Akaru Spa, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Location, Location, location springs to mind when talking about Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.
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In the heart of old Dubai overlooking the Dubai Creek, the hotel is situated in the Garhoud area, and is minutes away from the airport and within walking distance of some of Dubai’s most important social landmarks.
Adjacent to the hotel is the city’s famous Aviation Club, a sports and leisure complex home to the Dubai Tennis championships as well as the Irish and Century Villages.
While the latter have been around for a long time, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel only opened its doors in July 2012 and has a boutique hotel vibe. Designed by Magus Design, Dubai, it’s all very contemporary with exposed concrete walls, high glass ceilings, culturally inspired carpet designs, a glass bottom swimming pool and a notable collection of over 480 especially commissioned art pieces.
As such it’s one of the most interesting new hotels on the Dubai scene. Facilities highlight both the business and leisure traveller – there are 25 meeting rooms, a dedicated press room, a screening room and Meeting academy as well as a state of the art gym and spa. Across the road from the hotel is the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club while Al Badia Golf Club is also not far from the hotel – worth mentioning if your other half is in to this, while you relax at the spa.
In keeping with the modern design of the hotel, Akaru Spa is bright, airy and minimal. Akaru Spa has been part of the Dubai beauty landscape for a long time but it has been revamped and incorporated into the new design of the hotel. Guinot facials are its specialty and I booked in for the Guinot Hydradermie facial. The spa also offers an extensive range of ‘his and her’ treatments including massages, body wraps and CACI non-surgical face lift treatments.
Having come down with a bug during my stay in Dubai, I was fairly pale, dehydrated and my skin was lacklustre when I arrived, so the Hydradermie facial was recommended as it cleanses, oxygenates and regenerates the skin. Regular Hydradermie treatments I was told “offer immediate and lasting results: they improve hydration in dry skin, reduce sebum levels in oily skin, and reduce wrinkles.”
I’ve had Guinot facials in the past, but had forgotten their thoroughness, as well as their carefully articulated routine. The facial uses the Hydraderm machine (unique to Guinot), manual massage and bespoke plant-based extracts to restore the skin`s natural glow.
After analyzing my skin, my therapist customised the products used in the facial to treat my dehydrated/combination skin. (Other products are used for normal/dry, sensitive, oily, mature or hyper-pigmentated skin). Once the skin is cleansed and gently exfoliated, the beauty therapist applies the carefully selected gels and uses a mild galvanic current to help the active ingredients penetrate deep into the skin to remove impurities and toxins. High frequency action is then used to oxygenate and boost cells before a massage and a customised mask. A touch of moisturiser for the eye contour, face and neck concludes the treatment.
Lasting 75 minutes the treatment had immediate results. I left looking a lot better than I had entered (not necessarily a regular result of facials which can often bring impurities to the surface or leave you with over worked skin). Finishing touches at the Akaru Spa were the healthy combination of a fruit slider and herbal tea. What I also enjoyed was that I could combine this treatment with a quick blow dry at the Top Style salon downstairs and a mani-ped at The Nail Spa – all within a few minutes of each other. In short the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is a one-stop pampering destination.
Need to know:
• The spa features 14 treatment rooms and two outdoor cabanas and offers over 30 signature treatments designed to promote a sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation also offering non-surgical facelifts and procedures.
• The spa also features a solarium and oxygen chamber for the ultimate breath of fresh air.