Enjoy ladies-only pampering, shopping and fun
Dubai is primed for a holiday with great friends. Our city is one of the few places in the world that offers events, deals, venues, parks and even beaches that are exclusive to women – from special deals at nightspots across the city to fitness classes and spa packages. Whether you're looking for a pampering hens’ trip, a no-boys-allowed weekend of dancing, or a relaxing get-together with gal pals, Dubai can deliver with these fabulous experiences.
Charter a yacht in Dubai Marina
As soon as the weather cools down, Dubai’s main events move onto the water, setting off from Dubai Marina to tour the city’s shorelines. There are a large number of options when it comes to yacht charters, with the luxurious vessels available at Xclusive Yachts proving popular with groups. Most provide towels, cooler bins, ice and soft drinks, so you'll just need to bring your swimsuit, snacks and – most importantly – a fun music playlist. Those who fancy dropping a line can also request fishing rods on certain cruises, with the friendly crew happy to show first timers the ropes on reeling in a big catch from the Arabian Gulf.
Spend a day at Talise Spa
There are few pampering spots that are as luxurious as Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort. Crowned the largest spa in the Middle East, it’s easy to get lost in the facilities here, which include an elaborate Turkish hammam area, complete with murals and decorated ceilings. The signature Royal Ottoman treatment (AED565 per person) is out of this world and the booking includes all-day spa access, giving you ample time to catch up with the girls as you float from the indoor saltwater pool to the relaxation room, steam room and sauna.
Share a traditional afternoon tea
There is nothing better for a classic girly get-together than a spot of afternoon tea, and when it comes to this oh-so-traditional of pastimes, Al Bayt in the Palace Downtown hotel is the perfect pick. Whether it’s a classic British afternoon tea including finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and a selection of jams, or an authentic Arabic afternoon tea with camel milk pistachio crème brulée and saffron and cardamom scones, there is something to suit all tastes. Each afternoon tea stand includes unlimited pours of Al Bayt’s teas and infusions, for an easy on the pocket AED160 per person, served daily between the high tea hours of 2 to 6pm.
Girls’ day in the desert
The Samana Spa at the serene Meliá Desert Palm polo resort, is dedicated to pampering you in every which way. Their exclusive ‘Girls’ Day Out’ experience makes full use of the high-end facilities with an extravagant itinerary of indulgences. For AED500 per person, you and your girl gang will be treated to a delicious afternoon tea on the poolside terrace. After visiting the apothecary-styled aromatherapy bar to browse a range of 20 essential oils, you’ll enjoy a 60-minute Swedish massage to work out any stress, followed by a 30-minute facial tailored to your complexion. Wrap up your day with a dip in the spa’s infinity pool, or try out the sauna.
Hit the shops at Robinsons
Explore what one of Dubai’s most exclusive department stores has to offer, with a style-led day by one of Robinsons’ personal shoppers. The private stylist suite can cater for pairs of friends or small groups looking for that special outfit. Diverse brands such as Sass&Bide, Carven, Jil Sander and Oscar de la Renta are firm favourites with the local fash-pack. Just make sure to book ahead. Afterwards, head to the ultimate in beauty departments, with Robinsons’ glamorous cosmetics counters offering beauty tutorials and fragrance education sessions to help you look your best. Wrap your shopping day with raw and vegan smoothies from the in-house Wild & the Moon organic café, so you feel good both inside and out.
If there is one thing Dubai does exceptionally well, it is ladies’ nights. One of the best hotspots in the city is STK, the luxe Rixos Premium’s urban steakhouse. The Just Fine Cuts promotion is one for the foodies, serving up a mouthwatering set menu for you and your friends every Tuesday. Featuring house specialties including creamy burrata, roasted salmon, the classic USDA petit filet, cheesecake and a chocolate mousse, guests can opt for two courses for AED199, or three courses for AED239, plus three complimentary refreshments – just for the ladies. After dinner, the dance-floor opens at 10pm for a fun party buzz.
Ladies’ bash at The Smash Room
Looking for a fun bonding activity that will get your heart thumping? New venture The Smash Room, does its ladies’ nights a little differently, offering a blood pumping concept that’s as fun as it is crazy. Book in your gal pals for a session of smashing, bashing and splintering. Armed with a mallet, and cloaked in protective gear, spend up to an hour smashing apart the provided plates, vases, electronics, whitegoods and other household goods, to a pumping soundtrack. As well as a great way to release stress and frustration, a round in The Smash Room in Al Quoz will elevate your heart rate as a cardiovascular exercise.