THE NASMA GUIDE TO… PERSONAL PAMPERING IN THE CITY
Dubai’s reputation as a fast-paced, action led destination is well deserved, but it’s also packed with pampering and wellness spots, boasting some of the region’s best spas and salons.
Whether you’re in the city for a weekend escape, a late spring sojourn or here with mom to treat her for Mother’s Day, we recommend factoring in some well-deserved downtime to complement your Nasma Luxury Stay experience
Couples’ spa treatments are quite the done thing here in Dubai and a fantastically intimate way to enjoy quality time together. Any number of luxury hotel spas offer tailored experiences for two; we love Anantara Spa (anantara.com/palm-dubai) out on Palm Jumeirah where the setting and scenery only add to the magic of the moment. This Asian-inspired sanctuary has something for every spa aficionada. For the two of you, the team at Nasma Luxury Stays say go for the signature three-hour Palm Retreat journey. A collection of soothing therapies that includes a romantic milk bath, top to toe exfoliation, hydrating nourishing body wrap, de-stress Arabian massage and personalised facial, you’re guaranteed to emerge feeling refreshed and ready for anything.
You can’t come to the Middle East and not experience a traditional hammam. If you only have time for one spa session, head out to Talise Ottoman Spa (jumeirah.com) at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah where Turkish inspired architecture and the capable hands of an experienced hammam masseuse await. Surrender to the setting as you lie back on a warmed marble slab under a vast decorated domed ceiling and enjoy every second of the 60-minute Royal Ottoman signature treatment. The traditional invigorating kese mitt polish and pillowy foam massage are quite unique, and having your hair shampooed is a delightful throwback to childhood. A sweet finish is delivered with your body enveloped in a skin-loving honey mask. We suggest you continue the pampering back at your vacation home with a Nasma Luxury Stay partner chef to cook up an equally memorable dinner….
Dubai and decadence are a natural fit and The Spa at Palazzo Versace (palazzoversace.ae) in the emerging Culture District is as opulent as its namesake. If you have an entire day to spare, an unlimited credit card and can bear to tear yourself away from the comfort of your Nasma luxury rental, why not spoil yourself – or a loved one – with The Ultimate, a 7½-hour pampering session offering five luxurious treatments. A chauffeur driven car will pick you up from your Nasma Luxury Stay home for breakfast at the hotel’s Giardino restaurant before a signature hammam ritual, ceremonial massage, two-course lunch in a private poolside cabana, followed by a radiance facial, blow dry, luxury mani-pedi and Cinderella-esque ride home.
MUM AND ME
Where in the world could there be a Hello Kitty spa (hellokittybeautyspa.com) other than Dubai? This Town Centre Jumeirah mall enclave is top-to-toe branded in all things feline and is the perfect mother-daughter beauty destination. Treat your little princess (or let your little princess treat you) to a Queen Mother and Her Kitty-ness mani-pedi session for two, which also includes a blow dry for both of you, make-up application, a sugar-loaded cupcake and drink. Note to mums: the salon only uses all-natural kid-friendly products.
A well-groomed man makes a unique impression and for the city’s sartorially switched-on, this starts with a session in a top men’s salon. Barberia Italiana (04 336 0024) in Mercato Shopping Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road is a current grooming hotspot where the menu includes the salon’s signature shave. A true old school treat, the experience is styled using traditional Italian barber shop techniques and includes a facial massage with cream, hot towel, the requisite shave, a matte mask, cold towel to close the pores and splash of after shave lotion. Perfecto!
If you’re planning a big night out to Dubai Opera or dinner at an on-trend five-star eatery then you’ll want to look your best. Leave the finishing touches to the experts and pop over to the Blowout Bar (blowoutbar.ae) in the Golden Mile Galleria on Palm Jumeirah for a blow dry and styling fix that will leave you suitably glammed up for the evening. A regular haunt for the Nasma Luxury Stays team, we love the themed menu, which offers a choice of finished from a signature blowout (straight with a touch of body) to the beach babe look (tousled waves) and the super sophisticated vintage vogue (old Hollywood red carpet glamour).
Dubai may be heavily reliant on imported food and ingredients but there is a growing market appetite for locally produced and organic produce. Pamper yourself from the inside out and pick up some kitchen essentials and other delicious goodies at Greenheart Farms (greenheartuae.com) for delivery directly to your Nasma rental home and Organic Foods & Café (organicfoodsandcafe.com, various locations), which is also a great healthy Saturday brunch destination. If a Nasma Luxury stay means zero time in the kitchen, Dubai has a wealth of health-oriented cafés to choose from – try Life’n One’s (lifenone.com) villa garden oasis for vegan eats, on-trend Comptoir 102 (comptoir102.com) on Jumeirah Beach Road or the delightful Wild & The Moon (wildandthemoon.ae) in the Alserkal Avenue arts hub in Al Quoz.
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