Between back-to-back meetings, events, and busy weekend outings, it pays to take a moment to pause every now and then. In Dubai, nothing spells ‘relaxation’ quite like a soothing spa experience, and lucky for us, the city is bursting with incredible hot spots for calming treatments. If you’ve been unsure about where to go for a memorable massage, however, Vogue Arabia has shortlisted some of the very best places in the vicinity worth checking out. Below, discover four spas that promise to leave you walking on air and eagerly waiting for a second visit.
ReFIVE Spa, FIVE Palm Jumeirah
FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s new range of luxury spa experiences offer the perfect antidote for Dubai’s overpowering heat. Along with classic massages, the hotel gives visitors complimentary beach access post every spa session, along with a relaxing lunch menu at each of its signature restaurants, spanning from Italian favorite Cinque, to Mediterranean tapas at Beach by FIVE, or international classics at BLVD on One. FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s most popular experiences include the Natura Bissé facials, and sessions that use vitamin infusions and the globally-loved skincare products by Australian brand Sodashi to help restore skin’s natural radiance using plant essence formulas with deep cleansing properties. Save this one for a lazy Sunday after a hard week.
Cinq Mondes, Raffles the Palm Dubai
Nestled below the regal lobby of Raffles the Palm Dubai, Cinq Mondes is a haven that dedicates itself to soothing the senses. The journey begins with a walk through a beautifully lit corridor that leads to the spa, where every session kickstarts with a refreshing drink. Relying on a selection of handpicked ingredients, Cinq Mondes’ spa offerings range from indulgent hammams to Ayurvedic and Balinese massages, along with KO BI DO treatments. The traditional Oriental massage is a great pick for an overall relaxing experience. Using warm Argan oil and slow, deliberate strokes, the massage focuses on the whole body, with special attention given to each visitor’s specific sore spots. Follow up with a light tea in the spa’s relaxation room, and a few minutes in the sauna.
The Spa, Palazzo Versace
Bringing together the best ingredients from all over the world, The Spa at Dubai’s Palazzo Versace is one for the books. Among its most popular experiences for the summer is the Cryo Revive treatment, which aims to energize, while also brightening and toning skin, with a special focus on legs. The one-of-a-kind experience begins with a grapefruit-infused foot massage, followed by an exfoliating salt and green coffee oil massage to scrub off dead cells. Post a quick shower, the experience continues to include an ice sphere massage that immediately awakens the senses. Every treatment at Palazzo Versace can be followed up with a relaxing dip in its jacuzzi, and some quiet time with tea on its hot stone beds. Just what you need before you kickstart a busy day.