Last week I had my first Dubai spa experience and let me tell you, it was amazing. And thanks to my beautiful new Dubai buddy and her entertainer app, we got two 90 minute massages for the price of one; what better way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
We headed to the Angsana Spa at The Address Montgomerie in Emirates Hills. The super sleek door that slides open reveals a tranquil Asian inspired spa area and a wave of calm instantly washed over me upon stepping over the threshold.
A super refreshing ice cold berry water was waiting for us and we had 5 mins to soak up the soft lighting and warm and cosy decor. And then the relaxation began. We stepped inside a cosy little couples room and two fantastic massage therapists with their fragrant oils set to work soothing our muscles and massaging out our stress.
90 minutes of stretching and massaging later, neither of us were snoring but both of us were almost speechless, in a stress free state of relaxation. And we ended our time with a little more relaxation in the silent area (we were not very silent though) with ginger tea, dried fruits and water. The whole experience was amazing and the therapists at Angsana Spa were excellent. I would totally recommend the spa for its quality of service and ambience and would have no hesitation in revisiting (sooner rather than later preferably).
And the cost, well everyone says Dubai is expensive but even without the buy one get one free voucher I don't know anywhere in London you could get the same quality and length of massage for just £80!
I was standing in Zabeel Park at 5am on Friday morning, in the pitch black, feeling slightly lost and a little confused. Well it was my first market with Ripe and I was still a little nervous about the day that was soon to unfold in front of my eyes. I was even more confused by the speed at which the amazing Ripe boys put up hundreds of tents, still in darkness, across Zabeel Park. Those boys are simply amazing.
As the sun rose and light fell across the park, the place came alive with hundreds of vendors hustling through the gates ready and raring to get going. Everyone has been waiting all summer for the first Ripe Food & Craft Market and it was finally here. Three months of hard work for me was about to come to fruition and it was pretty amazing to watch it all come together. If you need a little backstory, check this out and read some of my words on the wonderful Little Majlis Blog.
Back to Friday though; the sun, as usual was beating down but the beautiful palms in Zabeel Park brought some much needed shade. And the soft breeze that washed over the park sporadically was welcomed by most, except me as it meant the demise of my beloved giant #ripemarke hashtag but I won't dwell on that since it is still somewhat of a sensitive issue for me.
Considering I was awake at 4am and in the park tile 3pm, the day flashed before my eyes. The amount of visitors that braved the heat was incredible and a true testament to the amazing journey Ripe has been on since the beautiful Becky, Ripe Founder, started out. The atmosphere was electric and it is hard to believe that your in the midst of Dubai; the Ripe Market is a combination of a foodie festival and an arts and craft market. I may be biased (all the thousands of visitors we get every week aren't) but it is probably the best way to spend your Friday morning in Dubai!
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