Relax this Valentine's with a romantic spa treat. Book your partner in, or try a treatment for two...
Cleopatra’s Spa: This Egyptian-themed spa will make you feel like a goddess. Let the therapists guide you to your treatment room where you can expect to be indulged with milk wraps, ocean baths and other Cleopatra- worthy treatments.
Book: The Royal Javanese Treatment. We defy you not to feel like a princess throughout the whole treatment as you are given a Balinese massage, exfoliated with a concoction of rice, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, smothered in skin-softening yogurt before bathing in a bronze bath of frangipani, milk, jasmine and rose petals.
Take: Nobody! Indulgence like this should be enjoyed alone.
Love: The Elemis goodies in the changing area. The cleansers, toners and moisturisers laid out as you prepare for your treatment make you feel like the pampering has already begun.
Chill: Before you head back to the harsh reality of hailing a cab home, chill out on their curtained off chaise lounges with a herbal tea and a copy of your favourite magazine. Bliss! Call (04) 324 7700. Fluffy Towel
Akaru Spa: This bright and airy modern spa is a breath of fresh air. The informal atmosphere will put you instantly at ease while the staff will help you leave all your stresses at the door. Our favourite touch is the music menu, so you won’t be stuck with Panpipe Moods when you dream of listening to laid-back lounge.
Book: The Payot Crystal Body Exfoliation Wrap and Massage for breaking up pesky cellulite, making you look firmer and smoothing out your skin. Take: The girls for a mid-week treat.
Love: The open-air ‘sky-treatment’ massages out on the terrace in the cooler months.
Chill: Stuff yourself silly with a platter of delicious fruit and a herbal tea before you change, while you lie down reading the latest celeb gossip – all completely and blissfully undisturbed. Call The Aviation Club, Garhoud on(04) 282 8578) for details. Fluffy Towel Rating: 3
Amara Spa: This luxurious, Moroccan-inspired spa is a touch of heaven in the heart of busy Dubai. Their extensive spa menu that ranges from natural to gemstone treatments is a tranquil retreat that will leave you not only relaxed, but looking fabulous too! Book: The Marine Active Purifying Facial. This extraordinary deep-cleansing facial using Anne Semonin products with marine extracts gently detoxifies and decongests your skin, leaving it feeling clean and clear.
Take: Your partner. The couples suite is very romantic, especially the outdoor rain shower.
Love: The rose petal foot and hand rub before your treatment and the selection of dried apricots, dates and mint tea for afterwards are really nice, extra treats.
Chill: When you’ve finished being preened and pampered, you can relax by the amazing pool and make full use of all the hotels facilities. Call the Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek on (04) 602 1660 for details. Fluffy Towel Rating: 5
Assawan Spa: Save this venue for when you need a really indulgent treat. Up on the 18th floor, this spa provides spectacular views which you can watch while you’re being slathered and kneaded… or you could just let yourself drift off.
Willow Stream Spa: Escape from the road rage and stresses of Sheikh Zayed Road by entering the calming surroundings of this relaxing and rejuvenating spa. The Romanesque theme makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time and their Turkish Hammam-inspired steam rooms give it an authentic feel. Set to soothe, pamper and de-stress your mind, body and soul, we can safely say you’ll be in for a real treat here. Those brave enough to step under the ice shower can also aim to leave feeling totally invigorated too!
Book: The Elements in Harmony. If having your back pummelled isn’t your bag, opt for this heated mud body scrub, scalp and full body massage instead. It’s firm, but extremely relieving of stresses and strains.
Take: Your fella. There’s a separate male area for him to get pampered too – then he can whisk you off for dinner in the hotel afterwards. Everyone’s a winner!
Love: The décor and feel of this spa makes you feel like a goddess and hopefully you’ll leave looking like one!
Chill: Have a well earned snooze in the relaxation room with a cup of warm herbal tea to the sound of hooting owls. Call The Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road on (04) 332 5555. Fluffy Towel Rating: 3
Givenchy Spa: Set amongst the luxurious confines of the Royal Mirage, a visit to the exclusive Givenchy spa is a must. As soon as you enter the reception area, you come across the Givenchy boutique selling their skincare, make-up and perfumes, which, if you are into your designer labels, lets you know you’re in for a treat.
