Tucked away within the pleasantly green grounds of Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Aroma Spa is surprisingly understated and easily missed. Once inside, guests are enveloped by a calm and serene environment that’s beautifully scented to hint at what’s to come.
Aroma Spa’s new Moroccan bath offers traditional hammam treatments based on age-old practices designed to fully cleanse, detoxify, invigorate and rejuvenate the skin, improve circulation and relieve muscle spasms. I opt for the Royal Hammam experience lasting 110 minutes, although shorter 50- and 80-minute versions are also available.
Step by step
Having swapped my work attire for those unflattering briefs and stepped into a bathrobe, I’m led by my Thai therapist to the spacious Moroccan bath. The room is filled with steam and I find the name misleading, as there’s no bath as such, rather a circular dais in the centre. The ritual begins with my therapist dousing me in hot water and washing me from head to toe with black Moroccan soap, before the scrubbing begins. It’s vigorous – and ever so slightly sore – yet undeniably satisfying.
I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of a spa as relaxed as I am after the two-hour treatment. I feel noticeably lighter, my skin is tingling and my mind is clearer, as if the experience has created order in what was previously a cluttered mind after a busy day’s work. I also have the best night’s sleep I’ve had in weeks.
• The experience is incredibly relaxing and satisfying, leaving you refreshed and clear headed – and with no dead skin in sight.
• The combination of hammam and massage is an effective way to relieve tired or aching muscles.
• Thaving someone else wash you might be a little uncomfortable for some.
• The experience of standing by the steam vent in the early stages of the ritual could do with fine-tuning: it leaves certain parts of your body hot and others cold.
The complete Royal Hammam is Dhs650 for 110 minutes. Aroma Spa, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, www.dxbmarine.com/spa (04 346 1111).
The Complete Oriental Treatment includes cleansing, a body scrub, body wrap, honey mask and massage.
Dhs670 for 110 minutes. One & Only Royal Mirage (04 399 9999).
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
The Royal Hammam treatment includes black soap cleansing and a body scrub.
Dhs400 for 90 minutes. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).
The hammam treatment begins with a light massage and cleansing, followed by a body scrub and an oil massage.
Dhs330 for 75 minutes. Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4630).