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Savoir Flair's Ultimate Guide to the Best Spas in Dubai
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by Savoir Flair 10-minute read January 1, 2024

Drained, frazzled, sleep deprived, and feeling low? Let Dubai's top spas help you.

Are you feeling drained, overworked, and sleep-deprived with spirits hitting rock bottom? Let Dubai's top spas be your sanctuary of serenity.

Self-care and wellness have become paramount in our fast-paced world, serving as an essential retreat for our minds and bodies. Nothing beats a long, indulgent session at a spa, especially when it's about total body rejuvenation and some much-needed “me time”. In today's expansive wellness landscape, the only challenge? Choosing the right spa. Recognizing this dilemma, we at Savoir Flair took upon ourselves the delightful task of exploring the world of relaxation and skincare. We tried and tested every single spa that made it into our curated list, ensuring that our recommendations are backed by firsthand experiences. From invigorating body scrubs to therapeutic massages and even avant-garde New Age treatments, we left no stone unturned in our quest to discover the best spas in Dubai. Each visit was an exploration of the fine balance between luxury, efficacy, and relaxation.

Below, discover our informed, tried-and-tested verdicts, providing you with a guide to ensure that your self-care moments are nothing short of exceptional.

Away Spa at W Dubai - The Palm

Step inside Away Spa at W Dubai – The Palm, and you’ll literally feel worlds away. With ultra-futuristic lighting displays and modular decorations, the spa is a retreat unlike any other. Inside its glowing nooks are calm treatment rooms where one can experience all manner of relaxing and rejuvenating services. For my trip, the facialist recommended the Triple Lift Facial using Biologique Recherche products, which eschew harmful additives in favor of natural ingredients with potent, results-driven concentrates.


While I’ve been fortunate enough to experiment with various facials, this one was vastly different. Using a machine that relies on four different kinds of electric currents, the serums – each specifically tailored to my skin’s needs and recommended by the facialist – were applied and then "pushed" into the skin. I definitely felt the electrical currents, issued in small zaps that have a light stinging sensation – nothing I couldn’t handle, though. In fact, my skin started to feel really warm and awake afterwards, even though it was a "cold" facial. A few hours after the facial, I passed by a mirror and saw what I thought were dark makeup smudges under my chin, but when I looked closer, I realized it was an actual shadow cast by an astonishingly taut jawline. The lift is real, people.


AED1,700 for 90 minutes
To book: call (+971) 4 245 5533

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The Bvlgari Spa

The Bvlgari Spa is a minimalist’s dream. Maze-like corridors lined with wood and stone feed into one another, creating a real feeling of separation from the outside world and all its stresses. The lighting is dim, the scents are divine – as is the cold honey tea that is served before your treatment. And as expected from a luxury maison like Bvlgari, you’ll slip into plush bathrobes and encounter decadent amenities at every turn.


For my massage, I was asked to choose between a range of oils, which included a water-based, unscented option. I chose lavender before slipping into pure bliss for 60 minutes. The treatment was the perfect balance of soft and hard pressure, relaxing and relieving my body of knots and tension. After my treatment and a stint in the picturesque relaxation room – read: floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the property’s private beach – I wandered around the spa to find the indoor swimming pool, which I had read about prior to my visit. With its glistening tiles reflecting the ocean outside and cabanas lined with breezy muslin curtains, it’s the perfect place to enjoy just a few more moments in heaven before returning to the real world.


AED650 for 60 minutes
To book: Click here or call (+971) 4 777 5555

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Cinq Mondes Spa at Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai

The Cinq Mondes Spa is a far cry from the opulent surroundings of Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. Here, latticework light fixtures, bronze tilework, flickering candles, and soothing hues reign supreme. The spa was founded by Nathalie and Jean-Louis Poiroux who, fascinated by traditional medicines and cosmetics, traveled the globe in search of the best “Beauty Rituals of the World”. What this translates to at the Dubai outpost is a 3,000-square-meter space with four deep-soaking wooden bathtubs from Japan, two hammams recreating the spa traditions of Morocco and Turkey, and a menu rife with the likes of Balinese facials, Siamese body scrubs, and Ayurvedic massages.


