RECOVERY SUNDAY: Check out these new treatments in Dubai
Struggling to sleep? The luxurious spa at Dubai’s Armani Hotel is offering an herbal massage ritual at a special price throughout March. A massage using herbal cotton compresses infused with bespoke jade oils will soon have you drifting off to the land of nod.
Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm through March and April, Dhs490. Tel: (04) 8883283. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. armanihotels.com/dubai
We all know diamonds are a great addition to any outfit, and it turns out they can do wonders for your skin too. The Viora Pristine Diamond Peel at Rebecca Treston@Euromed Clinic promises smooth, soft skin and a refreshed complexion with zero discomfort. Where most microdermabrasion treatments are carried out using crystal tips, the Viora version uses diamond tips to gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells. Customers can choose from a selection of tip varieties depending on their area of concern – from congested and oily skin to age spots.
Rebecca Treston@Euromed Clinic, Villa 611, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, Dhs350, Sat to Thur 9am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3945422. Taxi: Near Kite Beach. euromedclinicdubai.com
Balinese massage at Caracalla
You know that scene in The Wizard Of Oz in which the Tin Man gets oiled and feels brand new? That’s a pretty accurate description of how we felt after experiencing the traditional Balinese massage at the Caracalla Spa in Le Royal Méridien.
Jose, our therapist, liberally coated us with oil and then rubbed all the stress away with his considerable elbows and forearms. He used fast, rhythmic strokes that, when we peeled ourselves from the table one hour later, made us feel energised rather than heavy and foggy as some massages can.
After the forearm treatment, Jose used his fingers to hit the pressure points in our shoulders, which felt like our muscles were getting bubbles of air pushed through them. Chills running down our legs seemed like a sign that he knew what he was doing.
Next came a hand massage that eradicated all those thousands of keyboard strokes. Oh, what’s this? A foot massage? OK then. The final stage saw Jose don a pair of warm mitts to get rid of the excess oil. We skipped out of there like we were on a yellow brick road.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, daily 9am to 8pm, Dhs500. Tel: (04) 3995555. leroyalmeridien-dubai.com
Nail Corner launches at-home service
You can now have a manicure or massage without leaving the house. Therapists from the Nail Corner beauty salon will come to your door, equipped to offer mani-pedis, facials, waxing and threading. They also do groups, making it ideal for a coffee morning, baby shower, or a pre-party pamper. The Dhs50 charge for at-home treatments is waived if customers spend Dhs200 or more. The service is available Saturday to Thursday in Al Barsha, Emirates Hills, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, JBR, Tecom, Jumeirah 2 and 3 and Jumeirah Village.
Nail Corner, Knowledge Village, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7.30pm, Dhs50. Tel: (04) 4342392. Metro: Internet City. nailcornerdubai.com
Marquee signing in Arabian Ranches
If Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly were in Dubai, looking for somewhere to get their hair done, Marquee would be their kind of salon. The new addition to the Arabian Ranches Golf Club feeds on the glamour of 1950s Hollywood, with treatments such as Post Production, Glorious Technicolor and Director’s Cut. If you’re in a hurry, they offer a Glam to Go styling service, which gives you one of five Hollywood starlet-inspired looks in 20 minutes.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, Dubai, Sat to Thur 8am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 4207700. Taxi: Arabian Ranches Golf Club. marquee.ae