After a Christmas holiday in New York with my family and a decadent all-night New Year’s celebration in Dubai, come the 2 January I was in need of revival. Even after years of going back-and-forth across the Atlantic, the jet-lag always gets me – especially when I come back east. The Ritz Carlton Spa in the Dubai International Financial Center has devised a new spa menu for the new year with a range of treatments specially suited to frequent travelers like me. I chose the Jet-Lag Recovery, an experience meant to re-time one’s body clock and quickly revive their senses so that they can once again power through daily life.
The spa at the Ritz Carlton DIFC features a sophisticated ambiance right in the heart of Dubai. My therapist took me down several corridors before I reached the changing room. On the way I was able to marvel at the contemporary décor influenced by French Art Deco. Colored with a subtle off-white and porcelain color palette, the venue gives off an elegant and comforting ambiance.
After being led to my treatment room, the therapist asked me which kind of Jet-Lag Recovery I wanted: Relax or Revive. The type of treatment was complemented by specific body products in order to enhance the effects. I struggled for a second with that one. Relax, as she explained, is best to do early evening so that one can go right to sleep afterwards and wake up in a revived state. Revive, on the other hand, was better for those who had just gotten off the plane and had a full day of meetings to attend to. While I hadn’t just gotten off the plane, I did have several meetings ahead of me and would rather try and stay awake until a decent hour in order to get back on the right time.
The treatment began with a dry body brush that enlivened the skin and removed dead skin cells. While it was not necessarily a soothing sentiment, the after effects revealed silky smooth skin. After the body brush, I was treated to an aromatherapy massage meant to help me re-energize and restore my body to the right time.
I came out of the treatment relaxed and re-balanced with the groggy feeling of the first few days of jet-lag completely gone.
A calming and revitalizing treatment, the Jet Lag Recovery is ideal for anyone, who like me, is constantly on a plane and finds themselves fighting to get back on track.
The Ritz Carlton DIFC is located in Downtown Dubai. Tel: +971 43722777.