Spa Zen at the Radisson Royal looks slick, designed in dark, earthy tones that are surprisingly calming. It offers a wide range of treatments using Anne Semonin products, as well as the Pevonia Botanica range that’s alcohol-free and paraben-free.
The treatment claims to provide a ‘revolutionary anti-ageing experience’, promising to leave me with a healthier body and softer skin.
Step by step
Once in the treatment room, my therapist quizzes me about my lifestyle – everything from how much water I drink in a day to how often I exercise – then talks me through the treatment, which focuses on anti-ageing and nourishment.
I’m asked to lie face down and relax, and the session kicks off with a mango body scrub that fortunately is quite soft and doesn’t feel too grainy against my skin. After the exfoliation, I’m asked to rinse it all off and lie down again, this time for a ‘nourishing and moisturising’ body mask. While the aroma isn’t as strong as you’d expect (all-natural, after all), it has a subtle, relaxing scent. This is followed by a wrap – being cocooned in crackly paper isn’t the most comfortable of sensations, but I can’t complain – the heated bed is treating me well.
As I lie in my warm, fruity cocoon, the therapist then gives me a mini-facial using Pevonia products. After a quick cleanse, she’s already analysed the areas on my face that are prone to dryness. The facial isn’t particularly intense (there’s no extraction), but it’s still thorough and last for about half an hour. Afterwards I’m gently unwrapped and asked to rinse off again.
The treatment is topped off with a hot stone massage: my therapist uses a mix of long, languid strokes and quick, effective movements to release muscle tension.
I’m so relaxed I feel rather spaced out: my skin feels fresh and soft and smells amazing, and there’s an obvious glow to my face.
• The relaxation area is particularly nice – sleek interiors and comfy lounge chairs. I take it all in with a cup of ginger tea in hand.
• After the treatment, the therapist makes recommendations based on my skin type, and shows me products that work best with my skin.
• I love the organic, natural products.
• The lockers contain a small
vanity kit, alongside the customary robes and slippers – a nice touch.
• Prices are very reasonable considering the setting and service.
• The changing rooms are located a little way from the treatment rooms, so you have to pass the lobby in your robe (although you can change in the treatment room to avoid this).
• Thai Privilege Spa The scrubs and wraps use ingredients such as chocolate, blueberry, mango and more. Dhs250 for 90 minutes. Al Wasl Road (04 348 9679).
• Ahasees Spa The Ahasees Polish will refresh your skin in true Arabian style using desert sand, black tea and cardamom scrub. Dhs420 for 60 minutes. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 1234).
Dhs750 for two and half hours. Quote ‘Time Out’ when booking and get 20 per cent off all spa services, excluding Valentine’s offers and products. Until February 29. Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0531).