B/Attitude Spa massage
We test Grosvenor House spa's signature massage 4 Comments
It’s hard to know where to look when entering Grosvenor House Tower Two’s new B/Attitude Spa. Decked out with more antique-style paraphernalia than a Chinese temple, the Grosvenor’s popular Buddha Bar ambience has rubbed off on its new neighbour. Staff are welcoming and softly spoken, and I’m shown around the impressive facilities before being given a shot of avocado smoothie and a refreshing buttercup-scented towel.
The concept at B/Attitude is to heal and relax the mind before the body, so it’s fitting that the hour-long signature massage incorporates Tibetan methods of stretching and warm essential oils, which claim to restore harmony and build inner strength.
Step by step
After being guided through a maze of hardwood-floor corridors and changing rooms, I’m lead into a dimly lit treatment room where my sweet-natured therapist, Kani, prepares my foot ritual. She softly exfoliates and bathes my feet, but the process is over so quickly that it feels more like routine feet-washing (some spas do better than others at disguising it). I opt for medium pressure for my massage and lie face down on the bed, which is heated; the next sound I hear is the soft ringing from a Tibetan singing bowl, before the masseuse gets to work on my legs. To my delight, the stretching involved is super-gentle (previous experiences have shown that it’s possible to pull a muscle while horizontal). The massage is relaxing, and Kani uses a controlled strength from her entire body, rather than just her hands. I’m relaxed and calm once it’s over, although, for a massage that calls itself ‘signature’, nothing stands out.
• The bed is remote-controlled and lifts your body into a sitting position once the massage is over.
• The facilities include five mixed hammam pools of varying temperatures for men and women.
• The oils used feel non-greasy, so you don’t struggle to pull on your clothes afterwards.
• It’s hard to achieve a meditative state when you can hear heels clip-clopping on the floor overhead.
• The changing rooms are freezing and have very little privacy.
• There is no head massage to finish off your treatment, which can leave it feeling a little incomplete.
Relaxing and calming, the whole experience was nice without being outstanding. The next day, my skin felt supple from the oils and I was less tense in my shoulders.
This small, competent spa offers a massage using aromatherapy oils and gentle stretching.
From Dhs240 for 60 minutes. Uptown Mirdif (04 288 8480)
Time Out Dubai,
- Alternative health(23)
- Beauty and hair salons(29)
- Beauty clinics(10)
- Gym & health clubs(126)
- Health psychology(3)
- Image consultants(4)
- Medi spas(21)
- Nail salons(40)
- Plastic surgeons(11)
- Cosmetic surgery(1)
- Feng shui(4)
- Hair cuts & styling(29)
- Life coaching(14)
- Manicure & pedicure(38)
- Osteopathy and physical therapy(4)
- Personal training(10)
- Therapy & coaching(1)
- Yoga, Pilates & meditation(26)
- Al Quoz(8)
- Arabian Ranches(2)
- Bur Dubai(27)
- Business Bay(3)
- Discovery Gardens(2)
- Downtown Dubai(48)
- Dubai Internet City(2)
- Dubai Marina(74)
- Dubai Media City(24)
- Emirates Hills(14)
- Festival City(16)
- Green Community(2)
- International City(2)
- Jebel Ali(8)
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers(23)
- Knowledge Village(10)
- Motor City(3)
- Oud Metha(43)
- Palm Jumeirah(16)
- Sheikh Zayed Road(47)
- The Gardens(18)
- The Greens(1)
- Umm Suqeim(14)
Our favourite features
Christmas dinner in Dubai 2014 Book your Dubai Christmas dinner early and avoid missing out
Best afternoon tea in Dubai Cake, sandwiches, tea and lashings of cream at Dubai afternoon teas
Best sushi in Dubai Oishii! Kiree! Sugoi! and welcome to the most enticing sushi in Dubai
Best beach clubs in Dubai Treat yourself to a day of sunbathing and waiter service at the beach
Dubai’s best outdoor bars 25 top places to spend a night under the stars
Best pizzas in Dubai From dial up to dine in we've eaten the best pizzas in Dubai
Dubai's best dim sum Recommended spots to sample this quintessential Chinese dining pastime
Dubai's best buffets Loosen the belt and pile up your plate at these all-you-can eat packages
86 Friday brunches to try Time for brunch? We run through the options - in price order
56 lunch-break buys Start your style revolution from the comfort of your desktop with these ...