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Focus on Dubai: Spa Resorts

Experience some of the most opulent spas in the world. JANET BRICE reveals the top spas in Dubai along with some hidden gems…

 

Featured Spa Hotels and Resorts

1. The Spa at The Address Downtown Dubai

2. The Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

The top 10 spa treatments on offer

1. Cleopatra’s Spa at Wafi

3. One&Only Private Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage

5. Timeless Spa, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

7. ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis,

Palm Jumeirah

9. SensAsia Urban Spa

2. Al Asalla Spa at Dubai Ladies Club

4. The Spa at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa

6. Raffles Spa, Raffles Hotel

8. Westin Heavenly Spa at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

10. Retreat Spa at Grosvenor House


If you’re looking for the ultimate spa fix in the New Year then head for the warm shores of the Arabian Gulf which offers some of the most opulent experiences in the world.

The glittering emirate of Dubai houses more than 100 spas which range in size and grandeur from the new record-breaking Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm Jumeirah Island to more established spots such as Cleopatra’s Spa at Wafi (a firm favourite with expats) and the more intimate SensAsia Urban spas dotted around the city.

The SPA Traveller has been in search of the best New Year deals to ease you into 2014.

*Note - all prices indicated below are subject to change

 

Featured Spa Hotels and Resorts

 

1. The Spa at The Address Downtown Dubai


Escape to a haven of tranquility in the heart of Downtown Dubai with a visit to The Spa at The Address which boasts breathtaking views of the world’s tallest tower and the shimmering cityscape beyond.

The 828-metre Burj Khalifa and dancing Dubai Fountain make up the stunning vista which can be seen from the loungers in the ladies relaxation room of the spa which is housed on the 13th floor (lucky for some!) of this five-star hotel.

Stepping into the spa from the searing, summer heat you’ll find yourself in cool, contemporary luxury.

You can indulge in a facial, that is tailor made for your skin, and restore your radiance with a purifying body wrap or a polishing intense body scrub - ideal for hydrating dry skin at this time of year.

The spas two signature treatments include:
· Restore at The Address
An oceanic salt & oil exfoliation begins the treatment, followed by a deeply soothing massage.
* Rejuvenate at The Address
This ritual begins with the foot cleansing ritual, followed by a bamboo exotic scrub.

Once you have been restored and rejuvenated you will be fit to hit the designer stores in the nearby Dubai Mall which is, of course, the largest in the world

www.theaddress.com

 

2. The Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

One of Dubai’s best kept spa secrets is The Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and this is where you can experience an authentic hammam.
Behind the vast turquoise, carved doors of the spa, which lies on the Palm Jumeirah, is a magnificent tribute to the ancient palaces of the Ottoman Empire.

At its heart is a spectacular Turkish spa and hammam which is spread over two floors. During your spa experience you are invited to begin a journey of wellbeing which combines the ancient healing philosophies of the Ottomans with modern-day spa technology and luxury.

www.jumeirah.com

 

The top 10 spa treatments on offer

1. Cleopatra’s Spa at Wafi

This seasoned spa is an old favourite for expats living in Dubai and well worth a visit if you’re on holiday.

Top treatment: Royal Javanese ritual

This is a full-body massage which is followed by exfoliation using special ingredients. Complete the ritual by soaking in a bath filled with scented oil and red roses. The treatment is popular in Indonesia, where the royal family use it as a pre-wedding.

Cost: Dhs710 / £124 for 120 minutes.

www.wafi.com

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2. Al Asalla Spa at Dubai Ladies Club

This popular ladies only club is a haven from city life for locals and expats alike.

Top treatment: Moroccan hammam
A deep cleanse using Moroccan black soap, followed by exfoliation with a traditional kassa. Different body and face masks can be combined with a massage.
Cost: From Dhs280 / £49; length of treatments vary

www.dubailadiesclub

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3. One&Only Private Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage

This has to be one of the most luxurious spas in Dubai which nestles in the grounds of this luxury hotel on the shores of the Gulf boasting some of the best views of the Jumeirah Palm.

Top treatment: Chakra balancing treatment

Body brushing and exfoliation is followed by a massage using essential oils and warmed stones, plus gentle stretching to bring body and mind into balance and boosts blood and lymph circulation.

Cost: Dhs850 / £148 for 120 minutes.

royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com

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4. The Spa at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa

If you’re looking for a family spa retreat outside the confines of the city head Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.

