Have you ever been to the One&Only at the Palm?
Did you know that there are rabbits running freely in their gardens? I know I share a lot about these rabbits and even wrote a piece. I also know the rabbits have absolutely nothing to do with this experience – but honestly, a 60-minute massage together with the husband, time spent in Guerlain Spa’s facilities, lunch at Zest followed by a swim at their pool – the absolute highlight for me was seeing these furry little creatures as I was leaving the premises.
They are just soooooo adorable.
Alright, alright. Let’s get back to the review 🙂
Where is One&Only? Isn’t there just that one by Drift Beach?
Not many people talk about One&Only at the Palm – there’s a reason for that. It’s what makes it so exclusive. For all the times we’ve been – the poolside has been nice and quiet, and with all the many standalone villas, even with them all occupied – there are no crowds of people around. It’s probably the best spot to go during these times.
It’s right at the far end of the West Crescent on the Palm, and you can either drive there, or take a boat from One&Only Royal Mirage’s Jetty Lounge.
What do you get with the Exclusive Summer Relaxation package?
A 60-minute imperial massage, a three-course light lunch at Zest or otherwise Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge, including an entire day at their Adults Only pool , the Grand Pool or beachside. It’s your very own One and Only Daycation.
How is Guerlain Spa like?
Guerlain Spa sits in a standalone building a few steps away from the main lobby. The gardens are perfectly manicured, with frangipani trees dotting the little courtyards within.
One&Only ensures that you and your partner will be the only people using the facilities during your time there. That’s the changing area, steam and sauna rooms and relaxation area.
What sets it apart as well is the natural lighting coming into the steam and sauna room. It really does feel that you are in your own private villa – a luxurious one that is.
From all the spas that I have been during our time in the UAE, it is also one of the very few resorts that allows couples to use the facilities at the same time.
Tell me about the treatment.
We were introduced to the Oriental Suite, which has its own living room area, bath tubs, couples massage rooms and outdoor shower and relaxation areas. It’s one of those places you keep a straight face while they show you around when you are in fact in awe at the beauty. Dubai never ceases to amaze you, does it?
The 60-minute massage is done in a couples room so you will be laying on your own massage bed, with your other half laying on his, next to you. Pressure and focus areas were good for me, not as much for my husband. Kindly note that he is typically fussy about most things in life.
When the treatment was over, the massage beds reclines upwards to sitting position – another first. They have definitely raised our standards now.
They offered tea but we were famished, so decided to make our way to Zest for our lunch.
Lunch is included?
For the Exclusive Summer Relaxation package, a light 3-course lunch is included at Zest or otherwise Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge. As I had already done the Afternoon Tea over Christmas, thought we’ll try something different. Zest it was.
There were two choices from each section so we asked for one of each so we could try everything on offer. Loved the cod, and highlight for me was the coconut sorbet. This, was served in a coconut shell, together with frozen pineapple and chia seeds. It was delicious, particularly to have something tropical and light, in the summer.
Take note that water, coffee, tea – is not included. It would have been nice to at least include water in the package, we both thought.
Did you say you get pool and beach access, as well?
To end the day, I spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around on the massive sunbeds by the pool.
Went for a swim.
It was bliss.
One&Only Resorts are at a level of their own – so the package is priced accordingly, at 995 AED per person.
Considering that a 60-minute Imperial Relaxing Massage is typically priced at 665 AED, the 330 AED add-on for a 3-course lunch at Zest plus pool and beach access for the entire day makes it a deal. Note that typically a 60-minute Couples Massage costs 1530 AED.
Look, I know it’s not cheap. But what you are paying for is exclusivity. The chance to use Guerlain’s Spa’s facilities all to yourself – or with your partner, the chance to have the Oriental Suite to yourselves, and to spend an entire day in one of the most luxurious resorts in Dubai.
So – do it for special occasion – a birthday treat, an anniversary, or maybe a chance to pamper yourself. It is definitely an escape from life in Dubai.
And while you are there, make sure you look for the furry little bunnies 🙂
- Guerlain Spa
- One&Only The Palm Dubai
- Experience : Exclusive Summer Relaxation – valid until September 2021 – 995 AED per person
- For use of pool and beach only – have a look on One&Only’s website for the day pass rates.
Disclaimer : I was a guest of One&Only to review the Exclusive Summer Relaxation experience.