In Review: Anantara Spa, The Palm Jumeirah

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Jul 26 2018 / 17:51 PM

This relaxing spot is a world away from daily dramas

In Review: Anantara Spa, The Palm Jumeirah

The Spa

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.

Turkish Hammam

The Treatment

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. 

Anantara Spa

The Verdict

Expect to leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and, most importantly, with a refreshed complexion and tension-free bod.