How do you usually end a tiring day?

If it’s really a stressful one, I go out with friends, but then majority of the stressful nights I just stay at home and stuff my face with junk food while binge-watching episodes of Friends.

But this night was different.

CHI, the spa based on the 4th floor of Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai is currently offering a late night spa experience called DRIFT AWAY, a 60 or 90-minute head-to-toe massage that helps in relaxing the muscles and the mind. It uses a dreamy blend of essential oils to massage your whole body, face, and scalp. The spa’s origins are deeply rooted in Far Eastern treatments, where the hotel group originated from.

Most of the spas are closed by 9 or 10PM and are full on weekends, which is the main reason why some of us women can’t indulge on a massage every month since most of us get home at almost around 8PM. The Drift Away Relaxing Massage is available from 9PM-12MN, perfect for those who want inner peace before they, well, drift away. I suggest booking a room at Shangri-La as well, as after this massage you may just want to continue on catching up on ZZZs.

Health Club & Spa at Shangri-La Reception

Being a lover of anything massage or spa-related, add the fact that I needed a massage, I gave this one a try.

Everyone who avails of the Drift Away Relaxing Body Massage may enjoy full access to Chi the Spa’s Health Club and Spa facilities (we suggest you enjoy a few minutes of sauna or  before and/or after your spa session). I took a 15-minute dip before my session.

Chi The Spa Treatment Room

Before the massage started, they explained first what kind of oils they’re going to use (lavender oil for that extra calming effect) and what type of massage it’s going to be. I got way too excited as this is different from most of the massage treatments I’ve tried before. Of course, they all took me off to Dreamland, but this one is EXTRA.

Surprise surprise, I was half-asleep majority of the time (which is exactly its purpose!). When the masseuse woke me up I was more relaxed, like some of my stresses were lifted away. The next day, I felt more recharged and energized.

The Drift Away Relaxing Massage also comes with a complimentary ‘home’ sleeping kit (Tranquility Eye Pillow, Floral Mist, and Bath Salt) you may use for when you want that extended spa effect. I use my Sleeping Kit whenever I’m feeling stressed out (which is, by the way, all the time) and I’m actually surprised I still have a lot of the Floral Mist left.

Perfect for: Tired working ladies (aren’t we all are?), busy moms, and jet-lagged Dubai travelers

60 minute Drift Away Relaxing Body Massage + Gift – AED 480
90 minute Drift Away Relaxing Body Massage + Facial  + Gift– AED 680

For Reservations: 00971 (0)4 405 2441
Available from 9pm – midnight 


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