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The Oberoi Mas­sage Dh700 (90 min­utes)

Nes­tled on the third floor of the lux­u­ri­ous The Oberoi is a haven of oak, mar­ble and a cou­ple’s room com­plete with its own ter­race pool for ro­man­tics on Valen­tine’s Day.

We opted for the five-star ho­tel’s sig­na­ture 90-minute Oberoi mas­sage, car­ried out by a male and fe­male ther­a­pist, while we lay on the most com­fort­able treat­ment beds ever. I’m al­ways dis­ap­pointed when any beauty treat­ment doesn’t start with a re­fresh­ing foot scrub, and this one didn’t let me down. Hot tow­els were wrapped around my feet, which were then cleansed and dried.

My ther­a­pist then asked me if I had any prob­lem ar­eas – knot­ted shoul­ders and sore calves – and be­gan the medium pres­sure mas­sage. Usu­ally I can tell within the first five min­utes if a mas­sage is go­ing to be good – too soft and it’s in­ef­fec­tive. Too hard and it be­comes an hour of tol­er­at­ing pain rather than re­lax­ing.

But af­ter jump­ing up on the ta­ble to work on my shoul­ders and back, my ther­a­pist set­tled back into us­ing Ba­li­nese-style strokes to have me con­vinced she was one of the best masseuses in the city. I spend 50 hours a week hunched over a com­puter so I’m plagued by a stiff neck and tight, knot­ted shoul­ders. The knots crunched, and dis­ap­peared un­der my ther­a­pist’s nim­ble fin­gers. She found each one in my lower back and fol­lowed up to my shoul­der un­til I was so re­laxed I had to force my­self to stay awake.

My part­ner had lost the battle and was snor­ing just a few feet away. It made me feel su­pe­rior, know­ing I hadn’t suc­cumbed to the sooth­ing pres­sure. By the end of the 90 min­utes I felt the best I had in ages, with all signs of stress and fa­tigue lit­er­ally mas­saged away.

My part­ner was em­bar­rassed that he’d snored in front of us all but our ther­a­pists as­sured us it was nor­mal and a sign that they had done their jobs prop­erly. We de­cided against a plunge in the pri­vate pool and went to the main one in­stead to soak up the sun and en­joy a de­li­cious lunch.

“Did you like your treat­ment?” I asked my part­ner. He smiled back sheep­ishly. “I loved it,” he said. Open 24 hours

call 04 444 1444 or spa.todb@oberoi­ho­tel.com.

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