Sometimes a standard spa is not enough to give you the rejuvenation fix you desire. At times like that you need to take a trip to a hammam. These involve opening the pores in a steam room, then bathing with olive soap and mud before an intense exfoliation to get rid of dead skin – you’ll see old skin cells falling off in clumps. The tradition can be traced back to the Greeks but have been popular in Arabia for centuries. The word ‘hammam’ translates as ‘spreader of warmth’ and as the Islamic faith spread, so did the tradition of hammams. Most hammams around the world are communal, social affairs, but in Dubai’s spas the one-on-one hammam has, somewhat thankfully, taken off.
One&Only Royal MirageSpa, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah, Dubai. Open seven days a week from 8.30am to 10pm. (04 399 9999)
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