The first spa experience of its kind to open in the UAE, LivNordic has landed on Dubai’s shores straight from the Swedish capital. Having originally opened its doors in Stockholm in 2009, the Raison d’Etre spa is now bringing something new (and very Nordic) to Dubai. “Swedes and Nordic people in general are known for their health and beauty and have a sound approach to a balanced lifestyle, and what we have created with LivNordic Spas is something unique in today’s spa world,” says Anna Bjurstam, owner of Raison d’Etre. Setting up shop in the renowned Cayan Tower (a.k.a. the twisty building in the Marina), the spa is taking Dubai by storm – and here’s why.
“Liv”, meaning “life” and “protection”, forms the true essence of the LivNordic spa. It’s all about complete wellness, a destination that brings together fitness, beauty, nutrition, bathing, treatments, and products, all in a very minimalistic and simple Scandi setting. Think: Lots of grays, whites, wooden touches, clean lines, and minimal details, a far cry from most of Dubai’s other spa settings. There’s also a huge focus on nature and re-connecting with it, from the ingredients and products used in the treatments to the berry tea offered in the relaxation area. A café set to open by early May will serve up healthy, organic concoctions created with local and fair-trade ingredients, including Nordic smoothies, drinks, snacks, and juices.
Incorporating Nordic bathing rituals and treatments, the spa features a sauna to sweat out toxins and a freezing-cold plunge pool to jump in afterwards (symbolic of the icy lakes found in Nordic countries), which works wonders at detoxifying and boosting the lymphatic system and circulation whilst closing your pores and reinforcing your body’s natural defences.
The simplistic Scandinavian decor continues throughout the spa, from the relaxation area with its gray stone walls, wooden floors, and big soft blankets to the treatment rooms themselves. There, the floors and walls are lined with wood, the lighting is kept low, and the beds are hard and firm to support your body as tension and stress are massaged away. The huge fluffy duvet and pillow are an added bonus.
Finally, the spa also features a grooming area, where you can book in for a mani/pedi or a bouncy blow-dry, and a gym where a personal trainer can whip you into shape, all with stunning panoramic views overlooking the Dubai Marina. If you’re looking for a spa experience with a difference, one that delivers high-quality treatments using Mother Nature’s finest and without the fuss, look no further than LivNordic.
For more information or to book a treatment, call (+971) 4 551 6414.