The deal Purchase yourself any treatment at Madinat Jumeirah’s Talise Spa and you will get full-day access to the facilities including an outdoor pool where you can soak up the sunshine, swim a few laps, help yourself to complimentary chilled water and order bites to eat from the healthy menu. Inside, ladies will find hot and cold plunge pools, a steam room, sauna, and a further relaxation area.
The facilities The outdoor pool and relaxation areas are communal, so you can enjoy a day with a loved one. The thermal facilities inside are for ladies only. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6818).
For city slickers: Armani/Spa
The treatment Ladies First package
The deal The spa is offering a special Ladies First package this month to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday March 8 and Mother’s Day Saturday March 21. Take your pick from any 80-minute treatment and enjoy unrestricted access to the thermal bathing facilities, tranquil lounge and pool for the entire day.
The facilities The package above is exclusively for women, but the spa welcomes gents too, with separate relaxation areas and thermal facilities. The pool is for everyone, so you can chill out together on a sun lounger and sip drinks as you gaze up at the Burj Khalifa. Armani/Spa, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).
For couples: Spa InterContinental Dubai Festival City
The treatment The Romantic Elements Couples Retreat
The cost Dhs1,595
The deal Enjoy two hours of bliss with a loved one in the couple’s spa suite. The treatment starts with a revitalising body scrub before an aromatherapy-infused Jacuzzi bath. A relaxing full-body massage follows, before time spent together in your own private tea lounge with refreshments served by the hotel’s restaurants. The rest of the spa day can be spent lounging around the pool or working out in the gym (if you’ve got the energy).
The facilities The treatment above can be enjoyed together, as can the outdoor pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, and fitness centre. There are separate male and female relaxation areas and changing rooms, which have their own steam baths and saunas. Spa InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1111).
For hammam-lovers: Talise Ottoman Spa
The treatment? Royal Ottoman
Book a treatment at Talise Ottoman Spa and you will get all-day access to the facilities, including the indoor saltwater pool, adventure showers, relaxation room, steam room and sauna. We recommend trying this indulgent hammam treatment, which includes body polish, foam massage, hair shampoo and condition, scalp massage, and facial cleanse, exfoliation and masque.
The facilities The ladies’ and gentlemen’s spa and hammam are separate. There is also a couple’s spa with a private hammam, majlis, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and relaxation lounge – this needs to be booked in advance. Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).
• Give 24 hours notice for cancellations. • Leave your phone in the locker or turn it to silent. • Wear swimming attire in saunas, steam rooms, pools and Jacuzzis. • Disposable underwear is usually provided. Don this and wear your robe until you are in your treatment room. • Tip your therapist if you are happy with the service. The usual rate is 15 to 20 percent.