Divided into separate male and female spas, guests are encouraged to arrive far more in advance than the usual 20 minutes before their treatment, and for good reason. As well as the usual steam rooms and saunas, the spa has snow rooms and mineral-rich salt water thalassotherapy pools, plus heated stone beds to relax on.
You’ll find all the usual facials, scrubs and rubs here, but what you’re really here for is the gleaming, entirely marble Turkish hammam. A 40-minute traditional Turkish treatment will get you the thorough, head-to-toe exfoliation for which the ancient baths that inspired this treatment have been famed for centuries, but for the full Talise experience, go for the Royal Ottoman.
For this 60-minute treatment, guests are escorted to the steam room before their session properly begins, to encourage their pores to open and start the process of releasing toxins. Next, it’s off to the hammam, a decadent, high-ceilinged and surprisingly communal affair (as real Turkish baths are, though obviously men and women are still kept separate), where after lying down on the central, heated marble slab, guests are vigorously relieved of dry, dead skin using a kese mitt and a frothing, foaming and skin-hydrating olive oil soap. Where the Royal Ottoman differs from the Turkish treatment is in the next step – a deep-nourishing masque that’s applied and left to do its epidermis-soothing work, while a facial is performed.
Afterwards, guests can take their newly super-smooth bodies and slither over to the indoor poolside majlis-style seating for a refreshing cup of tea and a handful of blood sugar-boosting dates – a good way to get some energy back after letting it all melt off into the marble. If you have just one spa treatment in Dubai, let it be here.
Royal Ottoman Dhs565 for 60 minutes. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).
Enjoy a day of exercise and pampering without breaking the bank
Save nearly Dhs200 on 60- and 90-minute massages at SensAsia this summer
It only lets 60 people in at once and overlooks lush greenery
Get glam at the celebrity beauty event next weekend
All you need to do is show your ID to get a free delivery
More than 10,000 yogis are preparing for XYoga Festival 2018
Get a helping hand with your fitness and wellbeing resolutions
Motivational talks from heathy eating hub Flow help get yourself back into gear
- 1 of 3