Man-pering (that’s man pampering, bibliophiles) is big business now that boys have caught on that spa days are a perfect source of me time, whether that’s me-n or wo-me-n.
Natural Elements Spa & Fitness Centre at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel + Conference Centre in Garhoud is offering Treat Him spa packages over the summer, so frazzled fellas can grab some chill time.
The therapists are men and the tailored-to-guys treatments are at a discounted rate until the end of August 2018.
Our therapist tells us the Swedish Massage is a popular massage with men visiting the spa. A vigorous application of pressure to undo knots and relieve tension adjusts to suit the person’s needs. Express body massages and reflexology with a head massage are also available.
Usually performed over 90-minutes, we have a 60-minute tester where massage oil warms up the skin. The therapist skims over our back, before settling on the shoulders to knead out the aches familiar to any desk worker. Our legs need similar administration to undo the effects of a weekly five-a-side football game. Further relief of tension comes under water jet sprays, with a hydrotherapy treatment. Only the occasional noise from the gym above breaks the aura of self-improvement and relaxation.
While you’re there, pick up a day pass for the recently renovated Optimal Fitness Centre. The temperature-controlled outdoor lane pool is perfect for laps. In the large gym, group classes of bootcamps, dance, and yoga take place every day except Fridays. The cardio, weight rooms and mixed martial arts studio offer other ways to stay in shape, or grab a healthy snack from the gym’s café and admire the pool’s blue waters.
Summer offer: AED 299 for Swedish massage and hydrotherapy (usually AED 425 + AED 275). Day pass for gym AED 160. Classes AED 105. Spa open 8am-10pm, fitness centre 5am-12am. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Al Garhoud. 047 022 550.