With so many pampering possibilities in the UAE, it takes an extra special spa to stand out
Get glowing skin at Four Seasons and spas with a twist
KOZMA & KOZMA
This salon doesn’t just do your standard file-and-polish manicures and pedicures – there are all kinds of wacky and wonderful treatments too. These include the candy land pedicure, where you can squish your toes in ‘gumballs’ and have your feet massaged with chocolate, and the snowman manicure, where you soak your hands in cooling “snow” and build your very own little frosty friend. Alternatively, you can have a manicure or pedicure inspired by mermaids, unicorns and other mythical creatures.
While you wait for your treatment, you’ll get to take your pick from the candy bar – filled with retro sweets – and sip on a complimentary mocktail, coffee or hot chocolate with marshmallows. This is a great option for a birthday party or bridal shower.
Al Wasl Road, villa 1134, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 9pm, Fri 11am to 8pm. Tel: (056) 5544534. Taxi: Next to Umm Suqeim Veterinary Centre kozmaandkozma.com
The first Guerlain Spa in the UAE, there’s a range of luxury treatments to choose from as well as three exclusive experiences designed by Guerlain. The Désert d’Orient hammam treatment aims to eliminate toxins and soothe muscle pain while the Dubai Harmony treatment relieves the body of any muscle tension. The third treatment, the One&Only Solar Evasion, is a face and body treatment that prepares skin for tanning and prolongs a healthy glow. Arrive early to make the most of the private pool. Check out the full Guerlain make-up setup in the spa room if you want a postfacial touch up.
One& Only The Palm, Dubai, daily 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 4401040. Taxi: One&Only Palm Jumeirah. oneandonlythepalm.com
TALISE OTTOMAN SPA
Ever wanted to eat cheese or chocolate in a snow room? Now you can at Talise Ottoman Spa. The spa offers ‘ the ultimate fondue experience’ treatment where, at a temperature of -5ºC, you’ll get to enjoy cheese or chocolate fondue with a selection of dips including strawberries, brownies, cookies and marshmallows.
If you fancy bringing a plus one, there is also a ‘couples frozen retreat’ package where you get a choice of fondue and use of the salt-water therapy pool, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, snow room and other spa facilities for Dhs1,650.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray The Palm, Dubai, advance reservation, 9am to 9pm, Dhs300. Tel: (04) 4530456. Taxi: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray jumeirah.com
The spa in Renaissance Downtown is home to six spacious treatment suites that are each linked to a different sense: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and intuition. At the smell suite, you’ll join your therapist at the alchemy bar with coffee beans, herbs and spices and work together to make the perfect scrub for you. Meanwhile, at the sound suite, you’ll let the guided singing bowl meditation lull you into a deep state of relaxation while lying back on a healing vibroacoustic lounger.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, daily 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 5125566. Taxi: Renaissance Downtown Hotel sixsenses.com
TALISE SPA AT BURJ AL ARAB
Fancy a facial with pure gold? The 80-minute La Prairie Revitalising & Perfecting Radiance Facial treatment has drops of Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold that promises to visibly brighten the skin.
If you’re the romantic type, the moonlight swim package offers an evening of sheer luxury, 150 metres above the ground. It includes a 55-minute massage for two and a dip in your own infinity pool adorned with rose petals, set against a soundtrack of personalised music and two glasses of champagne. You’ll also be gifted a white bathrobe with your name at the end as a keepsake. Be warned, at Dhs7,321, it comes with a pretty hefty price tag for the privilege.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, daily 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3017365. Taxi: Burj Al Arab. jumeirah.com
TALISE SPA AT MADINAT JUMEIRAH
Forget an ordinary hammam, there’s a 24-carat gold hammam at Madinat Jumeirah. The 120-minute treatment includes a gold clay body mask with extracts of myrtle. The full body massage includes gold-infused oils and jasmine petals for radiant skin.
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3666818. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com
Each treatment at this spa corresponds to a different healing stone such as ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond. Diamond relates to stabilising physical and emotional imbalance while sapphire relates to serenity and peace. Treatments include amara signature facials and massages to release tension.
Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 6021660. hyatt.com