Book: The No Surgetics Facial. This new treatment which has been inspired by techniques used in plastic surgery is a non-invasive, line reducing facial. Using the ‘No Surgetics’ range by Givenchy, this treatment has been specially designed to maximise the effects of the products – absolutely marvellous!
Take: Your mum – it’s elegant and luxurious, plus you’ll make her day when she leaves feeling 10 years younger.
Love: The whole feel and atmosphere of the spa is great and it’s the perfect place if you’re a Givenchy fan.
Chill: The relaxation room is extremely elegant with really comfy beds and there’s a great selection of mags to get stuck into. Contact the One
Heavenly Spa: Book in for some five-star pampering, where you’ll find the city’s fluffiest robes and treatment rooms with all the mod cons. We love touches like a bell that signifies the start and end of treatments and crystal healing to help you get in touch with your spiritual side.
Book: Rollersage – the signature treatment of a massage complete with heated gemstones.
Take: An old friend for a girlie catch-up in the twin treatment room.
Love: Choosing your own gemstones for the rollersage; rose quartz to resolve love issues, sodalite for truthfulness, hematite for grounding and tiger eye for insight and optimism.
Chill: Worked up an appetite? Why not tuck in to a meal from the superfood-based menu, including teriyaki glazed chicken on a whole wheat wrap. It’s healthy and tasty too. Call the Westin Mina Seyahi on (04) 399 4141 for details. Fluffy Towel Rating: 4
Spa intercontinental: This fairly new, very modern and minimal spa at the InterContinental is a welcome relief from all the dark, oriental-inspired ones. The light and airy décor also makes for a very calming environment. They have an extensive selection of treatments on their menu, using some of the world’s top beauty brands like Shiffa and Natura Bissé and their therapists are extremely thorough and professional in explaining the treatment to you.
Book: The Natura Bissé Diamond Facial. A favourite among Hollywood celebs around Oscar time, this is the crème de la crème of facials! Great for cleansing, anti-aging and increasing circulation, it’s an all round heavenly treatment.
Take: Yourself – this treatment is far too precious to share!
Love: The oh-so-stylish décor and the fact that they’re the only spa in Dubai to have the Natura Bissé treatments.
Chill: Lie back and relax in their chill out room eating a selection of summer berries with a yogurt and honey dip – ideal if you are feeling a bit peckish after a long treatment. Call the Spa InterContinental on (04) 701 1257. Fluffy Towel Rating: 5
Mandara Spa: Chances are you haven’t come across this spa yet. Placed in the newly opened Monarch, it’s a real gem with possibly the most attentive staff you’ll find in any Dubai spa. Most treatments start with a gorgeous footbath to help soothe your tired tootsies before the main event.
Book: The Mandara Massage. Two therapists will work those knots out at the same time, working in sync, so you can lie back and drift off. No wonder it’s their signature treatment.
Take: Jaded Dubai old-timers who think they’ve seen it all.
Love: Choosing which oils you want to be massaged with before your treatment. We recommend the clove!
Chill: Recline in absolute privacy in a curtained off room, while you help yourself to a big pile of magazines and an even bigger bowl of fruit. Call The Monarch, Sheikh Zayed Road on (04) 04 501 8888 for more information. Fluffy Towel Rating: 3
Raffles Amrita Spa: This fairly new spa is everything you would imagine from the Raffles hotel – it’s light, airy and spacious and even with its modern decor has a real laid-back, relaxing vibe. The therapists’ friendly manner and extensive knowledge of all their treatments puts you at ease, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Book: The Botanical Garden Ceremony includes a thorough foot scrub followed by a relaxing full body massage.
Take: Yourself – the treatment room in the botanical garden is for one only.
Love: The special personal touch of having your own private room set amongst their lush gardens.
Chill: Enjoy a refreshing fruit tea while you sit back and relax some more, looking out at their beautiful gardens. Call RafflesAmrita Dubai on (04) 324 8888 for details. Fluffy Towel Rating: 4