Plush places for relaxing treatments while staying in Dubai
1 The Spa at The Address Marina This massive yet serene spa is perfect for restoring harmony and balance. In their 12 treatment rooms they have pampering signature treatments for the face and body using natural aromatherapy essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates and Therme products for sensitive skin. The steam room and sauna, as well as en-suite shower facilities are also on offer. Really feel like you’ve chilled out by using the relaxation area and leave looking glam thanks to the hair salon. The Spa The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 436 7424).
2 Anantara Featuring Thai and Arabian beauty and wellness traditions, as well as ancient therapeutic treatments from across Asia and beyond, pop in here to use the soothing steam and bathing facilities as a prelude to body treatments. On offer is the private Hammam suite, replenishing scrubs and radiant facials using Elemis products. Consisting of 17 treatments room - which include a holistic cocoon room, Ayurveda room and even couple’s suites – check out the salt inhalation room too and don’t miss out on the to-die-for ginger tea. Anantara Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8888).
3 Armani Delights such as sequential thermal bathing and creative spa cuisine are on the menu here. With separate relaxation areas and thermal facilities enabling you to feel like you’re really treating yourself. 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. The Spa and Thermarium is open 9am-9pm and the pool is open 6am-8pm. Armani/Spa, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).
4 Atlantis The Palm What a welcome. The spa’s reception features impossibly high ceilings and an impressive, cascading water feature. With world-class spa facilities, the venue definitely has that ‘wow’ factor. Get a range of luxurious beauty treatments, and make sure to experience inner-strength oil by the Aromatherapy Associates’ founder Geraldine Howard, as well as ESPA treatments. ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1020).
5 Bab Al Shams The Satori Spa offers treatments for the “sole purpose of relaxation and rejuvenation”. The resort is around 30 minutes’ drive from central Dubai and little ones will be well looked after at the hotel’s kids’ club while you relax in one of the many infinity pools or hit the health club. Pamper yourself in the rather over-the-top spa which features Arabic hospitality at its best. Here there are indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, two couples’ treatment rooms and individual treatment rooms respectively, a sauna, a fragranced steam room, outdoor yoga area, tent message area as well as the option of having a rub-down on a sunbed at the pool. After a day in the sun, select one of the signature skin care programs or a rejuvenating massage, all of which are designed to balance, relax, revitalize, re-energize, detoxify, hydrate, de-stress or invigorate. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6100).
6 Burj al Arab Head to here for a treatment such as the Abhyanga massage, and get a day pass at the two-storey Talise Spa while you’re at it to try out the beach, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna facilities. A ‘wellness tea’ is served in Assawan Lounge in the lobby, which will be great to assist your tranquil mood after the treatment. You’ll be relaxing 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf, and bathing in natural light, in between treatments on offer such as facials, organic body wraps, or a Chakra balancing hot stone massage. Get pampered with experiences from La Prairie, Sundari and THÉMAÉ, in the space with separate men's and women's amenities. To ensure uninterrupted views of the World Islands, Talise Spa even has fog-proof glass. Enjoy it from 9.15am to 9pm. Talise Spa, Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7365).
7 Conrad Everything about this spa, from the Star Trek deck-like reception to the neon blue water feature, oozes cool. Once inside, you might find the contemporary facilities themselves are surprisingly small, but on the plus side it gives the spa a more exclusive feel. The staff are experienced and know their stuff. Plus you’ll appreciate the thoughtful presentation of the welcome drink and towel on silver dishes in a wooden tray. Enjoy the stylish, ergonomically sloped beds in the relaxation room before you head out. Conrad Spa, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).
8 Dusit Thani Even in the architect’s imagination playground that is Dubai, the Dusit Thani stands out as a striking skyscraper. The Thai styling is designed to represent two hands in prayer or greeting and this is a theme consistent throughout the hotel. Laze in the 36th floor open-air pool or enjoy the Jacuzzi, before heading to the mini spa to beautify yourself for a night out on the town. Dusit Thani, 133, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 3333).
