Many hands make light work, as the old saying goes. So it’s unsurprising that Heart & Soul Spa’s Six Hands Signature has the unique ability to make you feel like you’re floating as you leave, following 90 minutes of pure relaxation.
The spa is a rarity in itself. There’s no boisterous hotel lobby to navigate, no crammed elevator to share with dressed-up dinner-bound guests, and no noisy chatter drifting into your treatment room. It’s the benefit, of course, of being in Al Barari, Dubai’s greenest little pocket of space, set back from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and hidden behind an imposing line of trees. Less “urban oasis”, more actual oasis.
Heart & Soul Spa lies beyond the garden centre, residential developments and The Farm restaurant. Flora lines the walkway and packs the surrounding spaces so much so that rooms are bathed in a light sprinkle of green shades; it’s about as peaceful a place as you can find west of Emirates Road.
Already feeling rather zen, the robes crank up the indulgence; we’re not exaggerating when we say they’re as soft and warm as the hug your parents give you when visiting your homeland after a little-too-long away in Dubai.
The treatment itself is an extension of the traditional aromatherapy massage, all soft in touch and high on sensory stimulation, especially smell. Performing what feels like a dance across your whole body, the three therapists barely miss a beat, co-ordinating their strokes and pressure with all the timing of a troupe of ballerinas. It’s a curious feeling, certainly an unfamiliar one, but with so many focus points, our mind is able to wander off to a happy place more readily than if we were following just one pair of hands on the same spot.
While the likes of a gold-flake body wrap or diamond facial – both available in Dubai – might seem more indulgent on paper, they are, only in name. What better, really, than the delicate competition for your attention from six hands? Dhs1,050. Heart & Soul Spa, Al Barari, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.heartandsoul.ae (04 320 7350). *This advertorial first appeared in Time Out Dubai’s Spa&Wellbeing Signature Series 2016 pullout.
Tell us a little about your spa. Heart & Soul is a spa and wellness destination for guests looking to de-stress and rediscover physical and mental harmony in a serene and natural environment. The spa’s philosophy is to restore, rejuvenate and revive using the soothing power of touch combined by carefully selected products for the best natural results. Heart & Soul is all about getting back to nature and teaching our guests to relax, unwind and achieve balance.
What facilities do you offer? The spa has separate levels for men and women, exclusively-appointed treatment rooms, private suites, a dedicated children’s salon, designated nail and hair care sections, and an infrared sauna, hammam and steam room as well as indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.
What services do you offer? Heart & Soul offers a variety of massages, award-winning facials, relaxing body treatments, grooming services, hammam rituals, and hair and nail treatments.
Tell us a little about your staff. Heart & Soul is headed by our spa general manager, Maria Haggo. From the moment you enter the spa, our passionate team of certified specialists are there to cater to your individual needs. Our experienced and diverse staff come from all over the world including Asia, Africa and Europe, and have a wide range of experience in the five-star spa and beauty industry. We have male staff for the male spa and female staff for the female spa.
Do you offer anything unusual or novel? We focus on providing our guests a full range of spa, beauty and wellness services. We offer a 6 Hands H&S signature massage and a Healing Harp Therapy Massage, both of which are exclusive to Heart & Soul. The Healing Harp Therapy Massage involves a skilled spa therapist massaging away tension from your body, while our harpist plays healing harp frequencies that will be absorbed by the body, creating balance and good energy flow, allowing you to unwind completely, relax deeper and receive your massage treatment more fully. The Healing Harp Therapy Massage can be paired with any 60-minute massage at Heart & Soul. We also offer our guests a chance to access wellness education through regular workshops and engaging classes, which include meditation, healing, energy work, art, dance and nutrition, to name a few. We offer a range of speciality products from Forlle’d (exclusive to Heart & Soul in Dubai), Child’s Farm and Little Bu (natural, non-toxic products for children).
What is your most popular treatment? Massage is always the most popular treatment, so we make sure that we do that exceptionally well. Our new Oxygen facial by Forlle’d is a close second. It is ideal for healing and reviving the skin, boosting antioxidants, and for anti-ageing purposes. The results-oriented facial reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, helps uneven skin look brighter, and restores moisture balance while enhancing overall hydration. The main ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Forlle’d, a paraben-free, scientifically advanced skincare range from Japan, has globally patented complexes of hyaluronic acid that are 600 to 4,000 times smaller than ordinary molecules, meaning it penetrates deep into the skin to rehydrate and revitalise from within.
Do you offer any holistic or ayurvedic treatments? Yes. Our spa packages focus on physical, emotional, and spiritual elements to create a holistic experience.
The Details Male or female: The spa has separate levels for men and women and dedicated children’s salons.
Treatment rooms: There are a total of 20 treatment rooms: one hair salon (ladies), two nail salons (ladies and gentlemen), one relaxation room, six ladies’ treatment rooms, four men’s treatment rooms, one VIP room (including barber, massage and nail stations), two hammam rooms (Turkish and Moroccan), one Thai traditional massage room, one barber salon, and one outdoor treatment room with a plunge pool.
Cheapest treatment: Jessica Classic Hand Treatment for Dhs80. Most expensive treatment: 6 Hands Heart & Soul signature massage, 90 minutes for Dhs1,050, and the Sodashi samadara ultimate age-defying facial for Dhs1,100. Heart & Soul Spa