Couple’s spa deals

Couple’s spa deals

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04 320 7350 Meydan

Many hands make light work, as the old saying goes. So it’s unsurprising that Heart & Soul Spa’s Six Hands Signature has the unique ability to make you feel like you’re floating as you leave, following 90 minutes of pure relaxation.

The spa is a rarity in itself. There’s no boisterous hotel lobby to navigate, no crammed elevator to share with dressed-up dinner-bound guests, and no noisy chatter drifting into your treatment room. It’s the benefit, of course, of being in Al Barari, Dubai’s greenest little pocket of space, set back from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and hidden behind an imposing line of trees. Less “urban oasis”, more actual oasis.

Heart & Soul Spa lies beyond the garden centre, residential developments and The Farm restaurant. Flora lines the walkway and packs the surrounding spaces so much so that rooms are bathed in a light sprinkle of green shades; it’s about as peaceful a place as you can find west of Emirates Road.

Already feeling rather zen, the robes crank up the indulgence; we’re not exaggerating when we say they’re as soft and warm as the hug your parents give you when visiting your homeland after a little-too-long away in Dubai.

The treatment itself is an extension of the traditional aromatherapy massage, all soft in touch and high on sensory stimulation, especially smell. Performing what feels like a dance across your whole body, the three therapists barely miss a beat, co-ordinating their strokes and pressure with all the timing of a troupe of ballerinas. It’s a curious feeling, certainly an unfamiliar one, but with so many focus points, our mind is able to wander off to a happy place more readily than if we were following just one pair of hands on the same spot.

While the likes of a gold-flake body wrap or diamond facial – both available in Dubai – might seem more indulgent on paper, they are, only in name. What better, really, than the delicate competition for your attention from six hands?
Dhs1,050. Heart & Soul Spa, Al Barari, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, (04 320 7350).

*This advertorial first appeared in Time Out Dubai’s Spa&Wellbeing Signature Series 2016 pullout.

Tell us a little about your spa.
Heart & Soul is a spa and wellness destination for guests looking to de-stress and rediscover physical and mental harmony in a serene and natural environment. The spa’s philosophy is to restore, rejuvenate and revive using the soothing power of touch combined by carefully selected products for the best natural results. Heart & Soul is all about getting back to nature and teaching our guests to relax, unwind and achieve balance.

What facilities do you offer?
The spa has separate levels for men and women, exclusively-appointed treatment rooms, private suites, a dedicated children’s salon, designated nail and hair care sections, and an infrared sauna, hammam and steam room as well as indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.

What services do you offer?
Heart & Soul offers a variety of massages, award-winning facials, relaxing body treatments, grooming services, hammam rituals, and hair and nail treatments.

Tell us a little about your staff.
Heart & Soul is headed by our spa general manager, Maria Haggo. From the moment you enter the spa, our passionate team of certified specialists are there to cater to your individual needs. Our experienced and diverse staff come from all over the world including Asia, Africa and Europe, and have a wide range of experience in the five-star spa and beauty industry. We have male staff for the male spa and female staff for the female spa.

Do you offer anything unusual or novel?
We focus on providing our guests a full range of spa, beauty and wellness services. We offer a 6 Hands H&S signature massage and a Healing Harp Therapy Massage, both of which are exclusive to Heart & Soul. The Healing Harp Therapy Massage involves a skilled spa therapist massaging away tension from your body, while our harpist plays healing harp frequencies that will be absorbed by the body, creating balance and good energy flow, allowing you to unwind completely, relax deeper and receive your massage treatment more fully. The Healing Harp Therapy Massage can be paired with any 60-minute massage at Heart & Soul. We also offer our guests a chance to access wellness education through regular workshops and engaging classes, which include meditation, healing, energy work, art, dance and nutrition, to name a few. We offer a range of speciality products from Forlle’d (exclusive to Heart & Soul in Dubai), Child’s Farm and Little Bu (natural, non-toxic products for children).

What is your most popular treatment?
Massage is always the most popular treatment, so we make sure that we do that exceptionally well. Our new Oxygen facial by Forlle’d is a close second. It is ideal for healing and reviving the skin, boosting antioxidants, and for anti-ageing purposes. The results-oriented facial reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, helps uneven skin look brighter, and restores moisture balance while enhancing overall hydration. The main ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Forlle’d, a paraben-free, scientifically advanced skincare range from Japan, has globally patented complexes of hyaluronic acid that are 600 to 4,000 times smaller than ordinary molecules, meaning it penetrates deep into the skin to rehydrate and revitalise from within.

Do you offer any holistic or ayurvedic treatments?
Yes. Our spa packages focus on physical, emotional, and spiritual elements to create a holistic experience.

The Details
Male or female: The spa has separate levels for men and women and dedicated children’s salons.

Treatment rooms: There are a total of 20 treatment rooms: one hair salon (ladies), two nail salons
(ladies and gentlemen), one relaxation room, six ladies’ treatment rooms, four men’s treatment rooms, one VIP room (including barber, massage and nail stations), two hammam rooms (Turkish and Moroccan), one Thai traditional massage room, one barber salon, and one outdoor treatment room
with a plunge pool.

Cheapest treatment: Jessica Classic Hand Treatment for Dhs80.

Most expensive treatment:
6 Hands Heart & Soul signature massage, 90 minutes for Dhs1,050, and the Sodashi samadara ultimate age-defying facial for Dhs1,100.

