Wrap your face in 24-kt gold: Qua Spa at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
Gold was the first metal ever used by prehistoric man.
In fact, decorative gold objects found in some parts of the world hark back to 4,000 BC (which means man first started working with the metal back in the Stone Age). Since then, the precious material has been used in just about everything; from fake teeth to the Apollo lunar landing module, and now it is plastered all over my face.
As its name suggests, the Arabian Gold Treatment at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai involves quite a bit of gold, all of which is currently stuck to my head. For reasons that not even doctors can explain, gold acts an anti-inflammatory making it perfect for things like facials (where the skin is more sensitive).
It’s massage first (the facial comes later) and the treatment makes use of a special type of bed, filled with hot sand derived from Quartz crystals that supposedly protects against negativity (by attuning to your higher self). I am not sure how attuned I felt after the treatment, but the sand was warm and quite nice.
The bed moves, too. At one point my feet are in the air, while the table rumbles beneath me like one of those massage chairs you find at airports. It makes for an interesting experience, albeit one that had me constantly thinking about what was going to happen next (as opposed to slipping into peaceful massage-based serenity).
After the chair finishes rumbling (the massage takes a good hour) it’s on the main event. Before having my face sprayed with gold, it’s first exfoliated and massaged with a moisturizer. Then 24-carats of the stuff is gently applied via brush until my entire face gleams in the candlelight.
It’s a rather calm experience, and I don’t necessarily mind the slightly cold feel of gold being gently applied to my skin. Afterwards, your face is wiped clean and – supposedly – your skin is left looking radiant (although, I am pretty sure my face looked more radiant while covered in gold).
Arabian Gold Treatment (AED1,600) is available at Qua Spa, Caesars Place Bluewaters Dubai. For more information, head to caesars.com/dubai