5 Star Pampering at Emirates Palace Spa

May is a particularly hectic month in the UAE this year. With springtime work projects wrapping up and Ramadan and summer holidays fast approaching, there is no better time to relax and replenish your energy. Take a timeout and unwind ahead of a busy summer with a trip to the spa - and what better destination to break free from the whirl of day-to-day life than Emirates Palace.

The 5 Star Hotel in Abu Dhabi certainly needs no introduction. Its opulent architecture, world-class staff and abundance of 24K gold touches are the epitome of luxury. This reputation is fully embodied by the award-winning Emirates Palace Spa, one of the best spas in the UAE.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit, now is your chance. For a limited time, you can treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon of pampering for half the price with the spa's special UAE Residents' Offer. From May 15th - 23rd, all treatments booked between 10am-5pm will be 50% off (for UAE residents only).

If you are already sold (I would be), then call +971 2 690 7978 or email spa@emiratespalace.ae to book an appointment while space is still available. In case you need any further convincing, I will tell you about my amazing spa day at the Emirates Palace.

My three-part day of treatments kicked off with a reinvigorating scrub. I must admit, this was my first time getting an exfoliating treatment in a spa setting. Scrubs are a regular part of my routine at home (you will see at least two types of exfoliating products in my shower at any given time), but I had trouble imagining the extra benefit of spa scrub session.

A few minutes into my treatment, I was hooked. I can honestly say that having a therapist apply a scrub makes a world of difference. Not only is the application more effective — you can also see and feel the results noticeably better than an at-home treatment.

My therapist selected Diamond Illuminating Body Polish for my exfoliator, featuring a combination Dead Sea Salt and variety of hydrating oils like Karanja, Abssinyian and Moringa. Together, the application and product ingredients helped to smooth skin, promote cell renewal, increase circulation and a long list of other benefits. After rinsing away the exfoliant post-treatment, I was officially convinced that body scrubs need to become a feature in any of my future spa itineraries.

The next step in my spa day was a bespoke massage. Instead of pouring over the extensive treatment menu, I was more than happy to let my therapist design a massage specifically for me. My work as a social media specialist, in addition to blogging, requires quite a bit of time spent glued to a computer. So, unsurprisingly, my shoulders and upper back needed some extra TLC. The bespoke massage option allowed my therapist to spend more time on these trouble areas, which my body was extremely grateful for. The tailor-made treatment was the perfect balance of firm and relaxing, so I consider it an accomplishment that I only nearly dozed off once during the 60 minute massage.

With my desk-based job and high energy workout routine, I try to book myself massages fairly regularly. At first, the practice seemed extremely indulgent and, when looking at my monthly budget, it seemed like a logical expense to cut — but since starting the routine, I’ve noticed a huge difference in both my physical and mental wellbeing. If taking a bit of time and money helps me to recharge, then, in my opinion, it's worth the price tag.

My afternoon of pampering finished with a customized facial by Forlle’d. Like my massage treatment, I loved that the facial was personalized to address my needs. The Japanese luxury brand offers a range of products that address nearly every skin issue and work with any sex, age, or skin type. After the pampering treatment, which included a facial massage, mask and care creams, my skin looked radiant.

Whether you are looking to completely recharge with a full spa day, sneak in a quick treatment ahead of the holidays or add a bit of luxury to your week, the Emirates Palace Spa is the destination for you.

To all UAE residents, remember to book an appointment from 10am - 5pm on May 15th - 23rd for 50% off.

Happy pampering!