So Spa – Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
So Spa – Charming elegance and tranquillity in the heart of vibrant Munich
Recently I had the chance to visit Munich for a few days and as it was my first time in the capital of Bavaria, I got myself a few spa tips from a fellow blogger from Germany, the wonderful Jenny from I Love Spa blog. One of her recommendations was the So Spa at the glamorous Sofitel Bayerpost and after doing a bit of research I made up my mind that the So Spa is a must see.
Centrally located next to the hectic Munich Central Station, the Sofitel Bayerpost offers an elegant and tranquil oasis. The same peaceful and refined vibe continues also in the So Spa. The darker wall and interiorcolour pallet mixed with gray stone at the So Spa gives surprisingly a very warm and cosy but at the same time a high-end feeling. Helping create a mystical and warm atmosphere is also the dim lighting and numerous candles spread out all over the spa.
The So Spa was opened in 2004 and each year since the opening they close the spa for two weeks to make renovations and maintenance which gives this beautiful spa a yearly facelift and makes it look elegant and new even in its 11th year of existence. The spa area is spread out over 600m²and has everything a hotel spa needs: four treatment rooms, a finish sauna and a steam room, a relaxation area, a tea and juice bar, a fitness room and an out of this world design swimming pool. Why have I called it an out of this world swimming pool, as you walk down the few stairs into the water, you can turn right and swim to the 12m lap pool area with windows looking at the hotel lobby (no worries, thanks to a special gals technique you can see the lobby but the people at the lobby can’t see you) or turn to the left and swim into a snail shaped spiral whit counter-current flow where at the end a whirlpool awaits.
The So Spa treatment philosophy is based on a combination between traditions from around the world and therefinement and skill of the latest in French cosmetology. The spa works with four different cosmetic lines: La Ric, an Austrian cosmetic label, which concentrates on treatments for hands, feet and body; Marisa Berenson, a natural cosmetic label from USA; Cinq Mondes, a French natural spa label, which mixes French sophisticationand inspiration from the world’s best health and beauty traditions; Carita, a renowned French cosmetic label and the anti-ageing specialist based on cutting-edge, avant-garde technology. Really interesting andinnovative but also with a touch of humour, in my opinion, is their Spa Menu that is inspired by gastronomy, so written really like the menu of a French gourmet restaurant with starters, mains, deserts and specials, which goes really well with the hotels great French culinary philosophy (or: which goes really well with the French gastronomic expertise that Sofitel is renowned for).
The So Spa is open not only to the Sofitel guests but also to external guest and they even offer memberships which include full usage of the unique pool landscape, state-of-the-art gym and the exclusive sauna zone.
I arrived at the spa half an hour before my treatment, so unfortunately hadn’t had enough time to enjoy the pool and sauna area before my treatment, but made the best of it after the treatment. Upon my arrival I was very nicely greeted by the spa staff, wasgiven a really fluffy and cosy robe and towelling slippers and was accompanied to the women’s changing room. As I came back to the front desk ready for my treatment, I was greeted by my lovely therapist Chrissi. I chose a treatment out of the starters, namely the Radiance Scrub, preformed with the organic Cinq Mondes Gommage Sublime, a treatment inspired by ancient Polynesian tradition. This gentle scrub paste delicately purifies the skin using the exfoliating action of coconut sugar grains and the protective action of precious Noni, Monoïde Tahiti and Avocado oils. The treatment started with a warm and relaxing foot bath and later when I was lying on the massage table, the therapist rang a little bell and sprayed some Eau Egyptienne freshness phyto-aromatic mist by Cinq Mondes announcing the start of the treatment. This incredibly fresh aromatic body and hair mist was just amazing as the essential oils of lotus, cumin, rose and mint worked as a form of aromatherapy and lulled me into a relaxing state. The scrub was also very nicely scented and the therapist applied and massaged it in in circular motions, concentrating also on my palms and feet, which I loved. The treatment ended with the closing round of ringing the little Tibetan bells and the therapist sprayed some more of the lovely mist around my face. Following thetreatmentI was serveda tasty plait of fruit at the tea and juice bar andwas given a product and treatment recommendation card for continuous spa experience at home. I also had the opportunity tomeet and talk to the SpaManager Assistant, Mr. Niny Sow, who also gave me the tour of the whole spa which highlighted myoverall impressioneven more.
My morning at the So Spa was really a beautiful spa experience in an elegant and tranquil atmosphere with very nice, warm and highly professional staff. The So Spa offers numerous treatments to escape thedaily grind and recharge your batteries, awaken your senses and feel re-energised.