Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai unveils its new Soul Wellness & Spa, a holistic concept that balances mind, body and soul.
The space, formerly operated by Shine Spa, takes its cues from time-honoured Eastern wellness traditions, according to spa consultant Nikolina Jungic, who oversees the facility.
Jungic said: “Soul Wellness & Spa’s person-centred approach involves initiating conversations with the customers to gain a better understanding of their specific situations so that treatments can be tailored accordingly."
“When clients arrive, we sit with them and discuss how they hope to benefit from the appointment, whether this is by focusing on a specific body area or simply ‘switching off’. We hope that all who visit will leave us feeling relaxed, refreshed and inspired.”
The venue’s decor is meant to soothe, with earthy elements mingling with the scent of Arabian sandalwood in the air. Offering holistic wellness with local relevance, and draped in flowing white curtains, the venue provides a feeling of peace. To boost the therapeutic effect, each treatment is followed by an optional complimentary 10-minute guided meditation experience designed to increase relaxation. This takes place in the spa’s relaxation area, which offers views of Dubai.
“Healthy food and drinks prepared by Sheraton chefs are being served at the venue, with refreshments included in some treatment packages,” Jungic added.
“We also have a selection of self-development and mindfulness books for clients to browse and read in their own time. By investing in your mind, you will leave our spa not only rejuvenated but also inspired.”
Therapies include customised treatments utilising natural ingredients alongside fine skincare brands. The spa also offers a treatment room for couples, as well as packages for couples' experiences.
Soul Wellness & Spa also offers yoga, which until February 15, will be priced at AED 80 (US$22) per hour. Styles include the classic hatha discipline as well as the faster-paced vinyasa, which emphasises flowing movement between postures to build muscle tone and strength. On 31 January, a full-moon yoga class will be held by the swimming pool; twice-weekly sunrise sessions are also planned.
One of the spa’s quirkier offerings is its monthly mandala-colouring workshops . Mandalas are centuries-old circular patterns used as tools of contemplation. In line with the current vogue for grown-up colouring books, the venue will provide paper printed with these intricate designs and provide art materials with which to shade them in.
Jungic added: “Soul Wellness & Spa’s services are intended to reduce stress, promote wellbeing and help people focus on the ‘here and now’.
“Our entire team is passionate and loving what they do, we hope to inspire people by not only focusing on their face and body but their mind and soul.”