Perched on the west crescent of the iconic island, Anantara The Palm Dubai is heavily inspired by both Thai design and customs, with the luxury resort resembling a partially-overwater temple, and the friendly staff welcoming guests with serence smiles.
After availing the complimentary valet, you will make your way to the self-enclosed spa via rustic wood decking that criss-crosses over the resort's private pools. Surrounded with tropical palms, the spa's entryway welcomes guests inside to deeply inhale the aromatic incense scenting the reception area. You are welcomed with a refreshing ginger, honey and mint juice to sip, paired with a chilled hand towel. After slipping into a freshly-pressed cotton robe, guests have the option of trying the spa extras, including the aroma steam room, crystal and gemstone steam room, and a salt-inhalation room. Once you've steamed yourself to a state of zen, you are led to your treatment room by your therapist. For this appointment, the private space overlooks the series of azure connecting pools; the interiors both earthy and calming.
To begin, your feet are gently cleansed in warm water infused with rose petals and shea milk, before being exfoliated and spritzed with a cooling mint spray to rejuvenate your feet. The 90 minute full body hot stone massage uses warmed volcanic rocks to soothe and relax the muscles, with the aid of a skin-smoothing oil. Bazaar teams this body treatment with an hour-long firming and lifting facial using a range of Elemis products. The therapist prepares your skin first with a deep-cleanse, before examining your complexion for areas of concern. A duo of facial masks are applied, first a silky oil-cream, followed by the Pro-Collagen Marine Mask, a thick and rubbery formula that firms the skin. As your masks soak in, you receive a stress-relieving head massage. The masks are then peeled and rinsed off, and your therapist applies a rich moisturiser to leave your skin balanced and glowing. Post-treatment, you are led to the relaxation room to recline with a herbal tea and a plate of dates.
Expect to leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and, most importantly, with a refreshed complexion and tension-free bod.