There’s no denying the abundance of spa treatments Dubai has to offer, but sometimes the price to make our skin glow can make us sweat more than the sauna.
Whether you’re in dire need of a Balinese massage to loosen up tight knots, or want to look your absolute best with a new set of nails, the city is brimming with places to get the necessary pampering you want while still being on good terms with your wallet.
Without further ado, let’s see what the city has can bring to the (massage) table.
The Classic at The Nail Spa
You know the score, you’re getting a mani-pedi and don’t want to call time on the pampering. Which is where this comes in – a Swedish aromatherapy oil massage to ease muscle tension. Better yet, shake up the classic massage by trying the intriguing chocolate candle oil massage; kneading the body with beautifully scented oils and gentle tapping to leave you relaxed – and probably craving a large helping of dessert.
Dhs300 (60 min). Opening times vary. Various locations including Dubai Media City and Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (600 544 001).
Full-body aromatherapy massage at The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge
Fancy a relaxing treatment that uses 100 percent pure essential oils to help soothe the senses? Mother Nature offers up some of the best products for us, and The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge fully utilises it all. This spa promotes an environmental approach and uses organic products. For Dhs300, the full-body aromatherapy massage will have you completely relaxed in an hour.
Dhs300 (60 minutes). Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Fri noon-7pm; closed Sun. Jumeirah Village Circle (055 234 1429).
Moroccan hammam ritual at Tips & Toes
If you’re finding your body is struggling through the long summer days, a 60-minute Moroccan hammam ritual at Tips & Toes will put the wind back in your sails. Using black soap exfoliation to get rid of any toxins throughout the body, this traditional steam room experience will leave you feeling as good as new. Looking to save money? Tips & Toes now has an evening where ladies can get three treatments for the price of two, so you can get spruced up in preparation for the next time you do decide to hit the tiles. The buy two, get one free offer runs every Tuesday from 4pm until close at all branches, and includes everything from massages and manicures to waxing and hair makeovers.
Dhs210 (Moroccan hammam ritual). Ladies night: Tue, from 4pm until close. Locations across Dubai including Dubai Media City, JBR & Business Bay, www.tipsandtoes.com.
Massage for Stress at Ying Yang
At times, it’s hard to pick what kind of special treatment to get when the daily stresses of life become overbearing. Luckily, Yin Yang has a massage for that very reason. For Dhs294, you can indulge in a 90-minute massage – what a bargain. The goal of this treatment is to have you de-stress, so you can come out of it feeling like a brand-new you.
Dhs294 (90 minutes). Open daily 10.30am-11pm. Various locations including JBR & The Village Mall, www.yinyang.ae.
Sugarlicious Body Scrub at De La Mer Day Spa
Fancy being scrubbed from head to toe in sugar? Sure you do. And De La Mer Day Spa’s Sugarlicious treatment, recommended for sensitive skin, offers a 60-minute scrub that removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells and leaves your skin silky smooth – and smelling pretty sweet, too. Your skin in Dubai has a lot to deal with – sun, sand, air-conditioning and of course that dreaded humidity – you need a proper body scrub once in a while, and De La Mer Day Spa has a huge range of them for you to choose from to restore that glow.
Dhs305 (60 minutes). Open daily 9am-9pm; Fri noon-9pm. Villa no. 783, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 328 2775).
Traditional Balinese Massage at Dreamworks Spa
There’s no time like the present to try something new, and Dreamworks has a 60-minute Balinese massage for under Dhs300. Need a little more convincing? The ancient massage uses methods that improves blood circulation throughout the body, building up positive energy, detoxifying the body and reinvigorating the senses. It’s also one of the best-smelling massages around and feels remarkable, so be sure to treat yourself and get up on that massage table.
Dhs275 (60 minutes). Opening times vary. Various locations including Motor City, www.dreamworks.ae.
