Leaves might not change their colour to signal the start of autumn in Dubai, but that isn’t a reason not to celebrate the start of this season. Mark it with a seasonal cleanse. With crispness making a subtle reappearance into our desert climes, it’s only reasonable to treat your body and mind with something special.
Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Dubai is currently running an autumn special on body treatments to help you press the reset button and shake that summer feeling off. The spa uses natural Australian skincare brand, Sodashi, in all of its body treatments, while the signature facials are carried out by the more results-driven concoctions from Swiss Perfection Cellular Skin Care. British luxury beauty brand Carol Joy is also available in the spa and on sale for you to take home. “Iridium spa is named after Iris from Greek mythology, which means rainbow. And Swiss Perfection products have Iris flower extract as the key ingredient, so it all ties in perfectly with the brand,” explains Lauren Henry, manager at Iridium Spa.
Its ongoing special for this month includes a Fall Fresh Start package that begins with a 30-minute personal training session, followed by a 30-minute back treatment and then a 30-minute bespoke massage of choice. If a full-body cleanse is on your mind, book the detoxifying sea wrap treatment, which aims to exfoliate the entire body and includes a body scrub, wrap and a head massage. With only four treatment rooms, the service here is bespoke at its best.
There might be a chandelier with 1,200 hand-cut crystals to greet you in the hotel lobby, but the spa itself is beautifully understated. There are no unnecessary ornaments or textured wallpaper to distract you; it’s all very calm and cool in here.
Named after a room in 19th century New York socialite Caroline Astor’s house – her son John Jacob Astor IV founded The St. Regis brand – the Iridium Spa has the soothing vibe; it’s like being in someone’s house. The ethos of the design is for it to be your home away from home.
The lobby that leads to the changing room, steam, sauna and treatment rooms is simple, with minimal adornments. The grey and cream wallpaper resembling that kind of holiday home that grandma would have in The Hamptons.
Inside the treatment rooms, the runner of the bed is the same as the wallpaper in the suites of the hotel, and the mosaic and marble ceiling is not overwhelming when you’re getting a facial. Also, time stands still during your time at the spa – all the clocks are set to 12 o’clock. So quieten your mind of any chatter and scrub up. Because ladies, winter is coming…
Fall Fresh Start: Dhs450. Detoxifying Sea Wrap Body Treatment: Dhs680 (90 minutes). Until Nov 30. Iridium Spa, The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, www.iridiumspadubai.com (04 435 5500).