Top health club venues in Downtown Dubai for fitness and well-being
Time Out Dubai staff
Flywheel Sports Check this place out for a bit of indoor cycling with a difference. They’ve got branches all over the United States including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington DC, dubbing themselves “the workout that changes you”. It costs Dhs120 for one ride and class timings vary so see website for a full schedule. They also do Flybarre which combines the disciplines of yoga, dance, circuit training, Pilates and strength building, so you’ll be one step closer to achieving a six-pack. Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, www.dubai.flywheelsports.com or call 04 423 2544.
The Spa at The Fairmont The place has two outdoor terrace pools; a sunrise pool and Jacuzzi, plus a sunset pool with children’s pool area. The health club features Technogym EXCITE 700E range of machines and free weights, including an elliptical trainer, stair climbers, stationary bikes and treadmills. There are also personal trainers, body shaping aerobics classes, and a steam room and sauna in separate male and female areas. Health Club Membership is available on a one-month, three-month, six-month or annual basis. Membership fees Dhs6,999 (single), Dhs10,999 (couples), Dhs99 (one-day pass, Sun-Thu), Dhs219 (one-day pass, Fri-Sat). Open daily 6am-11pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8800).
The Palace Downtown Dubai Open 24 hours with Technogym equipment, membership fees here are Dhs7,850 (single), Dhs12,650 (couples), Dhs250 (one-day pass). There’s a swimming pool onsite, fitness classes available, plus personal training available, Offers extensive spa and relaxation facilities Open 24 hours. Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Shangri-La Hotel Has Technogym equipment. Membership fees Dhs7,350 (single), Dhs12,600 (couples), Dhs180 (one-day pass, Sun-Thu), Dhs220 (one-day-pass, Fri-Sat). Open daily 6am-midnight. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.shangri-la.com (04 343 8888).
Fitness First Fitness First Al Manzil is a Platinum club with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa. Group fitness classes are available as well as personal training and extensive spa and relaxation facilities. The company prides itself on providing training advice and the club has a large mixed gym area that is fully equipped with the latest in cardio, freestyle & strength training equipment. Fitness First Swim Academy lessons take place in the outdoor leisure pool. There’s a squash court, GX studio, free weights room, plus an indoor and outdoor freestyle training area. Open Sun-Thu 6am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Al Manzil, www.fitnessfirstme.com (04 4370576).
Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club You can keep fit and relax with state-of-the-art facilities that include a fully equipped gymnasium, cardiovascular and weight training areas. There are also fitness classes, a steam room, sauna, massage rooms and Jacuzzi. Don’t worry about what to do with the little ones when you want to workout either because there’s a babysitting service on request and a children’s menu. Take advantage of the temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool when the weather heats up and there are even tennis courts to enjoy if that’s your thing. Membership fees Dhs4,500 (single), Dhs7,200 (couples, Gold), Dhs90 (one-day pass, Sun-Thu), Dhs150 (one-day pass, Fri-Sat). Open daily 6am-midnight. Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111).
Dreamworks Dreamworks Spa is part of the UAE’s largest group providing various wellness and beauty services. Their sister companies include Kaya Skin Clinics, Zen Yoga Centers, Alpha Lounge and Joie de Vivre. Balinese, warm stone, four hand and other types of massages are available as well as mini facials and jet lag recovery treatments. Find it inside The Dubai Mall. Telephone 04 434 1687 to book. www.dreamworks.ae
Vida Downtown Situated in the Old Town District of Downtown Dubai, this gym is filled with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment, and is open to guests 24 hours a day, so guests can work out first thing in the morning, between meetings or even late at night. To ensure you’re easily connected with the local area they offer free scheduled transfers between the hotel and The Dubai Mall. Telephone 04 428 6888 for more information.
Ritz Carlton The Ritz-Carlton Spa, DIFC, offers a sanctuary of pure indulgence for body, mind and spirit, offering holistic and customised treatments, two suites with a private whirlpool bath, 11 single treatment rooms, and male and female steam rooms. The gym containing LifeFitness equipment is open 24 hours plus you can have access to a personal trainer, or get a full-body workout by swimming in the indoor or rooftop outdoor pools. The spa is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily and treatment times are 10 am-10 pm. For reservations or more information, contact The Ritz-Carlton Spa, DIFC at 04 372 2222.
Sofitel Sofitel Dubai Downtown will provide some serious r&r in So Spa. The hotel offers beauty treatments, massages, and reflexology, plus sauna, Jacuzzi and hammam facilities. There’s a great infinity outdoor swimming pool on the fifth-floor terrace for those who aren’t so interested in working out in the So Fit gym on the second floor. Sofitel Downtown only opened last October so expect the sleekest and freshest facilities here. Telephone: 04 503 6666 for more information.