9 The Spa at The Fairmont Mobiles are banned here and so are under-18s. So prepare for a super relaxing time inside the 40,000 square foot space. and offers two distinct experiences; all offering luxury spa amenities in Dubai. Different male and female sections of the Romanesque facility feature an opulent Jacuzzi area with Turkish Hammam-inspired steam rooms. Then there’s a sauna, invigorating ice shower, two relaxing footbaths and a total of seven private treatment and relaxation rooms. To increase the movement of toxins in your body, step into the whirlpool. This will clear your breathing, start the cleansing process and warm your muscles, then enjoy a refreshing cold drink in the relaxation lounge. Open daily 6am-11pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8800).
10 Four Seasons Jumeirah The Pearl Spa at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is a 7,600-square-foot haven with 10 spacious treatment rooms, deluxe aqua thermal experiences, gorgeous gardens and an indoor swimming pool topped by a glass canopy. Inspired by the fusion of desert and sea, traditional healing rituals are combined with the newest technologies such as mineral cosmetology and essential oil massages. For hairstyling and grooming services there’s The Salon. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (04 270 7777).
11 JA Ocean View Hotel Cool off in the temperature-controlled swimming pool deck that also faces the Arabian Gulf, before or after going for a treatment at Calm Spa & Salon. The facilities at the JBR place include the usual sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 814 5599).
12 Jumeirah Beach Hotel At the Talise Spa here, there’s everything you need to truly unwind; including two saunas, two massage rooms, three hot tubs, Jacuzzi, steam room and plunge pool. Get massage treatments, facials, aromatherapy, reflexology, shiatsu, sports therapies, etc. All while the kids are in the care of childminders so there’s no excuse not to indulge in some much-deserved “me time”. Jumeirah Road (04 270 7777).
13 Jumeriah Zabeel Saray The architects behind Zabeel Saray have been inspired by the Ottoman Empire. Opulence pours from every wall and it feels grand, but slightly overwhelming, too – you wouldn’t want to walk into this place in scruffy shorts and flip flops. The Talise Ottoman Spa at this resort boasts 42 individual spa rooms and suites, an indoor swimming pool and three authentic Turkish Hammams. Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeriah Zabeel Saray, The Crescent (West), Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 453 0000).
14 JW Marriott Marquis Saray Spa’s Hammam spa offers clients an array of ancient and modern healing treatments, including massages (alone or in pairs), body scrubs and wraps, facials and footbaths, as well as hair and scalp treatments. Chill out in separate men's and women's lounges after a visit to the steam room. Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay Dubai 121000 United Arab Emirates (04 414 6754).
15 Kempinski, Mall of Emirates Softouch Spa uses Ayurvedic rituals to relax visitors. It’s all about “the science of life” so guests can get tailor-made face and body treatments. Each one is designed to sooth stress using natural ingredients on the skin and exclusive signature therapy as recommended by Dr. Shylaja and her team. Softouch Spa, Kempinski, Mall of Emirates, Barsha, Dubai (04 341 0000).
16 Le Royal Meridien Hotel The hotel offers spectacular facilities including three pools, direct beach access, and there’s plenty to do at the holistic Caracalla Spa. The Roman-themed Spa & Health Club is said to be “the ideal retreat for mind and body” with saunas, Jacuzzis around to immerse yourself in. Le Royal Meridien Hotel, Al Sofouh Road, PO Box 24970, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (04 316 5303).
17 Mina A’ Salam Facilities at Mina A’ Salam include the popular Talise Spa that has expert therapists on hand to take care of your every wish, whether it’s a massage, nutritional guidance or meditation and yoga by the beach. You can easily swim laps in the 25-metre indoor pool. There are 26 treatment rooms, inclusive of two couples' suites and a wide range on the treatment menu if the infra-red sauna, steam rooms and plunge pools aren’t enough to satisfy your relaxation needs. Take advantage of the Cabanas for a massage on the beach and treat yourself to a healthy meal with their lifestyle cuisine. Mina A’ Salam, Umm Suqeim, Dubai. (04 366 8888).
