Tuesday, May 1

Ocean Village Two Launch plus Karma Spa

I was lucky enough to attend the naming ceremony for the Ocean Village Two last week. I witnessed Jodie and Jemma Kidd christen the ship - the bottle didnt smash first time, it took 2 attempts but everything seemed to be in 2's that day anyway... Ocean Village Two, 2 godmothers, 2 smashes of the bottle!

The ship was very tastefully decorated and I must admit i preferred it to the original Ocean Village. Just that little bit more detail in everything.
We ate lunch onboard too - very nice indeed - There was plenty of choice so i opted for the Lobster Thermadore AND the Lamb Wellington! I have to admit I gave in to the strawberry tart too but it did taste good!

James Martin was also onboard that day as he has opened his second restaurant (his first is on Ocean Village) - The Bistro. Its slightly smaller than the first restaurant so i should imagine booking as early as soon as you board the ship to get the time and date you want.

The Karma Spa and Fitness complex onboard really was the highlight for me! The two-storey, ocean-view spa incorporates a number of industry firsts as well as being the largest spa afloat in relation to the size of the ship.
The upper deck has a state of the art gym fully kitted out with all the latest high tech exercise machinery! There is also a separatefitness room offering spinning, Pilates, yoga and more.

Adjoining the gym is the Spa reception. It is very tastefully designed with relaxing features such as the indoor waterfall and cypress trees. From here you can access each of the eleven treatment rooms. Each treatment room focuses on a particular speciality such as facials, massage (including hot stones and couples massage), manicure and pedicure, dry float and hydrobath. There is even a sunbed so if the weather is bad, you dont need to go home pale!

From the Spa reception area, a stairway leads down to the Karma Sauna and Steam zone. There is a herbal steam room and Hammam hot room where you can turn up the heat in the mosaic-tiled and pillared surroundings. The Hammam therapy room features a warmed marble slab where a specialist Arabian Aromasoul massage treatment specifically designed for Ocean Village Two combines warm water cleansing, heat therapy and the application of nourishing oils. It all looked so inviting, i was pretty gutted i had to get off the ship!

The meditation room provides a back-to-the-womb experience with red padded floor, walls and ceiling, and four hanging chairs - all around a fibre-optic obelisk whose changing colours provide the room’s only light.

Two hours in the Karma Sauna and Steam zone costs £12.50 or £20 for three sessions.
A total of 14 expert therapists make up the Karma Spa team with two fitness experts offering a full exercise programme as well as personal training.
The Spa will offer top quality signature treatments specifically designed for Ocean Village Two including:
• Arabian Hammam Aromasoul Massage – two hours of Hammam heaven to cleanse the skin, smooth the body and soothe the mind.
• A Dream Chair facial ritual which also features a full back, neck and leg massage• ZUMBA fitness classes, the world’s largest Latino Aerobics programme – at sea for the first time!
• A Pilates Institute at sea programme including complimentary Pilates seminars for keen golfers on how to improve their posture as well as their game
• Fitness programmes including glide board Gravity sessions

Passengers will also have the chance to indulge in a range of celebrity treatments such as the Oxy-jet facial (£99), dubbed ‘the miracle facelift’ and said to the facial of choice of the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Madonna.

Other treatments to be offered in Ocean Village Two’s Karma Spa and Fitness include ones already proven popular on Ocean Village’s original ship such as:
• G-Form – a pain free weight loss therapy which uses micro-currents to work on problem areas. (£55 for a 60 minute session)
• Ancient Stones - the direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage• Teeth Whitening - for that Hollywood smile. (£135)

All in all i was really impressed with the ship but it was definitely the spa that sold it for me.

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