Sore From Golf? Try A Fitness Massage

May 21, 2014

The spa

Although you’d never guess it from the seemingly endless road works on Dubai Marina’s Al Sufouh Road, just behind the adjacent walls of the One&Only Royal Mirage is one of city’s most tranquil areas. That the hotel was built to look like a traditional Arabian fort – with perfectly manicured lawns – goes someway to explaining why the secluded spa feels more akin to a small community country club than a five-star health resort. The understated entranceway, quaint reception area and the handful of treatment rooms create a homely atmosphere, albeit with a comprehensive treatment menu. The spa also holds the honour of having Dubai’s oldest hammam, and despite the city’s desire to constantly build bigger and better options – is still one of Dubai’s best. royalmirage1

The Treatment

Despite the insistence that we try the signature hammam treatments, we opted for the 50-minute male orientated Fitness Massage. Developed to help alleviate areas of deep-seated tension – which following the past weekend’s round on the golf course was definitely needed – the masseuse concentrates on stretching the main muscle groups and limbs using hot stones to dig into the pressure spots. The fact that the treatment takes less than an hour is an added bonus allowing us to be able to make it back to the office for a 2pm meeting. After a quick discussion on particular areas that we would like to focus on, our therapist Sudheesh starts the initial strong warm up massage, before turning to the hot stones. Now, a word to the wise, if you are not comfortable with a strong pressure then you should probably opt for a different massage. Sudheesh works the knots out with his forearms and elbows before the heated stones are pressed between the shoulder blades in order to release the deep muscular tension. Despite being as tough as any gym session, it is all worth it. The tension and knots are gone and we make it back to the office with a spring in our step. Details: One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. Men’s fitness massage, AED475 for 50 minutes. Visit