Spa Review: Armani/SPA, Dubai

We loved: The Spa Terme, which provides a supremely relaxing hydrothermal experience

Our verdict: Its location adjoining the Dubai Mall makes the Armani/SPA the place to get yourself pampered whenever you’re in this ostentatious emirate

armani spa entranceThe entrance to the Armani/SPA

Staying at the Armani Hotel Dubai will cost you a fortune (frankly, we’d rather spend that money at the next-door Dubai Mall), but a spa treatment there is highly recommended, especially after a long day spent at the never-ending shopping complex. Its location makes it the perfect spot to indulge in some post-shopping pampering, which is why I booked our treatment in the late afternoon.

armani spa facadeThe facade of the Armani/SPA

The Armani Spa offers guests a truly rejuvenating experience, complete with personal consultations with a therapist, access to the pool, steam, sauna as well as a host of other ‘rooms’ and a relaxation room.

armani hotel relaxation roomThe relaxation room at the Armani/SPA

The folks at the Armani Spa suggest you reach the spot at least 45 minutes before your treatment to fully enjoy the spa facilities, which makes sense considering the range of extra activities they offer. Once I had filled in a lengthy form, a therapist appeared to suggest the best treatment for me.

After that, I was taken around the spa complex by a therapist, who also recommended how much time I should spend in each room at the Spa Terme, which included the sauna, steam vapore (eases breathing and promotes a glowing skin tone), laconium (a dry heat treatment room to detoxify and purify the body) and acqua (a warm freshwater shower with a cool mist walkway, designed to close the pores on our skin which were opened up in the warm rooms).

pool areaThe pool area at the Armani/SPA

Guests are also encouraged to use the spa pool and fitness centre. Once I was done with the Spa Terme, I made my way to the relaxation room, which features day beds along with herbal tea, healthy dry fruits and plenty of reading material. Promptly on time, my masseuse, Amore, made her way to the room to whisk me away for my treatment.

I had chosen to go for a 50-minute treatment, which was divided into a revitalising FLUIDITÀ Body Scrub and LIBERTÀ Face facial of 25 minutes each. Amore took a few minutes to speak to me regarding any specific ailments or problem areas I might want to focus on before beginning. The treatment itself was utterly relaxing, with the body scrub gently exfoliating my skin and improving skin cells renewal, which gave my skin a healthy glow. The facial used Crema Nera products to hydrate, renew and tone my skin, improving its natural firmness and texture. It is testament to the quality of the facial that my friends said my skin was glowing for days.

armani spaThe Spa Terme

As I made my way out of the tranquil environment of the Armani/SPA, my shopping tiredness and fatigue forgotten, I heaved a sigh at having to get out in the busy world again.

Price point: AED490 (Rs 8,200)

Address: Armani Hotel Dubai, PO Box 888333, near Dubai Mall. Tel: +971 4888 3888

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