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Whether you’re admiring the vertigo-inducing hotels or exploring the sprawling shopping malls, there’s no doubt that Dubai is the ultimate destination for luxury. In this one extraordinary city, you’ll find the world’s tallest building, the fastest rollercoaster, and a man-made island shaped like a palm tree. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Dubai exceeds expectations in every way. The same can be said for its world-renowned spas. If you’re in the mood to relax and unwind on your Dubai cruise, you couldn’t have chosen a more apt place to do so. Here are just five of our favourite spas in the city. Of course, this being Dubai, they’re the ultimate in glamorous luxury. And...relax.
Image provided by: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Stepping inside the Waldorf Astoria on the iconic Palm Jumeirah is like stepping into a palatial oasis. Herbal steam rooms, water flotation lounges and a traditional Arabic attar perfumery are ready and waiting to provide you with a unique escape from everyday life.
Treatments on offer combine rich traditions with state-of-the-art products. Many are inspired by worldwide destinations, from Japan to the Nordics, to take you on a multi-sensory journey. The most indulgent, however, is the massage based on the majesty of Dubai itself. A fragrant oil enriched with gold particles repairs the skin and enrobes the body in a subtle yet irresistible glow. No wonder the Waldorf Astoria Spa won the “Best Luxury Destination Spa” at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016.
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We’ve all seen the photos of the Burj Al Arab – the magnificent sail-shaped building on the Palm Jumeirah is one of the most recognisable structures in the world (and the third tallest). The Talise Spa found within its glass walls is no less impressive. At 150m above the Arabian Gulf, you’ll feel worlds away from reality.
For the ultimate in decadence, try the Burj Al Arab Arabian Journey – a traditional Arabic experience which includes a full body polish using aromatic verbena-scented sand to treat the skin. As you glide from spa to lunch, try your best to keep your eyes open. The Burj Al Arab is a notorious spot for celebrity-spotting – Claudia Schiffer and Roger Federer are just two of the many high profile fans of the hotel.
Image provided by: Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Walk down a candlelit walkway, pass the serene rose petal pools and you’ll find CHI – a spa that tailors its treatments to the unique needs of your skin. It also uses some of the most exclusive ingredients to deliver real results.
There are few things as luxurious as caviar, which forms the basis for a lifting and anti-ageing facial. Infusing the skin with powerful antioxidants and protein-rich caviar, it helps to smooth out lines and improve texture.
Fancy topping off the ideal afternoon with a spot of retail therapy? Just 4km away is the Dubai Mall. One of the largest shopping malls in the world, it’s a paradise for fashion lovers.
The award-winning Talise Ottoman Spa offers an impressive 42 treatment rooms, as well as a traditional Turkish Hammam. The spa is inspired by the majestic palaces of the Ottoman era, so sit back and let the cool marble and intricate mosaics transport you to another world.
The Rose Bliss Body Massage is the perfect way to bring life and nourishment back to hard-working skin. Your body will be massaged using a luxurious rose oil, which is infused with Arabian rose extracts.
If you’re looking for inspiration, make sure to check out the Talise Ottoman Spa’s exclusive offers before you book.
Image provided by: Fairmont The Palm
The acclaimed Willow Stream Spa draws inspiration from the irrepressible energy of modern Dubai as well as the timeless allure of the desert. Balcony spaces with pool views are the perfect place to reflect, while eleven tranquil treatment suites offer a tempting menu of facials and massages.
The Pearls and Caviar Ultimate Anti-ageing Rejuvenation is an indulgent experience for the face and body. The treatment begins with a full body polish, using beauty-boosting pearl beads. Next, you’ll enjoy a bamboo and ginger massage, before finally indulging in a caviar facial to reveal a healthy, youthful glow.
In such a richly diverse country, where do you start? We’ve put together our top picks to help inspire your next Italian cruise.
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