Whether you’re fasting or not, why not get into the cleansing spirit of the Holy Month by taking part in one of the many detox programmes and treatments offered by spas around town? This week, we’ve road-tested three different options.
Talise three-day detox
Why trek the mountains of the Far East when you can indulge in a super-luxe wellness programme right here in the city? Talise is a great retreat for weary Dubaians, offering a three-day detox that combines diagnostics, a lifestyle consultation, fitness and yoga sessions and a marine detox full-body treatment. We tried the latter part of the programme, which was a panacea for achy muscles and general sluggishness. After donning a plush oversized robe and slippers, you’re ushered through an outdoor avenue flanked by lush greenery to a cosy chalet with subdued lighting and Eastern background tunes. The treatment starts off with an exfoliating green tea and basil sea-salt scrub that feels just the right kind of tingly. You’re then painted with a thermal marine body mask that is glorious when it hits your skin, but leaves you chilly when the menthol kicks in. No worries though – your therapist will wrap you in sheets to warm you right back up. Then comes the star of the 90-minute therapy: a divine hot-oil scalp massage that makes you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. A quick shower later, a delicious-smelling moisturising lotion is slathered on courtesy of cult favourite Australian brand Sodashi. The whole process will leave you feeling silky-smooth and, funnily enough, both relaxed and energised.
Dhs1,495 for a three-day detox, including diagnostics, blood analysis, lifestyle consultation, health report, one marine detox treatment, two yoga sessions and one fitness session. Talise Spa, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818)
Elche’s Very Berry facial
Elche Spa swears by its natural healing secrets to provide radiant and youthful-looking skin. The main focus area of the treatment is determined after a skin analysis – we tried the cleansing facial, consisting of numerous delicious-smelling fruits and herbs. First up, you’ll get to indulge your skin with a fruit-packed facial, starting with a hot paprika mask that has exfoliating qualities – as the paprika works its magic, it generates a pleasant heat-like sensation that stimulates blood flow. The initial 25 minutes of the treatment are dedicated to the first mask, followed by deep hydration from the steam machine. The next step is more painful as blackheads and whiteheads are removed (luckily, the soothing herbal mask that follows will help you forget the discomfort), followed by some modern science in the form of ‘positive and negative ions’ to aid healing. The final mask is the cherry on the cake: you’ll be pampered with a sour cherry mask for the eyes, a plum gel mask on the chest, a vitamin C tomato mask for the face and an irresistible cinnamon lip balm. It will leave skin silky-smooth, fresh and free from toxins.
Dhs795 for a 120-minute Very Berry facial, including skin-type analysis, facial treatment and product tips. Elche Natural Beauty Retreat, Villa 42, Street 10c, Jumeirah (04 349 4942)
Detoxifying marine bath at Amara
We’re going to start off by admitting that as a general rule, we hate bath treatments at spas: paying to lounge in lukewarm water is not our cup of tea. However, we will admit that, as far as bath treatments go, this is the best we’ve had. Once you’ve managed to clamber into the bath without flashing too much flesh, you’ll find the jets of the bath super-strong, so much so that you can happily jiggle around the tub for 20 minutes – the temperature is just right. The colour of the bath is perhaps the most disconcerting thing: the green seaweed floating to the top, along with the jets creating a foamy consistency, means you end up lying in something that we can only liken to a lemon and mint drink. You’ll leave super-relaxed thanks to the beautiful facilities at Amara Spa (the venue is a definite winner), although we’re unconvinced whether the treatment actually ‘stimulates the production of collagen and elastin’ as promised. Next time we’ll book a traditional massage.