You may have heard of a little hotel in Dubai called the JW Marriott Marquis. Up until a few weeks ago, it was the tallest hotel in the world, a title that has since been snaffled by the newly opened Gevora Hotel. As the height of a building isn’t actually proximate to the quality of its spa, I’d still highly recommend that you take the time to experience the Saray Spa at the JW Marriott Marquis.
I visited awhile back, but the visit was clearly so relaxing, I forgot to blog about it. Oops. First things first. Wandering into the spa, I actually started to relax. This is a big deal for me. I am not a relaxed kind of person. Anyone that has visited the JW Marriott Marquis will know that its lobby is not exactly relaxing. The spa offers a calm oasis from the chaos of the reception area, and even more so, the crazy valet parking queue. Yikes. I’ve visited a few spas in Dubai, as you may have noticed. What really sets the Saray apart is the calming environment. Yes, all spas have dimmed lighting and those random ambient soundtracks. But the Saray has the whole package. It smells brilliant, it’s quiet, and the staff are kind and welcoming. After a short period of relaxation, and after admiring the twinkling lights of the sauna and changing area, I was led into one of the many treatment rooms.
I had decided to treat myself, and went for massage and a facial. Fancy pants! The quality of the professionals working at Saray is clear. I opted for the Relaxation Massage (520AED), and true to its name, my therapist focused on my areas of tension and eased my stress. Falling asleep half way through is always a good indicator of the comfort level. I have to commend the therapist – I am not an easy client. One masseuse in New Zealand tried so hard to get the knots out of my back, I could barely move the next day. For me, finishing a relaxation massage actually feeling relaxed is quite the treat. I followed my massage with a Deep Cleanse Facial (680AED). This was, interestingly enough, even more relaxing than the massage. I walked around with my skin feeling clean, hydrated and refreshed, if not a little bit greasy from the oil treatment applied at the end.
Saray has won a number of awards in recent years, and it’s no surprise to learn that it is nominated for a 2018 World Luxury Spa Award. Best of all, if you’re free during the week, you can avail up to 50% off spa treatments from Sunday to Thursday. This is the perfect way to treat yourself without blowing your entire bank balance. If you are really looking to splash our, Saray offers a brilliant ladies night offer of 300AED per person, which includes a 30 minute massage or facial, plus afternoon tea at the lovely La Farine. If you’re into sweet treats, this could be right up your alley. I’d just visited the Dead Sea when I made my trip to Saray, but otherwise, I would certainly have tried out the Dead Sea Immersion therapy on offer (370AED for 30 minutes). I’ve also heard the Hamman Rituals (from 640AED upwards) are fantastic, but I’m not sure I can quite prepare myself for such an epic scrub down. I’ve read the stories.
The only criticism I had of my visit was an incredibly minor one. After the massage, I reclined on the wonderful heated ceramic relaxation chairs. A++ – super comfy. But, I was offered a very interesting lemon drink. I can’t recall now whether I was warned if the drink was a bitter lemon drink, but it most certainly was. I’d pass if you’d like your taste buds to remain unscathed. However, this was only a very minor blemish in what was otherwise a very, very relaxing visit. That valet parking queue though? Brace yourself. Get an extra massage, just to make sure you are prepared.
Address: Al Sa’ada Street, Business Bay, Dubai
Cost: From 270AED upwards. View Rate Card.
Opening hours: 9AM – 11PM
Discount? You can receive 50% off on treatments from Sunday to Thursday.
A beautiful setting and massive range of services, but the valet parking is a total pain. Take a cab – hopefully it won’t totally destroy your relaxation!