Anti-stress express HydroPeptide facial at NStyle Beauty Lounge
Stressed from the daily grind? Said daily grind not allowing you any time off? An express facial is what you need. This HydroPeptide one helps to balance stressed skin, while echinacea stem cells provide deep hydration. Finally a papaya enzyme mask exfoliates for radiance and elasticity. So you might be stressed, but at least you won’t look it.
Dhs250 (25 minutes). Open daily 10am-10pm. Various locations including DIFC and JBR (04 339 8414).
Cool down with cryotherapy
Kill two birds with one stone and cool off as you roll back the years with a CRYO facial. Your face will be blasted with sub-zero bursts of air that are intended to stimulate physical and mental health benefits (while drying up your summer brow sweat). The treatment increases collagen production, which in turn tightens the skin and brings forth a youthful glow, and also boosts an anti-flammatory chemical called norepinephrine that stops your face looking puffy. Bye bye, panda eyes.
From Dhs350. Locations include Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Emirates Towers, www.cryo.com.
Thalgo facial treatment at Sister Beauty Lounge
Massive eye bags making you look like a racoon? Not to worry, as these new Thalgo facial treatments at Sister Beauty Lounge willmelt the shadows away. For Dhs265, the Thalgo Eye Expert will apply an eye massage mask that reduces puffiness and dark circles – gently smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. Your tired eyes will thank you.
Dhs265 (30 minutes). Opening times vary. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 379 2992).
Girls’ Day at Saray Spa
What’s the best place to sit around with the ladies and gossip the day away? A spa, of course, and Saray Spa has just the special offer. For Dhs300 per person (up to groups of six), ladies can experience ultimate five-star pampering, kicking off with a 30-minute facial or back massage followed by a complimentary reflexology session. Afterwards, savour a medley of treats with a delectable afternoon tea in La Farine Café and Bakery.
Dhs300 per person. Ongoing. Open daily 9am-1pm. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (047 414 6754).
Ladies night at So SPA
Fancy a girls’ night but want to put away those dancing shoes? So SPA at Sofitel The Palm offers up a relaxation package for ladies’ night every Tuesday. You’ll get a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, plus a manicure and complimentary nibbles and smoothies. You can also take advantage of full use of the facilities (think giant Jacuzzi, rainforest showers and ice fountain) for just Dhs250. A top deal, and a really fun night out (trust us).
Dhs250. Tue 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 5433).
Two-for-one Lazy Mondays at The Spa, Palace Downtown
Ah, the inevitable Monday blues. They are a hard thing to get over, but Palace Downtown’s Lazy Monday treatment for gents will help you and a buddy get through it. At The Spa, you can take along a friend for a 50-minute treatment of their choice, while enjoying one for yourself, of course. Mondays here are all about the fellas, and you’ll get an entire day’s access to the oriental bathhouse, steam room and Jacuzzi too. With treatments starting at Dhs578, the two-for-one offer means you’ll only be paying Dhs289 each.
From Dhs578 (two-for-one offer). Ongoing. Every Mon, 9am-10pm. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).
UNDER DHS100 Traditional hot towel shave at Chaps & Co
You can’t quite beat sitting back, putting your chin up, and having a professional sharpen up your beard. Chaps & Co offers a traditional hot towel shave to get you looking fresh for just Dhs95. Got a few flyaway facial hairs? Add on an ear or nose hair tidy up (or both?) for just Dhs25 each. Paying just over Dhs100 to look as dapper as can be while chilling out? Don’t say Dubai’s spa treatments don’t treat the gents well.
Dhs95. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 9am-7pm. Cluster C, JLT (04 551 6192).
UNDER DHS100 De-stressor at Urban Male Lounge
There are days when the office can be all too much, and by noon you’re already just about ready to implode. Well, why not just nip out at lunch to Urban Male Lounge and get the de-stressor? Doing exactly what it says on the tin, escape work and get an upper back, neck and scalp massage for Dhs65 for 15 minutes, or Dhs105 for 30 minutes, if it was an especially hectic day.
