I remember the first time I saw the Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay. Situated near a BlomBank and the Fakhruddin Building, I thought someone was making up funny sounding business names just to mess with me. Little did I know that the Steigenberger Hotel chain was founded in 1930. Its overarching company, Deutsche Hospitality, has 116 hotels worldwide. Oops.
Moving right along. I was looking for a decent spa special in Dubai. I find these hard to come by. Massages are expensive. The going rate for a massage in New Zealand was around $100 for an hour – about 270AED. I was lucky enough to get the occasional booking at the College of Massage in Wellington, where you could get a 45 minute massage for a staggering $30NZD – about 80AED. With the average one hour massage in Dubai going for about 450AED, you can see my dilemma.
The Spa at the Steigenberger, however, isn’t too far away – I actually managed to walk home – and offers a massive 50% off for Platinum Card holders. You read that right, 50%. So I thought – what have I got to lose? I booked in for a 60 minute Oriental Massage, which cost 225AED (450AED full price).
The Spa at the Steigenberger was not particularly busy when I arrived. I ended up with the changing facilities to myself. Everything is brand spanking new, clean and tidy – a big plus for me. The staff had suggested I arrived earlier to enjoy the sauna, steam room and rainforest showers, and left a lovely fluffy robe (snuggly!) for me to don. At my leisure, I was able to move along to a relaxation area where I was treated with lovely flavored waters and candies before my massage.
The massage itself was very good. I’m the worlds most tense person, and some masseuses decide that they will try and beat every knot out of my back. I once had a massage that was so rough, I couldn’t turn my head for a day afterwards. Unpleasant. This masseuse, however, used just the right amount of pressure and oil. The environment of the room was calm and serene. And warm. I hate a cold massage room. She also let me choose from a range of massage oils, which was fantastic. I’m sensitive to lots of different scents, and no one wants to go home smelling of something that makes their head hurt!
While I stuck to the massage only, the Spa offers a good range of other services, including several Thalgo and Babor facial options. If you are a on a tight time frame, you can opt for an express facial, foot massage or back massage, which take 30 minutes each.
And – if you are feeling a bit hungry or thirsty after your spa session – you have several options within the Steigenberger Hotel, particularly if you have your Platinum card! Have a relaxed drink or lunch at Swim and Tonic or The Backyard (up to 50% off, selected times), or grab some delicious German fare at the Brothaus Bakery (30% off). If its during the week, you can even catch a business lunch at the Bayside Restaurant for 75AED. You can read more about the food on offer on the Steigenberger website.
If you are looking to try out a new – and well priced – spa experience in Dubai, I would recommend the Spa at the Steigenberger. Its staff are friendly, the service professional, the facilities clean, the environment cozy, and you’ll walk out feeling a million bucks – even if you only paid half price.
Location: The Steigenberger Hotel, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, Dubai
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (until 31 August 2017, then 9am – 9pm)
Cost: varies – see spa brochure for details
Platinum discount? Yes, 50% – email to confirm pricing