Brides-to-be, you have one job in the lead-up to your big day that you just cannot delegate out to your hard working bridesmaids: TO WORK ON YOUR GLOW! That’s right: we want to see you shine, to ooze health and radiate good looks as you walk toward your betrothed, friends and family fixed firmly on you and only you all the way down the aisle…
No one likes to see a dull-complexioned bride on her wedding day, so the best thing you can do is book you and your bridesmaids in for a day spa experience. Or go one better and arrange your hen’s party at a beautiful, serene location-perhaps a resort hotel-which has incorporated a day spa onsite.
And does BrideClub ME have just the ideal spot for you to consider? Indeed we do. Lime Spa is a hidden gem housed within the elegant, verdant and tranquil oasis that is the Desert Palm Resort Dubai. What a place. Think ponies being exercised on the polo fields; expansive lawns begging for you to go barefoot upon; perfect-temperature pools to dip into, and excellent food outlets to refresh your palate after a lazy day being pampered. And we haven’t even started on how wonderful the spa is…
The nouveau idea of a day-spa-hens-party is gaining momentum worldwide, especially for those of us who are not too fussed on hitting the night club scene in a bid to farewell singledom. Yes, clubbing is a riot of fun, however spending a day poolside with your besties, really taking time to bond together a week or so before the big day, is what some of us yearn for.
Location and spa:
The Desert Palm Resort emerges green and lush from a desert landscape, located along the Al Awir Road, just past Dragon Mart and nestled within its cool interior is Lime Spa. From Dubai’s Financial Centre a cab ride will cost you AED45, and about 30 minutes of your time to arrive ready for luxury. The spa is modern, tranquil. For the stressed-our bride-to-be and her girls the Spa offers rituals, facials, massages, scrubs and polishes across six spa suites. There’s also an eyebrow designer on hand for those emergency grooming needs you might have (and don’t we all).
Facilities and experience:
A subterranean world opens up for the spa-goer. Guests are ushered from the hotel’s main lobby down cool marble and distressed-timber stairs into a sophisticated underground oasis that is the Lime Spa. Jacuzzi, heated beds overlooking the polo fields, ice room, sauna and post-therapy chill-out rooms replete with herbal organic teas, and dried fruits await you.
From the instant we arrive, Spa Operation Manager Elizma Hoffman, takes charge. Warmly greeted and handed cool towels and even colder drinks to calm our travelling nerves, we are ushered into the interiors of this thoroughly elegant spa. We are, after all, in need of some serious body and soul tonic, and our experience at the hands of the therapists, come the end of the day, did not fall short of our high expectations.
BrideClub ME Founder, Rio, had Irish therapist April, a petite lady with the arm strength of a wrestler! Her 90 minute Serenity Body Experience included a full body scrub/wrap and deep tissue massage. Take a moment to relive what Rio did (and what you may, in the near future): start with inhaling the aromas of wild lavender. A thorough two-step body scrub deep cleanses and prepares your skin for the warm aromatic cocoon which aims to support skin healing and health. This is followed with massage using hot basalt stones to promote relaxation and diffuse muscular tension.
A 30 minute Refresh Facial came after which is all about reviving a tired complexion with a cleanse, exfoliation and specific mask to reveal that lovely skin beneath. Delightful!
Kerstin Florian products are used at Lime Spa. Each guest is encouraged to choose their music preference from a music menu for the duration of their treatment.
Ferried from treatment room to chill-out zone, each guest is handed a tray of refreshments: a bowl of signature LIME sorbet jelly, teas and dried fruit are a welcome sight. Bodies seem to easily collapse into comfy lounges…
Polishing it all off:
Think poolside, robes and slippers, sunglasses and magazine. The water temperature seems miraculous perfect for a post-therapy constitution. A communal infinity pool overlooks one of the polo fields, and to its right a splendid garden and bindi-free lawn invites a shoe-free stroll. For the ladies who wish to work out, there’s also a fitness centre on site. Towels banana chairs await your pleasure.
If you fancy a little nibble without a full meal, all-day dining restaurant Epicure serves its fare poolside and has a deli where you can take away treats for your 30 minute ride home.
Its a Wrap:
Whether a girls day out, a hen’s day, a bridal party or a visit to the spa for a pre-wedding skin treatment (to work on that glow, remember!), Lime Spa at the Desert Palm Resort Dubai hits all the right notes. Give yourself the gift of pre-wedding perfection. Be it facials, massage, pedicures, manicures, eyelash tinting, brow shaping…make it with bubbles, best friends and blissful bathing by the pool.
Do your skin and your besties a favour: get out of city, get yourselves booked in for a day at Lime Spa.