The spa: This inner-city spot at the Radisson Blu is primarily a business hotel, but its Asian-themed spa is surprisingly Zen. Our two-and-a-half hour package began in the afternoon so we lounged by the pool for a few hours beforehand (the spa’s pool doesn’t get afternoon sun, but the hotel’s main pool does).
Step by step: After a quick separate steam, the two of us were separated for relaxing (albeit luke-warm) rose-petal baths before heading to the same room for a chocolate oil massage. The oil wasn’t too sickly, and had a lovely bitter scent. The ladies’ massage was too soft, but the male masseuse was excellent. We then padded off to separate rooms: a feminine mani/pedi for us and a more manly foot spa for our partner.
• The treatment is very affordable for the pamper time you get.
• We spent the whole day relaxing at the hotel, making the most of the pool (with bar) and great pizzeria downstairs.
• Much of the time was spent separately, which defeats the purpose of a couple’s treatment.
• Our female therapist had too light a touch for our taste.
Dhs650 per couple for two and a half hours. Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).