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Jazz Lounge Spa puts the fun back in funky men’s grooming destinations
Eduan R. Maggo
Let’s be honest, a spa is ultimately a spa, with very little setting them apart. But thankfully, the boom in centres focused on male pampering has led to rather creative approaches to the grooming process. While some go for hypermasculinity to allay the silly fear that to be pampered is somehow unmanly, others embrace how being cared for can make us feel good, and that it needn’t threaten our inherent manliness.
The Jazz Lounge Spa takes the latter approach, and it infuses the experience with a sense of fun. There’s none of that clinical sparseness that’s become de rigeur here. Instead, it serves vibrant colours and funky tunes, and nobody’s going to bat an eyelid should you break out your air guitar. At least I think not.
On a gloomy Saturday morning the space is warm and inviting. There are drum light fixtures, guitar and cymbal accents on walls, trumpets hanging from the ceilings, bass-shaped mirrors and pictures of some of the biggest names in rock and jazz. And the piano key tiles to the treatment rooms are like Dorothy’s yellow brick road that leads to the wonderful world of Oz.
The three locations in Dubai and Al Ain offer the gamut of grooming services, from hair, nail and skincare to massages and bath treatments designed around the slogan “The new rhythm of style”. The Hammam Malaki or royal Moroccan bath is the flagship treatment — 90 minutes of head-to-toe cleansing; round after round of scrubbing, exfoliating, wrapping and facial masking that leaves you rejuvenated and relaxed.
Sure, there might be no place like home, but you would be forgiven for taking a page out of the jazz rulebook and improvising your visit to stay a little longer. You’re not in Kansas any more anyway.
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