In search of something with a novelty factor, I journeyed east with the Revitalizing Taoist Massage, a 90-minute treatment inspired by the time-honored “Art of Touch” rituals of China. Featuring a warm, fragrant blend of neem oil infused with vanilla, cumin, and cinnamon, this massage addresses acupressure points and the 12 meridians in order to balance the body’s Qi, or energy flows. In between light stretching and long, soothing strokes are little flick-like movements carried out by the therapist to warding off negative energy before a spot of meditation wraps things up. The idea of this treatment, as its name suggests, is renewal – not relaxation – so you’re if you’re looking to feel more energized, this one’s for you.


AED550 for 50 minutes
AED750 for 80 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 248 880

Guerlain Spa at One&Only The Palm

It’s easy to use words like tranquil and peaceful when talking about one Dubai’s many beautiful spa experiences,  but Guerlain Spa at One&Only The Palm is truly in a league of its own. A secluded temple-like arrangement in a minimal Moorish architectural style greets visitors upon arrival, and through the doors of the spa, you’re whisked away to a transcendent sensory experience. With the First of January, renewal, replenishment, and relaxation are on the menu with a two-hour treatment that starts with body polishing, followed by a body wrap, and finished with a hot stone massage. Get ready to melt into a goo-puddle. Symbolic of shedding old layers and embracing a fresh start, the body polishing is vigorous, awakening your circulatory system and encouraging lymphatic drainage. The body wrap cocoons you, wrapping you in warmth and reassurance. Swaddled like a baby, the pink mud rubbed on your skin before the wrap works to detoxify your dermis. In between each treatment session, you are given a gorgeous private bathroom attached to the treatment suite in which to shower and prepare for the next round. The finale is a glorious hot stone massage that will have you melting into the massage bed. Fresh as a newborn baby, you’ll be ready to face the new year with a renewed sense of self.

AED1330 for the First of January Ritual treatment
To book: click here or call +(971) 4 440 1040

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Qua Spa, Caesars Palace Hotel

Tucked away in the Caesar’s Palace hotel on Bluewater’s Island, Qua Spa goes beyond your regular spa, courtesy of its unique treatment menu. Upon entering, the sleek minimal furnishings painted in earthy tones set the mood for a royal pampering session. Inside, refreshment-seekers can avail a range of state-of-the-art wellness and beauty treatments to kickstart their vacation or staycation sans the stress build-up. Qua Spa-goers can choose from a host of rejuvenating treatments like the Iyashi Dome treatment (only one in the UAE) which uses state-of-the-art infrared rays to deeply cleanse the body, restore its balance and gain efficient and long-lasting slimming effects, the Psammo Concept Quartz Bed treatment based on ancient Egyptian hot sand therapy, revitalize themselves with Beverly Hills Vitamin Therapy, and the newly launched bespoke facial and body treatments by Young LDN.

Arriving in Dubai from London, Young LDN brings the best-in-class aestheticians, technology, and products equipped to tackle any skincare issue. Its extensive menu at Qua Spa offers a range of beauty treatments from body contouring to advanced anti-aging, acne treatments for teens and adults, and high-end nail services. Caesars Palace is also bringing Hollywood’s favorite vitamin therapy literally to your doorstep. Need a boost of energy after a long flight? You can avail the vitamin therapy in your room. Beverly Hills Vitamin Therapy works by sending the vital nutrients and vitamins you need directly into your bloodstream to help detoxify and repair your skin from within.


To book: email quaspa@caesarsdubai.ae
or call (+971) 50 864 2874

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The Ritz Carlton Spa

During a recent visit to The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai's spa, I had the privilege of experiencing the Bamford Signature Treatment, a result of an exclusive collaboration with the esteemed British skincare brand Bamford. The collaboration with Bamford represents a milestone for The Ritz-Carlton in Dubai, introducing a range of products and specialized treatments aligned with Bamford's dedication to organic, sustainable, and handcrafted skincare. This 90-minute oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation began with the tranquil spa atmosphere, setting the stage for an indulgent experience. The therapist skillfully incorporated Bamford's organic and sustainable skincare products, enhancing the treatment with a gentle exfoliation, a therapeutic massage, and a nourishing mask, culminating in the skin that felt remarkably refreshed and radiant. 

