Spa Review: Heavenly’s a place on Earth

Spa Review: Heavenly’s a place on Earth
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Heavenly Spa in the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Resort & Marina — the very first Westin hotel to launch in Dubai back in 2008 — is a bit of an institution.
Spa Review: Heavenly’s a place on Earth
2 / 3
Heavenly Spa in the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Resort & Marina — the very first Westin hotel to launch in Dubai back in 2008 — is a bit of an institution.
Spa Review: Heavenly’s a place on Earth
3 / 3
Heavenly Spa in the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Resort & Marina — the very first Westin hotel to launch in Dubai back in 2008 — is a bit of an institution.
Updated 13 April 2018

Spa Review: Heavenly’s a place on Earth

Spa Review: Heavenly’s a place on Earth

DUBAI: Heavenly Spa in the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Resort & Marina — the very first Westin hotel to launch in Dubai back in 2008 —is a bit of an institution. Having had the opportunity to review the premises when it opened nearly a decade ago, it was certainly exciting to return, review-mode on, to see how it has evolved since.
Keeping in mind that it was considered one of the top luxury spas in town back then — and the fact that numeruos establishments in the UAE start out strong before losing their edge — the spa had a lot to live up to. But it’s safe to say that there’s a reason it’s still going strong 10 years on.
Featuring 11 treatment rooms, Heavenly Spa offers a wide variety of therapies — mainly massages and facials — for men and women (treatment rooms are separate) along with a couple’s option. Couples wishing to book together may choose a female therapist for their treatment.
The entrance is unassuming. Head to the second floor of the hotel and you’re directly greeted by the reception area. Décor is kept to a minimum; brown and beige tones offering a clean, fuss-free atmosphere.
Having completed the required paperwork declaring any allergies or previous injuries, I am guided to the changing rooms and handed a soft robe and slippers. Once I’m comfy and cosy, one of the friendly staff members escorts me to a quiet, gorgeous-smelling treatment room to begin.
I opt for the ‘Heavenly Spa Signature Massage’ ($136 for 60 minutes). As the name suggests, it’s one of the most requested and recommended massages for relaxation.
The therapist starts by disclosing the signature oil used, white tea aloe, after which I’m offered three stones to choose from — respectively engraved with the words ‘Hope,’ ‘Love’ and ‘Gratitude’. I assumed this was some kind of whimsical attempt at finding inner peace, but it turns out the chosen stone is placed at the end of the massage table where your head is so you have something to look at. I close my eyes as soon as I lie down, however, so the effect is a little lost on me.
My therapist begins her attempt to undo all the knots and tightness in my upper back (thanks, office work). She’s mindful to check if the pressure is suitable and soon enough I find myself drifting into sleep. Next thing I know, I’m being gently awakened and told my time’s up, although I’m allowed to rest for 10 more minutes before being taken to the relaxation room.
Here, guests can enjoy a cup of herbal tea and snacks before carrying on with the rest of their day. It’s calming, it’s serene, and the lighting is just right.
During my visit, I mainly saw ladies in their 20s and 30s enjoying the facilities — some solo, others in small groups. The vibe between guests was definitely friendly throughout, without a hint of the stuffiness sometimes experienced at other resorts. The spa is extremely popular with Saudi and Emirati clientele, the manager tells me.
Ultimately, if it’s a great-quality luxury spa you’re after, then it’s hard to go wrong with Heavenly. To take full advantage of the experience, head there an hour before your appointment to use the steam room, sauna or jacuzzi.
If I had to find a drawback, it would have been useful to receive more details prior to the treatment. For example, information on what benefits the various oils used offer, or that certain massages provide, and so on. As a result, the venue may come across as slightly intimidating for spa newbies. If, however, you’re a regular spa goer, and know exactly what you want just by looking at the menu, then your experience should be a breeze.