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Arabian Ritual at Shangri-La

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Although Shangri-La Hotel’s spa is simply titled The Spa, there’s nothing unremarkable about it. The magnificent marble walkway is surrounded by waterways and lanterns, creating an instant feeling of calm.

Although its beautifully decorated, it’s also very minimalist, with the changing area, sauna, steam and plunge pool all surrounded by chic, simple décor. We were there to try the Arabian Ritual, which promises to detoxify, rejuvenate, and relax the body. Being quite sceptical of anything termed ‘detoxifying’, our expectations weren’t very high.

Our masseuse began with a foot cleanse whilst discussing which areas we’d like her to concentrate on during the massage. The treatment started with a coffee and lemon scrub applied to the back and front of the body. Hot towels were then placed around our feet, which felt heavenly, while the remnants of the scrub were wiped away. Following this, a rose clay paste, which had a thin consistency, was applied to our body then sealed in with a plastic wrap. Whilst the wrap performed it’s magic, we were treated to a luxurious scalp massage.

Once the scalp massage was complete, the masseuse ran the in-room shower, and we washed the away the paste with a detoxifying body wash. Once squeaky clean, the one-hour deep tissue body massage ensued – the masseuse’s talented fingers went to work on all the knots in our body using cardamom and fig oil. The therapist maintained good pressure throughout the massage, and paid particular attention to the areas highlighted prior to the treatment.

We definitely noticed a difference the following day – we felt less bloated and any sign of water retention disappeared. This treatment is a secret weapon for anyone going on holiday, or to a special event.

We tried: 120 minute Arabian Ritual, AED700
We’d come back for: The cardamom deep tissue massage.

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