These relaxing retreats may be local, but they draw inspiration from around the globe
- HEART & SOUL – Just 20 minutes from Downtown Dubai but resembling a lush country retreat, feel the stress fade away as you drive through the tree-lined entrance to Al Barari. Situated beside popular breakfast spot The Farm, Heart & Soul is a Mediterranean-inspired spa, decked out with warm wood, natural stone elements and outdoor rain showers. The signature Six Hands massage involves three therapists simultaneously applying a hot herbal compress to your body followed by a synchronised head-to-toe massage and coconut oil head massage.
Al Barari; 00971-56-179 9601, heartandsoul.ae
- WALDORF ASTORIA SPA – This 3,200sqm spa on the Palm Jumeirah takes guests on a journey to Asia with Himalayan salt stone saunas as well as thermal and water flotation lounges, an ice fountain and a herbal steam room. Personalised treatments utilise spa products from around the world, including the Valmont range from Switzerland, Red Flower botanical amenities from New York, and gold body and facial therapies by Omorovicza from Hungary.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah; 00971-4-818 2222, waldorfastoria.com/dubaipalm
- SO SPA – Inspired by the French art de vivre, monochrome décor is punctuated by pops of colour and designed around the fleur-de-lis represented in the custom glass chandelier that resembles the lily’s seed pods. Personalised spa experiences are performed with Anne Semonin and Thémaé products from France, while treatments like the lomi-mae massage and thermal volcanic stone massage find their roots in Asian traditions.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown; 00971-04-503 6666, sofitel.com