Feeling subLIME

Posted on March 27, 2011


Trialled and reviewed for SpaGenie.ae

LIME Spa at Desert Palm was the destination. Utterly subLIME was how I felt when I left.

Desert Palm was Dubai’s first boutique hotel and is a delightful antithesis to the bright lights and skyscrapers of the city. Low rise and understated yet effortlessly elegant, the place oozes sophistication and simplicity. Natural materials merge with understated yet rich chocolate hues whilst retro patterns and cool artwork inject splashes of energy and colour.

As for LIME itself, the mission statement says it all; ‘Give us your sore, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free so that we may rub, soothe, soak, heal, treat, pamper and otherwise restore to a blissful state,’ and indeed they do all that and more with personalised treatments including aromatherapy, algotherapy, massage, bespoke facials and body treatments and a whole host of other therapies to attend to your every desire. Each of the six treatment rooms overlook the polo fields – a lush green landscape that seems far removed from the hectic pace of the city life that lies beyond.

What really sets LIME apart however is the complete lack of a ‘one size fits all’ approach and their refreshing approach to balance and overall wellness; their commitment to incorporating nutrition and lifestyle alongside health and happiness.

My treatment was the EVOLVE Hot Stone Massage.

I arrived a couple of hours early … it would be rude not to when you have the opportunity to submerse yourself in such sumptuous surrounds.

A shot of fresh fruit juice along with a chilled hand towel and my journey to utopia had begun. I was given a pre-treatment form to complete, but in addition to the usual questions, I was asked ‘what colour I was feeling’ and could choose between red, blue, yellow, green and indigo. This sets the mood of your treatment as it dictates the music that will be played. Touches like these and I’ll never want to leave, I thought!

A little siesta by the gorgeous infinity pool was followed by long, hot bouts in the steam room and sauna, interspersed with visits to the ice room. Additional features include a spa and wellness boutique, consultation room, changing rooms, heated lounge and two therapeutic showers.

As for the EVOLVE Hot Stone Massage itself, this was 60-minutes of pure bliss from my lovely Thai therapist, Tukta. After washing my feet in a rose petal-filled bath, from my head to toe I was massaged, with just the perfect amount of force, using the hot stones on my arms, legs and back and ice crystals on my chakras. The idea behind the hot stones is to further relax your muscles and release tension. As for the ice crystals, these assist in grounding and balancing energy levels. Tukta chose Sweet Almond Oil as my base oil and then I chose between five signature Anne Semonin essential oils. All smelt divine but I chose the Ginger and Cinnamon for its detoxification and circulation-boosting effects.

I left LIME Spa feeling utterly renewed, revitalised, recharged and refreshed. I left feeling ready to embrace the city again and I left feeling like I had discovered Dubai’s best kept secret.

Women who want to look fabulous, inside and out, all know about LIME Spa. Anyone who has had the pleasure of being pampered there simply can’t get enough of the impeccable attention to detail and to-die-for feel-good-factor. And there is something about its proximity to Dubai yet the feeling of being a million miles away from the bright lights of the city. For this reason, a visit to LIME Spa is the ultimate in decadence for a pampering weekend and at the same time, the perfect destination for an impulsive treat … a mid-morning facial while the kids are at school or a massage mid-afternoon to ease the stress of a day.

I know it will fast become the chicest entry in my little black book.


Well why not?

LIME Spa is a slice of heaven on your doorstep, yet it remains surprisingly affordable.

Go on … you’re worth it!


LIME Spa, Desert Palm Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Tel + 971 4323 8888

Visit www.desertpalm.ae

Email reservations@desertpalm.ae

EVOLVE Hot Stone Massage

AED 595 – 60 mins

AED 735 – 90 mins

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