Want smoother skin? Head to Zayna Spa
We took a chocolate bath, and the results were pretty sweet
There are a lot of things you can do with chocolate, although dipping yourself into a chocolate bath wasn’t exactly something we considered before our visit to Grand Millennium Wahda Hotel.
The idea of Everything Chocolate, available at the hotel’s Zayna Spa, is to nourish the skin throughout the two-hour treatment. Our visit began with an hourlong full body massage. Accompanied by dim lights and calming music, the therapist kneaded and applied pressure to our aching back and legs so well that we could feel all our stresses float away. We particularly liked the neck and face massages, which were so relaxing that What’s On had to suppress the urge to take a nap.
Afterwards, the therapist applied chocolate oil over the body in preparation for the chocolate sugar scrub. This was applied smoothly and evenly, beginning with the legs, arms, chest area and then the back. Chocolate fans, try not to dribble when you smell it – it isn’t overpowering in the slightest but may give you a craving, which adds to the relaxation effect.
Then to improve the skin’s smoothness, chocolate sugar scrub was applied for 30 minutes, beginning with the legs. We rested for ten to fifteen minutes for the scrub to settle in the skin (luckily, the chocolate wasn’t sticky, and the chocolate didn’t go hard on our skin) before being instructed to rinse in the shower.
After that was the highlight of our treatment: the 30 minute chocolate bath filled with cocoa powder. Foamy, soapy and warm, it was as if we had dipped our entire body into a vat of watery hot chocolate. We relaxed while the bubbles foamed in the tub whilst sipping from a pot of tea - although a snack would have been appreciated here.
Overall, the novelty treatment did not fail to deliver and our skin did feel a lot smoother thanks to the chocolate scrub.
Sadly, we don’t smell like chocolate post-treatment – probably in part due to the shower – but, as an ideal way to enjoy chocolate without the calories, we’re on board. Just don’t attempt to take a lick of the chocolate scrub.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs852. Tel: (02) 4953916. Taxi: Grand Millennium. millenniumhotels.com