Summer spa deals
Now that it's too hot to go outside, we have decided to spend most of the summer in salons. Happily for our bank balance, there are some excellent offers available. Here is our pick of the best:
AMARA SPA AT PARK HYATT (Dubai, 04 602 1660) is offering special packages throughout the summer with up to Dh100 off pampering packages, bringing the price down from Dh745 to Dh640.
SPA AT THE YAS HOTEL (pictured right, Yas Island, 02 656 0862) is running a great summer package of buy one spa treatment of one hour or more and receive a second free for your friend. Complimentary use of the spa facilities as well as a 20 percent saving on your lunch bill also are included.
ETERNEL MEDSPA (Dubai, 04 344 0008) has a special deal on its excellent facials: two Hydrafacials and three Meso Facials all for Dh2,500 instead of Dh3,350.
LA CONTOUR SPA (Dubai, 04 447 3626) has a 50 per cent discount on its summer pampering package (down from Dh4,000 to Dh1,995) that can be bought and used throughout July and August. See its Facebook page for more "Summer of Love" offers.
AL MAHA TIMELESS SPA AT AL MAHA DESERT RESORT & SPA (Dubai, 04 832 9900) is introducing day packages, new for the summer, for those who would like to enjoy the desert resort without having to spend the night. The Spa Indulgence Package features a 60-minute spa treatment of your choice, access to the main pool and all spa facilities as well as lunch at Al Diwaan. Prices start from Dh1,200.
MAN/AGE SPA (Abu Dhabi, 02 681 8837) has a 20 per cent discount on its Japanese shiatsu massage in July. Prices now are Dh340 to Dh425 (90 minutes) and Dh256 to Dh320 (60 minutes).
MANDARA SPA AT THE MONARCH DUBAI (04 501 8888) is offering a head-to-toe, two-hour summer relaxation package -featuring an Aroma Foot Ritual, a Javanese Lulur Body Polish, a Balinese Massage, a Refresher Facial and full use of the spa's entire facilities - for just Dh450.
TIPS & TOES (call 04 399 0550 to find your nearest branch) is offering 20 per cent off a whole range of treatments including a package of one mani/pedi; a head, neck and shoulder massage; mini-facial; hour-long full body massage; and a free perfume. The full package has been discounted from Dh700 to Dh560. They are also offering a free aftercare kit worth Dh200 with every set of eyelash extensions.
The best of the best New in town and struggling to find a good salon to sort out your beauty needs? Here are some salons that specialise in a particular treatment.
MANICURE/PEDICURE Mosaic Nails & Spa, corner of Karamah and Delma Street, 02 445 9660
HAIR COLOUR AND CUT Sisters Beauty Lounge, 28th Street, 02 222 2502
HAIR EXTENSIONS The Gold Salon, Sheikh Zayed Road, near Emirates Towers, 04 321 1423
MASSAGE Dashing Nails with Kaye, Delma Street, behind Trans AD building, 02 643 1011, www.dashingnails.com
MOROCCAN BATH Panacea Spa, 32nd Street, next to BNP Paribas, 02 666 7884
FACIAL Scientific Healthcare Skin Centre with Lourdes, Al Markaziyah, near Capital Hotel, 02 676 8740
BROW THREADING/BRAZILIAN WAX Urban Boheme Spa with Parveen (threading) and Yasmin (wax), Khaleej Al Arabi Street, same villa as Yoga Tree, 02 667 9761
Our beauty regimen is intense: lots of water, pots of cream, heaps of make-up all floating around in our massive handbags waiting to leak or break. That's why this pill box seemed to make a lot more sense than carrying around five tubs of vitamins, hair supplements and what-have-you all the time. Not only is it compartmentalised to make your daily routine more organised, but it also happens to be cute.
Dh140, Boom & Mellow, Mall of the Emirates , 04 341 3993; Mirdif City Centre, 04 284 0609
Sing your heart out
Don't try to pretend like you never played the role of rock star - singing into your hairbrush, head banging and thrashing your arms to an air guitar. With this Corioliss Mic Brush you can relive those moments a bit more realistically. It also fulfils its main purpose - the wide-spaced tips are perfect for detangling your mane without ripping too much out and the anti-static cushion pad prevents fly-away hairs. Approximately Dh60, www.corioliss.com
Nature's finest After passing by hundreds of honey/oil/herb shops in the capital, we finally decided to get some natural treats for our body. We were amazed at all the oils and all the plants they come from. Cactus, black seed - you name it and they've got it. And the salespeople are experts when it comes to helping you out with your beauty woes. If you've got dry hair like us, castor, sweet almond and watercress do the trick. We mix ours in a big bottle, massage the oils onto our hair and scalp, then jump in the shower an hour later to rinse it out. Dh25 per bottle, Al Sheiba for Honey and Herbs, behind Etisalat on Airport Road between Seventh and Ninth streets, 02 633 3623.