04 453 0456 Palm Jumeirah

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than lying side by side with your loved one while a stranger gives them a thorough rub down?

We’re joking of course, because, let’s face it, massages are best dished out by professionals. There are no heavy hands, cracking bones that aren’t supposed to crack and friction burns when a trained masseuse gets going.

If you are thinking of treating your other half to a couple’s massage then there are plenty of options in Dubai, but the Talise Ottoman Spa, in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, is one of the most romantic settings in the whole city.

The atmospheric spa, split over two floors, has the largest hammam in the Middle East, and is a sprawling, palatial space, with all kinds if interesting treatment rooms throughout its corridors.

We got there a little early (possibly the only time we’ve managed that) so we could chill out for a few minutes before the treatment began. Some juice, a warm towel and some dates were provided while we filled in the consultation sheet, then we split up and went to the separate male and female changing areas.

The candle-lined corridors and luxurious changing rooms lead to the separate spa areas (with a tropical shower, a sauna and a snow room – yes, with real snow – as well as a hammam area). The couple’s area is upstairs, where we’re led by our therapists (male and female).

Everything about the spa screams (or, more accurately, whispers) zen and the couple’s room is an oasis of calm, with great views over The Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent. The massage is a triumph and we’re both in a sleepy trance when it’s over.

With the opportunity to use the mixed hammam area after, we spend more time relaxing, feeling a million miles away from the usual hectic lives we lead. A success? Definitely. Romantic? You bet.

*This advertorial first appeared in Time Out Dubai’s Spa&Wellbeing Signature Series 2016 pullout.

Tell us a little about the spa.
As one of the largest and most luxurious spas in the Middle East, the palatial, award-winning Talise Ottoman Spa covers 8,200 sq m, boasting three grand traditional Turkish hammams and 42 individual treatment rooms covering two
levels: male and female on the ground level and couples’ area on the mezzanine level.

What facilities do you offer?
Three traditional Turkish hammams; snow rooms; sauna and steam rooms; adventure showers; Jacuzzis; heated marble stone beds; Thai gardens; fully-equipped gym; fitness studio; two indoor thalassotherapy swimming pools; relaxation areas; Carita beauty salon and Ixir spa café. The couples’ area, which is located on the mezzanine floor, includes three treatment rooms, couples’ hammam, relaxation area and steam room, sauna and showers.

What services do you offer?
Talise Hamman, Talise Massage, Talise Facial, Talise Body, Talise Couples treatments and beauty salon.

Tell us a little about your staff.
Courteous, considerate, special, surprising… Our team is made up of over 30 different nationalities, all with one goal: to make your experience wonderfully different.

Do you offer anything unusual or novel?
At the heart of our spa, built from marble and exquisitely decorated with dark woods, mosaics and murals, is a spectacular Turkish hammam. The centuries-old tradition of hammam is based around a philosophy of community. It’s the perfect place to come together, relax and experience true indulgence.

What is your most popular treatment?
Royal Ottoman Hammam.

Signature treatment
Royal Ottoman Hammam: Relax in the splendour of the hammam, as the heat and delicate aromas prepare you for the traditional kese mitt body polish and foam massage. Savour the warm glow from the marble as your hair is shampooed and your scalp is massaged, followed by moisturising conditioner. While your body is enveloped in an ultra-nourishing cream masque, enjoy a facial cleanse, exfoliation and masque to revitalise your complexion. You will be radiantly refreshed with delicate perfumes of the Orient.

The Details
Male or female: Both, and couples’ area.

Treatment rooms: With 42 treatment rooms, eight hydrotherapy rooms, steam rooms, saunas, snow rooms, floating baths and two thalassotherapy pools, you’ll discover almost limitless ways to treat yourself.

Cheapest treatment: Traditional Turkish hammam (Dhs475).

Most expensive treatment: The World’s Most Luxurious Spa Experience, featuring the one-of-a-kind 24-carat gold mask (Dhs25,000).

04 818 2245 Palm Jumeirah

The promise
The Regenerating Gold Plumping Facial is an anti-ageing treatment that aims to make your skin appear younger by eliminating fine lines and brightening up the area around your eyes.

Step by step
We’re shown to our VIP suite, which comes with private sauna, steam room and bath tub filled with warm water and rose petals. We’re given 30 minutes alone in here to enjoy the facilities, which open up our pores, preparing us for the facial. The treatment begins with a foot scrub, then lying on the treatment bed our face is deeply exfoliated with a copper-enriched peel to brighten up our complexion. An anti-inflammatory gold serum is then used to heal and regenerate our skin, and what feels (and sounds) like a crystal ball filled with cold water is rolled around our eyes, which, according to our therapist, will get rid of dark circles. It feels refreshing and rejuvenating. Our face, neck and shoulders are them massaged.

The result
After 80 blissful minutes we feel wonderfully relaxed and our face feels thoroughly cleansed and deeply clean. Looking in the mirror, our skin is visibly clearer and glowing.

The treatment is relaxing and thorough. You will feel revived afterwards.

We’re hard-pressed to find any.
Dhs855 (80 minutes), Dhs200 for VIP suite.

04 814 5555 Jebel Ali

A spa away from it all that uses Elemis products and is great for weekday beach access. Facials from Dhs180-Dhs670.


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