Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Health Spa in Abu Dhabi

Luxury Spa in 5-Star Hotel

The masseuses at Rosewood Abu Dhabi's spa have the magic touch, finds Sarah Riches.

After 18 months reviewing spas for lifestyle magazines in Abu Dhabi, I can spot a good one – and Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Rosewood Abu Dhabi, is among the best.

The spa's nine treatment rooms are on the second floor of the five-star hotel.

A visit begins with a mixed juice in the reception area, followed by a shot of camomile tea. Soothing Oriental music plays as you relax on pink velvet armchairs under a silver tree-like structure.

When booking a massage you're often reminded to arrive 15 minutes early to fill in a form discussing your preferences. But it's far better to arrive an hour early to make the most of the facilities – doing so after your treatment washes away the massage oils.

So I arrive with plenty of time before my appointment and unwind in the relaxation area, which has a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, double the size of most spas. Fairy lights change colour on the ceiling – a nice touch. There's also a cold mist shower, although it isn't working on my visit.

I opt for the Sense signature massage and am pleasantly surprised to discover the bed is heated – another nice touch.

My masseuse, Paula from Thailand, is clearly well trained and seems to instinctively understand my needs. Using a blend of shea butter and Arabian oil made from bergamot and frankincense, she firmly kneads the knots in my right shoulder. I'm so relaxed I fall asleep.

Leaving the oil on, I freshen up in the changing rooms. As well as the usual cotton buds and hair dryers, deodorant and hair straighteners are provided for that finishing touch.

Sarah Riches has eight years' experience as a lifestyle journalist and author having been based in London and The Middle East and can be followed on @healthy_holiday

Photographs courtesy of Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Reviewer's Rating
Facilities Steam Room, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Hammam, Treatment Rooms, Relaxation Room
Suitable For Mixed
Treatments Available Massage, Facial, Manicure, Pedicure

Additional Price Comments

£104 for 60 minutes; £142 for 90 minutes.

Last updated on 03-04-2016

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