The treat­ment The cost

Friday - - Spa Reviews -

Valen­tine’s Treat Dh1,110 per per­son, in­clud­ing the add-on 75-minute Oxy­gen Fa­cial.

With its en­trance of thou­sands of twin­kling lights and a cou­ple’s suite big­ger than some peo­ple’s apart­ments, it’s easy to fall in love with the Spa In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal.

We had been booked in for the headto-toe Valen­tine’s Treat, which be­gan with a bamboo scrub af­ter ly­ing down on ad­ja­cent beds. That doesn’t mean we were any­where near each other – there was a sauna, shower, wash­room, huge dou­ble bath, two beds, a male and a fe­male ther­a­pist in the room and still enough space to play ping-pong with­out nudg­ing each other.

But we soon for­got about the cav­ernous cou­ple’s suite as the ther­a­pist set to work gen­tly exfoliating to slough off dead skin.

A quick shower later, and the hour­long sig­na­ture mas­sage be­gan. The spa uses its own oil, made from gin­ger, honey and lemon­grass, which smelled di­vine, and I was soon strug­gling to stay awake as the ther­a­pist tack­led the knots in my shoul­ders and back us­ing long, deep, Ba­li­nese tech­niques. This means the ther­a­pist at­tacked my sore neck and lower back with a com­bi­na­tion of thumb and palm pres­sure, which loos­ened my mus­cles and erad­i­cated the knots.

Now it was time for the 75-minute Oxy­gen Fa­cial to cleanse my face and leave it glow­ing. Af­ter cleans­ing, ton­ing, and mas­sag­ing – which felt a lit­tle like a skin gym to give my face an up­lift – my ther­a­pist used a mix­ture of bright­en­ing creams and oxy­genated am­poules, which left my skin ra­di­ant.

We could have had a pri­vate 20-minute rose-petal bath but I didn’t want to lose the benefits of the gor­geous oils so we left, pos­i­tively glow­ing. I’ll use any ex­cuse to go back. 8am to 10pm

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