The spaAmara sits firmly among Time Out’s top three spas in Dubai – the service is slick and the Moroccan-themed decor understated. With private outdoor rain showers, a palm tree-lined pool, a steam room and a fantastic food menu, make sure to spend the whole day there.
The promiseThis two-hour-plus treatment promises to relax you while also firming the skin and promoting the flow of energy through the body.
Step by stepA quick outdoor foot bath kicks off the treatment, after which I move inside for 45 minutes of reflexology. Focusing on the feet and legs, this isn’t diagnostic reflexology, but rather a relaxing massage where the pressure is firm, yet without any wince-inducing moments. While my first leg and foot is worked on, I chat to the therapist about which organ each acupressure point represents. But during the second leg I do something I haven’t done in all my time as a spa reviewer: I doze off.
I wake as the room is prepared for a 75-minute Ideal Carita Facial, an extensive treatment using the Ideal range by Parisian beauty house Carita. After a thorough cleanse, toning, relaxation massage and earthy exfoliation using La Renovateur, a product made primarily from roasted sunflower seeds (the recipe for which is more than 50 years old), a deep cleansing is performed using a Pro Lifting machine, which doesn’t hurt at all, but is supposed to jolt the muscles with an electrical current to firm them.
The facial is finished off with a fantastic lymphatic drainage massage and a face mask accompanied by a hand massage. Once a potion of Carita serums and creams have been applied, I sit outside in my private garden and enjoy a mint tea.
Pros• Before the treatment, I spent three hours lounging by the pool, making the day feel like a holiday.
• Carita products are high end, and some of the best on the market.
• There were no painful moments in the massage or the facial, and the whole experience was so relaxing I fell asleep.
• The package comes with a free spa lunch.
• The treatment room is huge, and the private outdoor relaxation area unbeatable.
• You get to choose your own relaxing music.
Cons• There’s no diagnostic reflexology, where you’re told the problems with each organ.
• The package is expensive, although for a full day’s pampering it’s not bad value.
• There’s no full-on extraction involved in the facial.
The Total Relaxation with Carita package costs Dhs810 for 135 minutes of pampering, a spa lunch and access to the pool and wet facilities (normally Dhs958). Valid until January 31. Park Hyatt, Deira (04 602 1660)