Discover Amani Spa Kigali and its exclusive Rasul.

rasul radisson blu kigali

Once again, a great news from Kigali for all the wellness lovers! Carlson Rezidor has opened a Radisson Blu hotel in Kigali (Rwanda) that features a spa operated by Amani. As an exclusivity: a Rasul Signature Treatment.   It seems that Central Africa acquires its pedigree in the spa world industry!

Hospitality industry and luxury spa: the winning combination.

« This new opening in Rwanda further strengthens our position in East-Africa and on the African continent,” said Andrew McLachlan, senior vice president of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Africa is our biggest growth market and Radisson Blu is Europe’s largest upper upscale brand.  The opening in Kigali solidifies the brand’s pole position and supports our long-term growth strategy in Africa. »

The adjacent Radisson Blu hotel buildings equally impress with their thoughtful and emblematic design: surrounded by multi-colored bands they hint at ancient Rwandan baskets. While the convention center and the hotel’s location in close proximity to government institutions is ideal for business, the Radisson Blu hotel Kigali is also the perfect base for leisure travellers to explore Rwanda’s incredible biodiversity, wildlife and natural beauty. After all it’s not for nothing that the country is often referred to as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’. Plus, it’s one of the few places in the world where tourists can track the famous mountain gorillas!  And after a long day out, go to the spa and relax !

Amani: the African Spa.

Radisson Blu has opted for the South African spa brand Amani.  The name Amani means ‘peace and harmony’ in Swahili, and the spa aims to create a sense of inner peace, to help people reconnect with themselves and to improve their quality of life.  Their 360° philosophy of beauty, health and wellness embraces physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Amani’s vision is to create unique African spa with the enchanting ambience and spirit of Africa reflected in the treatments and in the natural elements and textures of the décor.  Since 2006, they are specialised in luxury spas in exclusive lodges and hotels.

The spa includes one double and two single treatment rooms, as well as male and female saunas and steam rooms.   Exclusivity: you will find in the spa an exotic mosaic tiled rasul.  The hotel also includes a fitness centre equipped with high-tech cardiovascular and weight-training facilities.

Exclusive Signature Treatment: The Rasul Steam Cocoon. 

The Rasul Steam Cocoon is an Arabian-inspired treatment using therapeutic mud to cocoon the body.  This ancient Arabic cleansing ritual uses mineral-rich mud, heat and steam.  The treatment takes place in an exotic mosaic tiled rasul where the heat of the steam activates absorption of minerals.  It helps in eliminating toxins, conditions and tones the skin and relaxes the muscles.

Do not confuse Rasul and Hammam!

Hammams and Rasuls are both kinds of tiled steam room.

Rasuls are usually private chambers used for mud treatments.  You coat yourself in different kinds of mud, and then go into the Rasul to steam in it.  Slathered in mineral-rich muds, you sit in a tiled steam room for around 15 minutes. Afterwards you are either douched by a therapist or else shower yourself down in cool water.  It’s a great treatment for priming your body for a massage which will then be more effective, as the therapist can get deep into the warmed muscle more easily.

Note that spelled « rassoul, rhassoul or ghassoul”, we talk about the brown volcanic mud, not the room!

A hammam can be either one tiled herbal steam room with diffusion of essential oils (eucalyptus, peppermint or pine) or a suite of steam rooms and pools for communal use, each offering different waters and benefits. Your visit may include a rigorous soap-wash and scrub, and a short massage with essential oils.


Image d’inspiration – Rasul  © Landmark Oriental Spa Hong Kong

The 5 most romantic & amazing couples massages.

Vilaz Masaz by Spa Attitude

(c) Villa Masaz Spa Attitude Mauritius

Here are 5  -not only romantic but totally amazing!-  spa experiences to share with your lover, in Africa.  The following treatments are specially designed for couples in the most idyllic places. Happy Valentine’s day !

Couple massage on a private Island, with sea views (Mauritius)

Vilaz Masaz by Spa Attitude in an eco-friendly Spa with its own herb garden.  Its beauty rituals are based on genuine natural elements of Mauritius: its soil, its sea, its sun and its plants…  The  4 signature care: Earth Attitude to recharge one’s batteries; Sea Attitude, a purifying care; Sun Attitude, a stimulating care and Flora Attitude to relax.

Escape from reality for the time of a massage on a private island, still wild.  After a short pirogue trip you will reach the island where you will be welcomed by therapists, lulled by the noise of nature, in a rustic chic hideaway nestled between the trees and volcanic rocks.

Romantic evening under the stars (Maldives)

A bespoke journey for romantic couples in the Kurumba Spa.  Just beyond the sunset, a beautiful setting and memorable moments await you and your loving partner.  This pure moment of relaxation begins with a golden cowry shell massage using warm Maldivian coconut oil to gently warm and relax your body.  Finishing with a divine head massage to complete your journey.  Champagne and chocolate dipped fruits will be served to compliment your journey together whilst enjoying the stars on our own lazy bag on the beach.

Healthy evening in a Palace of Arabian Nights (Morocco)

The extroardinary hotel and spa La Mamounia is situated in Marrakech.  The spa proposes a surprising and healthy couples arrangement.  One hour personal training session with a coach in the Spa Fitness Center, followed by a jacuzzi session and then by a relaxing massage in a duo cabin in the private Spa. Then, a fruit cocktail, full on vitamins …ready for an energetic evening!

Valentine’s Escape in the vineyards (South Africa)

Join Delaire Graff Spa, situated in front of the Vinyards and Mount Stellenbosch for the ultimate in luxury & relaxation with a breath-taking couple’s spa experience.  Start your relaxation experience with a glass of Delaire Graff Sunrise MCC on the spa deck overlooking the Stellenbosch valley. Then melt away in pure indulgence with a tranquil full body massage customised to your individual needs and desires.  Followed by a back and foot exfoliation, this full body treatment will leave you relaxed with a gorgeous glow to the skin. Choose your aromatherapy massage oil with an aroma test and expert consultation with their highly qualified therapists.  To end off this luxury experience, each guest may choose a candle or bath & shower oil from Aromatherapy Associates as a take-home gift to continue the experience at home together.

Tribal experience in the Kruger Park (South Africa). 

After an adventurous day in the African wilderness, observing  the « Big Five » (leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino, and elephant ), relax at the Earth Lodges Amani Spa.  Adjacent to the southwestern section of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the Earth Lodge offers exceptional wildlife encounters from one of the most environmentally sensitive lodges in Africa.  Discover a little African magic in their uniquely designed Pango cave and experience a ritual with therapeutic, thermal and local body mud, which leaves you feeling cleansed, renewed and relaxed.  Then, experience the Jewel of Africa Massage, and the restorative and energising quality of the crystals, warm oils and flowing movements, which work together to rapidly reduce muscle tension in the body. This deluxe treatment balances your energies, releases emotional stress and leaves you with a feeling of complete relaxation and wellbeing.