Scintillia Skincare Spa has opened a new branch on Reem Island, which is where we are today. There’s a slightly clinical feel to the salon with bright whites and lights. Thankfully it’s offset by a row of soft velvet armchairs, pink orchids and intricately detailed mirrors.
We sign up for the 60-minute massage and the 75-minute age-corrective facial using Organic Eminence skincare products from Hungary.
First up is the full-body massage and we’re treated with some of the silkiest products we’ve ever felt on our skin. (We sneak a quick feel of legs, which are now fully moisturised and we feel like we’re already on track to rejuvenation.) Deep, confident massage strokes revive our tired muscles and smooth out all tightness, especially in our shoulders and neck.
Body swiftly sorted, our facial using ten (ten!) products from the same range, which we’re told will improve the overall vibrancy and elasticity of the skin.
Three separate masks are then applied: the first for exfoliation, the second for healing of the skin, and the third a collagen-boosting and deep-hydrating mask.
Collagen-boosting firming fluid and eye serum are applied for the final stage.
We feel completely relaxed and reinvigorated, all our stresses and knots eradicated, which is exactly what we need after a hectic festive period. Our face feels clean, clear and brighter and, while we wouldn’t say we look ten years younger, we certainly look fresher faced.
Scintilla Skincare treatments are perfect for those who have strong beliefs in natural and organic skincare products.
What we really like about this spa is that there’s an extensive organic product range and the therapists, as you’d expect, are very knowledgeable about every cream lotion and serum they’re using. We were taken through each step, ensuring we fully understood what was happening at every stage of the treatment. A full range of nail and hairdressing services are also available, which makes the spa an even handier choice if you’re time-poor ahead of a big Friday night out. A slight downside is that the bathrooms are off site and quite a walk away, not ideal if you are caught short during a treatment.
It’s worth noting that Scintillia’s new branch is located right at the end of Al Reem Island and a bit tricky to find first time – so give yourself an extra 20 minutes before your appointment, just to be sure.
Overall, we’re impressed. Not many spas can boast so much expertise so soon after opening.
Organic Eminence age-corrective facial Dhs450, 60-minute massage Dhs200. Scintillia Skincare, Amaya Tower, Al Reem Island (050 697 6111).
The bottom line Skip the massage if you’re not flush – the facial is a must.