Sit back, relax and take a break with Time Out’s guide to 10 of the best spa hotels and resorts in Dubai.
Time Out Dubai staff
Al Maha: Total relaxation comes at a price. As one of the most expensive hotels in Dubai the Al Maha resort is reserved for a select few, but those that can make the cut are safe in the knowledge of money well spent. The resort is a world class sanctuary set in 225 square kilometres of pristine desert landscape. Private plunge pools, couples therapy and the knowledge that there is not a traffic jam anywhere near by will relax you before your treatments begin. Call 04 303 4222 for more information.
Al Qasr: More stately and ostentatious than its sister Mina A’Salam, Al Qasr was designed to reflect the royal summer residence while providing the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Madinat resort. What makes Al Qasr stand out is its 2km of private beach and its proximity to the Talise Spa, one of the most sensational spas in the Gulf. Ride to the Talise spa by abra, buggy or meander through tree-lined pathways before experiencing a relaxing treatment. Call 04 366 8888 for more information.
Burj Al Arab: If a spa escape is on your mind and Dubai is your destination of choice there are few better places to book into for the perfect combination of the two. The Assawan Spa on the 18th floor treats guests to a traditionally Arabian experience in perfect peace and quiet. Seven star styling is evident throughout and there is a decent chance that your neighbouring relaxee is a celebrity or Euro-royal. Call 04 301 7777 for more information.
The Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa: This is the kind of hotel in which you can imagine donning your bathrobe and wandering to the spa unhindered. This is a rarity in Dubai where most hotels have a fairly regular flow of none-guests striding through them. The in-house Elixar Spa offers a good range of treatments for men, women, and couples. With direct beach access immediately after a massage or rub it is well set up for lazy afternoon dozes. Call 04 399 5000 for more information.
Intercontinental Festival City: One of the most sophisticated hotels on the airport side of the creek the Intercontinental is home to one of the lesser known spa gems of Dubai. Although the spa is relatively small for a hotel of this size it is secluded and well designed. At the forefront of a growing number of city spas around Dubai it has the facilities to become a favourite for anybody on a short break. Proximity to Michelin quality food, golf courses and the airport suggest that this hotel could soon become one of Dubai’s most popular. Call 04 701 1111 for more information.
The One & Only Royal Mirage: In a display of ostentatious bravado strangely unfitting in this hotel the Royal Mirage has not one, but two separate spas. The Givenchy Spa lives up to the grandeur of the rest of the hotel, with tastefully decorated treatment rooms. Meanwhile a the modern laid back chic of the hotel is underlined by the Oriental Hammam. Call 04 399 9999 for more information.
The Palace: Le Spa at The Palace is a pretty good place to try if you’re looking for a hotel with spas in mind. The location is not at its most relaxing as the Burj Dubai climbs up nearby but the hotel manages to keep a certain air of serenity despite this problem. Plus, once you’re within the spa itself the outside melts away leaving you refreshed and relaxed. Call 04 428 7888 for more information.
Park Hyatt:The Moroccan-style spa at Dubai’s beautiful Park Hyatt offers some of the best treatments in town including a popular couples hot stone massage. Guests can enjoy their own pool and a wide range of facials and massages before returning to the hotel for lunch of lounging in the spa area for the ultimate in relaxation. Definitely a good place to check into for spa fans as the creek views give an unusual twist on the usual beachfront or cityscape. Call 04 602 1234 for more information.
Ritz Carlton Staying at the Ritz Carlton, like flying in a private jet and having your own butler, is as clear an indication you are going to get that you have made it. Despite a proximity to the high-rise Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah it is a complete cocoon of calm. Inventive treatments and a dedication to providing quality finishes mean that the experience is one that is up there with the very best spa breaks the Middle East has to offer. Call 04 399 4000 for more information.
The Westin This luxury Mina Seyahi hotel is becoming a honeymoon favourite with couples from all over the world. This is thanks in large part to its Heavenly Spa. With more than 10 treatment rooms it is not only one of the region’s biggest it follows an uncompromising commitment to the latest design principles. Call 04 399 4141 for more information.