Spa & Wellness

A luxe new spa has debuted at Emirates Palace

The Hideaway draws upon healing practices from around the world to replenish and reinvigorate.

Opening its doors to guests back in 2005, Emirates Palace has long been the epitome of luxury in Abu Dhabi, starting with the 60-metre-high dome that’s completely adorned with 22K gold leafing in the atrium. Today, the property is operated by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and continues to indulge guests with its immaculately curated leisure facilities. As for the latest offering onsite? The Hideaway by Emirates Palace Spa, an elegant and intimate sanctuary for the senses, one that draws upon the rich history of healing practices from around the world.

Designed to replenish, reinvigorate and restore well-being with an array of treatments and services, the new spa – which can only be accessed by a secret pathway – promises guests a journey of inner vitality and outer radiance. And setting the tone are white-washed interiors, dreamy fragrances, and the soothing sounds of the sea, collectively recreating the purity of an island escape. The curated services and products on offer range from the centuries-old principles of acupressure used in Thai massages to an ancient Chinese-style reflexology treatment, and East-West-inspired aromatherapy.

The Hideaway

A nod to the region, meanwhile, comes courtesy of the bespoke Rose and Oudh Haute Couture treatment that features Sodashi’s luxurious oil of oud and a cultural touchstone of Emirati identity. This signature treatment concludes with a velvety rose cream application to the energy access points of the body, leaving guests rejuvenated and re-energised. Elsewhere, a wide range of other services offered in the retreats includes L’Elixir Des Glaciers Majestic Facials, Argan Oil Head and Hair Treatment, Rose Cocoons, and private sound baths delivered by highly skillful and attentive therapists in sublime surroundings. All retreats wrap up with a wellness snack and relaxation time in the private treatment suite.

The treatment menu includes an exciting range of full and half-day retreats, providing a therapeutic and timeless journey of pure pampering. Apart from the wide range of therapeutic massages, The Hideaway by Emirates Palace Spa also offers a diverse menu of transformative body rituals to help guests heal and detox. These include the rose-infused body ritual Rose Cocoon and the soothing Après Soleil designed for use after excessive sun exposure. For couples, the spa presents a blissful opportunity to retreat together, with packages that enable guests to unwind in the intimate couples’ suite, and enjoy opulent bathtub soaks as well as signature couple massages that restore the body’s flow of energy.

The Hideaway

The facial treatments on offer are just as decadent, designed to provide instant results with the advanced methodology of skin therapies and powered by experienced therapists and high-concentration ingredients. They range from the anti-ageing Valmont L’Elixir Des Glaciers Majestic Facial to the ultra-hydrating HydraFacial that requires no downtime, each of which can be paired with booster treatments available exclusively as add-ons. But would a spa menu at Emirates Palace even be complete without a treatment rooted in everyone’s favourite precious metal – 24K Gold Radiance Facial, anyone?

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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