Ladies night has become a staple in the Dubai nightlife scene, with Team TMN always on the look out for the next hot venue in town. So when we discovered that a certain spa had jumped on the bandwagon, curiosity got the better of us…
What: Ladies Night @ SensAsia Urban Spa
Where: SensAsia Urban Spa, Souk Al Manzil, Dowtown, Dubai
When: Monday, 6pm – 10pm
The promise: “The Thai-meets-NYC day spa invites the city’s stylish females to come as a pair for great savings and a very special experience… we’ve got a feeling you’ll never moan about Monday again.”
Did it deliver? After a decidedly busy day at TMN Towers, we were eager to unwind with a ladies night – and with SensAsia’s novel approach to this Dubai tradition, our expectations were high. Upon discovering the spa tucked away in the heart of Souk Al Manzil, we felt our tension ebbing away as we swapped our shoes for slippers and sunk into chairs with a refreshing elderflower mocktail.
After a warm welcome by our therapists, we were led through to our private changing room, where we donned fluffy white dressing gowns and committed to the surprisingly comfortable (and optional) disposable underwear – no paper pants here! Aside from the luxurious Asian-inspired interiors, what stood out to Team TMN was the intoxicating aroma throughout the spa – a gorgeous blend of scents creating a tangibly calming effect that went beyond the actual massage – the entire ambience was relaxing.
Offering four of their renowned signature massages, the ‘menu’ for SensAsia’s ladies night caters with a well-rounded selection of treatments; with the choice of a stress-busting Thai Yoga Stretch massage, Bali Chic massage, a Pillow Talk massage (said to be ultra calming and includes hot cocoa) or a Knead-It massage.
Opting for the Bali Chic, we relaxed onto the heated massage table – a unique way of warming the muscles we hadn’t yet experienced – while our skilled therapist, Pin, started with a light peppermint foot rub. The Bali Chic offers a slight twist on the traditional Balinese massage; the 90-minute treatment literally flew by as we settled into a state of blissful tranquility with a much-needed Thai yoga-style stretch for tense muscles, followed by SensAsia’s renowned full body massage accompanied by oils that were heavenly on the skin – we were still feeling the moisturising effects days later! With minute attention to detail, even the background music was enjoyable – no stop and start CD changes – yet another aspect that helped to fully immerse us into the experience.
Feeling utterly rejuvenated, we were then led into the relaxation area (if relaxing any further would even be possible at this point) and snuggled onto the lounge beds with a heat pack round our shoulders, a blanket round our feet and a cup of fresh ginger tea, with a side of cucumber and carrot sticks to munch on. By the time we reluctantly set aside the blankets and headed back to the changing rooms, it was nearly 10pm – later than we had anticipated, it makes for quite a long evening if you’ve come straight from the office, but worth every moment.
The verdict: A perfect way to get over those Monday blues, the whole experience makes for a novel and relaxing evening; even at AED460 per treatment, with the second person going free it works out at a bargain price of AED230 for a 90-minute treatment. A perfect night out with the girls, the one downside is that the offer is only available at their Downtown venue, so you do need to book in advance to ensure a place at a convenient time – we’ve already booked in for next week!