The very natty and relatively new The Address Marina’s The Spa is offering not just a detox, but a Super Detox Wrap. The even better news is that there is a special promotion ongoing, valid until March 31, whereby the original price of Dh1,200 has been whittled down to Dh599 (with full-day access to the hotel’s infinity pool).
The Spa is an ambient space with well-trained, gracious, smiling therapists (who say the right things, using the right tone, at the right time), relaxation-inducing interiors, and an excellent after-room where you can chill with your fave magazine, sip jasmine tea and tuck into quality-controlled dry fruits and nuts.
The treatment lasts a little over a couple of hours — as Thomson and Thompson would have said, 125 minutes to be precise. I am told all signs of tiredness will be a thing of the past at the end of it. And that my energy levels would definitely go up a few notches. Exactly what the doctor ordered.
It all starts with a 25-minute body scrub (infused with green tea, that contains anti-oxidants), which is wonderfully therapeutic and invigorating (even though getting wrapped in sheets for the anti-oxidants to really do their stuff is faintly icky). While I am all wrapped up after the scrub, there is a 25-minute booster facial (packed with spirulina algae, yet another anti-oxidant-containing source) conducted on my visage so it emerges radiant and flush with good health (I kid you not).
After a warm shower that rids the body of all traces of the scrub, there is, finally, a 50-minute de-stressing massage with lemon grass oil (that claims to boost your lymphatic system). It turns out to be sublime, and I send off a silent prayer — while trying not to succumb to blissful slumber — that the kneading goes on forever and a day.
Obviously, the gods are in no mood to accommodate my needs. Quite the contrary in fact — so 50 minutes seem like five.
I have no empirical evidence I had been detoxified of evil ingredients in my body, mind, soul — and surroundings — but there is a spring in my step as I sweep through the lobby, on my way out of The Address Marina.
And instead of gravitating towards where super helpful doormen are ushering just-pampered ladies (like me) into the cloistered comfort of taxis, I walk briskly — more than half a kilometre, come to think of it — and catch the Metro back home.
I’d probably been detoxified alright.
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