Located on JBR’s The Walk, the JA Ocean View Hotel is home to the very aptly named, Calm Spa. As the gym is the first visible area, the spa has the distinctly sterile feel of a sports centre but the welcoming staff and warm smiles more than make up for the simplicity of the surroundings. The spa and salon offer a wide range of services from hair and nails to massages and facials.

After a quick change of clothes, I was led in to one of six dedicated treatment rooms; and to my surprise the atmosphere was worlds away from the buzz of the centre outside. Calming mood lighting, a fluffy treatment bed and soothing scented candles, all set to the rhythmic waves of relaxing melodies made for the perfect spa setting.

My treatment of choice was set to be the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Facial. It’s a 60 minute resurfacing treatment that uses three targeted enzymes to exfoliate the skin, removing the thickened epidermis.

My therapist began by exfoliating my skin with the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. While this product set to work, I was treated to a wonderfully relaxing hand and arm massage. Throughout the treatment, three different serums were used at different times along with the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Lotion which contains two other natural enzymes to help breakdown dead skin cells.

The first serum is applied underneath a quick-setting peel-off mask. It provides the skin with a deep cleanse and gentle exfoliation, and helps restore moisture levels. The second serum is then before a soothing cream mask. While both masks worked their magic, even more relaxation was in order with a soothing neck, shoulder and scalp massage. The third and final serum is left on to reduce the likelihood of any inflammation. To finish the treatment, the therapist slathered on a moisturiser and a slick of Liquid Layer with SPF protection.

If you’re looking for results-driven treatments, skilled staff and high quality products rather than overt luxury, this spa is just the ticket.

Details: Calm Spa and Salon, JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, Tel: (+971) 4 814 5599

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