In Dubai, standards are set high. From luxury hotels and fine dining restaurants, to huge shopping malls and even bigger water parks. It’s no wonder, then, that it also offers some of the world’s leading spas. The best part? You won’t even need to leave your hotel. Here are five of our favourites.

FIVE Palm Jumeirah

Reminiscent of a traditional Middle-Eastern massage centre, the type that sheikhs frequented in years gone by,the spa at FIVE Palm Jumeirah delivers tailor-made treatments and royal pampering. A highlight here is the MLX Quartz Bed which is made up of warm sand and tiny quartz crystals -  it uses air cells to create a wave-like motion and ease you into relaxation. The idea of the crystals is that they balance the energy in and around the body, replacing the negative with positive.

Burj Al Arab

Set 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf, Talise Spa is a two-level sanctuary of relaxation. Split into separate areas for men and women, each section features its own indoor infinity pool, Jacuzzi and treatment rooms. As to be expected from a spa at the Burj Al Arab, the treatment menu is something else. Take the La Prairie Caviar Body Treatment. To start, your skin is exfoliated with an apricot kernel seeds scrub, followed by a luxurious caviar-based full body massage. Eighty minutes of bliss!

One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only Spa takes three different approaches to the wellness experience – Unwind, Restore and Elevate – aiming to find the perfect treatment for you. Unwind eases muscle tension for a sense of deep relaxation. Restore cleanses the mind and body. Elevate raises your energy levels and sense of wellbeing. Opt for one of the signature experiences, like a hot stone massage or full body wrap, and leave feeling like a new person. The spa can be enjoyed at any three sections of One&Only Royal Mirage; Arabian CourtThe Palace, and Residence & Spa.

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

This tranquil retreat draws inspiration from Anantara’s Asian heritage. Following Thai and Arabian traditions, treatments range from replenishing scrubs and wraps to rejuvenating full-body massages. If visiting the spa at Anantara The Palm Dubai as a pair, the signature couple’s treatment is a must. First, let your feet relax with a soak, then enjoy a refreshing exfoliation, a hydrating body wrap and a de-stressing massage. Your experience finishes with a carefully-selected facial.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is an 800sqm oasis of relaxation. Set behind carved turquoise doors, find 42 treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas, snow rooms and two thalassotherapy pools. The centre-piece of the spa is its Turkish hammam. The heat from the hammam prepares your skin for exfoliation, while the aromas lull you into a deep sense of tranquillity. We like the sound of the Royal Ottoman treatment, which begins with a traditional ‘kese’ mitt body massage, followed by a shampoo and scalp massage, and ending with a revitalising honey mask.


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