Javanese Massage and SPA Training -Behind tall turquoise doors at the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel awaits a haven of wellness and relaxation — the marvelous Talise Ottoman Spa. The award-winning spa is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. It has, among others, 42 treatment rooms, eight hydrotherapy rooms and two large pools for thalassotherapy. But the marvelous centerpiece of Talise is the Turkish hamman, entirely built from marble and adorned with colorful mosaics and murals.
For centuries, the hamman — a public steam bath — has been a place for social gatherings and ritual cleansing, built around the philosophy of community. Staying faithful to this tradition, Talise’s hamman features several seating areas with plush sofas, inviting visitors to lounge, relax or have a little chat with other guests if desired.
Talise is renowned for its lavish decor and high-class treatments — the spa uses products with only the finest ingredients: salt crystals from Kashmir, Argan oil from Morocco and white tea from Paris.
Leafing through the spa menu can take up quite some time, as it provides a variety of ways for both men and women to be pampered: from Balinese and Thai massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, to facials, desert sand body scrubs and endermolgy treatments — it seems that there is nothing that Talise doesn’t provide.
But the signature treatment at Talise and one of the most popular is the Royal Ottoman, and it is indeed everything its name promises.
Visitors will be guided to the changing rooms, where they will get a locker and can change into a comfortable robe. They are then left to roam the premises for a while before the treatment commences — and there is much to explore, like the whirlpools, the outdoor garden reminiscent of tropical surroundings, and the sauna. There is even a snow room with chilled air and walls to cool down the body temperature. If you dare, rub cold ice on your body to animate the blood circulation.
Before the treatment starts, it is recommended to go into the steam room for a few minutes to begin the relaxation and let the body’s pores open up. Afterward, walk over to the spectacular hamman, simply to relax or to take a dip in the jacuzzi while waiting for the massage therapist.
The hamman radiates a sense of tranquility. Guests are advised to leave their cellphones in their lockers, or at least put it on silent mode. By shutting out the outside world with all its commodities, one does indeed feel as if one has been transported back to the Ottoman Empire.
The treatment then begins in the wet sauna area, lying on heated marble stone beds. The therapist commences with a traditional mitt body polish that includes vigorous scrubbing, followed by a unique foam massage with hand-made olive soap that helps to hydrate the skin. Throughout the whole process, the therapist splashes jars of warm water over your body. At the end of the one-hour treatment, the therapist will wash and shampoo your hair (if you are in a hurry and don’t want your hair to get wet, wear a shower cap).
Afterward, one can spend as much as time as needed lounging in the hamman, sipping tea or juice and snacking on Middle Eastern treats like dates.
The combination of rituals and the art of rejuvenation have been perfected at Talise to create a royal spa experience. The impeccable, yet discreet service only adds to the overall feeling of well-being; thanks to the fact that Talise is so large, it never feels crowded.
It is not easy to leave the spa after a few hours. But at least, when you finally do, you will do so completely refreshed.