I hope that this last part of my full review about The Oberoi Dubai will convince you to try this hotel on your next visit...
From the minute I stepped in and was greeted by a beaming receptionist to when my therapist gently whispered in my ear that the treatment was completed, this spa experience topped off my wonderful stay at The Oberoi.
I had booked myself in for one of the Singature Indigenous Rituals, the Spirit of Ayurveda, a 2 1/2 hour indulgence that included three treatments (I substituted a couple from the ones that were in the menu for options that better suited my needs): Abhyanga, an Ayurvedic massage using a combination of soothing and symmetrical long strokes to regulate the circulatory and nervous systems, followed by a back massage, and ending with an Indian head massage.
I've had long treatments like this before and to be honest I tend to get bored at the 90 minute mark, but it had been a long time since I had really relaxed and thought this would do me good. I booked a late evening treatment (around 10pm)- the spa is open 24 hours but the Indian therapy treatments are usually till midnight. After I had filled in a form at the reception which was intended to identify my chakra, I was led to my treatment room which had an enjoined bathroom, and a bathtub in the room. I was first treated to a foot bath in water with flowers, and given a choice of oils for my treatment.
My masseuse was extremely considerate and courteous; once she started the treatment she was so unbelievably quiet- sometimes they can be noisy clanking oils and bottles and toaster doors, and so I was immediately struck by how quiet she was.
Her touch was firm and smooth, and when I asked her to lessen the pressure she got the exact level of pressure that I wanted. For the first time in a long time, I went into a deep relaxation state- somewhere on the border of relaxed and sleeping. I had been informed by the receptionist that hotel guests who had late treatments and fell asleep during the treatment were not disturbed if they slept, so I knew I had that option if I wanted it :)
What I had really been looking forward to was the Indian head massage- I hadn't had one before but had heard that this is very good as a scalp treatment. Very meticulously, she ran her fingers down my scalp between every centimeter or so until she had covered my full head. This only further deepened my relaxed state and by the time she just barely whispered that the treatment was over I was really wondering if I was going to be able to alert myself enough to get up!
She asked me if I wanted to spend some time to relax before I changed... to which I meekly nodded and she told me she would get me some tea and then wait outside for me whenever I was ready.
Mission accomplished, I had FINALLY managed to relax without getting bored.
I didn't stay too long afterwards as I wanted to get to my room and fall asleep, and I was bid farewell with the same friendliness and cheeriness that I was greeted with when I arrived.
This was a great way to end my stay at The Oberoi... outstanding service, perfect quiet atmosphere and excellent facilities.
Highly highly recommended, especially if you're in Dubai for business.