A 7-star spa
The landmark Burj Al Arab is the only (self-proclaimed) 7-star hotel in the world and of course offers a 7-star spa. The Assawan Spa on the 18th floor offers a panoramic view of the city and the Palm islands. But most guests come here to relax and enjoy one of the dozens of treatments on offer, ranging from Ayurvedic candle wax treatments to herbal compresses. The signature spa treatment is an hour-and-a-half massage that uses a mixture of Japanese, Thai, Swedish and Balinese techniques.
Ancient Constantinople bath ritual
5-star bath ritual
The showpiece of the vast One&Only Spa is the oriental hammam that offers a bath ritual inspired by ancient Constantinople transported to a 5-star luxury setting. The entire ritual takes 2 hours: first you are washed and scrubbed, then wrapped in detoxifying clay. Next you are given a facial treatment with honey and finally a relaxing body massage.
Lime Spa: wellness temple in the desert
The Desert Palm designer hotel is located in the desert on the outskirts of Dubai. The hotel’s wellness temple offers a large menu of spa treatments. Choose a facial with protein-rich caviar, a cleansing sea salt scrub or a soothing shiatsu massage. Compile your own spa package by choosing several treatments that are combined into a seamless 2-and-a-half hour or half-day spa session.