Who doesn’t love an indulgent pampering session? Whether at a luxury spa or in a comfortable salon, taking time out of your hectic life to recharge and re-energise is hugely important. Selected salons and spas across the UAE are latching onto the fact that children love treatments, too. Being eight can be very stressful, okay?
In a world where young girls learn to “bake” their make-up before thinking about cakes, small-fry beautifying is big news.
Anantara Spa, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, recently launched a shiny new spa menu aimed specifically at kids. All treatments use organic products, making them great for young skin. The Happy Feet treatment, for children aged five to 12, involves a soothing foot bath followed by a calming 30-minute massage (especially good for kids who have been pelting it around the pool all day). There’s also a detangling hair treatment to help with even the most gnarly hair.
From Dhs200. Open daily 10am-10pm. The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.dubai-palm.anantara.com (04 567 8888).
One salon that is guaranteed to illicit squeals of pure joy from little girls is the Hello Kitty Beauty Spa. Themed entirely around Japan’s famous cartoon cat, the spa is a pink-painted vision of cuteness. Its offering for under-12s is fittingly called the Princess Menu and the assortment of manicures on offer is enough to make fully grown women jealous. Girls can choose from strawberry-scented polish, Hello Kitty nail art and temporary glitter tattoos. If your girl has a party to attend or you just can’t bear another morning yanking a comb through tangled tresses, book her in for a macadamia hair treatment to smooth then get it all braided by a stylist. The salon has party packages, too. Birthdays will never be the same again.
Prices vary. The Dubai Mall, 1st Floor, www.hellokittybeautyspa.com (04 325 3759).
On the trendier end of the salon scale is We Nails, a place that looks like it could have been lifted straight out of East London’s ultra-hip Shoreditch. With vibrant neon lights, plush velvet seats and kooky graffiti on the walls, it’s an ideal stop for an Insta selfie. Teen girls will be seriously impressed. Kids under 12 can make the most of the salon’s free polish change offer. Blow dries are also very popular and an excellent way to keep a child quiet while you get your all-important weekly massage. Kids have been known to sit in a boosted salon chair, watching their favourite show on an iPad while a hair stylist expertly dries their locks into a glossy ’do. Staff are friendly and used to dealing with their clients’ offspring. Prices are dependent on hair length, ranging from Dhs30-Dhs100. Avoiding an evening battling with a brush and a fidgety 8-year-old is, however, priceless.
SkyView Tower, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, www.wenails.ae (04 452 8226).
Address Boulevard is another hotel catering for families over the summer months. Its Family Time spa package starts with a mini fitness lesson led by an experienced personal trainer, followed by a Thai massage. We can’t promise the PT will take it as easy on adults as they do on little ones, though. Once your knots and kinks have been smoothed out by the masseur, each of your loved one’s feet will receive a relaxing rub. Afterwards, take the kids to have a splash around in the outdoor swimming pool while you and your partner relax in a private cabana and forget they even exist. Dreamy.
Dhs600 (90 minutes. Maximum two kids, aged 10 and up, accompanied by maximum two adults). Address Boulevard, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.theaddress.com (04 561 8888).