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Relax in the spa

Dubai has established itself as a luxury destination, appealing to wealthy visitors with plenty of money to spend. Many luxury hotels feature opulent guest suites and very expensive restaurants, as well as beautiful spas. After a day of sunbathing, sightseeing and shopping, take a relaxing break in one of the enormous spa complexes.

Guests are pampered with exclusive products that you won’t find in an average drugstore, such as precious caviar cream by American Kerstin Florian, expensive French Thémaé tea balm, or 24-carat gold serum made by Swiss company La Prairie. The therapists, flown in from Tunisia, Turkey, Bangkok and Bali, are also top notch. The Desert Palm spa menu consists of 28 pages – the hardest part is making a choice, then just close your eyes, relax and enjoy.

The infinity pool at the Burj Al Arab hotel
The infinity pool at the Burj Al Arab hotel


The Assawan Spa

A 7-star spa

The landmark Burj Al Arab is the only (self-proclaimed) 7-star hotel in the world and of course offers a 7-star spa. The Assawan Spa on the 18th floor offers a panoramic view of the city and the Palm islands. But most guests come here to relax and enjoy one of the dozens of treatments on offer, ranging from Ayurvedic candle wax treatments to herbal compresses. The signature spa treatment is an hour-and-a-half massage that uses a mixture of Japanese, Thai, Swedish and Balinese techniques.

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Assawan Spa, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah, Dubai,

5-star bath ritual

The showpiece of the vast One&Only Spa is the oriental hammam that offers a bath ritual inspired by ancient Constantinople transported to a 5-star luxury setting. The entire ritual takes 2 hours: first you are washed and scrubbed, then wrapped in detoxifying clay. Next you are given a facial treatment with honey and finally a relaxing body massage.

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Ancient Constantinople bath ritual

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One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, Al Sufouh, Dubai,
Lime Spa: wellness temple in the desert

Wellness temple

The Desert Palm designer hotel is located in the desert on the outskirts of Dubai. The hotel’s wellness temple offers a large menu of spa treatments. Choose a facial with protein-rich caviar, a cleansing sea salt scrub or a soothing shiatsu massage. Compile your own spa package by choosing several treatments that are combined into a seamless 2-and-a-half hour or half-day spa session.

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Lime Spa, Desert Palm, Al Awir Road, Warsan 2, Dubai,

Photo credits

  • The Assawan Spa: Jumeirah Group
  • Ancient Constantinople bath ritual: Sarah Ackerman, Flickr
  • Lime Spa: wellness temple in the desert: Roland Rudolf, Flickr