Behind The Scenes : Beauty Rituals From The Expert

Behind The Scenes : Beauty Rituals From The Expert

14 June, 2018 By Atlantis Blog

At the heart of Atlantis, you will find an oasis of tranquility, known as ShuiQi Spa & Fitness. The ideal escape helps you relax, unwind and rejuvenate during your stay. To make those results last, we have some insights from our very own beauty expert and Spa Manager, Adriana Barlafa Kruhonja.


Every lady loves a little “pampering”, can you share with our readers why you got involved in spa services? Spa services has always been my biggest passion. At the age of 14, I experienced a beauty treatment and decided that I wanted to be a beauty therapist. Towards my last year in High School, I decided to continue my education in the beauty industry and was working at a well-known salon in Zagreb, Croatia at the time. I have been in the industry ever since. I have had the privilege of working on different cruise lines, including The Royal Caribbean. I have also worked in numerous spas in Croatia and am now the Manager at ShuiQi Spa.

What is the most important about spa service to you? Apart from customer service which is important of course, I value the personalisation of each treatment according to the client’s specific needs. If I know exactly what our guests at the spa want to achieve, I am able to deliver a “wow-experience”, not only in service, but also is desired results. This is true for both cosmetic and wellness treatments that our guests like to indulge in and this is a value ShuiQi strives to uphold. Even though spa services are still primarily seen as massages, it is a growing industry with more advanced treatments and better results. It’s therefore very important that our guests are well understood.

Summer in Dubai is hot! Are there any special offers and services at ShuiQi Spa & Fitness to help beat the heat? Absolutely! Firstly, due to heat, the body gets tired and people have less energy. Checking into a spa is the perfect treat to beat this summer heat and we are spoiling our hotel guests with a small gift of AED 150 credit voucher for treatments. Additionally, a hydrating and nourishing facial, such as our Shiseido Hydro Perfecting Facial and our ESPA Optimal Skin Pro-Facial are perfect to leave your face with a refreshed glow. ShuiQi Spa & Fitness also offers an Aromatherapy Associates Intense Nourishment body treatment  for dry and devitalised skin. This treatment will definitely leave your whole body feeling intensely nourished.

Lastly, can you share with us your favourite summer products and any beauty tips for our readers? I like protecting my skin during the summer. My personal favourite is the Shiseido’s WetForce collection because they have a nice blemish balm cream with a high SPF to keep my face protected from the sun. Their ultimate Sun Protection Lotions are also great! For the more active days, I like using Coola’s range of sun protection. They have beautiful sun protectors for the lips, with tints, to make it look like you’re wearing make-up, but it still protects your lips from the sun.

Skincare is an important ritual that we often forget. One of my favourite products to use is the Overnight Hydration Therapy by ESPA. It really helps reduce fatigue that we often experience due to the heat. Even when my face is slightly sunburned, the Overnight Hydration Therapy helps relieve that tight feeling of burnt skin.

I recommend for everyone to use Dr Burgener’s Intense Lift Collagen Cream. It gives a refreshed look whilst firming the skin and increasing elasticity. These twin products work extremely well together. The Dr Burgener Ultimate Regenerate Facial is also fantastic. This regimen takes into account your skin’s needs as it cleanses, purifies and boots your complexion.

Lastly, hair is also key to keep hydrated in the summer. I really enjoy using the Aura Botanica range from Kèrastase, the products contain natural ingredient such as Moroccan Argan Oil and Mexican Aloe Vera. These are extremely beneficial to tired and damaged hair. These products in addition to the Hair Conditioning  Treatment at ShuQi are the must-haves for healthy hair, during summer.

Make sure you stop by ShuiQi Spa to get the best of personal advice on the skincare products and treatments that are right for you this summer.