In Three Words: Luxurious, Relaxing & Serene.

Famous for having guests like Kim Kardashian and David Beckham, the iconic Atlantis hotel in Dubai is the major focal point on the glistening shoreline as you drive onto the Palm Island. The majestic hotel, which spent a reported $ 20million just on it’s opening ceremony in 2008, has become world-renowned as an aquatic wonderland for families and couples alike.

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After entering the striking lobby, with full view of Dale Chihuly’s first glass sculpture in the Middle East, I took directions towards the entrance of ShuiQi Spa. Set over two floors within the Royal Towers of Atlantis, the Spa provides a sublime range of treatments, bathing options, traditional and water therapies. Upon arrival at the spa, I immediately observed the opulent and luxurious decor and the mesmerising and calming music of this peaceful haven. The busy and bustling hotel lobby quickly felt far away in the distance.ATP_Spa_ Treatment Room

I began by immersing myself in some pre-treatment relaxation at the sauna and steam rooms. As I nestled in my comfortable robe and slippers in the relaxation room, I was collected and led by my masseuse through a series of earth-hue natural stone steps over streams of water. Each treatment room is surrounded with serene water and lily pad features and high imposing ceilings that create a calming and tranquil ambience. My treatment began with a rose petal foot bath and a short aroma breathing ritual. While the ShuiQui spa has a plethora of brands available for purchase, it is the 19th century world-renowned brand Shiseido that is their partner for the treatments. The 60-minute Swedish massage, the most well-known massage technique from the West, was a full body massage that aimed to boost my lymphatic circulation and improve energy flow. My therapist’s technique incorporated kneading movements using her elbows and arms to release muscle tension and smooth out any knots. The massage left me feeling revived, renewed and sleepy.

The one-hour treatment left me wishing for more as I returned to the relaxation room for warm ginger and lemon tea on my heated lounge chair.

The ShuiQi Spa is a must-visit spa in Dubai. And while you’re at the hotel, don’t forget to enjoy some of the other sites including The Lost Chambers, the Dolphins of Atlantis or the 17 restaurants and lounges including the world-renowned Nobu restaurant.

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BOE quizzed Dubai-based Sarah Bladen about the change from celebrity magazine Editor to launching On Cloud Zen and becoming Zen meditation teacher. She also writes columns for Telegraph on living in Dubai. Read on and find out about her favourite celeb interviews and the new zen life in Dubai.

What is it that made you go from the celebrity world to wellbeing?
Life is always changing and I think it’s important to evolve with it. I knew it was the right time for me to leave my job as editor of a celebrity magazine as I was ready to move on to the next thing. Also, I was adamant that I didn’t want to continue climbing up the publishing house ladder. After five years of weekly deadlines, I was keen to manage my own time. So setting up my blog, On Cloud Zen, was a way of me combining my passion for writing and wellness.

How different is your new wellbeing world to that of being an editor of a celebrity magazine?
When I was the Editor of OK! Middle East, I had a hectic schedule; attending media events almost every evening. It was fun at first, but after some time I got tired of hearing the same old conversations and I craved more substance and that’s what the wellbeing world provides. Today, I’m lucky enough to have a healthy balance – besides writing, I have time to see my family and friends and for yoga, horse riding and dance classes.

How is the wellbeing, yoga and Zen scene in Dubai?
There is a growing yogic community here. A few years ago, there were hardly any Zen events, now it’s a flourishing market. Since Dubai is fast-paced and materialistic, it’s also spiritually thirsty and so people are eager to try everything from Kundalini Meditation to Holotropic Breathing.

What do you miss most about being Editor of OK! Middle East?
Probably the press trips. I was lucky enough to travel to some amazing places – one of the most memorable trips was a safari in Kenya, staying at a boutique lodge, meeting local tribesmen and unexpectedly being chased by a wildebeest in the middle of the night!

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