The signature Lomi Lomi massage is used by Hawaiian healers as a holistic tool

The service: Escape for 2

The verdict: This Polynesian-themed hotel is a sight for sore eyes. The architecture with slanted roofs and wooden cabin-style buildings, ambient lighting, and expansive pathways with swimming pools and flowers dotted around, make it a serene sanctuary just over 20 minutes away from the new Dubai area.

Ola Spa, nestled in a standalone building, offers a refreshing aroma the minute you enter. Men and women are taken either sides of the spa for the changing room facilities, where you will also find a sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and tropical rain showers. Hawaiian, Tahitian and Samoan treatments are offered, bringing on a novel addition to the city’s spa scene.

Since my partner and I were in desperate need of a massage after months of strenuous activity, we opted for the Escape for two treatment at Ola, comprising the signature Lomi Lomi massage – used by Hawaiian healers as a holistic tool – at a Couple’s Suite.lapita ola spaIt begins with an exfoliating foot rub and rinse with coconut milk to warm the feet, while we chose our oils. I picked lavender, to calm the senses, while my partner chose a moisturising coconut oil. Gentle, deep movements are applied to muscles to ease tension and remove knots. The therapist’s arms twist from the wrist to the elbow in long strokes, mimicking rolling waves on the shore, while truly massaging the body and stimulating circulation.

Halfway through I heard subtle snoring – courtesy of my partner – who was unquestionably enjoying every bit of the calming treatment. To put you in a complete state of lull, soothing tunes are played in the background. A look in the mirror after the treatment and I could feel my skin plumped and glowing with energy restored.

And so, we headed to the relaxation lounges for tea and dried fruit, and the sauna and cool mist shower soon after, to open pores and rid toxins. I must add, my therapist was quite friendly, offering tips on how to beat stress at home with Epsom salt baths, a hot towel on the neck and shoulder area, and weekly sauna visit

Need to know: The 60-minute treatment is available for Dhs915 per couple. Contact +971 4 810 9660