18 Moevenpick Ibn Battutta Enjoy a treatment at Safar Spa while the children explore some fun activities at the Camel Kids Club. There are six separate treatment rooms for men and women so beauty therapists can pamper guests with facials, exfoliating wraps, reflexology, firming body treatments and deep tissue massages. Safar Spa, Moevenpick Ibn Battutta. The Gardens, Dubai (04 444 0000)
19 One & Only Royal Mirage Sometimes a standard spa is not enough to give you the rejuvenation fix you desire. At times like that, you need to take a trip to a Hammam. These involve opening the pores in a steam room, then bathing with olive soap and mud before an intense exfoliation to get rid of dead skin – you’ll see old skin cells falling off in clumps. The tradition can be traced back to the Greeks but have been popular in Arabia for centuries. The word ‘Hammam’ translates as ‘spreader of warmth’ and as the Islamic faith spread, so did the tradition of Hammams. Most Hammams around the world are communal, social affairs, but in Dubai’s spas the one-on-one Hammam has, somewhat thankfully, taken off. One & Only Royal Mirage operates separate hours for the genders in respect of local traditions. Within the elegant entrance courtyard of the Residence & Spa lies the Health & Beauty Institute. The One&Only Spa is on the top floor, and an authentic Oriental Hammam and state-of-the-art Fitness Centre on the first floor. In partnership with world-renowned experts ESPA International, the focus is on both relaxation and skincare. One&Only Royal Mirage Spa, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah, Dubai. Open seven days a week from 8.30am to 10pm (04 399 9999).
20 Pullman JLT Serenity, Fit & Spa at the Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residence offers great views of the city from the 34th floor of the property, while you relax in the hands of practiced therapists. With six treatment rooms; three male, two female and a couples’ suite, the spa offers traditional massages, reflexology treatments, and a Jet Lag massage for weary travellers. With prices starting from Dhs210, Serenity is open from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week. Serenity, Fit & Spa at the Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residence. Cluster T, Al Sarayat Street North Beside DAMAC, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai (04 567 1100).
21 Raffles Raffles Spa features Asian, Middle Eastern and European-inspired treatments. There are six soothing treatment rooms - one of them a couple’s suite with its own whirlpool. The treatments are themed according to the three stages of change in a lotus - bud (body), blossom (beauty) and bloom (full experiences). Men and women get their own hair salons, saunas, steam, whirlpools and experience showers, plus there’s an outdoor swimming pool for everyone to enjoy. Raffles, Oud Metha, Dubai (04 314 9870).
22 Rixos The Palm Dubai This place is well known for its Turkish Hammam. Guests also enjoy the steam room and sauna, invigorating ice fountain, and quiet reading and relaxing areas. In addition to the wide range of facilities - which include a dedicated swimming pool - visitors can indulge in a host of pampering spa wellness therapies, beauty treatments and hairdressing salon services. Get spoiled with a selection of massages including Bali massage, Swedish massage, Abiyanga massage and Shiatsu massage. Rixos The Palm Dubai Spa & Wellness, East Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
23 The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC This is 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. You can get a full-body workout by swimming in the indoor or rooftop outdoor pools. The spa is open 8am-10pm daily and treatment times are 10am-10pm. For reservations or more information, contact The Ritz-Carlton Spa, DIFC at (04 372 2222).
24 Sofitel Downtown 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 on the second floor. Sofitel Downtown only opened last October so expect the sleekest and freshest facilities here. Sheihk Zayed Road (04 503 6666).
25 Westin At the Heavenly Spa by Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi spa facilities include 11 treatment rooms, separate male and female relaxation areas, a double treatment room, plus dedicated men and women changing areas. You’re expected to arrive 30-60minutes before your treatment begins to enjoy the steam room, sauna, and Jacuzzi which will help prepare you for a relaxing journey and warm your muscles up prior to a service. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Beach Resort & Marina. Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (04 511 7901).