Around the world in eight of Dubai's best beauty treatments
Get some stamps in your pampering passport with these exotic spa treatments from across the globe.
This anti-ageing facial incorporates deep lymphatic massage to tighten muscles and relieve tension in the sinuses. Concentrating on the neck, shoulders and face, the aim of this treatment is to leave you as refreshed as you would be after lazing for a fortnight by the pool in Marbella.
The Cure, BBC World Building 10, Internet City, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 8pm, Fri 10am to 8pm, Dhs420. Tel: (04) 3916485. Metro: Internet City. thecure.ae
Brazilian beach babes wouldn’t be caught dead with frizzy locks, and thanks to the wonders of keratin treatments you don’t have to either. KeraStraight is a smoothing treatment that promises to leave even the most damaged hair straight, shiny and manageable. Gisele Bundchen, eat your heart out.
Pastels Salon, Mercato Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm, Fri 10am to 9pm, Dhs1,000. Tel: (04) 3447883. Taxi: Mercato Mall. pastels-salon.com
Take a leaf out of a Parisienne’s book and dismiss sparkly neon nail polish with a toss of your head. Opt instead for a sheer or pale pink base colour finished with perfect white tips – so simple, so chic, so French.
The Nail Spa, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, daily 9am to 9pm, Dhs180. Tel: (04) 3685070. Metro: Ibn Battuta. thenailspa.com
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
This massage has its roots in ayurvedic medicine, which has been practised in India for centuries. Incorporating deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp, it aims to relieve stress, headaches, insomnia and fatigue.
Angsana Spa and Health Club, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, daily 10.30am to 10.30pm, Dhs285. Tel: (04) 3684356. Metro: Dubai Marina. angsanaspa.com
TAHITIAN ISLAND BLISS
This Polynesian treatment involves a scrub blending coconut, mung bean, spices and lavender before warm milk is poured over the body. The experience ends with a lomi lomi massage. Aloha island bliss.
SensAsia Urban Spa, The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs695. Tel: (04) 3498850. Taxi: The Village Mall. sensasiaspas.com
Live like an Ottoman sultan by luxuriating in a Turkish bath. Let the heat of the hammam soften your skin ahead of an exfoliation treatment on a stone bed, followed by a massage with olive-oil soap.
Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 9am to 9.30pm, Dhs400. Tel: (04) 4530456. Taxi: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. jumeirah.com
Drift away to the land of onsen hot springs with this relaxing treatment. A Japanese-inspired bath – including a rose petal-infused foot soak – is followed by a full body Qi massage and a facial using Japanese Shiseido products. The four-hour package includes sushi and green tea.
ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs2,240. Tel: (04) 4261020. Taxi: Atlantis The Palm. atlantisthepalm.com
If you’re not in the mood for even metaphorical travelling, you can stay close to home. This botanical treatment blends eastern and western massage techniques to rid the body of tension, using a blend of oils: relaxing lavender and hazelnut, detoxifying apricot and grapefruit, and orange blossom to fight emotional fatigue.
Amara Spa, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm, Dhs460. Tel: (04) 6021234. Taxi: Park Hyatt Dubai. dubai.park.hyatt.com