Nothing that invokes the vastness of the desert indoors as the One Desert Journey treatment at The Palace Downtown
In a place like Dubai it can sometimes be a bit of a realisation that beyond the city's gleaming skyscrapers the Arabian sands sweep across the landscape, stretching out as far as the eye can see.
At the Palace Downtown, it's that majesty that the Spa has found a way to conjure indoors indoors in the most soothing of ways.
The Spa specialises in a number of treatments, one of which is the ‘One Desert Journey’. A truly traditional treatment, it begins with a cleansing of the feet in lukewarm rosewater, calmly ushering in scents that pervade the room throughout the 105 minutes.
Mesmerising desertscape sounds will sweep you away as aches and sore muscles are kneaded and relieved with essential oils. Later, a desert sand and salt rub is worked effortlessly by the masseuses to help revitalise and rejuvenate the skin, body and mind.
A quick shower after the treatment is followed by a thoroughly relaxing session with ‘oussada’ cushions plump with coriander, as well as an energising ‘khemoussa’ pouch featuring three Moroccan mint varieties, the warmth of which is sure to leave you feeling nourished.
At the end of it, you’ll be greeted with a selection of green tea, honey and dried fruit easing your return to a world away from another.
Don’t be surpised however if you find yourself not wanting to leave the premises after the surreal experience that is the One Desert Journey.
Fortunately, the Spa has a number of options for you to enjoy including the relaxation room where you can sit for hours on end if you’d rather.
The comfortable chairs here can be warmed and you can rest easy and sip on a warm drink before you begin to contemplate making your way back into the real word.