When the words “Guerlain” and “spa” come together, it can only mean great, big, beautiful things, which is exactly what the new Guerlain Spa at the One&Only The Palm is: great, big, and oh so beautiful.
I recently visited the new beauty destination, which is tucked away on the grounds of the exclusive One&Only resort on The Palm Jumeirah. Walking under the intricate stone archways and pillars, stepping through the mini courtyards, and meandering around the water features, a sense of calmness (as well as excitement) came over me. It felt like I was stepping back through time, entering a bygone era somewhere in the Far East, a place of mystery and magic. I couldn’t help but think that this location was the perfect home for Guerlain’s first spa in the UAE, as the brand has drawn inspiration from nature to create its makeup, skincare, and fragrances since its foundation in 1828.
Pushing open big wooden doors, I entered the reception area – a space full of light and air – where I sank into a huge and inviting couch upon being offered a welcome green juice. At the Guerlain Spa, you won’t find a big reception desk with hundreds of staff loitering behind it; instead a warm and welcoming front of house greets you from behind a small table, tucked away in the corner, before guiding you to the waiting area. Once I had managed to get myself up from this couch of clouds, my therapist lead me to my treatment room through the glass-walled passageways that link beautifully maintained courtyards and are lined with candles and iconic Guerlain fragrance bottles.
The treatments on offer have been designed exclusively for the spa, so this is the only place to go if you want to be pampered with Guerlain products. I was fortunate enough to try the signature ‘Dubai Harmony’ experience, a 90-minute massage designed to both revitalize and relax. After a foot bath, I was invited to choose my preferred scent (all Guerlain, of course, and all incredible). I opted for the rose and jasmine oil to promote a sense of calm – perfect after a long day. Each part of my body was massaged using flowing manoeuvres (which has a draining effect and helps stimulate circulation whilst relieving muscle tension), before cooling ice balls were rolled over my skin to regenerate and re-oxygenate tissues. Needless to say that after 90 minutes I could barely open my eyes or lift my head from my pillow. Bliss.
The attention to detail in this spa is simply outstanding, from the luxurious, yet understated, design and the private dressing areas in the treatment rooms (that come complete with a whole set of Guerlain makeup for you to use if you’re heading out afterwards) to the intricate fragrance bottles and beautiful bouquets that add a homeliness to the walkways and rooms. It’s so peaceful and quiet that you’ll soon forget it’s not your own private spa – but that’s okay, because whilst you’re in the moment, you’re not thinking about anything else at all.
The Guerlain Spa at the One&Only The Palm, West Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah
(+971) 4 440 1040