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Wellness Family Affair at Zen the spa

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Before we headed to our month-long vacation to the Philippines at the end of July, Ferald and I went to take the kids at Zen the spa for a swim, yes for a swim and I kid you not.

Zen the spa located at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana in Deira is currently offering the Wellness Family Affair package for the whole family.


For the price of AED 500 (AED 600 during weekends), your family gets a 60 minute aromatherapy massage OR a 60 minute facial for Mom, a 60 minute aromatherapy massage for Dad and swimming pool access for 2 kids

Zen the spa Reception with water feature at the entrance
minimalist Zen the spa waiting area
The last couple of weeks before our much awaited vacation was busy and rather stressful as we try to finalize all our work before leaving. The kids on the other hand were both bored at home and so the whole family actually needed this quick break that Zen the spa offers.


Our treatment started at 7 pm. After ensuring the kids are comfortable at the lounge area while they wait for our treatment to finish, with the spa staff looking after them, we were immediately led to the the changing room. There's a separate entrance for ladies and gents. Ferald went on his way and I on mine. I changed to my over-sized robe, put on my slippers, remove all my accessories and headed to the couple room reserved for us where we meet again. Lights were dimmed and a soft relaxing music played at the background to set the mood.




Ferald and I both had the signature aroma therapy massage using de-tress oil with almond oil as base, mixed with lavender oil. He has a male therapist and I had Ni-Made. My massage therapist asked if I have a part in my body that I want her to focus on. I asked her to untie the knots in my back and my shoulders that are both bothersome. She made sure that I am comfortable before starting with my de-stress 60-minute aroma therapy massage. She applied soft medium pressure, just the right amount of pressure I can handle. Not too soft nor too hard. I felt so relaxed I almost fell asleep but I stayed awake to enjoy every minute of it. I felt like a renewed person altogether. An hour of massage for me is enough but this time it seems my body is yearning for more. I would definitely want to come back for another treatment, maybe a body scrub and a facial next time.

After the massage, Ferald said he is so ready to take on any adventure I am going ask him when we get to Manila. :D So was I.

He went to change and went out to see the kids while I was led by Ni-Made to the relaxation room to have some tea. I finished my tea quickly to join my family who were already at the entrance of Bodylines ready to go to the swimming pool. The kids were excited.


The pool is open until 11 pm and we have plenty of time for kids to enjoy swimming. There is an adult pool and a separate kids pool both with many lounge seats. I didn't swim because I still have my period so Ferald went to the water with my kids to assist Prince who still needs to perfect his swimming skills. They have a lifeguard but I am more comfortable if his dad will swim with him.




It was past 8 pm and we haven't had dinner. We checked out their poolside menu and ordered. Few minutes later our dinner is ready. We had burger sliders with fries on the side for Prince and burger for Ferald. It was delicious, the burger patty was juicy and flavorful. I ordered panini and Mica had some nachos. We also ordered a Margarita pizza to share. I adore how they set up this pool side dining for us.





It was such a wonderful experience I tell you.

"Mommy this is the best day ever!" That's what nailed it because whenever the kids say that, it means they truly enjoy the experience. Ferald and I couldn't agree more, it was indeed the best day this summer everrrrrrrrr!

Thanks to Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana and Zen the spa for this amazing experience.

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Soothe Away Aches and Pains at The Orchid Palace Wellness Spa

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Thailand's The Orchid Palace Wellness Spa opened its doors in Dubai at Yassat Gloria Hotel Apartments last month. Located on the 8th floor of the hotel, Orchid Palace Wellness Spa boasts 17 treatment rooms for male and female with 4 rooms specialized for couples, a Hammam, and steam and sauna facilities. The spa also features a reception relaxation area decked with earthly tones representing authentic Thai aesthetics.


My friend and I received a complimentary 60-minute signature "Orchids Aroma Bliss" massage voucher during the opening night. We booked it the following week on a Thursday evening after a very tiring work week.

