With everything going on this city, it’s sometimes difficult to stay on top of what’s open and what’s on offer. In this instance, a bit belatedly, I decided to contact the St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, for a tour of not only the Iridium Spa, but also to enjoy afternoon tea at the (appropriately named) Equestrian Lounge.
With bestie along for the ride, we were met and walked through the expansive property to the spa (located towards the back of the hotel and not over water, as was my last visit to an Iridium Spa 😉 ). Along the way, I appreciated the Arabic embellishments, along with the open air almost Argentinian feel of parts of the interior (a nod to the lush polo fields outside, I would imagine). With a similar warm greeting from the lobby (barring an awkward experience for both of us with the valet attendant), our welcome to the spa was just as lovely and included a welcome drink and fresh, scented towel. After a quick tour of the facilities (in a FAR better layout than the St. Regis Habtoor City), I only wished I had arrived a bit earlier to enjoy all that was on offer. Seated in the relaxation area, we sipped on infused water and awaited our treatments.
Stephanie, my therapist, greeted me and escorted me to my treatment room (where equestrian touches follow through). She first started with a soothing foot bath, and then we discussed my bespoke treatment. Highly educated in aromatherapy (and also very talented in general), I did a smell test to pick which oil would be the best for me (clarity and relaxation). Working out the stress of the past four months
or however long it’s been since I’ve had a massage took awhile, but my muscles were quite relaxed by the end. I would definitely seek out Stephanie’s services on a return visit.
For the afternoon tea, we walked back through the hotel to the Equestrian Lounge, a beautifully appointed space near the main lobby. As one would expect at a venue like the St. Regis, the area is complete with lush, generous seating, mirrored table tops, intricate lattice work, floor to ceiling windows and unique equestrian touches throughout. While I think a bit more training could be used with the staff (the word ‘overeager’ comes to mind), the food and tea service are absolute knock outs. For those who like sweets — you’ll be well looked after (tiny cheesecakes, brownies, scones, macarons, and much more). For those who like things a bit savory, there were at least four kinds of small sandwiches. For those who like tea, the selection is immense (and yes, coffee is allowed to0). And for those who want to be a bit cheeky, a glass of champagne is certainly available…
There are many spas in the UAE, and while nothing is being reinvented at the Iridium Spa, getting out of town still makes for a lovely afternoon. While I think the biggest recommendation is for Dubai residents who live close by, the Equestrian Lounge would be a great location for a bridal or baby shower, or simply a perfect venue to catch up with your best friend who you haven’t seen in over a month.
A to Za’atar was a guest of the St. Regis. Opinions are my own, just ask my husband.