Splash out with these once-in-a-lifetime spa packages
Pedicures: Espa deeply nourishing pedicure at ESPA Spa This OTT pedicure kicks off witha eucalyptus and peppermint footbath, followed by an apricot kernel scrub and firm pressurepoint foot massage. It ends with a hydrating marine mud mask and standard cuticle work and nail polish application. Dhs215 for 90 minutes. InterContinental, Dubai Festival City (04 701 1257)
Manicures: Spa Cordon The ‘perfect apothecary’ manicure at this relaxing day spa is performed using all-natural products (except for the nail polish), and is more a complete ritual than simple pampering for your hands. Shoulder and upper back massages are included, as are fizzy bath bombs for your hands and the choice of several different scrubs. Dhs130. Ladies only. Sky Gardens, DIFC (04 421 3424).
Eyelash extensions: I Glow Beauty Lounge If you’re going all-out for a special occasion, you can do little better than placing yourself in the capable hands of Iina at this beauty spot. Get a full set of fluttery extensions using Lash Perfect, which last up to three weeks and draw attention to beautiful eyes. Dhs550. Ladies only. Lake Terrace Building, Cluster D, JLT (04 420 9667).
Full-body treatments: Pearl seaweed wrap at Ahasees Spa & Club This luxurious full-body experience begins with a pearl exfoliation to scrub away dead skin, before an algae mask is applied and you’re wrapped up to soak while enjoying a head massage. After a shower, round off with a massage, during which a pearl balm is applied. Dhs450 for 60 minutes. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2333).
Slimming treatments: Talise Spa The ‘get skinny’ treatment may involve gritting your teeth at times, but we think that it is worth it for the short-term smoothness it offers up. Body brushing and scrubbing is followed by a special massage – and there’s the option to add on a youthful silhouette bust upgrade. Dhs550 for 60 minutes, upgrade Dhs250 for 30 minutes. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).
Four-hand massages: Ahasees Spa & Club Two therapists massage in tandem: one focuses on kneading out the knots in problem areas, while the other concentrates on the rest of your body. Dhs700 (60 minutes). Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2333).
Mum-to-be treatments: Mum-to-be pamper package/mum-to-be treatments at The Nail Spa An indulgent 3.5 hour treatment, the mum- to-be package includes Brazilian waxing, a heaven by Deborah Mithcell bee- sting facial, French manicure and pedicure, as well as a back and neck stress-buster massage. Lie back and think of babies. Dhs884. Ladies only. Ibn Battuta Mall. (04 323 2268).
Express facials: Mini facial at Zen The Spa This express deep-cleansing facial steers clear of extraction and includes cleansing and an exfoliating scrub, followed by a gentle facial massage and mask. Dhs200 for 30 minutes. Al Ghurair Rayhaan Rotana. (04 293 3000)
Anti-ageing facial: Red carpet facial at Biolite Aesthetics Clinic This adventurous treatment uses radiofrequency therapy and oxygen to gently zap the skin and improve elasticity, giving you a taut, more youthful appearance. It may be pricey, but we can vouch that the difference is noticeable for days after. Dhs2,500. Villa 57, Al Thanya Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 346 6641).
Hair cut for women: Rami Jabali Salon Located in JBR, the hairdressing shop is run by Syrian namesake Rami Jabali, a man who can turn his hand to any style, and right the most- wronged locks. From Dhs280 for cut and blow-dry. Murjan 3, JBR (04 363 0369).
Hair colour for women: Semi-permanent colour at Salon Ink This light and airy Aussie-run salon has floor-to-ceiling windows and their colourists are some of the best in the city. They specialise in blonde and red hues, and have a refreshments menu for you to enjoy too. From Dhs450. Ladies only. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 (04 385 4402).
Hair cut for men: Profile Hair Salon at Harvey Nichols Professional salon with excellent service, chic décor and top notch head massages. We recommend Edwin for excellent, on-trend cuts. Dhs110. Harvey Nichols Dubai (04 409 8989).
Body wraps: Aromatic moor mud wrap at Softouch Spa Black magma, moor mud rich in vitamins and minerals and pine oil awaken the senses while relieving muscles. Open 24 hours daily too. Dhs455 (60 minutes), Dhs595 (90 minutes). Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, (04 409 5909).
Hammam treatment: 24-carat gold hammam experience at Talise Spa Lavish two-hour treatment starts with a session in the steam room, before you’re slathered in eucalyptus and almond oil. A hammam mitt is then used to stimulate skin before a body massage using 24-carat gold oil. Dhs1,150 for 120 minutes. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).
Aromatherapy massage: Aromatherapy massage at The Spa, The Address, Dubai Marina With oils of your choice, it’s the careful attention offered by the masseuse, who consistently checks you’re getting the ultimate experience that sets this treatment apart. Dhs450 for 50 minutes. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7424).
Body scrubs: The Lavender and seaweed sugar glow scrub at De La Mer Day Spa A vigorous but not uncomfortable scrub, that exfoliates, moisturises and stimulates the skin using a mixture of lavender seeds, sugar cane and seaweed. Dhs300 for 60 minutes. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2. (04 328 2775).
Classic massage (Balineses Full Body or similar): Balinese massage at Mandara Spa It’d be hard to find a better massage outside of Bali. But this incredibly relaxing traditional massage combines stretching, long massage strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb- pressure techniques to relieve tension and improve the circulation. Dhs495 for 95 minutes. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
Express massages: Back, neck and shoulder massage at De La Mer Day Spa Performed on a massage table in a dimly-lit room, the therapists use long strokes to work away tension and they’re experts at applying just enough pressure to do the job. We’d recommend this after a long day in the office – you’ll walk out feeling like a new person. Dhs220 for 45 minutes. Ladies only. De La Mer Day Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 328 2775).