Summer Ritual treatment

This is what spa treatments should be all about. Serene music, leafy poolsides and aromatic scrubs. Check out the latest sensory triumph at the Park Hyatt

The Summer Ritual, Dhs890 for 120 minutes at Amara Spa (04 602 1234), The Park Hyatt Dubai.

After relaxing under a leafy, poolside palm tree, soaking up the calm serenity of the background music and soothing chirps of exotic birds, I meandered towards the treatment room. Sliding glass doors led out into a leafy private patio where my welcoming rose petal foot bath began. It was a little tickly at first, but the soft strokes of the therapist soon had me lulled into a lethargic state.

Then it was on to the exfoliating body scrub (I think there was a hint of seaweed in there), which made me feel like I was being scrubbed by a Victorian matron with a broom, but was undeniably worthwhile for its cellulite zapping after-effects.

Afterwards I padded out into the private patio shower to wash off the body scrub – it is suprisingly fun prancing about outside in the middle of the day while in the buff – before being once again wrapped up in my big white dressing gown in preparation for a Phyto-aromatic facial. It’s tailored for each person’s skin and features a ridiculousaly relaxing hour-long massage, complete with reflexology and luxuriant oils.

Once it was over and my therapist awoke me from my zombified trance, I was led through to the outdoor relaxation area, where my session was rounded off with a post-treatment platter of apricots, dates, almonds and detoxifying ginger tea. All in all it was a sensory triumph.

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