Things that the UAE has in abundance include fast cars, luxury handbags, big buildings, and spas, so when a spa comes along that really blows your mind you know that you’ve hit beauty gold. With Abu Dhabi’s new hotspot, House of Allure, you’ve found a goldmine. Its beautiful boho style and boutique vibe make it feel luxurious, but also inviting, like you’re stepping inside someone’s super chic home, and with two floors of stunningly furnished treatment areas and a menu that covers all your beauty needs you’ll soon wish it were yours. “We’re very excited that House of Allure has launched in the heart of the city,” says owner Noora Al Mansoori. “As an independent boutique spa, we offer our customers the all-important personal touch that is sometimes missing in the labyrinth-like hotel spas.”
The first thing you’ll notice when you step inside (aside from the warm greeting and incredibly happy, genuine, and smiley staff) is the décor. Located in an elegant private villa, the theme of black and white with splashes of bright blue runs throughout the spa. Describing the space as immaculate would be an understatement – there isn’t a cushion out of place – and the reception waiting area is so cozy and comfy you almost won’t want to get up for your pampering appointment. Almost…
House of Allure’s nail spa offers all the usual treatments (manis, pedis, gel overlays, extensions), but it also features a machine that will make your mani extra magical. It prints any photo you want onto your nail, whether it’s a pic of your pet pooch, a design you love, or a special memory!
Then there’s the hair area, with its light, open space and retro vibe, which stocks niche, premium hair-care brands (including Hershesons styling tools and Leyla Milani hair extensions and treatments). Book in for a gorgeous blow-dry or to treat your hair to a nourishing mask or a new cut and color. House of Allure even offers braid styling, so you can give Blake Lively a run for her money and leave with perfectly plaited locks.
Moving on to the first floor, you enter House of Allure’s ‘spa’ area. Interiors become more muted – with clean cream walls, wooden floors, candles lighting the way to your treatment room, and flowers blossoming in vases – to make for one very relaxing and calming atmosphere. While you wait for your treatment and sip on ginger tea, it will feel like you’re a world away from the buzzing beauty floor below you.
The treatment rooms boast their own private bathrooms, a heated bed so ridiculously comfortable you’ll want to grab a duvet and fall asleep right there and then, and touches of the Orient and Far East that will transport you to a world of wellness far, far away. Whether you want a full-body massage to help you de-stress, a facial to help turn back time, or a detoxifying body wrap, the expertly trained therapists will take you into their healing hands and turn you into the most relaxed version of yourself. The private hamman chambers with mosaic-covered walls and intricate details are stunning, and the entire spa feels intimate, like your own private pampering palace, making it very easy to while away the day without stepping foot back in the realm of reality. Pure bliss.
Al Khaleej Al Arabi St, Abu Dhabi
(+971) 2 666 6317