You might have noticed it’s getting hot outside. But don’t despair – if you really want to lower your body temperature, don’t hug an air con unit, visit one of the city’s spas instead
01. Freeze your fat
You can now freeze fat cells instead of trying to burn them off in the gym. Cool Shaping (also known as cyrolipoysis) uses a vacuum, an LED, massage and cryo technology. It’s claimed the procedure eliminates cells through your natural metabolism. The spa recommends the treatments be done in conjunction with 3-MAX (another high-tech fat blasting session).
Emirates Palace, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs695, Dhs3,475 for six sessions. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
02. Detoxify yourself
While the Lift And Firm Hip And Thigh treatment at ESPA spa mainly targets cellulite and fluid retention around your midsection, a therapist will use iced mitts to help detoxify (and slim down) your body. A scrub made with marine extracts and salt is slathered on and removed with ice mitts before a firm detoxifying massage that is meant to stimulate your colon and break up cellulite cells.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs500. Tel: (02) 8188051. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
03. Enter the Cryo
Cryo is a high-tech spa at the Abu Dhabi Country Club that offers facial and body cryotheraphy treatments that are said to do a little bit of everything – from kick-starting weight loss, reducing cellulite to helping inflamed muscles recover. Using temperatures as low as -120 to -160 degrees Celsius, guests stand in paper pants in a chamber filled with cryogenically cooled air for three minutes. You can also try a ten-minute cryo glow facial that’ll see chilly air blasted on to your face in a bid to activate collagen production and boost elasticity.
Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 6677736. Taxi: Abu Dhabi CC. cryo.com
04. Use cold caffeine
The Elemis treatment at St Regis Abu Dhabi uses minerals and seaweed to target cellulite and poor skin tone. Guests will have a cooling mixture of caffeine and green clay applied to problem areas (hips, thighs, abdomen and arms) paired with a sculpting massage to whittle their silhouettes. The masque (which also features red algae) is said to cool your body.
St Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 10pm, Dhs230 to Dhs900. Tel: (02) 6944444. Taxi: St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche. stregisabudhabi.com
05. Get a CoolShape
Anantara Spa also uses CoolShape – a session here sees areas of your body exposed to low temperatures (up to -5 degrees Celsius) and then treated to a light suction vacuum. The method is said to kill excess fat cells that are absorbed and eliminated by your body. The spa offers a package of three 60-minute sessions, plus three 30-minute lymphatic drainage massages as well as a personal fitness assessment and nutrition plan for Dhs1,750.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa By Anantara, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs650 for 60-minute session. Tel: (02) 6561000. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. anantara.com