By Lubna Hamdan
Why deny yourself a massage in the world’s tallest and most glamorous tower?
Few spa experiences involve pulling up to the world’s tallest tower. Lucky for us, ours did.
We opted for a massage in the Burj Khalifa’s health and fitness centre, The Burj Club.
Previously a members-only facility, the club opened its doors to the public in May and now offers memberships and day passes for non-members.
Stretched across five floors, it includes a fitness centre, a ladies-only gym, a rooftop pool, an indoor lap pool, a lounge and a spa. The latter is our favourite feature.
The spa is typically designed in signature Burj Khalifa elements such as glass, stainless steel and light wood. Its changing rooms are just as contemporary, with touches of brown tones and soft metal chain dividers, giving a dreamy yet modern look.
We changed into our robes and headed to the relaxation area, where we sipped on cranberry juice and freshly cut fruits while consulting with our therapist.
We opted for a medium-pressured 60-minute Burj Club Spa massage to target stiff areas such as the back and shoulders, which are areas of tension for anyone whose job involves long hours of sitting at a desk .
The massage room has a warmer tone than the spa itself, featuring dark wood, dim lighting and soothing spa music. While we lay face down on the massage table, our therapist started by placing hot towels on our feet – very relaxing. Working from the feet up, she used massages techniques that were unique and new to us, despite being frequent massage-goers. This was refreshing and we felt that new movements worked better for us than some standard ones. They were pretty strong, but not uncomfortable, and helped untangle stubborn knots in our back and shoulders, making us feel much more relaxed and flexible afterwards.
Throughout the treatment, our therapist was very professional and checked several times if the pressure was right for us. Afterwards, she offered massage-related tips to battle knots.
Following the massage, we headed back to the changing rooms, where a sauna, steam room and showers were waiting for us. The multi-temperature experience showers offered four different themes that included relaxing music and aroma.
We went back to the relaxation area to find green tea waiting for us – that alongside a view of Downtown Dubai and the Dubai Fountain through floor-to-ceiling windows. A must-try.
The Burj Club Spa has 20 percent discount on selected treatments valid until July 31. Visitors can enjoy complimentary use of the indoor pool post-treatment. We recommend the outdoor rooftop pool for its city view.
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