We love this spa because it feels like a true retreat from the city, while being right on the banks of the Creek. We love the outdoor rain showers that you’ll get to experience post-treatment, and because Amara Spa is completely secluded and set within a lush garden near the pool, you’ll feel completely at one with nature here. The Amara Cabana Massage takes place just steps away from the pool within a palatial cabana. The sound of the water fountain will provide a sense of serenity, while the blend of frankincense, amber and sandalwood in the massage oil is used to melt away stress so your experience is ultimately a tranquil one. But it doesn’t end there. You’ll also get a free gift worth Dhs150 to take away with you before you leave. Go and treat yourself.
Dhs700 (90 minutes). Until March 31. Dhs1,050 thereafter. Daily 9am-10pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1660).
Cinq Mondes Spa at Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah
Everyone needs some time to abandon day-to-day life, and at Kempinski Hotel & Residences on the Palm Jumeirah, there’s already a plan to provide you with the ultimate pampering session. Find yourself lounging by the beautiful lagoon pool or beachside with a spa experience during your day of leisure. The private cabana massage offers real indulgence and the ultimate in R&R. Pick from something classic, such as the Balinese massage. It uses “Tropical Nuts Melting Balm” and a combination of pressure to inspire sheer relaxation. Or for something a little different – you are outside, after all – opt for the Sublime Massage from Polynesia. Inspired by Lomi-Lomi, a technique popularly used by traditional healers of the Polynesian islands, this treatment uses deep pressure from the forearms to release and restore energy.
Balinese: Dhs530 (50 minutes); Sublime Massage from Polynesia: Dhs530 (50 minutes), Dhs740 (80 minutes). Daily 10am-10pm. Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).
Guerlain Spa at One&Only The Palm
Book your next massage on the outdoor terrace of the treatment rooms at this spa and drift away to views of Dubai’s majestic towers while relaxing amid the lush foliage. It’s completely al fresco and totally private to ensure your comfort. Plus, the there’s an outdoor shower on the terrace, too, surrounded by greenery, so it will feel like you’re showering in a tropical rainforest. Sort of. What is guaranteed, though, is that it will feel a world away from your usual massage experience indoors. For outside, the spa offers the One&Only Solar Evation, a body exfoliation, massage and facial. The treatment will prepare the skin for a day of soaking up the sun, or prolong that after-sun glow. There’s also the Dubai Harmony, involving a massage and refreshing facial to improve blood circulation, refresh and heal the skin after the sun exposure and induce all-round, utter relaxation and joy.
Dhs1,010 (90 minutes). Daily 10am-9pm. Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1040).
Heavenly Spa at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
This spa offers a real treat, not only because the beach is so luxurious, but because you have a wealth of restaurants and bars to cool off at after your day of lounging in the sun. But before you do, book in for the Heavenly Spa Signature Massage, which is available in the outdoor cabana. It uses a heated compress to relax the muscles and a Swedish massage follows, to leave you feeling physically restored, mentally uplifted and therefore in perfect spirits to enjoy a meal at Italian eatery Bussola or Spanish tapas spot El Sur. There’s also the sophisticated grape bar Oeno to unwind in. Make a day of it. Or perhaps just go all out and book in for a long weekend. You deserve it, after all.
Dhs500 (60 minutes), Dhs665 (90 minutes). Daily 10.15am-5pm. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7901).
Lakeside Spa Cabana at Palace Downtown
Enjoy a massage outside in the heart of Downtown Dubai with views of the Burj Khalifa? Yes you can. You’ll also get to watch The Dubai Fountain as your weary muscles and sun-soaked skin are renewed after a day of lounging by the pool. You can pick from a back, neck and shoulder massage or a leg and foot massage, both using SPF products to gently induce deep relaxation. Or you could go for the Environmental Repair Plus Recovery Express facial to deeply cleanse your skin. These treatments will each set you back Dhs242 and last 25 minutes each. But what we really like the sound of is the Environmental Repair Plus Sundown After-sun Soother, which combines a warm mixture of after-sun lotion and massage oils, and ends in a wrap and invigorating foot massage to complete a perfectly lazy day soaking up some rays. Book us in please.
Environmental Repair Plus Sundown After-sun Soother: Dhs242 (25 minutes), Dhs473 (50 minutes). Daily 9am-10pm. Downtown Dubai (800 233 7377).
Nikki Beach Club at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
Billed as an “urban oasis”, this secluded hideaway on the Pearl Jumeira is a picture of luxury and sophistication. Book in for a massage in the beachside cabana and make like you’re in the Florida Keys. Get those weary legs ready for a few hours of strolling across the white sand with the 30-minute beach leg treatment (Dhs110) or go all out with the 50-minute Thai Chill massage (Dhs255) – an “assisted yoga” treatment that is said heal using deep tissue muscle stretches gentle compressions along energy pathways and joint mobilisation techniques. No oil is used, so fresh from this pampering you can top up the experience with some delicious Floridian, Latin and Caribbean flavours at Key West, on a table outside, right on the beach.
Massages from Dhs110. Sun-Thu 11am-5pm. Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6150).