Dhs65 (15 minutes), Dhs105 (30 minutes). Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 10am-midnight. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 395 1103). Other location: DIFC, www.urbanmalelounge.com.
Ayurvedic head massage at Natural Elements Spa and Fitness
This isn’t a simple head massage, as the therapists at Natural Elements Spa and Fitness know that when it comes to comforting the mind, it means work on everything connected to it. For Dhs220, this 30-minute Ayurvedic cranial massage therapy uses essential oils to calm the nerves and rejuvenate the senses, concentrating on guest’s lower and upper back, hands, arms, shoulder, neck and forehead. Ayurvedic massages are known to benefit sleep, so look forward to a pretty good snooze after this.
Dhs220 (30 min). Open daily 8am-10pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2550).
UNDER DHS100 Eyelash tinting at Pastels Salon
If you’re fed up of using mascara every day (especially when you’re in and out of the pool) but can’t quite stretch to pricey lash extensions, tinting is a good option. And this one comes in at under Dhs100, too.
Dhs80. Opening times vary. Various locations including Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, www.pastels-salon.com.
Get shiny with chrome nails at WeNails
If you want to feel bright, shiny and new, you might as well start with your mitts. Chrome nails seem to be all the rage across Dubai at the moment and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing a metallic flutter across your keyboard as you type. The super-metallic foiled-finish is achieved by applying a special powder over regular nail polish and leaves you looking like a cross between Dorothy and the tin man (in the most glamorous and shimmery way possible). The treatment is available at WeNails, where you can also treat yourself to a revolutionary new Gel-x manicure. The Gel-x is a brand-new soft nail extension that fits over your own nail, protecting them from any damage and easily soaked off like regular gel nails. Because everyone deserves new claws every now and again.
Dhs170 (chrome nails), Dhs290 (full set gel-x). Open daily 10am-9pm. SkyView Tower, Dubai Marina (04 452 8226).
Spend the whole day at Willow Stream Spa
Fairmont The Palm’s Willow Stream Spa is a winner. With dedicated areas for both men and women, gents get to chill out by the cooling ice fountain, aroma-inspired steam room and experiential shower, while ladies can lounge in a thermal suite featuring a large steam area with ambient sound and lighting, along with experiential showers filled with aromatherapy essences. If you are looking for a treatment, the best time to go would be a Monday – offering 50 percent off on all spa treatments for the whole day. Sessions such as the Soothing Sun Aloe Wrap cost less than Dhs250 with the price slash. Who said Mondays had to be blue?
Spa day pass: Dhs120; Mon: 50 percent discount. Ongoing. Open daily 9am-10pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3545).
Tame your locks at The BlowOut Bar
In what might be the most underrated spa treatment of all, a day at a hair salon will wash all your stresses away, while giving you a fresh new look to boot. With a selection of different blowout treatments to tame your mane, give you beach tousled tresses or have you looking sleek and sophisticated, The BlowOut Bar at Palm Jumeirah will only set you back, at most, Dhs190. That’s a bargain in our books, because the last thing we need is Dubai’s humidity puffing up our barnets.
From Dhs115 (blowout treatments), Golden Mile Galleria, Palm Jumeriah (800 256 9688).
Blow the budget
Discover Arabian essences at Talise Ottoman Spa
This one is a little over Dhs300, but it’s a great deal nonetheless. What’s better than a spa day? One with beach access and a meal thrown in, of course. The luxurious Talise Ottoman Spa has just the deal for Dhs650. Guests can get access to the private beach and pool for the whole day, along with a relaxing essential oil treatment for some smoother skin. All that lounging around is bound to work up an appetite, and luckily the offer also includes afternoon tea at Sultan’s Lounge or dinner at Al Nafoorah. What a deal.
Dhs650 per person. Ongoing. Sun-Thu 9am-9pm. Jumierah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).