From Serenity to Luxury: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Spas in Dubai

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Nothing beats a long, indulgent session at a spa, especially when it comes to total body rejuvenation and some much-needed “me time”. The only problem? Choosing one. That’s why the editors at Savoir Flair dropped what they were doing and tried everything from sleep-inducing massages to anti-aging facials and even New Age treatments at the best spas in Dubai. Here are their verdicts.

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.

Prices: AED 950 for a 90-minute session
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 873 8888

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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.

Prices: AED 400 for ‘Bespoke Moroccan Bath’ and AED 500 for the ‘Signature Zanzibar Facial’
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 546 9658

 

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Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

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.

Price: AED 760 for 80 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 04 281 4030

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The Palazzo Versace Spa

Located in Jadaf, the sumptuous Palazzo Versace Spa promises a serene environment from the moment you enter. Its luxurious modern interiors feature a top-of-the-line sauna, a welcoming jacuzzi, and a relaxation lounge, along with a variety of professional therapies. The main attraction for our visit to the Jadaf Waterfront is the new daytime wellness retreat offered by the Palazzo Versace Spa, a unique wellness journey that commences with a 30-minute Dead Sea Salt Scrub. Set in a traditional hammam, the scrub exfoliates and rehydrates your skin, preparing you for the invigorating Rainforest Shower, aimed to awaken both mind and body. After this energizing experience, guests have the option to relax at the pool facilities or continue on the path of wellness.

A unique Aloe Vera Moisture Body Wrap and Face hydration treatment form the core of this rejuvenation path at the spa. The body wrap naturally cools, hydrates, and moisturizes your skin while alleviating redness and inflammation. Simultaneously, a Babor Hydra Plus Ampoule Concentrate Facial is carried out, saturating the skin with hydration, reducing dryness-induced wrinkles. Cryo Facial Wands are employed in the face hydration treatment, promoting blood circulation, collagen production, and reducing redness, leaving the skin glowing. A Doctor Babor ‘Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask’ is applied to finish the facial, providing intense hydration thanks to its five types of Hyaluronic Acid. A relaxing head massage accompanies the wait for the mask, and the wellness journey concludes with a ‘Classic Shape and Polish’ service for the hands and feet. Guests are presented with a box of ‘Hydra Plus Ampoule Concentrates’ as a parting gift to extend the benefits of the face hydration treatment at home.

 

Price: AED 680 for 2 hours (excluding pool time)
To book: call (+971) 04 556 8750
Available to book until September 30th.

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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.

To book: call (+971) 4 457 3545

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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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Sensasia Stories

After a year where stress has reached nuclear levels, there was nothing I needed more than to really, truly relax. Relaxation doesn’t come easy for us self-described workaholics, and because of that, I often feel guilty for taking time for myself. However, when the new SensAsia Stories spa opened at Hotel Kempinski, it’s like the stars had aligned. I’m already a huge fan of SensAsia, but the ultimate luxury promised by its new location at Kempinski was icing on the proverbial cake. A serene, Asian-inspired environment offers a soothing oasis in the middle of a bustling city.

To maximize my zenlinke experience I selected ‘The Essential Spa Ritual’ which was a heavenly two-hour escape from the rigors of a non-stop schedule. It started with a blissful one-hour full body massage, and was followed by the spa’s best-selling ‘Natura Bissé O2 Relax Facial’. The facial was a serene mix of gentle cleansing and toning, followed by the ‘Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Glyco Peel’ to slough off layers of dead skin and bring back my natural glow. A calming facial massage, expertly applied by the deft hands of my facialist, had me melting into the massage table. The facial is finished by a dose of  ‘Natura Bissé Oxygen Complex’ which deeply hydrated my skin while pumping oxygen into my undernourished complexion. The result? Like 2020 never happened.

Price: AED 895 for 120 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 04 409 5600

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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.

Price: AED 550 for 110 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 50 935 4577

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Yes, the weather is finally pleasant, but we’d still rather hole up at a spa – especially when it’s The Spa at the recently opened Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, which I can confirm is just as dreamy as you’d expect from a hotel of this caliber. Inspired by the desert and its undulating sand dunes, this one-stop shop for all things wellness spreads over an impressive 2,000 square meters and features nine treatment rooms and a sumptuous VIP suite. It’s worth a visit for the relaxation pods alone, which – inspired by Bedouin tents – offer a private escape, complete with herbal tea and iPads.

But, of course, it’s the treatments on offer that make this magical oasis unmissable. Usual suspects aside, there are a couple of unusual experiences thrown into the mix, including the ‘Nomadic Sensory Journey’. Not only does this treatment capture the spirit of Emirati Bedouin life, but the beating of a doumbek drum also makes an appearance. The ‘Digital Wellness Escape’, meanwhile, promises two hours of bliss that aims to ease the strain caused by digital devices – yes, please. But if you’re after a massage that will leave you zen enough to float on air, this is the place. Locally sourced ingredients are blended with nourishing oils and the Ayurvedic technique of marma therapy to work on clearing blockages and releasing energy in the body. In short? It’s the next best thing to pressing the reset button.

Price: AED 650 for 60 minutes, AED 900 for 90 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 777 2222

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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.

Price: AED 1,700 for 90 minutes
To book: call (+971) 4 245 5533

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The Bvlgari Spa at Bvlgari Resort Dubai

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.

Price: AED 650 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.

Price: AED 550 for 50 minutes, AED 750 for 80 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 248 880

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Six Senses Spa at Renaissance Hotel Downtown

Need a break from the eternally vibrant city of Dubai? We know just the right place to help you relax and rejuvenate. Nestled in the very heart of Downtown Dubai, The Six Senses Spa at the Rennaisance Downtown Hotel is a tranquil sanctuary designed to allow you to escape the bustling city. Conveniently located minutes away from the business hubs of Dubai, The Six Senses Spa enables you to melt on the massage table right after work or even better during your lunch break. What better way to deal with a stressful meeting?
The spa’s thoughtfully designed interiors borrow their soothing color pallette from the desert and boast impeccable views of the city, courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The state-of-the-art spa is equipped with specially designed suites dedicated to a different sense – sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, and intuition.

The highlight of the spa’s treatments, however, is the profoundly relaxing ‘Floatation’ therapy which gives you the unique opportunity to feel absolutely weightless as you levitate in the floatation pod, calming down both your mind and body. You can also opt for a head-to-toe cleansing session at The Six Senses Spa’s Hammam. What we enjoyed the most about The Six Senses Spa is the tension-releasing ‘Deep Tissue massage. The six-minute-long full-body massage promises to restore your muscles and leave you feeling refreshed.

Price: AED 620 for 60 minutes, AED 790 for 90 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 512 5566

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