two More to try…
01 fresh date facial at the organic glow The UAE’S first completely green salon, the organic glow in JVC is known for its fresh fruit facials and other non-toxic treaments, which celebrate the power of Mother nature. the treatment The organic glow’s fresh facial menu includes apples for a natural exfoliation, avocados for a healthy glow, cucumbers to reduce puffiness and strawberries to remove dead skin cells. i’ve signed up for the date facial, using local dates that are rich in vitamins and minerals. The facial begins with a rosewater cleanse to remove makeup and impurities and a brown sugar scrub to gently exfoliate. organic cucumber slices are popped over my eyes while i’m given a steam treatment, before a luscious, sweet-smelling mask of fresh dates is applied to my face and neck. My therapist uses lemon water to remove the mask, before applying a vitamin A serum to finish. why try it? if you’d like to treat yourself to a beauty treatment that’s free of hidden nasties and chemicals, then this goodenough-to-eat facial is a must. cost dhs350 for 60 minutes.
Oudah Tower, Jumeirah Village Circle 1,District 13, Street 14, Dubai, open Mon-thurs and Sat, from 10am-8pm, Fridays 12pm-7pm. Tel: 055 234 1429, visit: organicglowuae.com 02 balinese massage at alila jabal akhdar, oman Perched 2000 metres above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar is a luxury eco-retreat in the heart of oman. its Spa Alila draws on natural botanicals and local ingredients, such as juniper berries and frankincense. the treatment My Balinese massage begins with a warm foot bath, enriched with a squeeze of lemon juice and slices of fresh ginger. Then, after a gentle foot scrub, it’s onto the warmed massage bed for a 60-minute tensiondissolving massage using a detoxifying blend of grapefruit and vetiver, which concludes with a facial massage and – my favourite – a just-beyondgentle pulling of my hair. why try it? The detoxifying effects of grapefruit oil and the calming effects of the vetiver are combined with long, deep strokes designed to improve blood flow and remove toxins from the body. cost OMR45 (about dhs430) for 60 minutes.
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Al Hajar Mountains, Oman, open daily, 9am-9pm. Tel: +968 2534 4200 or visit: alilahotels.com/ jabalakhdar/spa-alila