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Spas & Wellness

Five of the best Arabian-inspired spa treatments in Dubai

Thu, April 1, 2021

Dubai’s spas are among the very best; here are five which offer traditional Arabian treatments, from Dead Sea salts to date scrubs and camel milk baths.

Dubai’s spas are among the very best; here are five which offer traditional Arabian treatments, from Dead Sea salts to date scrubs and camel milk baths.


Wellness In The Dunes at Timeless Spa

Given its location in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha Desert Resort’s focus is firmly on the desert and its wisdom, including within its Timeless Spa. One of its most popular packages is Wellness In The Dunes. This is a full-day experience, which along with access to the reserve and the resort’s dune-facing infinity pool, includes a 60-minute massage in a 'wellness tent' which takes inspiration from traditions of the Bedouin, Dubai’s first inhabitants. Enjoy the soothing power of traditional essential oils applied by an an experienced masseur amid the absolute tranquillity of the desert.


Arabian Massage and Wrap at Anantara Spa

Many regions of the world have their own style of massage, and this traditional Arabian-style massage at Anantara The Palm is an intensive working of the body’s pressure points along with application of traditional oils from the region. Also on offer is the signature 60-minute Arabian Exotic Scrub and Wrap treatment, using ingredients from the Arabian peninsula to create a creamy scrub for exfoliation, followed by a moisturising body wrap also made with local ingredients. A perfect way to get your glow on for the resort’s lagoon-style pool.


Royal Arabian Desert at Qua Spa

If you’re familiar with Qua Spa at Bluewaters Island, it might be a surprise to see it on this list, focusing as it does on high-tech treatments, often involving equipment seemingly from a science fiction film. Impressively, the Royal Arabian Desert treatment combines both regional traditions with thoroughly modern technology. Start with the heated rose quartz bed, which draws on ancient Egyptian sand therapy, with the addition of aromatherapy, inversion therapy and a massage function. Then finish with an Arabian herbal compress including cedar wood and frankincense, and the perfect massage.


Arabian Gold Ritual at The Spa

The Spa at The Address Dubai Mall may be the place to go for the most Dubai-style treatments anywhere in the city. The Arabian Gold ritual, while absolutely appropriate for the City of Gold, is not bling for the sake of it – after a salt scrub, you are covered in a gold-infused clay mask for several minutes, with the gold promoting the flow of ions, helping to stimulate growth. This is followed by gold-infused oil body massage. Another popular option at the spa is the Arabian Escape treatment, that includes ingredients such as henna, dates, camel milk and fragrances of traditional oud, musk and frankincense mixed in.


Arabian Nights at Saray Spa

For a more scent-focused treatment, Arabian Nights at Saray Spa in JW Marriott Marquis takes place in an 'exotically scented' room. Start with a massage including florals and herbs, then move to a milk bath infused with rose, and finish with another massage, where sandalwood, sweet almond and floral oils are worked into your skin and hair. Another treatment drawing inspiration from the Middle East is Saray’s Cleopatra Milk And Honey Ritual, with an olive stone scrub followed by a warm massage of milk, rose oil and Arabian honey – and then a hot stone body massage to finish. 

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