If Richard Branson decides to install a spa on board his Virgin Galactic space rocket, we reckon it might look something like the newly-opened spa at the Conrad Hotel.

The twinkling LED lights and liberal use of blue – combined with plush treatment rooms and white leather furniture – create a sense of futuristic luxury we suspect would appeal to the adventurous billionaire.

This contemporary haven has all the elements one would expect from the latest addition to Dubai’s heaving luxury spa scene, as well as a few pleasant surprises. We spied a picturesque yoga pavilion on the terrace, and the white loungers submerged in the water of the relaxation pool certainly looked inviting.

We tried the Essential Aromatherapy Experience: a 60-minute full body massage using therapeutic oil. We were invited to take our pick from a menu of 12 signature oils by our therapist, who told us that the fragrance we were most drawn to signalled what our body needed. We opted for the ‘deep relax’ scent, which means we were craving sleep. It seemed to do the trick; this soothing treatment had us practically nodding off on the Metro ride home.

Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 4447440. Metro: World Trade Centre. conraddubai.com