Nail salons aren’t usually my first port of call when looking for a relaxing massage, but the PRs at NStyle had assured me that the spa there was the real deal. When I arrived at the newly venue in The Dubai Mall, the staff brought me through a door that – given the serenity on the opposite side – could have doubled for a rabbit hole. NStyle’s spa is a sort of secret cubby hole that is seemingly worlds away from the clamour of the mall outside.
I traipsed through the candlelit, lavender-scented expanse and changed into a fluffy towel, then followed my therapist to a back room where she heated up smooth stones and rubbed them on my body. While she was an adept therapist, this moment confirmed that I’m not a fan of hot stone massage, primarily as the stones never seem to be the right temperature (read: scolding). While I was a convert to the spa itself, I think next time I’ll opt for another form of massage.
Hot stone massage at NStyle Nail Lounge (04 339 8414). Dhs250 for 60 minutes.