Get transported from desert to jungle inside The Pearl Spa, down at The Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach
Okay, so it’s not like the Four Seasons hotel brand – global magnet for the A-list that it is – hasn’t long been synonymous with luxury. But even so, as you stand under one of their new “experience” showers down at the Jumeirah Beach resort that opened last year, you can’t help but catch your breath.
Select the “tropical storm” setting and exotic birdsong tweets through the sound system as thunder and lightning effects echo all about and the water cascades down on your body in a refreshing mix of cool mist and showers. It is, frankly, a magical sensation, transporting you out of the desert and deep into the jungle. (“Me Tarzan. You Jumeirah Jane”?).
The Pearl Spa sits on the ground floor of the hotel and has separate sides for men and women, each equipped with a Jacuzzi, steam room, treatment rooms and those aforementioned experience showers. The only mixed gender facilities are the 20-metre indoor pool and hot tub. Inside the ladies’ spa area the décor and music are both classical. Pan-pipes bounce off walls adorned in elegant mosaic tiles in iridescent tones of blue and pearly white.
After changing into the thick plush white robe and slippers, we meet our therapist, Chandra. Her Signature Massage begins with a foot soak and scrub with lime and sea salt and then segues into a 90-minute, thoroughly relaxing deep tissue massage that uses natural oils to moisturise the skin. Focusing principally on the back and shoulders, Chandra eases out our knots with just the right balance of pressure and care.
The time floats away and we’re woken from our serene slumber with a choice of herbal tea, that we choose to take in the luxurious relaxation room, which is kitted out with ultra-comfy leather reclining beds, each with a small reading light and personal headset should you wish to chill to some tunes. Then it’s a brief trip to the ladies’ vanity area, which has everything you need to refresh your look before you step out of this cocoon of calm and into a new light of day.
Dhs980 (90 minutes). Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach (04 270 7777).