A Day of Gold at Emirates Palace
Looking for that extra level of luxury? Well, the magnificent Emirates Palace has a suitably indulgent spa treatment that is more than worth its weight in gold. The opulent offering, called A Day of Gold, stretches out over more than five hours and starts off the journey to ultimate relaxation with a glorious gold hammam followed by a signature palace massage. It’s then time for
a delicious light lunch and refreshments before you make yourself feel like a million dirhams once more with a 24-carat gold radiance facial and a brilliant Bastien Gonzalez pedicure. You even get a little gift to take home. This is the gold standard of spas.
Dhs4,395. Daily 10am-11pm. Emirates Palace Spa, Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7978).
Arabian Desert Rose Ritual at Anantara Spa
Life really can be a bed of roses at one of Abu Dhabi’s most lavish escapes. The Arabian Desert Rose Ritual at Anantara Spa, nestled away in the five-star Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, will help all those stresses and strains simply wash away. Firstly, your skin is smoothed and softened by an exfoliating rose desert sand scrub, before you immerse yourself in a rejuvenating rhassoul body mask and soak up the good vibes with a rose milk bath to nourish and moisturise your skin. A biodynamic facial to cap off the treatment will help you feel fresher than ever.
Dhs2,500. Daily 10am-10pm. Anantara Spa, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Liwa (02 886 2088).
Four-handed synchronised massage and personalised facial at ESPA
They say two heads are better than one – and we reckon the principle is the same for massage therapists as well. As you have probably worked out, the massage here involves two therapists (that’s where you get the four hands from, you see) to double up on the tension-relieving rewards. The relaxing treatment features the pouring of warm oil and the use of hot volcanic stones, finishing with a soothing therapeutic head massage. To cap off the enriching three-hour ritual, a unique facial is specifically tailored to your needs, using deep cleansing exfoliation, steam with gentle extraction and a massage and mask.
Dhs1,945. 10am-10pm. ESPA, Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8051).
Jewel of Arabia at Sense
You will shine brighter than ever after treating yourself to more than four hours of perfect pampering pleasure. The Jewel of Arabia package will put you right at ease with a wondrous sugar body scrub, rich with citrus and floral botanicals to start things off.
A herbal rhassoul clay body wrap follows, which incorporates a scalp message infused with warm argan oil to bolster the hair. As if you didn’t feel re-invigorated enough already, there is also a 90-minute tailored massage and a 90-minute deluxe diamond facial that will leave you looking and feeling like royalty. Enjoy a delight for all the senses at Sense.
Dhs2,595. 10am-10pm. Sense, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).
The Traveller’s Retreat at Chi, The Spa
Feeling weary after a long-haul flight? Whether you are suffering from jet-lag or just fancy a refreshing break, then make the trip to Chi, The Spa to help recharge the batteries. The Traveller’s Retreat is a three-hour treatment made up of a 20-minute aroma bath, an energising and detoxifying scrub lasting 45 minutes, a swift 15-minute bio-energy mud rap and a 90-minute hot stone massage to complete the uplifting experience. If you are a world-weary traveller, this is just the ticket.
Dhs1,080. 10am-midnight. Chi, The Spa, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8900).
Signature Dahlia massage at Dahlia Spa
The signature Dahlia massage at this enchanting Four Seasons Hotel really does come with a personal touch.
You can hire those healing hands for a variety of times and make use of a wealth of individually hand-picked oils and massage techniques.
Whether you just want a 50-minute refresher or really want to iron out those aches and pains with an extensive 110-minute treatment, you are sure to walk out with an extra spring in your step after enjoying a spa service specifically designed
to meet your needs. Let Dahlia soothe all your worries away.
Dhs470 (50 mins), Dhs670 (80 mins), Dhs950 (110 mins). 10am-5pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).