Five cooling summer treatments to try in the capital
Overheating in the Abu Dhabi sun? Don’t run for the AC, reboot your life with a refreshing session at the spa instead
01. Rehydrate at the Al Ain Rotana
Head to the hotel’s Zen The Spa for a hydrating facial called the Summer Soother Massage that also includes a massage with Shea butter and promises to leave your skin feeling hydrated and soft. You can extend your stay with a visit to the hotel’s plunge pool afterwards.
Until 31 August
Al Ain Rotana, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs410. Tel: (03) 7545111. Taxi: Al Ain Rotana. rotana.com
02. Reboot with sugar at the Sofitel
Sugar isn’t just for eating – head to So Spa for a cooling sugar scrub with scents of organic peppermint leaf and seaweed. The combination of ingredients used at the So Smooth all-over exfoliating treatment will refresh your body and remove dead skin cells while you’re at it.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to midnight, Dhs580. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel Corniche. sofitel.com
03. Soothe your skin at Tips And Toes
Beauty chain Tips And Toes have a 75-minute soothing treatment that helps calm redness and sensitive skin. The session starts with a healing vitamin-enriched ampoule (a natural ingredient collected by bees) and finishes with a cooling soft mask.
Various locations including Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight, Dhs399. Tel: (02) 5650707. Taxi: Yas Mall. tipsandtoes.com
04. Repair yourself at Anahata Spa
Been out in the sun too long? Anahata offers a 70-minute CromoAroma facial by Marzia Clinic that aims to soothe skin and reduce redness affected by sun and heat. As it lightens widespread redness, people with the skin condition rosacea will benefit from it, as well. Marzia Clinic’s range of products features 24 essential oils called bioaromas and are a holistic treatment for blemishes.
Anahata Wellness Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, open daily 9am to 9pm, starting from Dhs400. Tel: (02) 5577722. anahataspa.ae
05. Refresh at the InterContinental
Tired legs? The hotel’s Summer Refresh package includes a 60-minute massage using a gel combined with extracts of witch hazel, brich and arnica to cool your skin and ease tension for tired legs and muscles. Finish by heading to the cold plunge pool and Jacuzzi. The treatment is valid any day of the week but must be booked beforehand.
Until 30 September
Intercontinental, Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 6am to 11pm, Dhs360. Tel: (800) 423463. Taxi: InterContinental Abu Dhabi. ihg.com