Burj named as Hotel Spa of the Year

At the fifth DEPA Middle East Hotel Awards, held at Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel in May, the Burj Al Arab’s Assawan Spa & Health Club fought off stiff competition from other spas around the region to be named Hotel Spa Facility of the Year.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  June 3, 2006

At the fifth DEPA Middle East Hotel Awards, held at Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel in May, the Burj Al Arab’s Assawan Spa & Health Club fought off stiff competition from other spas around the region to be named Hotel Spa Facility of the Year. “We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to have won this award. It has been such an exciting time for Assawan Spa and winning this award has just confirmed the success we are experiencing. We work very closely as a team and this recognition means a great deal to everyone involved,” said Tina Phillips, spa manager, Assawan Spa, Burj Al Arab. Competition for the much sought-after title was stiff, according to Mohannad Sweid, DEPA’s chief executive officer. “DEPA has been working with the region’s top hotels for the past 30 years, so although we are not involved in the judging we knew that the judges would have a very tough job,” Sweid said. “It must be stressed that each and every entry exemplified excellence.” Phillips, the Burj Al Arab’s spa manager, believes Assawan received the prize because of the spa’s exceptionally high standards of luxury and personal service. “I have a very dedicated and highly qualified team that produces results. This is how we stay different — everything we use within the spa is specifically chosen for its uniqueness,” she said. Situated on the eighteenth floor of the iconic hotel, Assawan Spa offers an extensive list of Arabic-influenced treatments, such as the two-hour Rose Rejuvenation, which uses Moroccan rose and olive grains to cleanse and polish the skin. The client is then enveloped in rich aromatic oils, cooling gels and creams made from nourishing Damask Rose while they enjoy a stimulating back and deep scalp massage, followed by a rejuvenating facial, and a toning pressure point face massage. “The personalised service and assistance guests receive, from the moment they arrive at the spa and throughout their time with us, sets Assawan Spa apart from other facilities in Dubai,” said Phillips. “Also, we are continually looking for ways to make the client’s experience with us more relaxing and enjoyable. We pride ourselves on the high quality of all our treatments and facilities, and on the level of training we provide for our team. This ensures that we stay ahead of the market,” she added. In addition to the spa itself, the Assawan Health Club offers a fully equipped fitness studio and gymnasiums designed to international standards. The club has a team of qualified fitness professionals who provide instruction in a diverse range of fitness programmes, from aerobics and yoga classes to personalised workouts, with programmes tailored to suit the individual needs of clients. For further relaxation, the Diwania Library offers a selection of Arabic and European books, as well as a custom-made snooker table. The Burj Al Arab intends to invest further in the Assawan Spa & Health Club over the next two years, in order to improve on what is already a very successful part of the hotel operation. “Our aim is to be able to offer an even wider range of both services and facilities, which will start later in the year,” said Phillips.

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