The Best Spa Experiences in Dubai

Written by Arpan Ghosh

It is International Women’s Month in March, and it is the perfect excuse to carve out some ‘me time’ and enjoy a little good old-fashioned pampering. Here are some of the very best spa experiences you can enjoy in Dubai, designed to make your day just a little bit brighter and a lot more relaxed.

Talise Spa

Talise Spa

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One of Dubai’s best known wellness destinations, Talise is located in the gorgeous Madinat Jumeirah complex (with two other outposts in Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Burj Al Arab). You are surrounded by architecture that harkens back to the UAE’s history, along with an abundance of greenery and soothing water features - it is a vision out of the Arabian Nights. There are 25 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms and private suites, plus a multi-sensory room and a range of healthy cuisines to create an atmosphere of perfect tranquility.

Qua Spa

Qua Spa

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Caesars Palace Bluewaters recreates all of the grandeur and lavishness of its older sibling in Las Vegas. The hotel also brings the incredible Qua experience to Dubai, featuring a range of exquisite treatments and the very best in Japanese wellness technology. The two main highlights of the spa are the Iyashi Dome, an immersive treatment that uses infrared rays to cleanse the body, and the Psammo Concept Quartz Bed, which features a futuristic take on ancient Egyptian sand therapy.

Anantara Spa

Anantara Spa

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Anantara combines its traditional Thai heritage with Middle Eastern wellness rituals to craft a unique spa experience. Modeling itself after a hammam, or Turkish bath, the spa features steam rooms, an ice cave, herbal baths, and more, all set in a rich atmosphere of ornate mosaics and antique furniture. You can indulge in a Thai massage as well, as performed by experts in the craft, as well as a deep tissue Arabian Message. The spa also offers Ayurvedic treatments that help rejuvenate both body and mind.

Jiva Spa

Jiva Spa

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Jiva, which means ‘living substance’ in Sanskrit, is a term often found in philosophical discussions about life and the soul. The philosophy of life is also what drives the Jiva Spa at Taj Dubai, which offers a range of treatments based on the Indian Ayurvedic healing system. Every product used at Jiva is completely natural, derived from Indian herbs, and you can also avail of beauty treatments, aromatherapy and Bhutanese baths (which includes hot stone massages). All guests at Jiva Spa are booked in for a complimentary yoga session, for an added dose of vitality.

Timeless Spa

Timeless Spa

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If you really want to have an authentic Middle Eastern spa experience far away from the constant activity of the city, then head out to Al Maha Desert Resort located close to the border between Dubai and Al Ain. Here you will find the exquisite Timeless Spa, which complements the beautiful desert setting with its elegant Arabesque design. The treatments at the spa draw their influences from around the world, with an emphasis on practices found throughout the Middle East and South Asia.

Saray Spa

Saray Spa

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Taking its cue from the Ottoman Empire and Middle Eastern royalty, the Saray Spa boasts a resplendent therapeutic experience and has won multiple awards for hospitality and excellence. It offers a variety of treatments drawn from ancient regional healing techniques and uses ingredients that have been locally sourced, making it stand out from its contemporaries. Add to that an incredible location in JW Marriott Marquis, the tallest five-star hotel in the world (and the second tallest overall), and you have one of the very best wellness destinations in Dubai.