A Day of Gold
Yes, you read that right. Feel like a million dirhams and experience a day of undiluted luxury as you’re showered with a bouquet of gold-laced treatments. The five-and-a-half-hour session begins with the Signature Palace massage that combines three soothing styles. You’re then led down to the Hamman for a reinvigorating session that uses gold soap, before breaking for a light lunch that’s prepared by the hotel’s team
of top chefs. Next up is a decadent 24-Carat Gold Radiance Facial that will leave you feeling like a princess (or prince). The day of pampering ends with a classic pedicure before the team bids you farewell with a box of chocolates.
Dhs3,490. Daily 10am-11pm. Emirates Palace Spa, Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7978).
Arabian Desert Rose Ritual
The benefits of the local Arabian rose are much in evidence during this six-hour treatment that starts with a rejuvenating Rose Desert Sand Body Scrub to brush away any tired, dull skin cells. Clients are then treated to a reviving Rose Body Mask and a soothing Rose Balm Body Massage that uses Arabian rose oil. You can then break for a small lunch to refuel while your therapist prepares a rose milk bath for you to soak into. Then, all that is left to do is lie back for an illuminating facial to complete the process of relaxation. The package also includes access to the private plunge pool.
Dhs3,500. Daily 10am-10pm. Anantara Spa, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (02 886 2088).
Jewel of Arabia
All you need do is spend just under five hours at Sense spa to feel like you’re the star of your own historical drama. A gentle sugar body scrub comprising citrus and floral softens and removes dead skin cells. The new layers of skin are then draped in an herbal rhassoul clay wrap as heated Argan oil is massaged into your scalp. You’ll then be given a 90-minute massage using the spa’s signature Arabian Sense oil before finishing off with a 90-minute deluxe Diamond Facial. End scene.
Dhs2,470. Open daily 10am-11pm. Sense, Rosewood Abu Dhabi (02 813 5550).