The promise Described as a treatment for the ‘ultimate massage connoisseur’, the Regency Massage for Two allows both individuals to customise their treatment, combining techniques from a menu of Thai, sports, shiatsu, Indian head, reflexology, Swedish, Balinese, stone and mother-to-be massages. Not sure what’s what? There are staff on hand to advise and guide, making sure you don’t make a spa faux pas.
Step by step While it may not shout about it, Nysa is nothing short of sprawling. Even some of the staff admit they got lost trying to navigate the wide, winding corridors in their early days on the job. The result was a real illusion of space and seclusion when we finally arrived at the couple’s treatment suite – itself a huge, naturally lit room, decked out floor to ceiling in cream marble, and with a raised jacuzzi bathtub against one side. Our therapists, tasked with two very different requests – a muscle-melting sports massage and a relaxing Swedish, with a bit of Indian head thrown in – worked expertly to relieve tension and ease out stubborn knots. At points, snores emanated from both sides of the room (apparently some people can sleep through even the most vigorous of kneading). Once our massages ended, we were invited to take a dip in the mineral jacuzzi bath, and left to soak with a little glass of milky sorbet and fresh berries each.
The result Though the Swedish massage was thoroughly relaxing, the sports massage knocked it out of the park – even a week later, our highly experienced spa buddy remained convinced it was the best they’d had. No mean feat in Dubai.
Pros • An unassuming yet fantastically relaxing setting. • Both therapists really took on board our requests and understood what we needed. • If it’s quiet, you might be able to make use of the main pool (there’s a smaller spa pool), which has a lovely swim-up bar. • A treatment here means an opportunity to check out one of the city’s newest hotels.
Cons • The hotel entrance itself can be a little tricky to find – a bit of signposting in Healthcare City would help.
5/5 Dhs930 for 85 minutes. Nysa Spa, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, near Dubai Healthcare City, Umm Hurair (04 553 1259).
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