Satori Spa at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Why not combine your foray into the desert with a relaxing massage surrounded by the rolling dunes? Satori Spa at Bab Al Shams offers outdoor cabana massages to both couples and individuals, and has relaxation areas outside, too, so you can enjoy the complete experience in the great outdoors. Signature massages include a Balinese treatment and Thai massage, but what sounds great to us is the Satori Body Reviver. It comes as a 50-minute (Dhs525) or 80-minute (Dhs720) experience and is inspired by the traditional Hawaiian kahuna practises and incorporates elements of Balinese massage to help you relax, rejuvenate and heal. Pure bliss.
Massages from Dhs300. Daily 8am-7pm. Al Qudra Road (04 809 6194).
Shine Spa at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates
This one is a little bit exclusive. Upon special request, Shine Spa at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates can offer massages outside by the breathtaking rooftop infinity pool, and all for the same price as massages inside, in the regular treatment rooms. So why not mix up your regime and book in for your essential relaxation ritual, but this time in the open, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. Just as relaxing for the body and quieting for the mind, but all in the glorious sunshine. You live in Dubai after all. Make the most of it.
Muscle Melt massage for Dhs495 for 60 minutes and Dhs650 for 80 minutes. From Dhs450. Daily 10am-10pm. Al Barsha (04 377 2380).
Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah
Within the lush landscape of the Madinat Jumeirah, with its tranquil waterways and green foliage, book into the Secret Garden and you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the rainforest in Dubai. For a truly decadent experience, the Secret Garden Retreat begins with 25 minutes in the Alphasphere Deluxe sensory room. This is followed by a 60-minute outdoor Thai massage at the Secret Garden Gazebo, with the sound of giant wind chimes opening and closing the massage experience to induce calm, happiness and prosperity. Guests will then be served tea and fruits outdoors to the relaxing view of the resort’s canal. You could stay for a spot of Talise Spa lifestyle cuisine when you’re done, too.
Secret Garden Retreat: Dhs800 (120 minutes). Daily 7am-9.30pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6818).
The Spa at Address Boulevard
Another spot where you can enjoy a treatment to majestic views of the Burj Khalifa. Step into the outdoor pampering room by the infinity pool to embark upon The Exclusive Journey by the Cabana. The 90-minute odyssey comprises a relaxing hot stone foot massage by the outdoor pool, followed by an anti-ageing, hydrating facial in one of the spa’s treatment rooms. Complete the experience in the spa’s pools, with access to the experience showers and ice fountain, too. Sounds incredible.
Dhs510 (90 minutes). Daily 9am-10pm. Downtown Dubai (04 561 8126).
Timeless Spa at Al Maha Desert Resort
The exclusion and isolation at this desert retreat is perfect if you really need to just stop and get away from it all. There’s something truly relaxing about the idea of being amid the endless dunes far from all humanity. For a relaxing escape and to drift away surrounded by glorious nothingness, a massage in The Tent on the Dunes is the one to book. Therapies include a deep tissue massage and de-stress back massage, plus a Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage using warm oil and mixed pressure to inspire deep relaxation. Then book in for a leisurely camel trek to take stock of it all and you’ll be properly set up for your return to reality.
Massages from Dhs300. Daily 8am-8pm. Dubai-Al Ain Road (04 832 9900).
Anjana Spa at Rixos Bab Al Bahr, RasAl Khaimah
Step inside a luxurious beach cabana and try the ever-popular aromatherapy massage. This classic treatment uses essential oils to promote relaxation and to relax your body and heal your mind. A comfortable level of pressure and massage techniques are used to relieve tension and fatigue, and your senses will be awakened by the aromatic fragrances of the oils.
From Dhs450 (55 minutes). Daily 9am-9pm. Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah (07 244 4400).
Iridium Spa Cabana at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
This haven has just launched an outdoor cabana offering facials and massages right on the beach. Try the Prep Me treatment, featuring a pre-sun body polish and SPF application, before your day of sprawling out on the sand, or break up the sunbathing with the Keep Cool massage, which uses cooling aloe vera gel and a cold towel compress. You could also spoil yourself with the 50-minute Royal Thai Massage or the 50-minute Age Defying Facial, which includes a cold stone massage to alleviate tension in the face and the application of age-defying after-sun rescue and brightening serum.
Prep Me: Dhs290 (30 minutes); Keep Cool: Dhs250 (25 minutes); Royal Thai Massage: Dhs450 (50 minutes); Age Defying Facial: Dhs450 (50 minutes). Daily 10am-7pm. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8996).
The Spa at Ajman Hotel, Ajman
Pamper yourself with a relaxing treatment in the privacy of the Ajman Hotel spa’s “Balinese Hut”. It’s completely open and surrounded by lush greenery, while at the same time offering a sense of privacy and seclusion. You’ll get sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf from here, too. The whole experience will engulf you in calm. You’ll be completely at peace as your therapy regenerates your body, mind and soul.
Dhs410 per person (60-minute Balinese Massage). Dhs700 per couple (50-minute Balinese Massage). Daily 2pm-4.30pm. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, Ajman (06 714 5555).