the floors, good collection of paintings on the walls are some of
the attractive features.
Like a palace with 220 suites, the hotel is spread out with a spacious garden and a semi-Olympic size swimming pool amidst palm
trees and beautiful jasmine, hibiscus, bougainvillaea and several other flowers that provide a rich fragrance around the fountains and cascades
surrounding the interior.
In the evenings the fountains sprout with the melody of music that sets out one's soul to another world. Lively fountains
with lush green plants adorn even the breakfast room laden with traditional
and exotic buffets.
Hidden far from the crowded part of Hammamet, the hotel has the swaying
palms with its architecture. It is rather unique with a delicate and intricately carved wooden interior and ceilings. Spacious lounges and
different discreet salons are very well furnished. There is a sense of airiness. The seventy-five square meter suites are elegant and spacious,
well decorated with a combination of tiles and wood. Every suite has a balcony that overlooks the garden and the sea. They are well equipped with
all the best fittings, minibars, television, telephone. The sumptuous colors
contribute to the opulent ambience.
The presidential suite of 1500 sq. meters has few rooms with a swimming pool, thalasso for the suite and
separate entrance. It is often frequented by celebrities and royalties.
Service is exceptionally good as the Tunisians by their character are
friendly people with a welcoming smile. The hotel has four main restaurants all very elegantly furnished with an
outside patio dining for summer months. Italian, Tunisian, French light and
International specialties are served in their separate restaurants. Don't miss the Tunisian wines!
In addition a lively Piano bar, Moorish café, a huge conference hall, games
room are all a part of the establishment. For Golf lovers, golf course nearby are available. It is an excellent
incentive and conference place with all the necessary facilities.
||Mourad Teyeb holds
degrees in English and Literature, Educational Psychology, and
Computer Science. Fluent in English, French, Arabic, German,
and Italian. Mourad's, Mourad trained with the African Center for
the Training and with Recycling of Journalists, Tunisian
Papers and Magazines. In additional to journalism, Mourad has
also had travel agent tour operating training. (More
about Mourad Teyeb.)
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