Looking for some Creek-side pampering? Holly Sands visits the spa at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.
Spa InterContinental’s signature rituals collection includes The InterContinental Experience – a 90-minute session featuring body brushing and the spa’s signature massage, which combines shiatsu pressure point and Balinese techniques. Guests are also given a gift of the spa’s signature tea to take home.
Step by step
After filling out the consultation form, spa visitors are escorted to the relaxation room to await collection by their therapist. Once led into the treatment room, it’s here that visitors disrobe and don the obligatory disposable undies. The treatment begins with a session of body-brushing – which though vigorous, is not nearly as painful as some others we’ve been unfortunate enough to be subjected to. In fact, it’s a rather pleasant sensation. Once both sides are done, it’s time for the massage part of the treatment. Our therapist’s even, hypnotic strokes meant we quickly found ourselves in that familiar, massage-induced state of delirium, somewhere between being awake and asleep – the tell-tale sign of deep relaxation. Just a few minutes later, we were in a particularly deep sleep.
After the therapist finally managed to wake us (goodness knows how long she tried for), we floated out of the spa in an unfamiliar state of zen, and wished desperately that we could abandon our evening plans in favour of going straight home to bed.
• It’s among the most relaxing treatments we’ve had.
• It’s quite an efficient spa. The setting may be luxurious, but the pampering doesn’t feel like a rigmarole for those on a schedule.
• There’s post-treatment tea, fruits and yoghurt.
Dhs625 for 90 minutes. Spa InterContinental, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 232 9098).