AED 900 for the 90-minute Bamford Signature Treatment
To book call: (+971) 4-318 6521

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Sensasia Spas

Let's face it, the closest many of us get to a marathon is the daily sprint from bed to the coffee machine. But believe it or not, those long hours hunched over a desk can wreak as much havoc on your body as training for an actual athletic event. Sensasia Spas has just the right antidote: the CBD Recovery by KLORIS, specifically designed to address the chronic pain commonly experienced by desk-bound individuals. First things first, this isn't your average rub-down. The treatment harnesses the power of KLORIS CBD Oil and Balm, a dynamic duo known for their anti-inflammatory and muscle-soothing properties. 

The session begins with a skilled therapist working her magic with the CBD Oil, targeting all those niggling aches and pains that come from being shackled to a desk. It’s like she knows exactly where that deep-seated, “I’ve-been-sitting-too-long” pain lives. As the oil works its magic, you can almost hear your muscles sighing in relief. The standout feature of the treatment is the application of the CBD Balm. This balm is more than just a part of the session; it is a take-home product. This means that the benefits of the treatment extend beyond the spa experience. Clients receive their own high-strength CBD Balm to continue addressing muscle discomfort and maintain the recovery process at home. So, whether you're an actual athlete or just a keyboard warrior battling the daily grind, this treatment is a game-changer.


AED670 for 60 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 04 417 9820

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Six Senses Spa at Renaissance Hotel Downtown

The Six Senses Spa at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel is a tranquil sanctuary designed for those seeking an escape from the bustling city. Conveniently located just minutes from Dubai's business hubs, The Six Senses Spa invites guests to unwind on the massage table, making it an ideal retreat post-work or even during a lunch break. After a stressful meeting, what could be more rejuvenating? The spa's interiors, inspired by the calming hues of the desert, offer stunning views of the city through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. This state-of-the-art facility features suites, each tailored to stimulate a specific sense – sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, and intuition.


Among the spa's standout treatments is the deeply relaxing Floatation therapy. This unique experience allows guests to feel weightless, suspended in a floatation pod, bringing tranquility to both mind and body. Alternatively, guests can choose a thorough cleansing session in The Six Senses Spa's hammam. Of all the treatments, we particularly relished the tension-melting Deep Tissue massage. This sixty-minute full-body massage promises to rejuvenate tired muscles, leaving guests feeling entirely refreshed.


AED620 for 60 minutes
AED790 for 90 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 512 5566

Sofitel Spa

From its exquisitely appointed rooms to its incredible fine dining establishments, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk is one of the classiest, most elegant hotels in Dubai. However, its best kept secret is its spa, which is the only place in town you can find L’Occitane branded treatments. After weeks of long days, four a.m. call times to set, and shooting content non-stop, the one thing I needed the most was rest. Thankfully, a blissed-out experience awaited me at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, where I booked in for the ‘Sleep & Reset’ massage.


Tested by the European Sleep Center, this massage is ideal for releasing tension, removing negative energy, and promoting head-to-toe wellbeing. The treatment begins with the selection of a L’Occitane signature fragrance blend, which is used in the massage to either relax or energize you (your choice). I chose relaxation, naturally. And then I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the massage included a mini-facial which was so gentle and soothing it honestly was my favorite part of the entire experience. Weary limbs, aching backs, tired skin, and stressed minds have their salvation at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. The Sleep & Reset treatment was absolutely magical, and left me feeling like I had peeled off years of fatigue from my soul.


AED760 for 80 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 04 281 4030

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

Nestled within the luxurious Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, J Wellness Centre takes you on a healing journey rooted in ancient Indian wisdom. Balancing the five sacred elements – Akash (Space), Vayu (Wind), Agni (Fire), Jal (Water), and Prithvi (Earth) – the spa's therapies are a multi-sensory experience. Soothing scents, serene sounds, and a gentle yet transformative touch come together to create a harmonious and rejuvenating environment. The center boasts elegant facilities, including a sauna, steam room, and an Experience Shower, providing you with the perfect environment to unwind and embrace the art of self-care. 

From the moment you arrive, you are welcomed with a soothing cup of tea, setting the tone for a journey into ultimate relaxation. You'll be draped in a sumptuous robe, adding a touch of luxury to your experience. The wicker slippers further enhance the sense of comfort and relaxation, ensuring that every little detail is luxurious.

For those seeking a deeper connection to their inner selves, the J Wellness Centre provides daily yoga and meditation classes. Led by Suyog, an experienced Yoga Instructor from the Bihar School of Yoga, these classes integrate the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions equally.

