Luxurious, indulgent, over-the-top — all of these words are often used to describe experiences in Dubai. And they unquestionably can be spoken when it comes to describing Dubai’s pampering scene. With some of the best spas, yoga studios, facial treatments, and hammams in the world, Dubai is where you go when your body is in need of an idyllic escape.
Here is where to go for a weekend of pampering in Dubai.
1. For a yoga session: 136.1 Yoga Studio
Every weekend of pampering needs to include a yoga session (or two) and, with over 20 different yoga classes a day, 136.1 Yoga Studio is the place to go. Offering yin, vinyasa, hatha, and various other styles of yoga, this studio is renowned for having some of the best instructors in Dubai. The studio itself is calming and uplifting, and always guaranteed to smell like incense.
For the ultimate yoga class, head here at sunset, as the studio overlooks the Dubai Marina and the room fills with light. Plus, it is a close walk to all the delicious restaurants in Dubai Marina! However, if you are a more of a morning workout lover, you can see the water of the marina all day long through the floor to ceiling windows.
2. For a mani/pedi: Aveda Salon
You came to Dubai for a pampering weekend, and the Aveda salon in Galleria Mall is a surefire way of making that happen. Take the private elevator up, step out onto the terrace, be greeted by “Mr Chakra” who will use a special chakra spray to remove any energy blockages you may have.
Only then can you enter the elegant, spacious, and peaceful salon that is designed with four living walls comprised over 4,000 plants. You are definitely in for a treat!
As an all-around fantastic pampering spot, you can get a variety of services here and many Dubai socialites love to come here to get their hair done especially when they’re after effortless natural color!
But, it is the large mani/pedi stations that are really something else. While you are getting your shellac or gels, you can sit back into your massage seat and gaze out at what looks like a lush, green rainforest.
3. For a massage: Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah
No pampering weekend is complete without a rejuvenating massage, and Talise Spa is just the place. Surrounded by waterways and greenery, this spa (strategically located in Madinat Jumeirah) is guaranteed to make you forget any stress or tension you have been carrying around with you.
Not only are all their luxurious treatments personalized to cater to your individual needs, but they also offer relaxation areas, an infrared sauna, steam rooms and plunge pools to ensure your whole time with them is lovely.
Their pamper sessions include a variety of massages (on the beach if you like), body experiences, facials (Margy’s Hyaluron Collagen Facial), body treatments (Shiffa 24-Carat Gold Hammam), and private yoga lessons.
Talise Spa also offers a variety of day packages including those for bachelorette parties, day retreats, couples retreats, and their secret garden journey which starts with 25 minutes in the Alphasphere Deluxe sensory room and is then followed by a 60 min outdoor Thai massage at the beautiful Secret Garden Gazebo. After the treatment, you can enjoy a view of the waterways while eating tea and fruits. Has anything ever sounded better?
4. For a facial: The Pearl Spa, Four Seasons Resort
When traveling, it can always be challenging to know where to get a facial treatment. After all, you don’t want to make a mistake! Luckily, Pearl Spa at the Four Seasons Resort has all your facial needs covered when you are passing through Dubai.
Their facial treatments include their Signature Pearl Facial, the Diamond Infusion, the Rose Quartz Crystal Facial, the 24-Carat Gold Skin Perfection Facial, Corrective Whitening, and the Thermal Infusing Facial.
However, their famed Raw and Radicle Facial was developed by the Pearl Spa technicians and is an ultra-hydrating quick treatment that utilizes Balqees honey, which is sourced from Yemeni honeycombs. This honey is filled with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that help decrease redness and rejuvenate your skin. During the treatment, your face will be thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated, before the raw honey is applied and left on for 15 minutes as a mask.
After this, you will be ready to strut your way around Dubai!
5. For an Arabian bath: Anantara Spa
It isn’t a trip to Dubai without experiencing an Arabian bath — particularly if you are in the mood for some pampering! Head to Anantara Spa for profoundly relaxing and revitalizing treatments that make you feel like you’re far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Positioned within Anantara, the Palm Dubai Resort, Anantara Spa is renowned for its stunning marble Turkish hammam and highly professional team. The hammam, or Turkish bath, is a tradition that has evolved over thousands of years and here, you can sit on the heated marble and experience a scrub before unwinding and purifying your body in a foam bath.
In addition, you can opt to experience a Traditional Thai Massage, an Anantara Signature Massage, an Arabian Massage, or an Arabian Exotic Scrub and Wrap.
Have you had any pampering experiences in Dubai? Where are your favorite spots? Let us know in the comments below!
About The Author: Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.
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