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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).


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).

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