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It’s a lot to live up to, being the spa in the world’s most iconic building, not to mention carrying the name of a legendary designer. There could have been temptation to really push the boat out and overdo it, but Armani/Spa is, perhaps surprisingly, simple. And brilliantly effective.
It starts with the stylish design. Sleek, smooth and neutral. Corridors feel Kubrickian, like an underground lair – James Bond, not Dr. Evil. There’s barely an edge, kink or handle anywhere from the moment you exit the elevator. Doors slide, pools are infinite and almost all fixtures are flush to the surface.
Dimly lit and cavernous, the spa is built around a simple, soothing water feature that looks a bit like a Jacuzzi. As well as sauna and steam rooms, it contains Terme, a sequential shower experience that begins with an ice rub and moves on to heavy hot water, rain and humidity. It’s wonderfully refreshing.
There’s also a gym, compact but with the latest technology equipment, should you really wish to earn your treatment first.
Treatments are also the basics done better. There are three main pillars – Mu (stillness), Libertà (freedom) and Fluidità (fluidity) – offering variations on the facial, massage, wrap and scrub. Words like “hydrating”, “rejuvenating” and “revitalising” are about as fluffy as the whole experience gets, but the simplicity of it all is, ironically, rather “refreshing”. Treatment rooms hold all the design elements of the rest of the spa, and the arched roof creates a comfortable pod-like environment. And then there’s the beds, with their sink-in duvet surface and a head rest that actually cushions your forehead to prevent the sinus pressure typical of other spas.
We opt for the Signature Facial and Collection Massage – both delivered expertly and without the need for constant reassurance, our therapist instead using the reaction of our body to amend pressure; the little details adding up to a mightily effective experience.
Signature Facial: Dhs600 (60 minutes), Collection Massage: Dhs520 (50 minutes). Armani/Spa, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3282). *This advertorial first appeared in Time Out Dubai’s Spa&Wellbeing Signature Series 2016 pullout.
Tell us a little about the spa. Armani/SPA is an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the heart of Dubai that provides in-house guests and the local market with unique spaces and outstanding service for individually personalised treatments, personal fitness, sequential thermal bathing, creative “SPA” cuisine or simply private and social relaxation areas. Unlike other competitors, we offer a personalised “Spa Time” concept.
What facilities do you offer? Sauna, steam room, laconia, gym and swimming pool.
What services do you offer? Massage, body treatments, facial, waxing, manicure and pedicure.
Tell us a little about your staff. Our staff are highly experienced and some of the best trained in the Dubai spa industry. Booking at Armani/SPA guarantees excellent therapists and welcoming staff, who greet you as if you are arriving into Giorgio Armani’s personal home.
Do you offer anything unusual or novel? Guests simply need to book the amount of time they would like to spend in the spa rather than the specific treatment. Once arriving at the spa, each guest at the Armani/SPA receives a personal consultation from the spa professional to develop a bespoke sensory experience designed by Armani. Armani/SPA Massages use bespoke, exclusive Armani oils, which work on different results: relaxation, muscle tension release or energising.
What is your most popular treatment? Our bespoke massage treatments.
Do you offer any holistic or ayurvedic treatments? Our treatments are all holistic and based on the guests’ needs. However, there are no ayurveda treatments.
Signature treatment Armani/SPA Signature Collection Massage (60 minutes): A fusion of Japanese shiatsu, Thai, traditional and acupressure techniques are applied to the body, which is comfortably wrapped in luxurious Armani black silk.
The Details Male of Female: Both
List your treatment rooms: Eight
Cheapest treatment: Manicure or pedicure (Dhs300)
Most expensive treatment: Full-day package (Dhs2,800)