Ambient, understated spa at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Time Out Dubai staff
An ambient but understated spa that’s perfect for a truly relaxing experience and achieving effective results.
Atmosphere: Located on the ground floor of the new Sofitel Dubai The Palm hotel, So Spa is decorated minimally in wooden tones, with attractive ‘living garden’ feature walls and beautifully curved marble counters at the wash basins. The spa evokes a closeness with nature, yet still feels modern and stylish. There are also outdoor cabanas for private treatments.
Experience: On our visit, we tried the So Spa experience, which included two signature treatments, a full-body massage and a facial, both of which used Anne Semonin products. This delightful two-hour treatment was performed by a very knowledgeable and personable therapist who dealt with our muscle injury effectively, allowing us to fully relax and enjoy both treatments. We really enjoyed the ‘sweet surprise’ of honey to eat during the treatment. The facial is tailor-made for the individual, and ours included an anti-ageing facial pinching technique, which was a little painful. However, the end results were noticeable and very effective, with skin feeling hydrated and smooth, and looking more vibrant and healthy.
Treatments: The spa offers a wide range of classic and more elaborate treatments, ranging from fitness coaching to hammam, gold facials and reflexology to a slimming seaweed wrap.
Service: In the women’s section of the spa, staff are all female, including the lifeguards. We found everyone was polite, well trained and friendly.
Extras: Guests at the spa are encouraged to come early for their treatment to make use of the facilities on offer, which include indoor and outdoor pools, a steam room and the So experience pool (which features different water jets and currents). Treatments also begin with a signature foot bath in coconut milk and peppermint oil to relax guests, and finish with a beauty-focussed tea infusion from Camellia’s Tea House coupled with an array of healthy snacks in the relaxation area. So Spa Experience Dhs950. Open daily 9am-10pm. So Spa, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 5433).