WELL-BE­ING

Want smoother skin? Head to Zayna Spa

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONTENTS -

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

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