Jenny Hewett tests the signature two-hour body treatment that is on offer at the Conrad Spa.
The promise The ‘Perfectly Rested’ body treatment aims to chill you right out with a full-body aromatherapy massage and a scalp and facial massage thrown in.
Step by step Everything about this spa, from the Star Trek deck-like reception to the neon blue water feature, oozes cool. Once inside, we find the contemporary facilities themselves are surprisingly small, but on the plus side give the spa a more exclusive feel. Once in the treatment room, our South African therapist somewhat hurriedly washes and scrubs our feet and we’re on the massage bed in quick time. We find the heated bed a little toasty at first, but as the therapist peels back the towel and begins a back massage, we begin to relax into it. A body serum is applied and massaged in from head to toe with firm, languid strokes. Though the therapist is slight, her hands are strong and useful. After flipping onto our back, she applies oil to the face and massages it in before she begins a lush dry scalp massage.
The result The two hours whiz past and once stirred from a spa coma, we’re undeniably more relaxed than when we came in and leave with a sleepy face.
Pros • The staff are experienced and know their stuff. • The presentation of the welcome drink and towel on silver dishes in a wooden tray is a lovely touch.
Cons • There is no direction as to where we need to meet our therapist after changing. • Though stylish, the ergonomically sloped beds in the relaxation room aren’t very practical for drinking tea.
4/5 Dhs925 for two hours. Conrad Spa, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444). *This advertorial first appeared in Time Out Dubai’s Spa&Wellbeing Signature Series 2016 pullout.
Tell us a little about the spa. Imagine a spa that feels like it was made for you. With warmth and familiarity, surprising intuitiveness and a refreshing approach. Where innovative services and efficiency seamlessly come together to return you to your optimum state of well-being, whether you stay the whole day or half an hour. Not only through treatments but through an atmosphere that transports you into an organically-designed, locally-inspired haven of harmony and lightness. Combining state-of-the-art treatments and techniques from the world’s most exotic destinations into a restorative and rejuvenating journey. A journey to becoming an even better you.
What facilities do you offer? Thermal lounge with experience shower, ice encounter, sauna and steam room, hydro and relaxation pool with sunken lounges, eight multipurpose treatment rooms, and two couples’ suites with hydro-bath features. There is also an outdoor yoga terrace, gym and swimming pool.
What services do you offer? Body treatments, facials and couples’ massage, as well as pre-natal and post-pregnancy treatments.
Do you offer any holistic or ayurvedic treatments? The Conrad Signature Radiant Body incorporates a mix of techniques including the ayurvedic scalp massage. It’s a relaxing massage that soothes tight and aching muscles and clams the mind. The journey begins with an uplifting treatment of frankincense and gentle stretches, followed by your choice of chamomile, petitgrain or rosemary to calm and cleanse your thoughts and ginger and black pepper to relax your muscles. Then Swedish and cross-fibre massage techniques are applied, followed by an invigorating ayuverdic scalp, neck and shoulder massage to relieve stress and restore well-being and reveal inner radiance.
What is your most popular treatment? Essential Aromatherapy Experience: This balancing treatment starts with a consultation to find out what your emotional and physical needs are. From there we carry out an aromatherapy smell test to allow you to choose the oil most suitable for you. There are twelve signature oils to choose from, formulated with natural plant and flower oils with wonderful exotic scents and powerful therapeutic benefits for the body and mind.
Signature treatment Perfectly You therapies are tailored to meet your every need. Relaxation, rejuvenation, and total restoration are achieved through a mix of massage, aromatherapy, stretching and skin exfoliation that leave you feeling perfect.
The Details Male or female: Both.
Treatment rooms: Discover a world of relaxation with eight treatment rooms, two couples’ rooms, a relaxation lounge, Hammam Suite, and hydro and relaxation pools.