Around the World in a [Spa] Day

Expand your horizons without hopping on a plane, with one of these internationally-inspired beauty treatments
Tao Spa
Tao Spa
Tao Spa
April 10, 2019

Hit the Hammam

This full-body treatment is inspired by the traditional hammam, a favourite form of deep-cleansing favoured from Turkey to Morocco. Local brand Hammamii has put an Emirati twist into its own version, with the heated slab ritual featuring ingredients sourced from across the seven emirates. The spa range blends dried lemons from Fujairah and salts from the Arabian Gulf, local sumac, coffee from Coffee Planet in Al Quoz, fresh camel milk, and Arabic herb, za’atar, into its products. The result is the classic hammam steps – cleanse, scrub, mask, massage – but with a focus on ingredients that really boosts skin health. Hammamii Hammam Treatment; Dhs 400 for 60 minutes; Al Asalla Spa, Dubai Ladies’ Club, 23a Jumeirah Street, Jumeirah, Dubai

Fancy Filipino Footwork

Originally from The Philippines’ lush mountain provinces, the hilot massage is a traditional technique used to increase blood circulation from the feet up. While hilot is a full body massage, its point of difference is a session of acupressure focused on the feet. Using dagdagay, a duo of carved and bobbled bamboo rods, the tools are used to apply alternating pressure to the heels and arches of your feet, relieving tension in just a series of strokes, prodding and paddling away stress. A fully-functional massage technique, the drumming and kneading of the wooden poles applies deeper pressure to really work your soles. 60 minute hilot massage; Dhs 309; Tao Spa, The Mall, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai

Ayurvedic Alignment

Dictated Indian Ayurvedic principles, a mukhaabhyanga and mukhalepa treatment is a combination of a skin-focused facial and body-attuned massage. Warm steam infused with herbs is used to open your airways as you breathe in deeply, followed by a pressure point massage. The therapist focuses on the different marma, specific points on the face, neck and upper shoulders, which release tension held by the face when stimulated. A freshly prepared natural face mask made of ingredients such as white clay, neem and ripe fruits are applied to reinvigorate the skin’s surface. Mukhaabhyanga and mukhalepa treatment, Dhs 250, Kerala Ayurvedic, opposite Spinneys Karama, Karama Dubai

Flawless Facial

While not exactly celebrated for its skincare know-how, Budapest has more than enough qualifications as a hotbed of amazing facial experiences thanks to the region’s surplus of mineral-infused hot springs. It’s also home to cult favourite Omorovicza, the ultra-luxe beauty brand now found in the UAE. The Hungarian Deep Cleansing Facial is the ideal induction to the range, with the one-two combination of the mineral-rich Thermal Cleansing Balm and pore-shrinking Hungarian Moor Mud Mask soaking up excess oil and detoxing even the most problematic complexions. Hungarian Deep Cleansing Facial by Omorovicza; Dhs 650 for 60 minutes; Waldorf Astoria The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Beyond Basic Blonde

Natural-looking blonde locks are no longer just for northern Europeans or those left sun-washed by the southern hemisphere skies. Try letting your inner blonde out with the new brightening and lightening shades menu at Tips & Toes that covers the full spectrum of hair hues shared by women in the UAE. Dedicated to deveBeyloping a shade of blonde for every hair colour and type, hair artistic director Catherine Hawkes has created three customisable looks – the blonde bombshell, brunette balayage and sun-kissed ebony – with each technique tailored to giving you a little natural light in your lengths, whether you prefer honey-dipped ends, a hint of golden caramel, or all-over platinum. Price depends on hair length, Tips & Toes, locations across the Emirates.