Dubai’s ultimate relaxation experiences
Dubai is home to some spectacular spas, where you can get anything from full-body treatments using the most decadent oils and scrubs, to traditional hammams infused with elements of Arabia. Spa experiences all part of the Dubai lifestyle, and visitors will find it very easy to adapt. Here are four luxurious spa treatments to add to your itinerary.
For a traditional experience
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is an opulent Ottoman-inspired resort on the Palm Jumeirah, and within this palatial resort sits the Talise Ottoman Spa. Set in its own building within the complex, the award-winning spa is home to a spectacular hammam.
The vaulted, marble-clad room features intricate tiles and inlays and is subtly perfumed. The Royal Ottoman Hammam (AED 485 for one hour) gives the age-old Turkish bathing tradition a luxurious makeover. Specialist therapists use herbal concoctions and kese mitts to exfoliate, massage, shampoo and wash hair and body to a baby softness.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 453 0456
For a de-stressing treatment
Tucked away in the heart of Deira, by the Dubai Creek Golf Club, is one of the most picturesque resorts in the city, the Park Hyatt Dubai – and its equally picture-perfect Amara Spa. If walking into this tranquil sanctuary of Moorish arches, contemporary lines, billowing curtains and a stunning spa pool with palm trees dotted around isn’t enough to relax you, their jewel-inspired spa menu will be.
Treatments here are themed around the ancient healing benefits of gemstones (sapphire is said to be de-stressing; ruby rejuvenating; and emerald detoxifying). The Amara Sapphire (AED 505 for one hour) commences with a footbath ritual in a private courtyard moving forward to the signature warm oil massage with frankincense, sandalwood and amber applied in rhythmic strokes. All treatments end with herbal tea and fresh fruit skewers in the relaxation lounge.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek Club Street
+971 4 602 1234
For the best spa products
The Spa at the regal Palace Downtown is an elegant retreat in muted earth tones, sumptuous furnishings and patterns of Arabesque trellises. With authentic treatments to match the Arabian setting, the spa uses a range of premium and organic beauty brands such as Natura Bisse and Les Sens de Marrakech.
The signature One Desert Journey (AED 850 for 105 minutes) includes a body scrub with desert sand and salt, followed by a herbal massage with oil of Moroccan mint. Indulge in a couples’ treatment or - for something truly extraordinary - try the signature Fusion Massage, a confluence of Chinese, Balinese, Thai and Shiatsu techniques, in the outdoor lakeside cabana spa, by the Burj Lake.
The Old Town Island, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
+971 4 428 7888
For a whole-day retreat
A true holistic wellness destination in the city, Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah is housed in an independent sprawling complex built in the same wind tower style of architecture that the rest of the luxury resort features. Inside, trickling fountains, paved pathways across landscaped gardens, and chirping birds transport you into a lush haven.
With independent hotel room-sized treatment rooms, this is the ideal place to escape for the 2.5-hour Day Retreat (AED 1395). This includes a bespoke full-body massage, facial, and a body scrub, tail-ended by a healthy snack from the spa cuisine menu. For the ultimate spa experience, book in for a massage in a beach cabana, where skilled therapists will work their magic while ocean breezes lull you into a state of bliss. Talise Spa also offers yoga, including the popular full-moon beach sessions.
Jumeirah Beach Road
+971 4 366 6818