Take a break from your hectic schedule with these totally relaxing spa treatments.
What it promises: This heart chakra special massage promises harmony and joy and goes as far as to say it will bring you closer to your own Eat, Pray, Love experience.
What it delivers: An hour of relaxing massage performed by an extremely skilled masseuse. The aromatherapy oils are quite strong, so it’s not recommended if you are pregnant or have sensitive skin. Expect to be kneaded with fingers, knuckles, elbows and hands as the stress is thoroughly worked out of your body. While it’s not the most luxurious treatments, leaves you feeling a lot less stressed.
Dhs200 (60 minutes). The Cure, Building 10, Dubai Media City (04 391 6485).
The Sultan’s Massage
What it promises: This one uses Moroccan oil and a variety of massage techniques to promote an overall sense of true relaxation.
What it delivers: The best thing about this experience is being able to take advantage of the spa facilities. With a salt water swimming pool, granite heated slabs, whirlpools, saunas and even a snow room, you can feel the stress floating away. The treatment itself is very relaxing, with the pressure being just right and the scented oil not too strong.
Dhs479 (60 minutes). Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
De-Stress Focus & Clarity Ritual
What it promises: Combining a polishing scrub, a body wrap, a deep muscle release massage and a nourishing facial, this treatment aims to warm tired muscles, relieve aches or pains and leave you feeling revived.
What it delivers: Following a foot bath, the therapist explains the treatment and begins with a butter and bamboo body scrub. After a shower, we’re covered in ginger, citrus and lavender oil and wrapped in plastic while we’re indulged with a head massage. Then it’s time for the heavenly massage before a fantastic facial and another head massage end the treatment on a high.
Dhs900 (180 minutes); women can request a 30 percent discount. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7424).
Mineral Massage Ritual
What it promises: This one aims to combine ancient therapeutic minerals with carefully coordinated techniques and healing temperatures to give a powerful sense of relaxation.
What it delivers: The therapist uses soothing but firm strokes to eliminate any stress from the muscles before introducing the mineral stones. Cool mineral stones are rolled and kneaded around specific pressure points on the face to relieve tension and promote wellness from within.
Dhs950 (two hours). The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, The Walk (04 399 4000).