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Eduan R. Maggo
Coffee is often praised for its seemingly magical abilities. Poets and writers extol its virtues, and many of us can’t face the day before we’ve had our first sip. Though few of us would shell out the thousands its most exotic variants command, the beverage does hold a certain fascination.
The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai recently unveiled its new Soul Wellness & Spa concept with a curious treatment incorporating the drink. Called the Arabian Dream Ritual, Arabica coffee lies at its core.
In a dimly lit comfortable room my therapist starts with a ubiquitous foot wash, but that’s where the normal order ends in a way. The soothing smell of coffee wafts through the air as his expert hands work a blend of fine Arabica, ginger and lime in the scrub that follows. Surprisingly, what’s usually a pick-me-up in the morning in that moment adds to the serenity of the space and enhances my relaxation. Exfoliation done, the water in the shower resembles a fine brew, before I return to the table for the next step, for this is a ritual in every sense. The faint remnants of the coffee mix with the scent of the warm essential oils in a massage aimed at improving the skin’s strength and suppleness. The result: total bliss.
Launched earlier this year, the Soul Wellness & Spa takes a holistic approach to balance mind, body and soul. With the Arabian Dream Ritual it achieves exactly that.
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