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The best Dubai spa experiences

With more than 200 spas across Dubai, there are those offering traditional massages and treatments, while others have more unusual well-being features like rainforest rooms and thallasotherapy pools. Many people choose their hotel based on what its spa is like, or you could head out for a treat at one of the many luxury spas across the city and in the tranquil neighbouring desert oases.

Here's our guide on where to find some of the best spa experiences in Dubai.

A spa and hotel combined

If it's a quality hotel complete with spa that you want, so you only need roll out of bed and into the treatment room, the Doubletree by Hilton is a comprehensive resort and spa.

Its Eforea spa also has a ladies-only section, but men aren't left out as there are treatments specifically designed for them.

There's a glamorous indoor pool with whirlpool and large outdoor pool with cushioned loungers, where taking a dip is at a leisurely pace. The two treatment rooms mean you can have an individual or couples' massage with views out over the open bay, plus there's a hair salon to make sure you leave looking amazing.

Be kind to your skin

Spa Cordon is an eco-friendly Balinese retreat, whose all-natural products will appeal to those with sensitive skin, vegans and vegetarians, pregnant ladies or anyone who's eco-conscious. Found in the commercial district, it's a large spa with full height windows providing lots of natural light.

There's an oriental bath using black soap and kessa scrubbing, hammam spa wet area and treatment rooms where they specialise in heat treatments. At the nail bar they, of course, use vegan nail polish containing all-natural ingredients.

Ottoman indulgence

Part of the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Talise Ottoman Spa is opulent and utterly Middle Eastern in its design, flaunting marble, mosaics and stylish touches at every turn. The central hammam area has an intricately decorated domed roof and there are spacious separate ladies' and gents' areas as well as an entire floor for private couples' treatments.

Winner of 13 international spa awards, including UAE's Leading Spa Resort for three years running, it is pricier than other spas but the atmosphere and sheer range of space and facilities is what you pay for. With a whopping 42 treatment rooms and two saltwater thallasotherapy swimming pools, one of the more unusual features is a snow room.

Water therapies by the gulf

On the far edge of the Atlantis Palm islands, ShuiQi Spa and Fitness is set over two floors in the Royal Towers of Atlantis, with an impressive water wall feature. As you follow the stream-edged paths to one of 27 treatment rooms, it gives a hint at the emphasis on water therapies.

As well as Shiseido facial and body treatments and ESPA and Ionithermie spa treatments using biochemistry techniques, it has the more unusual Zero Body floating bath for relaxation or recovery. There's a salon and men's grooming suite, plus on Friday mornings you can even take a Hatha yoga class in the Lost Chambers Aquarium, surrounded by exotic fish.

An Asian masterclass in the desert

If you're staying outside of Dubai or want to find a desert sanctuary location for your spa, Amara Spa at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi is north of Dubai, inland from Marjan Island. Featuring some unique treatments, therapists are trained at the hotel's spa academy in Thailand, to provide the brand's signature Asian spa experience, including their trademark Royal Wadi treatment.

Standout experiences include the rainforest room with foot therapy, an ice igloo and a vitality pool. Mixing Asian with Middle Eastern well-being philosophies, there's also a hammam area, plus a beauty salon and relaxation area.

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