The only thing anticipated as much as the launch of the exquisite The Thief hotel in Oslo was that of Thief Spa, which opened its doors on March 19. It features a 12m pool, sauna, steam room, six treatment rooms, fully equipped gym and Oslo's first Hammam.
The spa and its adjacent 119-room, über-cool hotel are located in a hip new neighbourhood, recently developed on the Tjuvholmen peninsula jutting out into the Oslo Fjord. The pool is serene. Guests float beneath a 'star-lit' ceiling and by the warm glow of candlelight, the perfect place to escape both Olso's almost constant summer light and its dark winters. The pool room walls are made from slate, and the pool's lights fade from blue to red to green.
Once refreshed, try a Moroccan rhassoul treatment, which involves relaxing in the steam room and being daubed in volcanic mud collected from the Atlas Mountains. Or for a good detoxification, opt for a Laminaria Algae facial, which uses algae handpicked from Ireland's coasts.
Thief Spa uses top-of-the-range brands such as Babor, known for its nourishing skincare products, Voya, whose products and treatments are eco-certified and organic, and Carita and Priori, both of which specialise in anti-ageing products.
The spa also features Sensory Sky showers by German company Dornbracht, which recreate rain and fog, and blend them with light and fragrances to cleanse and cool.