Work hard, play hard. It’s the mantra reputed to help lead a successful, fulfilling life, but despite its numerous endorsements, we have to disagree.

For us, ‘work hard, play hard’ reads like an instruction manual for how to burn the candle at both ends. If you don’t replenish your wax and wick every once in a while, you’ll end up burnt out and in the dark. The third and, arguably, most important ingredient in the recipe for long lasting success is relaxation. Work hard, play hard, relax… easy. 

For those who enjoy experiencing the best of the best, the Middle East is quickly becoming a place of pilgrimage for seekers of serious relaxation. The Arabian Peninsula’s growing reputation for next level luxury extends beyond its architectural marvels and culinary delights. Residing amongst the desert sands, a series of serene spas provide the perfect refuge from the Arabian sun. The earliest records of massage therapy in the Middle East date back over 4000 years ago and, with the advent of the region’s tourist oriented modernisation, long will it continue. We know our customers work hard and we’ve proudly spent over a decade helping you play hard. Now, shining a spotlight on two of the Middle East’s most tranquil retreats, we’re reminding you to reward yourself with relaxation. 

Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay

Quietly residing in the Omani exclave of the Musandam Peninsula, Six Senses Zighy Bay presents one of the Middle East’s coolest coves. The timeless rustic charm of its architecture creates an ultimately relaxing ambiance on its own, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Amongst a long list of exhilarating ‘play hard’ pursuits on offer, the resort’s spa is at hand to help you ‘relax easy’, describing itself as a haven for the calm and relaxed soul that provides a sanctuary of ultimate wellbeing. Alongside a whole host of holistic therapies, the spa also runs detox programmes with mind clearance mentor Steve Harvey. Just a couple of hours’ drive from Dubai, Zighy Bay serves up the perfect antidote to the intoxicating glitz and excitement of its UAE neighbour.

Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah is home to the one of the most unique spa experiences in the world. Winner of multiple awards, including the World Travel Awards’ Leading UAE Spa Resort for three years running, Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray promises an experience like no other. With 42 treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas, two thalassotherapy pools and even snow rooms, the spa has adopted the UAE ethos of providing a seemingly unending list of options for you to choose from. True to its name, the facility is centred on an exquisite Ottoman inspired Turkish Hammam, spectacularly infusing old philosophical traditions of community with indulgent modern amenities. This level of luxurious relaxation really has to be experienced to be believed.

Now, you’ve put in the hard work, and you certainly don’t need us to remind you to play hard, but before the fun is over and you’re back to yawning in the morning routine, remember – take a little time to recharge your batteries. Work hard, play hard, relax easy. 


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