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The White Room

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I've recently discovered one of the best salons in Dubai Marina area, The White Room Beauty and Spa Lounge. It's now on top of my list when I want some highly efficient, affordable and luxurious pampering.





My appointment was at 7 pm on a Thursday but due to work load, I needed to call them to adjust it at a later time which they accommodated even with a very tight and busy schedule.


When I arrive, the staff greeted me with a smile and offered some refreshments. The lady who assisted me showed me a large collection of nail polish to choose from.



I picked Esse leading lady and it suites my hands perfectly.


We entered a stunning white room, it was immaculate. I don't have a photo of it though, it felt awkward to take photos with other ladies having their hands and feet done and with just a towel wrap around the waist

The pedicure started with a warm foot soak, scrub and foot and leg massage, it felt heavenly. The same for the hands follow suit while the masseuse gave me the most relaxing 30 minutes head, neck and shoulder massage with oil. It was so relaxing I never wanted it to end.


These three amazing ladies handled me with care. We were done in an hour and a half I guess, I felt so relaxed I didn't notice the time.


Manicure and Pedicure for 30 minutes cost 75 dirhams base (there are other service combinations to chose from depending on your budget) while the 30 minutes head, neck and shoulder massage is 55 dirhams.

The White Room has many nails services, nail enhancements, hands and feet treatment, massage treatments, hair styling, wax treatment, eye care, facial and make up. It is a one stop shop beauty haven for ladies, mommies, residents, tourists and business travelers alike.

The White Room Spa
Marina Plaza, Shop 1, Ground floor
Marina Plaza, Dubai, UAE
Connected to Dubai Marina Mall
Tel: +971-4-4421110
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ZEN the SPA: Look Good Feel Good

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I was at the Zen the Spa's Look Good Feel Good event at Al Ghurair Rayhaan Arjaan by Rotana earlier this month for the launch of their new facial treatment and for a tour of the spa facilities. 
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Spa Cordon at Sky Gardens

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My colleague and I had the privilege to try one of the newest city spa in Dubai located at the concourse level of the Sky Gardens in DIFC. Spa Cordon which opened last November 2012 is the brainchild of Lea Cordon Rouf, a Filipina who has a global experience in operating spas.

We are welcome with a sparkling date drink as we arrived in the spa. The reception was small but neat and has a warm feel. Since I would like to document our experience so I ask the receptionist if I can take some pictures but I was told that it was strictly not allowed.

Since we are having a massage, we were ask to chose the essential oils we would like them to use for the treatment. I chose almond oil which is good for dry skin mixed with peppermint oil and my friend had grape-seed oil for oily skin mixed also with peppermint oil. After choosing the oils, we were ushered to the changing room, we put on our swimwear because we are going to use the wet facilities. Once we're on our swimwear we slide on to our robes and slippers and are directed to the connecting room - the spa wet area has a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi and we were fully assisted by one of the spa attendant. When we are done using the wet area, we are ready to receive our massage treatment. We chose to have the treatment in the same room, we feel more comfortable that way than having a separate room for each of us. We first change to some disposable undergarment before we lie down on our beds. Lei - the therapist and her colleague are both very nice and kind, they even check with us if the lighting and music is fine before the treatment.

She let me inhale three times on the the essential oils first before applying it on my back and started massaging. It felt so good, divine actually. I needed this after all the stress I've had in the recent months. She knew I am stressed, my nodules are big and my back is very hard. Regular massage according to her will help to relieve stress.

The last stop was in a relaxation room where we are served with tea of our choice. I had ginger and lemongrass tea which smells like our very own salabat in my home country and my friend had some cinnamon and bay leaf tea with honey.

I manage to get a a screen shot of Spa Cordon from its website.





If you are busy and there is no time to escape the city, this day spa is a good option to relax, retreat, rejuvenate and revitalize.

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