Cinq Mondes Spa at Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai makes you feel like royalty

The architecture of this hotel doesn’t reveal the opulence indoors. Inspired by 18th century palaces in Europe, the palatial lobby features intricate gold details and a chandelier with over 40,000 Swarovski crystals – you will be impressed and at a loss for words!

Take a left and head to Cinq Mondes Spa, where you are transported to a world of  serenity. The Parisian spa features the most gorgeous entrance, with symmetrical corridors and soft lighting. At the reception, I’m treated to a cold towel, fresh fruit and water, while I pick my treatment – the Deep-Relaxing Balinese massage.

The sprawling space is one you can get lost at, with walls opening up to treatment rooms. After scrubbing my tired feet with a reviving scrub, I was taken to the heated bed to relax and calm my senses. Having walked more than my usual steps per day, in the last few weeks, my feet were swollen, aching and in desperate need of a massage. All products used combine state-of-the-art cosmetology and are free from parabens, silicone and mineral oils. My organic and natural Tropical Nuts Melting body balm had a subtle scent and was incredibly nourishing for my dehydrated skin.

The treatment began with the sound of a bell and two deep breaths followed by a gentle press and rotations of the arms and feet. The masseuse began with my upper back – as it was taut with tension – pushing out the knots with slow movements and acupuncture. The relaxing massage moved downwards, to focus on my legs, drain the water retention and soothe my feet. The masseuse pressed her elbows and arms slowly into my thighs and calves, moving along with long strokes to correct the issue from deep down under the surface. I snoozed a bit while the head massage took place, before it ended with another sound of the bell. I headed straight for the sauna and warm room facilities, while taking in every gorgeous aspect of the spa. I’ll be taking my swimmers along next time, to make use of the hotel’s indoor pool – the largest in the UAE.

Dhs550 for the 50-minute treatment. Contact +971 4 248 8800 to make a booking or visit the website