With so many clinics and spas vying for our attention, knowing which health tests and treatments are worth your dirhams can be dizzying. This month, we look at treatments designed to make life easier for busy women…

THE TREATMENT

Women On The Run at Pastels Salon

WHO’S IT FOR?

Anyone whose diary is too packed to fit in a standard mani/pedi, waxing, facial or hair treatment

THE EXPERIENCE

About as Dubai as treatment offerings get, Pastels Salon’s Women On The Run offering is a range of packages and services designed to take up far less of your precious time than a standard spa appointment would.

Relaxing it is not, but if you’ve ever felt like you’d benefit from a full Kardashian-style glam squad at your beck and call, here is your chance.

I felt more than a little ridiculous when I turned up to Pastels’ Mercato branch to discover not one, not two, but six women were going to working on me at the same time – but blimey, as time saving strategies go, it’s certainly an effective one.

Having opted for the First Gear package, one therapist per foot and one therapist per hand began cleaning and shaping my nails as I relaxed in the hair washing chair for a thorough shampoo, condition and head massage. We then moved en masse to the styling station, where the four nail artists positioned themselves around me to complete my manicure and pedicure, as two stylists worked on my blow dry. And while I’ve had many a blow dry here in Dubai that has turned out to be  more voluminous than required, this one was perfect – sleek, straight, bouncy, but not too bouncy. The style lasted three days, while my nails remained perfect for over a week – no mean feat given how busy my surroundings were. A mani, pedi and a wash and blow dry in just 30 minutes? Not impossible, it seems, if you throw enough smiley and efficient staff at the issue.

THE VERDICT

While I did have to overcome a modicum of Britishness – all this for me? – there’s no question that this is a stellar service for a city where so many of us are constantly on the run. And this is only entry level. The Women On The Run treatment menu runs the full gamut of services, meaning whatever you need, you can get it done in quick smart time. The Fast Lane Package, Dhs605, features an express facial, mani and pedi in 45 minutes, while the Body Work package, Dhs305, is a complete waxing service that will leave your arms, legs, underarms and bikini line fuzz free in just 30 minutes. Opt for the Pit Stop Perfection package and you’ll have a gel mani pedi in just 30 minutes, while the High Impact combo, priced at Dhs690 and boasting a root colour, blow dry and mani/pedi, could see as many as seven therapists working on you to get you in and out of the salon in just 75 minutes. Still not enough? Try Top Gear Perfection, Dhs765, and seven therapists will work on a root colour, blow dry, mani/pedi and back, neck and shoulder massage, leaving you primped, preened and ready for a party in just 75 minutes.

THE COST

The First Gear package, featuring a blow dry, manicure and pedicure, costs from Dhs370.

Pastels Salon, Mercato Mall, Beach Road, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm, Fri 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3447883. Taxi: Mercato Mall. pastels-salon.com

Also at Jumeirah and The Ritz-Carlton JBR.

Two more to try…

01 CromoAroma Intensive Facial at home service

In dire need of a facial, but no time to make it to the clinic? Let the therapists from Dubai’s Marzia Clinic come to you. Whether you’re snowed under with work or stuck at home with the kids much of the time, the friendly team will bring a spa bed and full range of products
to your house for a wholly relaxing experience.

The treatment

Based around the idea that skin needs to be treated from the inside out, this fully-customised facial uses a combination of colour and bio-aroma oils. The 100 per cent natural range of products is formulated to treat all manner of concerns, with five treatment courses – hydrating, soothing, purifying, anti-ageing and balancing – on offer.

Does it work?

Yes. The colour aspect of the treatment takes a little getting used to – my blue soothing peel-off mask meant I spent ten minutes looking like Papa Smurf – but the products all feel, and smell, wonderfully fresh and afterwards my skin is smoother, more even toned, hydrated and noticeably plumped.

The cost

From Dhs499 to Dhs749, depending on treatment and location

Blush N Curls Ladies Salon & Spa, Al Qusais, daily 10am to 9.30pm, at home service available on weekdays only. Tel: (04) 2652292. facebook.com/marziaclinicuae

02 The 24-hour Retreat

Looking to overhaul your health, but not got the time (or budget) to book into a Swiss retreat and go off-grid? Dubai’s newest wellness resort, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery, has created a 24-hour retreat designed to help get residents on the straight and narrow with just one night away from home.

The package

Designed to help busy city dwellers relax, reconnect with themselves and adopt some healthier practices, the 24-hour retreat will see clients put through their paces with yoga and fitness training sessions, a mind detox and naturopathic consultations. All food is prepared by the on-site wellness chef, while a stay in one of the stunning beachfront feng shui designed rooms is included too.

Does it work?

While it would be impossible to undergo a dramatic transformation to your health in just 24 hours, sometimes what we all need is a simple reminder of how much better we feel when we take good care of ourselves. Here, you’ll find all the motivation you need to get back on track, and in a beautiful setting too…

The cost

Dhs999++ per night until May 1

The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 5247777. Taxi: The Retreat theretreatpalmdubai.com