TRIED & TESTED S PA
Six Senses Spa Dubai
Six Senses continues to expand its natural footprint in five-star hotels regionally; this intimate facility is on the fifth floor of Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai (see Tried & Tested, December issue).
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
The reception displays natural products (Subtle Energies, Dr. Burgener, Bio Sculpture) on attractive wooden stands and once you walk through, the six separate suites dedicated to the senses – Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, Smell and Beyond – make you feel you’re in another world. I was told it’s the first Six Senses to be designed in this way.
Sight has lamps that assist in regulating your circadian rhythms; Touch’s centrepiece has a flotation pod which gives a feeling of weightlessness; Smell combines therapeutic herbs, spices and oils; Taste boasts a hammam and Dubai Canal views; and the Beyond Suite contains a domed-ceiling area for yoga and meditation.
I was guided to the Sound Suite which incorporated a series of audio touches, from the ‘singing bowl’ signalling the start and end, to the ‘ vibroacoustic lounger’ which relaxes your body at a deep cellular level. Sound therapy enables us to downshift a normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness).
I chose a 60-minute deep tissue massage which releases tension and boosts circulation.
The relaxation area has a sauna and steam/shower, which I found complicated to use but the enormous shower head provides an invigorating finish, and it’s a spacious place to unwind further.
The curved loungers are very comfortable and hanging chimes in the corner are another soothing audio touch. An iPad and thick headphones give you more relaxing sounds should you need them. You can stay in the lounges for 30 minutes after your treatment.
I’d have to give it high marks for design intimacy and conceptual novelty – and it’s another feather in the Renaissance’s lifestyle cap ( just Morimoto Dubai on the 23rd and 24th floors to open now).