Let’s face it: We all need a bit of rest and relaxation every now and then. These spa treatments are a definitive way to spoil yourself and melt away stress
The Ultimate Royal Retreat
The concept of chi, after which Shangri-La’s spa is named, is all about balancing your energy and life force, and the spa team here will certainly make sure you’re totally relaxed from start to finish.
Plus, when a treatment is called The Ultimate Royal Retreat, you know right off the bat that you’re going to be pampered properly.
You’ll start by stepping into the shimmering black heated hammam room with an octagonal marble table at its centre. This is your throne for the next hour where you’ll be rinsed with black soap, escorted for a quick steam and given an intense and effective exfoliation typical of ancient times.
The more relaxing element comes in the second hour with a deep-tissue, full-body massage. Choose your scent, specify your preferred pressure, then relax and let your worries drift away with any physical tension.
AED 835. Chi the Spa, Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, between the bridges. Daily 10am-midnight. Contact: 02 509 8900, email@example.com
Asian Spell Massage
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Iridium Spa and enjoy some well-earned R&R. The Asian Spell Massage is a rejuvenating 90-minute treatment that’s guaranteed to help you unwind.
Featuring a variety of Asian massage techniques, including Shiatsu and gentle rocking, the massage targets the body’s pressure points to stimulate energy channels and improve circulation, with stretches to help loosen stiff and aching joints and create a sense of relief and overall wellbeing.
Plus, if you arrive early you can make the most of the relaxation area with its whirlpool Jacuzzi, plunge pool, steam room and sauna.
AED 720. Iridium Spa, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island. Daily 9am-10pm. Contact: 02 498 8996, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ultimate Yas Detox
Yas Marina Circuit is usually known for its adrenaline-fuelled motoring activities and on-track sporting events, but perched above it is a haven of tranquillity simply known as ESPA.
The two-hour Ultimate Yas Detox treatment is sure to give you a soothing feeling of total relaxation. The treatment begins with a head-to-toe body exfoliation where impurities will be scrubbed off, leaving your skin silky smooth.
Next, you’ll be enveloped in an algae body wrap as you lay back and enjoy a head massage. Finally, an hour-long massage will help get rid of aches and pains as the expert masseuse focuses on muscle tension with a deep tissue massage. Bliss.
AED 790. ESPA, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel, Yas Island. Daily 9am-10pm. Contact: 02 656 0862, email@example.com
Royal Golden Bath
Located inside the skyline’s iconic Etihad Towers, the luxurious Talise Spa has a wide range of treatments on offer to help whisk you away from stress.
If you need to switch off and relax but don’t have too much time on your hands, then why not try one of the signature bath rituals? The indulgent Royal Golden Bath is fit for a king, where you immerse yourself in a deep tub filled with, you guessed it, golden enriched minerals – with aromatic Artemisia flowers, passion flowers and pure argan oil thrown in for good measure.
The bath will leave your skin moisturised, nourished and silky soft. Helping you unwind during the 15-minute treatment, the flickering candlelight and welcoming atmosphere will put your mind at ease – you might even fall asleep.
AED 260. Talise Spa, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West. Daily 9am-10pm. Contact: 02 811 5858, firstname.lastname@example.org
24 Carat Gold Radiance Facial
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to become one with C-3PO, then the decadent 24 Carat Gold Radiance Facial could be for you.
Designed with decadence in mind, the treatment uses nano-technology to give a radiant boost to skin of all types. After asking about any current skin concerns, the treatment begins with a deep cleansing session to prepare the skin, before layering on paper-thin sheets of micronised pure gold.
A fine mist helps the metal penetrate deeper for a longer-lasting glow, and after a relaxing scalp massage and further cleanse to remove the gold, the result is baby-soft skin that looks lit-from-within.
AED 2,268. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. Daily 10am–11pm. Contact: 02 690 7978, email@example.com
Signature Hammam Ritual
As one of the world’s oldest surviving bathing rituals, the hammam is definitely a special experience with a side of history, and the 90-minute experience at the Ritz-Carlton is not one to be missed.
After being led into one of the spa’s beautifully ornate wet rooms, the treatment begins with a full body cleanse with Moroccan black soap, followed by a relaxing session in the sauna. A vigorous full body exfoliation follows to get rid of any dead skin, leaving you super-soft from top to toe.
After a hair wash and some gentle stretches, the skin is given a moisture boost with an argan oil balm.
AED 740++. ESPA, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. Daily 10am–10pm. Contact: 02 818 8051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing says ultimate pampering like diamonds. Using real diamond powder, this one-of-a-kind facial at Sense Spa gives your face the royal treatment.
The 90-minute treatment begins with an initial three-step exfoliation process, after which the therapist applies layers of nectar serum on the face to regenerate skin cells.
With unsightly blackheads removed, the next step involves adding a gold and pearl mask to transform the skin’s appearance from tired and dull to glowing and supple.
A myo-facial lifting massage using a vibrating roller, meanwhile, helps tone and firm the skin on the face to conceal signs of ageing. As a bonus, the massage extends to the arms and legs, shoulders and neck for total rejuvenation.
Have time to spare? Arrive early to make use of the spa’s luxurious amenities, including the Jacuzzi and sauna, to truly feel like royalty.
AED 1,300. Sense Spa, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Daily 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 813 5537, email@example.com
Luxury gemstone body massage
If you’re looking to de-stress after a tiring week, this relaxing treatment is arguably the best way to loosen up tense muscles.
The 90-minute session, which takes place in the stunning Ayana Spa, begins with a soothing foot scrub to boost circulation. You can even take your pick from the selection of luxury gem infused oils, namely, purifying diamond, detoxifying emerald, nourishing ruby and calming sapphire.
Combined with a deep tissue massage, the oil works its magic by soothing and calming muscle knots from head to toe. Even the face benefits from a much-deserved massage, tightening facial muscles for youthful and glowing results.
AED 640, AED 599 with a body scrub until 31st September. Ayana Spa, Bab Al Qasr, Corniche West. Daily 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 205 3090, firstname.lastname@example.org