InterContinental Al Ain prepares for a healthy make-over

Health and fitness facilities at the InterContinental Resort Al Ain are undergoing a complete revamp starting this month

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By  Sarah Gain Published  September 19, 2006

Health and fitness facilities at the InterContinental Resort Al Ain are undergoing a complete revamp starting this month. The city resort, which already offers the largest leisure facilities in Al Ain, is to undergo a two-month renovation of its leisure facilities and will unveil a new spa-orientated image after Ramadan. The resort is adding three treatment rooms for Thai massage, a new relaxation area, renovating and extending the changing rooms and locker areas, and refreshing the wet areas, such as the sauna. “The reception areas will all be changed — it will be very stylish, and the gym will also have some work. The concept will change,” Simon Assaf, health club manager, told Leisure Manager. Central to the renovation is the addition of three Thai massage rooms, complete with ensuite shower facilities, one of which will also be equipped to offer body scrubs and other treatments. The resort currently employs one Thai masseuse and Assaf has been busy recruiting a second therapist. At present, the facility employs 18 staff, including life guards, tennis and squash instructors, and a personal trainer, while freelance instructors provide ballet and other classes. The InterContinental Resort Al Ain offers a wide range of leisure facilities, including three swimming pools, two rugby pitches, a football pitch, basketball court, tennis and squash courts, mini golf, and extensive children’s play areas. Assaf is confident that the refinement of these facilities will prove a popular modification with the resort’s 1200 local members. “Whenever we introduce a new class, within three days it will be full,” he remarked. “We promote our facilities through sales calls, flyers, e-mail campaigns and by word of mouth. Al Ain is very small — word soon gets around.” Once the renovation is complete, the hotel will be opening a dedicated recreation desk, which, in addition to booking treatments, exercise classes and sports facilities, will also be able to book desert safaris and a wide range of day trips and activities for hotel guests.

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