[Images: Courtesy Burj Al Arab/Talise Spa]

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Perched 150 meters above sea level, Talise Spa at the renowned Burj Al Arab Jumeirah boasts panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and The World Islands. The opulent, gold-plated surroundings are bathed in natural light, creating a magical atmosphere that is both vibrant and soothing. With an extensive menu of indulgent services, the 11,500-square-foot space is spread over two levels and features a coed area, 16 treatment rooms and the exclusive Assawan Amphitheatre lounge, along with separate men’s and women’s facilities that include infinity pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools. Rounding out the wellness offerings are a squash court and fitness center with aerobic studios and advanced cardiovascular and resistance training equipment.

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In addition to their already extensive credentials, the spa’s eight massage therapists and estheticians participate in daily sessions with an on-site trainer, as well as work closely with brand partners, who offer education twice a year to ensure the highest quality and consistency in all services offered. “I have a hands-on approach to management, and you’ll find me involved in all daily operations,” says Catarina Gonçalves, director of spa, health club and retail. “This allows me to build a trusting relationship with the staff, and to understand their challenges so I can find solutions.” With a clientele comprised of celebrities, politicians and others staying at the luxury hotel, the spa also attracts its share of locals. “Our guests don’t just come for a treatment, they come for an experience,” notes Gonçalves. “Our half-day packages are the most popular, as
this allows visitors to lounge by the indoor infinity pool and sip ginger tea after their services.”

 

Signature Services

All spa clients receive a welcome foot ritual, which includes a salt and sand scrub, followed by a consultation to better understand their preferences for a more customized experience. The Burj Al Arab Signature Massage (90 min./$300) blends traditional Shiatsu, Thai, Swedish and Balinese techniques using uniquely crafted organic oils. “The hands are the eyes for the therapists, as they can feel what the body needs and create a magnificent result for the guest,” says Gonçalves. The popular La Prairie Ultimate Rejuvenating Facial (80 min./$375) is a head-to-toe wellness service involving two therapists who provide a hydrating, antiaging skin treatment along with a hand and foot ritual. Finally, the spa recommends that clients head to the Assawan Amphitheatre lounge after any service for extra relaxation, thanks to its breathtaking view of the Burj Al Arab Atrium.

—Mary Zavaglia

This story first appeared in the November issue of DAYSPA Magazine. To receive the magazine, subscribe here.

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