AED650 for 60 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 275 4444

Talise Spa at Jumeirah Al Qasr

Stepping into the world of luxury at Talise Spa at Jumeirah Al Qasr, we indulged in the unique VOYA seaweed treatment, which was unlike any other we've experienced. Starting with the invigorating Bladderwrack Body Buff, we were then enveloped in real organic seaweed leaves, specifically Laminaria Seaweed. The result was transformative, leaving our skin bright, smooth, and irresistibly soft. What sets this experience apart is the thoughtful touch of allowing us to take the seaweed home for multiple uses, as it still holds detoxifying properties. The spa itself, nestled in a serene oasis, felt like an exclusive retreat far from the hustle of Dubai, with each treatment room in its own villa. The state-of-the-art facilities and meticulous attention to detail further enhanced the experience, inviting exploration within the spa grounds.

Price upon booking for 90 minutes
To book: call (+971) 04 366 6818

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The Spa at Address Sky View

The Spa at Address Sky View is one of Dubai’s most impressive. With your head in the clouds at a height that offers sweeping views of the coastline to the west (which you can take in from the spa’s private pool) and downtown to the east, you’ll feel a world away inside The Spa’s peaceful, beautifully appointed interiors. If deep relaxation that lasts long after your appointment is what you’re after, we recommend booking a Vibra Healing session. Inside the treatment room, which comes equipped with its own private changing room, you’ll first enter a peaceful state of mind via a full-body aroma oil massage. When you’re fully relaxed, the talented therapist will then introduce Tibetan singing bowls. They are activated along your body chakras, and then placed on top of your chakras where they hum and vibrate, creating a sensation so soothing that you’ll feel yourself melting into the table. The relaxation penetrates practically to a cellular level. Not only does it put your body to rest, but also your mind. This ancient practice will have you floating for the rest of the day and help you sleep deeply at night.


AED950 for 90 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 873 8888

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

With the year racing to its end, stress levels are peaking and screen time seems endless. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai emerges as an oasis of tranquility, a perfect haven for that much-needed digital detox. Nestled in a vast 2,000 square meter area, inspired by the serene desert landscapes, it offers more than just a break from the urban chaos—it champions a conscious approach to digital well-being.

Enter the Digital Wellness Escape – a much-needed respite for anyone feeling the weight of constant connectivity. From the moment you arrive, the spa experience begins with a reflective questionnaire, gently nudging you to consider your current state of mind and stress. Your phone, a constant companion, is respectfully sequestered away in a secure pouch, symbolizing a temporary but meaningful disconnection from the digital world.

The journey into relaxation begins as you select an essential oil that resonates with your current needs, followed by a brief, yet grounding meditation led by your therapist. This prelude sets the stage for a massage that is transformative in every sense. Merging personalized attention with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, skilled hands work to reset your tense muscles and calm your busy mind. This therapeutic session is further enhanced by the use of locally sourced ingredients, connecting you to the region's rich heritage, while the principles of marma therapy focus on releasing energy blockages.

AED990 for 90 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 777 2222

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The Spa - Palazzo Versace

Stepping into The SPA at Palazzo Versace is akin to entering a realm of serenity; its shadowy, Zen-like corridors instantly transporting one into a cocoon of tranquility. Nestled within these hushed hallways, the treatment room itself felt like an ethereal sanctuary, where the world's worries faded away, replaced by an enveloping calm. 

My experience at The SPA was transformative, especially with their latest offering, 'The Sleep Ritual.' This meticulously crafted 90-minute treatment is a harmonious blend of sound therapy and magnesium-infused therapies, specifically designed to combat sleeplessness and recalibrate the sleep-wake cycle. The ritual commenced with deep breathing exercises, which, when coupled with the continuous, soothing sound bath from Tibetan singing bowls, facilitated a profound recentering of my energy. The scrub, enriched with magnesium salts sourced from the ancient Zechstein Sea, imparted a slight, peculiar tingling sensation that seemed to be a testament to its purity and therapeutic nature. 

Remarkably, the treatment transcended beyond physical relaxation; it permeated into my subconscious. That night, I, typically a dreamless sleeper, found myself immersed in vivid dreams, indicative of a profoundly deep slumber. It's a testament to the effectiveness of 'The Sleep Ritual,' which not only promises, but delivers a state of relaxation so deep, it lingers well beyond the spa's doors, ensuring a night of restful, rejuvenating sleep.