The spa features 10 treatment rooms, a specialised hammam scrub room, spacious changing facilities, a ladies majlis, relaxation lounge, spa boutique and an extensive wet area with a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and invigorating showers.

Top treatment: Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial
Advanced anti-ageing treatment using precious minerals to re-energise and regenerate cells for a youthful appearance

www.Jebelaliinternational.com

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5. Timeless Spa, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is a tribute to traditional life in the Arabian Desert and lies about a 40 minute drive from the heart of Dubai.

Built in the style of an ancient Bedouin settlement, the neutral toned 'tents' shade individual suites of understated, modern luxury. Each private suite is furnished with original artwork and antiques and boast views of the Hajar Mountains.

Heavy wooden doors open up into a world of gently running water, the soft scent of essential oils and a refreshing breeze of cool air.

Top treatment: Rasoul treatment for rejuvenation, algae bath for detoxification to jet lag recovery treatment!

www.almaha.com

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6. Raffles Spa, Raffles Hotel

Raffles may be more famous for its Singapore Sling than its spa menu but in Dubai it has embraced the local heritage with some unique therapies.

The architecture of the hotel is also inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt and the pyramidal structure of Raffles is now an iconic sight on Dubai’s skyline.

Top treatment: Arabian Ceremony treatment
Guests are cleansed using black eucalyptus soap, followed by several steams and an invigorating exfoliation. A hydrating rassoul mud mask is then applied to the body, followed by a massage. This helps to remove toxins from the body.

Cost: Dhs879 / £153 for 120 minutes.

www.raffles.com/dubai/home

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7. ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah

ShuiQi Spa and Fitness presents a memorable experience, awakening your senses, within awe-inspiring and serene water surroundings. Set over two magnificent floors within the Royal Towers of Atlantis, the Spa provides a sublime range of treatments, bathing options, traditional and water therapies.

Top treatment: Face and Body Experience.

This treatment starts with a Kuroho Body Bliss – a full-body exfoliation – followed by a Qi body massage and finishes with a specialised facial. The massage boosts lymphatic micro circulation, and Japanese techniques stimulate pressure points and improve energy flow.
Cost: Dhs1,600 / £280 for 150 minutes

www.atlantisthepalm.com

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8. Westin Heavenly Spa at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

The focus at this beachside spa is rejuvenation for the entire family – as we all know if the kids are happy the parents are happy so there is plenty of activities for youngsters while you indulge at the spa..

Top treatment: Heavenly massage
A heated compress relaxes the back muscles, then aromatherapy relaxes tired muscles and reinvigorates the body and mind.

Cost: Dhs420 / £74 for 55 minutes; Dhs525 for 85 minutes.

www.starwoodhotels.com

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9. SensAsia Urban Spa

SensAsia has three luxury spas dotted around the Dubai and the newest to open is at Emirates Golf Club.
Signature Sens-touches, already much loved by the spa set, are available with a luxe menu of ‘must-have’ Eve Lom, Aromatherapy Associates and Elemis treatments as well as some exciting new additions such as Kerstin Florian and the must-have Dr Dennis Gross facials
Top treatment: ‘Sensgolf’ treatments are the perfect treat for golfers who can warm up before a round with ‘The Driver’ which includes a deep tissue massage. At the end of a round try the ‘After 18’ which relaxes the body and mind and enhances a deep sleepy mood. Luxe spa brand Kerstin Florian has also designed ‘The Pro’s Choice’ which helps put the bounce back in the body after a long round on the greens with uplifting eucalyptus, herbal poultices for the feet and a mud wrap to rejuvenate tired muscles.
Spa guru Salina Handa first opened SensAsia Urban Spa in 2004. The award-winning über chic day spa combines both Asian philosophy and Western science, integrating health and wellness in a modern Oriental, urban environment.

www.sensasiaspas.com

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10. Retreat Spa at Grosvenor House

The Retreat Health & Spa in Tower One and B/Attitude Spa in Tower Two are haven of tranquility, offers a full menu of ultra-pampering treatments designed to restore well being to the body and mind in laid back but luxurious atmosphere.

Grosvenor House stands in two of Dubai’s most iconic towers both standing at 45 storeys high and overlooking Dubai Marina.

Top treatment: Sea Holistic massage

This therapy starts with the application of self-heating mud for toxin elimination, followed by a massage of long, flowing strokes for complete relaxation.The mud is great for detoxifying and helps reduce tension. It creates a bubbling feeling and the results can be felt immediately.
Cost: Dhs410 / £72 for 60 minutes.

www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com/

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