Need some pampering? Bit short of cash? There are plenty of ways you can refresh and unwind in the capital if you’re on a budget
01. Anti-Ageing Eye Care at Thalgo Spa
Pampering in a staggeringly quick 15 minutes, this treatment gently massages the eye contour area to help reduce the effects of ageing such as wrinkles and dark circles.
Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs140. Tel: (02) 6668885. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Country Club. adcountryclub.com
02. DDG Instant Glow In-Chair Facial at The Nail Spa
Brighten and boost skin with a 20-minute facial that uses alpha and beta hydroxy acids. For those looking to keep their glow for longer, the salon is selling a 30-day ‘at-home’ Alpha-Beta Daily Face Peel product.
Various locations including Al Wahda Mall, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs160. Tel: (600) 544001. Taxi: Al Wahda Mall. thenailspa.com
03. Express Facial at Hiltonia Spa
A 30-minute mini-facial ideal for those looking for a quick cleanse and light exfoliation. It’s suitable for sensitive, dry, oily, combination and acne-prone skin. A therapist will gently massage your skin with a pore-refining mask and apply moisturiser tailored to your skin type.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs165. Tel: (02) 6924324. Taxi: Hilton Corniche. hilton.com
04. Mini Rehydrator Facial at Zen The Spa
Ideal for those of you with busy schedules, this facial begins with a deep cleanse and exfoliation followed by a rehydrating mask and promises to leave your skin feeling replenished, soft and smooth.
Al Ain Rotana, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 10pm, Dhs175. Tel: (03) 7545111. Taxi: Al Ain Rotana. rotana.com
Revitalising body scrubs
05. Aroma Salt Scrub at Eden Spa
Cover your body in essential oils with this salt scrub, which promises to leave skin feeling warm, smooth and soft. Get there early and relax in the spa’s Aquamedic pool, where therapeutic water jets will soothe your aches.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 11pm, Dhs199. Tel: (02) 6974354. Taxi: Le Méridien. edenspaabudhabi.com
06. Full body exfoliation at Zen The Spa
An exfoliating 30-minute treatment designed to improve your complexion, leaving it soft and smooth. A therapist will scrub your body to remove dead skin, followed by a warm shower to remove the salts. A layer of moisturiser is then added with massaging techniques to leave your skin feeling hydrated.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur to Sat 10am to 11pm, Dhs175. Tel: (02) 6979333 Taxi: Beach Rotana. rotana.com
07. Massage And Reflexology at Tips And Toes
Enjoy a 30-minute back massage at Tips And Toes’ spa for Dhs100. Want more pampering? You can add on another 20 minutes of reflexology for Dhs70 on your hands and feet to help improve your circulation and reduce stress and body tension.
Various locations including Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight, Dhs170. Tel: (02) 5650707 Taxi: Yas Mall. tipsandtoes.com
08. Medi-cure at Bedashing Beauty Lounge
Get a free upgrade from a standard pedicure to a Medi-cure treatment when you purchase a manicure or pedicure together. The bespoke treatment offers all the pampering of a regular pedicure with the added bonus of medicated products to help rejuvenate your feet.
Various locations including Fairmont Bab al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 9pm, Dhs140. Tel: (600) 560037 Taxi: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. bedashingbeauty.com
09. Pedicure And Callus Treatment at Chi The Spa
Treat your feet with a one-hour pedicure. Sit back in a reclining massage chair and get your toenails trimmed and shaped, your cuticles pushed back and conditioned with nail polish for just Dhs90. Give them a deep scrub and add on a special callus treatment for just Dhs50 extra.
Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to midnight, Dhs140. Tel: (02) 5098900. Taxi: Shangri-La Hotel. shangri-la.com/abudhabi
10. Back, Neck And Shoulder Massage at Remède Spa
The Daytime De-Stress package includes a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage with access to the spa’s Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room facilities. Get there early and spend an extra hour in the relaxation lounge which overlooks the Corniche, and take advantage of all the complimentary fresh juices and teas.
St Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 9am to 3pm, Dhs200. Tel: (02) 6944758 Taxi: St Regis Nation Towers. remedespaabudhabi.com
11. The 30-minute Express Massage at Sheraton Abu Dhabi
Pressed for time? The Sheraton’s half-an-hour express massage is just the ticket for a quick fix and is recommended for easing back pain, helping with jet lag or tense muscles. Priced at Dhs205, you can get it 25 per cent off if you book between 10am and 2pm.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 2pm, Dhs205. Tel: (02) 6970272 Taxi: Sheraton Abu Dhabi. sheratonabudhabihotel.com/spatreatments
12. Enrich Foot Treatment at The Spa
A 45-minute treatment that starts with dipping your feet in warm water filled with essential oils of geranium, sandalwood and patchouli. A therapist will then apply a salt and coffee exfoliation mask followed by layers of vitamin E oil and sweet almond oil followed by a calendula mask to soothe and condition.
Radisson Blu, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 9am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 8am to 10pm, Dhs165. Tel: (02) 6562494. Taxi: Radisson Blu Yas. radissonblu.com