AED890 for 90minutes (excluding pool time)
To book: call (+971) 04 556 8750

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Wellness by ME

Stepping into the architectural wonder of ME Dubai, located in the heart of the bustling Business Bay, I was instantly transported to a sanctuary of calm, a testament to Zaha Hadid's masterful design. As I made my way to the Wellness by ME Spa, the tranquility deepened, immersing me into a quiet, serene space. I was greeted and given a choice of massage oils, each reflecting an element of the earth. I opted for the 'fire' blend, a fusion of jasmine and wood. Led to a dimly lit room where a luxuriously plush, heated massage bed awaited, the "ME Signature Massage" was an experience like no other. Harnessing the therapeutic power of Thai element oil and precise acupressure techniques, every ounce of tension melted away, especially when the warm stones worked their magic on my back. It's more than just relaxation; it's a holistic rejuvenation that I urge everyone to try. Trust me, you'll leave feeling not only relaxed but truly revitalized and energized.

Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont The Palm

Whether you’re on vacation, having a stressful week at work, or simply in need of some pampering, Fairmont The Palm‘s Willow Stream Spa is well equipped with expert therapists and the best treatments to transport you to a deep state of relaxation. Spend a leisurely afternoon in one of the 11 spa suites, explore the steam and sauna rooms, relax in the lounge or out on the Willow Stream Spa balcony. Willow Stream Spa’s highly skilled staff of therapists will help nourish your mind, body, and soul, leaving you feeling deeply rejuvenated.


We tried the blissful Pearls and Caviar Ultimate Anti-Aging Rejuvenation treatment that left us with skin so smooth we could hardly believe it. The top-to-toe experience began with a gentle full body polish using pearl beads followed by a bamboo and ginger massage to revitalize the senses and calm aching muscles. The treatment is finished with a caviar anti-aging facial, resulting in a youthful, radiant glow.


Price upon appointment
To book: call (+971) 4 457 3545

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Zaaz

It’s refreshing – rare even – to discover a wonderful new spa in Dubai that happens to be standalone, saving us the hassle of traipsing through a hotel. Full-service wellness destination Zaaz is nestled in Jumeirah, but a visit here feels more like a jaunt to Morocco. You’ll be greeted by plants, lanterns aplenty, the soft trickling sound of a fountain, and plenty of natural light – all elements reflecting the fact that Zaaz is inspired by a traditional riad. Oh, and not only is the owner Moroccan herself, but she also has a long history of working with Fortune 500 companies. Translation: she knows the importance of de-stressing at a spa, and no detail is therefore too small.


Amongst a menu that offers services like waxing, blow-dries, Brazilian blowouts, massages, and more, it’s the ‘Zaaz Hammam Malaki’ you want to start with. Naturally, organic argan oil is the star of this show and features in every step of the hammam, complemented by products from all-natural Moroccan beauty brand Izil. Between the cleansing beldi soap infused with eucalyptus, hair oil that drenches your tresses with a nourishing blend of oils, a softening body scrub made with green tea, a purifying ghassoul body wrap infused with green tea and rosewater, and even a face mask loaded with green tea and rosewater, this is quite literally top-to-toe pampering. And if time is of the essence? The ‘Moroccan Argan Manicure’ will treat your digits to a slice of the Moroccan spa life as it also incorporates the green-tea scrub and rosewater-rich ghassoul mask.


AED550 for 110 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 50 935 4577

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a newly opened salon and spa in Al Wasl that promises to be a sanctuary of serenity and holistic rituals, which are exclusively curated to create a blissful journey of rejuvenation and reinvigoration. And it delivers on that promise.


For an afternoon of pampering, Zanzibar’s Moroccan bath is the way to go. Start with tea and chocolate as you await your specialist. First, inside an intimate oasis, you’re treated to a full-body wash, then a steam room, an exhilarating charcoal scrub, a relaxing shampoo, and a final cleansing bath. We recommend adding a facial with radio-frequency treatment to the experience. We nearly fell asleep from the relaxing comfort of it. Emerging refreshed and relaxed, this sleek, gorgeous space is more than worth paying a visit to. Book a visit, and discover exactly why it’s earning five-star reviews from guests.


AED400 for the Bespoke Moroccan Bath
AED500 for the Signature Zanzibar Facial
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 546 9658

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