Conducted in one of Talise’s private outdoor areas, this minimalist, environmentally-friendly treatment uses natural Sodashi products, fewer towels, less water and electricity, and no music. Instead, you hear the sounds of running water from the nearby waterfall.
Step by step
I arrive early, so get to spend some time in the relaxation area. Just ten minutes later, I’m whisked off through the banana tree-heavy gardens and led to a small, Bedouin-style tent. I’m asked if I have any allergies or problem areas, noting that my only real concern is dry skin. I start my treatment by having my feet quickly washed in a ‘grounding foot ritual’, before disrobing and hopping onto the massage table. Using long, smooth and steady strokes, oil is worked into my muscles on my legs, arms and heavily-knotted back – something I’m later told is thanks to many hours spent hunched over a computer. As the nearby waterfall is quite loud, I don’t drift off, but there is something about the noise that takes me into a meditative state. We round off with a mini facial and a head and scalp treatment.
I’m very relaxed immediately after the treatment and for the rest of the evening – no mean feat, as I usually find it hard to switch off from work. I sleep like a log that night.
• The spa recommends booking this treatment at sunset, as the changing light can help with relaxation, but I found it just as calming after dark.
• As it’s held outdoors, there’s little danger of the treatment room being chilly and ruining the experience.
• The foot ritual could be longer to help ease you into the treatment.
Dhs519 for 60 minutes. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).