Coffee peel at Talise Ottoman Spa

We try treatment at the biggest hammam in the Middle East

Tried & tested

The promise
It’s billed as a ‘wake-up call’ for your body: a hammam treatment incorporating Turkish coffee to ‘refine and smooth the skin’.

Step by step
After two minutes in the steam room to open my pores, I’m led into the hammam. The space is stunning, with an intricate ceiling (handy, as you spend a lot of time gazing up at it during the scrub). I’m then exfoliated, showered and given a foam massage, all of which is very enjoyable and not too rough. Finally, very potent coffee is rubbed all over me, then washed off. I finish up in the dimly-lit relaxation area, around a small pool, with a tea.

The results
My skin feels very soft after the treatment, and I leave the spa relaxed. I’m also aware I smell a little of coffee.

Pros
• You can wander around the spa for as long as you like afterwards (Thursday evening from 8pm-11pm is a couples-only night), trying out other facilities including a snow room, ‘adventure showers’, Jacuzzis and a seawater pool.

Cons
• The coffee smell is a little overwhelming – but then what do you expect with a coffee peel?
• You may lose your disposable top at some point, but that’s all part of the traditional hammam experience.

4.5/5
Dhs500 for 60-minute coffee peel. Ladies only. Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).

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