Moroccan spa, health-conscious Mexican cuisine coming to River Oaks area

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Two new business concepts have been announced for the River Oaks area, including a luxury Moroccan spa on South Shepherd Drive and the first Texas location for an upcoming healthy Mexican restaurant in the River Oaks district.

Oasis Moroccan Bath will open October 18 at 3208 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston. The spa will offer traditional Hammam beauty treatments, which date back to ancient Arabia and focus on using water or steam to hydrate the skin.

Clients who visit the boutique will receive hibiscus tea and a towel infused with essential oils before their treatments. The spa itself includes private relaxation rooms, which are filled with steam during a massage that takes place on a covered marble table.

The masseuse uses an argan oil-infused beldi black soap to start, which is followed by Rhassoul clay and a shampoo rinse. Guests then shower under a rainfall showerhead before applying an orange body balm to further hydrate the skin.

The store will be run by Saba Syed, who said in a press release that she hand-picks all products used in the store. The boutique will also have a retail component, where products such as Cinq Mondes will be sold. Spa packages range from $125 to $375.

In a separate press release, River Oaks District officials announced the planned November opening of Mexico-based Ojo de Agua at 4444 Westheimer Road, Ste. D140, Houston.

The casual restaurant and craft market are in 40 locations across Mexico, and the River Oaks location will be the first to open in Texas.

The ingredients used in the food will be of authentic origin and the restaurant will also offer an extensive menu of fresh juices. Dishes on offer will include acai bowls, chilaquiles, ranchero eggs, avocado and truffle toast, lobster grilled cheese and a Kobe burger.

Alcoholic beverages will also be offered, including micheladas, local craft beers, wine-based fruit cocktails, and mimosas mixed with a variety of juices. An on-site retail market will allow customers to purchase fresh produce and salsas, among other things.

The interior of the venue will be based on Mexican outdoor markets and will feature handcrafted decor mostly sourced from Mexico or Mexican artists.

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