True relaxation requires more than a massage – the best spas know how to create a haven of tranquillity, a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where guests can truly unplug, unwind and leave their stress behind. From pampering sessions in a secret garden to spa treatments in a poolside cabana, these are our favourite UAE spas providing an urban oasis to leave you feeling truly revitalised.
Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah
As you stroll among the lush greenery and inviting waterways of Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, you could easily forget that you live in the middle of the desert. Make the most of the tranquil oasis with an al fresco treatment – there are beachside cabanas for visitors who want to enjoy a relaxing massage with the sounds of the ocean in the background, plus a special Secret Garden cabana especially created for Thai massages, a dynamic treatment that includes acupressure, stretching and pulling to leave you feeling energised and grounded.
Post treatment, relax with a dip in the Talise Spa pool. If you need a break from the sun, there are 26 treatment rooms to choose from, as well as saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools. Maximise your spa time by booking the Day Retreat package, which includes a revitalising body scrub, a soothing aromatherapy full body massage and a 60-minute bespoke facial to leave you glowing. 04 3666818
ESPA, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi
This healing haven is the perfect destination in Abu Dhabi to unwind, with opulent surroundings and luxury facilities, including outdoor plunge pools, saunas, steam rooms and relaxation areas. For some serious TLC, book the Inner Calm Massage. The deeply relaxing treatment will soothe your stresses away using a personalised blend of aromatherapy oils and rose quartz crystals, while warming neck and eye pillows encourage you to let any remaining tension go. You could even extend the pampering with a cabana treatment, a mini session in a private cabana either on the beach or beside the pool, which is the perfect way to enjoy the luxurious setting.
For top-to-toe rejuvenation, the Indulgence Hammam offers two hours of pampering, including a body scrub, massage and hair treatment with argan oil. For a mid-week recharge, try the day package, which includes a spa treatment with an al fresco lunch as well as beach and pool access. 02 8188051
The Spa at Palace Downtown
The opulent surroundings of The Spa at Palace Downtown feel like a hideaway fit for royalty. Despite its location in the heart of the city’s thriving Downtown Dubai district, this tranquil haven that provides an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle – one that encourages you to linger in the peaceful setting. There’s a wide range of treatments to choose from, each using only the finest ingredients. Try a Natura Bissé facial, a Shiffa body scrub or a traditional hammam using products from the renowned Moroccan brand Les Sens de Marrakech. The latter contains the region’s famous argan oil along with prickly pear seed oil to nourish and hydrate the skin.
Whatever your treatment, be sure to take some time to experience the facilities post pampering. Along with its nine spacious treatment suites, you can also enjoy monsoon showers, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and a relaxation lounge. You could even opt to relax in a private lakeside cabana beside the pool. 04 4287805
Nikki Spa, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa
Nikki Spa is quite unlike anything else you’ve seen in Dubai. Forget the classic arabesque design touches and muted, natural tones that we’ve come to expect. The aesthetic here is pure minimalism, from the monochrome and marble palette of the hammam facilities to the sleek lines of its mixed vitality pool as well as the indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges. There are seven luxury spa suites to choose from, including one just for couples’ treatments.
Each spa treatment uses award-winning Espa products for results-driven, natural skin care, and there’s a wide range of pampering options to choose from depending on your needs. Highlights include the Four Hands Massage, the Turkish Delight Hammam, the Optimal Profacial and the purifying Body Detox. For a truly bespoke experience, book the Drifter treatment, a 110-minute relaxation ritual. The expert therapist will assess your needs to create a personalised spa journey, including a reviving foot ritual, full body massage and facial. 04 3766150