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City Center was absolutely insane today. It hasn't been that busy in a long time! Braved the lines at Max to buy some items that I need for my students for costumes for our year end show. I have to admit that if I was buying something for myself I would have put it back and left. Stood in line for more than 30 minutes to pay!
Then went to Home Centre which was a little less insane, but after that I couldn't even bring myself to go to Carrefour for groceries...
Early afternoon on a Friday City Center is fine ... but the later it gets the busier it gets.
I can recommend a couple of spas for you:
My absolute favourite at the moment is Essence Spa. http://www.essence-spa.com
It is located on Al Waab on the same side as Villagio and Hyatt Plaza. Go through the lights just past Hyatt Plaza then take the first right on to the side street running parallel to Al Waab and it's just down a bit on the right. They have a good selection of different types of massages and treatments.
Another spa that I go to is Diva Lounge on Al Kinana Street (same street as the Toy's R' Us. They have a more limited selection of massages and treatments but they are quite good.
I would not recommend Skin & Soul though. Had a massage, pedicure and manicure there a few weeks ago and was absolutely disappointed. It was the worst massage of my life, the atmosphere was disappointing, and within 2 days my pedicure/manicure was chipping off. However, I do know people who have good experiences there -- I just won't be going back.