The Oberoi Spa - tried & tested

We tried a massage and eye revive, and came back impressed

Tried & tested

Jenny Hewett trials the Abhyanga massage and Eye Lift & Revive at new Business Bay hotel The Oberoi.

The promise
A traditional Indian ayurvedic massage, which uses long strokes to increase circulation, paying attention to the feet and legs using a rounded tool, while the eye lift will act as an express facial.

Step by step
My friendly Indonesian therapist greets me in the spa reception and takes me to my private treatment room, where I change into a robe (there are no changing rooms or relaxation areas). After lying face down on the massage bed, she lathers her arms and forearms in warm oil and begins gently kneading my back and shoulders with long, symmetrical strokes, a signature of ayurvedic massage. Once the muscles in my upper body are like jelly, she moves to my legs and feet and begins to work the rounded end into the soles of my feet, which relieves them of all aches and pains. Finally, she finishes off with a gentle cleanse of my eye area and an express massage of my face before applying a firming eye mask to finish.

The result
I leave feeling relaxed beyond belief and am impressed at the therapist’s skill and steady administering of my chosen pressure throughout the treatment.

Pros
• The Indian hotel chain specialises in ayurvedic treatments, making them experts at this type of massage.
• The spa is open 24 hours.

Cons
• There are no relaxation areas, but you are invited to have tea in the treatment room.
• The spa is a little on the expensive side.

5/5
Dhs730 for 90 minutes. The Oberoi Spa, Business Bay (04 444 1410).

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