The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club has opened their first ever equestrian-inspired resort worldwide, bringing with it the second Iridium Spa in Dubai. The wellness haven boasts six treatment rooms, which include two female-only treatment rooms, two male-only treatment rooms and two couples’ spa suites. It also features a sauna, steam room, rainshower experience and pool area, allowing guests to really make the most of their spa experience. Here, Bazaar takes you inside the spa’s signature treatment, which is inspired by the polo-themed hotel.
On arrival at the plush spa, you’ll be warmly greeted by smiling staff and offered a refreshing, detoxifying drink before your butler – yes, you read that correctly, all spa guests will be appointed their own personal butler for the duration of their visit – gives you a quick tour of the facilities and shows you to the changing room.
The treatment rooms are dimly lit, plunging you into instant tranquillity, and are aptly decorated in equestrian-themed motifs and adornments, like miniature horse shoes placed on each pillow. Once you’ve been introduced to your therapist, clad in fluffy bathrobe and slippers, the treatment is ready to commence.
In short, ‘The Equestrian Spa Journey’ is 90-minutes of pure relaxation. It starts with a cleansing and soothing foot ritual, easing your body into peacefulness and preparing it for the hour and a half ahead. The therapist will then carry out an exfoliation of sorts, where a traditional horse brush is gently swept across your body, removing any dead skin cells. Then comes the best part: the massage, which is inspired by a horse’s walk, trot and canter to create totally one-of-a-kind massage techniques. Expect all tension to melt away, problem areas to be treated and a you may even catch a few z’s along the way as well.
When the treatment is finished, your butler will show you to the post-treatment room, where you can luxuriate on one of the relaxation beds, whilst drinking ginger tea and nibbling on dates and nuts.