Dubai, aka the City of Gold, is the ultimate destination for those seeking a good time. Want to relax? Indulge? Splash out? Be totally pampered and spoiled? With its love for all things opulent and over-the-top, Dubai is indisputably the place for you.
No surprise, then, that Dubai is also the ideal destination for those craving a spa break. The city is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world and many of those hotels have their own exclusive and superbly extravagant spas, ready to tempt anyone looking for some me-time, millionaire-style.
From the highest skyscrapers to the largest malls, Dubai is a city that deals in superlatives. As such, at Dubai’s best spas, you can expect the most innovative treatments, the most talented therapists, the rarest ingredients, and the widest range of treatments, whether you’re suffering from stress, fatigue, poor skin, insomnia—or you just fancy treating yourself.
Ready to reserve your place in one of these temples of relaxation? Then check out our list of the best spas in Dubai. We’ve picked out the best spas in the city, from the most luxurious spas situated on their own private beaches as well as hip and trendy urban wellness havens offering ultra-advanced treatments and a sleek modern set-up.
And because it’s easier to relax when you know you’re playing your part in preserving the planet, we’ve also selected those spas that are striving to be more sustainable, with eco-friendly initiatives that make them a top choice for guests interested in responsible travel and eco chic vacations.
The 9 best spas in Dubai
- Anantara The Palm Spa
- Talise Ottoman Spa
- Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab
- One&Only Royal Mirage
- Spa at Address Downtown
- ShuiQi Spa
- Jiva Spa
- Away Spa at W Dubai The Palm
Ahasees at Park Hyatt
Ahasees Spa at Park Hyatt Dubai feels incredibly secluded from the get-go. Situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek, as soon as you step inside the hotel’s stately grounds, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dubai.
The decor of the hotel is traditionally Arabic, with arches, minarets, mosaics, and lush gardens. The Middle Eastern aesthetic extends to the wellness spa, which is set within the peace and calm of the hotel’s private courtyards, where beautiful fountains serenely bubble away.
The spa includes four jacuzzis, a fragrance steam room, and several different treatment rooms where you can take your pick from an extensive range of massages, facials, and other exclusive rituals. The Spirit of Arabia Ceremony sounds particularly intriguing while our eyes certainly like the sound of the Uplift Caviar Eye Treatment.
There’s also a 25-metre heated swimming pool outside, framed by palm trees. Pick a poolside lounger and order a post-massage drink or something from the nutritious and delicious lunch menu to complete your journey of rejuvenation.
Address: Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek Club St, Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day, 9 am to 10 pm Price range: $$$ Website: www.hyatt.com
Anantara The Palm Spa
Part of the Thai-inspired Anantara The Palm Resort and located on Dubai’s iconic palm-shaped island, this award-winning spa consists of 24 different treatment rooms and 5 couples suites.
With treatments that draw on ancient wellness traditions from both Thailand and the Middle East, combined with cutting-edge therapeutic techniques, Anantara Spa delivers a relaxation experience that you’ll definitely write home about.
There are rooms specially dedicated to Thai massage or Ayurvedic and Thalasso wellness treatments. We also particularly recommend the Ultra Nourishing Diamond Rose Body Treatment, which uses Arabian Damask rose to give your skin a major botanical boost. And the Hydrocool Facials are the ultimate gift to sunburns.
There’s also a whirlpool with pioneering Microsilk technology as well as Turkish hammam facilities, an aroma steam room, crystal and gemstone steam room, bamboo sauna, a liquid sound pool, Kneipp walk, salt inhalation room, and ice grotto. Safe to say, neither you nor your body is going to get bored here.
Offering guests a responsible vision of eco luxury, Anantara also has initiatives to limit water consumption in all areas of its hotels, and reduce energy consumption by at least 10% each year. The hotel also reuses and recycles wherever possible.
Address: East Crescent, Palm, Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day, 10 am to 10 pm Price range: $$$ Website: www.anantara.com
Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Part of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort, the Talise Ottoman Spa is one of the most highly acclaimed in the city—and for good reason. With 42 different treatment rooms and 4 VIP suites, it’s one of the biggest spas not just in Dubai but in the whole of the Middle East.
There’s plenty to entice visitors here, from steam rooms to saunas to snow rooms to saltwater thalassotherapy pools. Decorated in quintessential Ottoman style, with glossy slabs of black marble, ornate mosaics, murals, and chandeliers, this 8,000 square metre wellness spa certainly doesn’t skimp on the drama.
Start off with an outdoor yoga session to get the energy flowing. Then pay a visit to one of the three Turkish hammams for a cleansing experience that you’ll be dreaming about for days to come.
Even the air you breathe at Talise Ottoman Spa has been optimised for well-being, infused with lemongrass and ionised by Himalayan salt lamps.
Address: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road (West), Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day, 9 am to 9:30 pm Price range: $$$$ Website: www.jumeirah.com
Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab
Located in the fabulous and globally famous Burj Al Arab—the sail-shaped tower that has become one of the best known Dubai landmarks—the Talise Spa is a lot like our idea of heaven.
Extending over two floors, and 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf, this glamorous spa has it all. Jacuzzis, infinity pools, saunas, plunge pools, steam rooms—and even a squash court and fitness centre.
Take your pick from organic body wraps, facials, hot stone massages, and healing rituals incorporating various crystal stones. Particularly appealing is the two-hour Burj Pearl Protein Experience, which uses luxurious pearl extract to re-activate your skin, boost collagen, and restore natural elasticity.
Everything at the Talise Spa is extravagant and excessive, from the sumptuous architecture to ingredients like gold and caviar. It’s also just a short drive from Folia, one of the best restaurants in Dubai for vegetarians.
Address: 18th floor, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah St, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day, 6 am to 10 pm Price range: $$$$ Website: www.jumeirah.com
One&Only Royal Mirage
We’ve already mentioned that the One&Only Royal Mirage is one of the best hotels in Dubai and it also happens to have one of the best spas in the city too. Located on Jumeirah Beach, it’s the serene and peaceful escape your body has been hungering after.
With its Arabesque architecture, traditional Middle Eastern decor, 12 exclusive treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas, and plunge pools, this wellness spa is the perfect place for rest and renewal. We particularly recommend the total body wrap, with ingredients such as marine mud, algae, or Ayurvedic Oshadi.
Then there’s the authentic hammam where you can enjoy the classic Moroccan ritual under the care of an expert therapist. In addition, you’ve got the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez for fingers and toes that need a little touch-up. Or you can treat yourself to a blow-dry at the Zouari Hair Salon.
Oh, and you can complement your eco chic wellness experience with a sunset or sunrise yoga session on the beach. No wonder some people consider this the best luxury spa in Dubai.
Address: King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day, from 11 am to 8 pm Price range: $$$ Website: www.oneandonlyresorts.com
Spa at Address Downtown
Address Downtown’s spa offers a more sleek and contemporary alternative to some of the rather traditional and regal spas on our list. With nine treatment rooms, a hammam, steam rooms, and various relaxation areas, the wellness spa is designed to restore mind-body balance by means of a range of advanced treatments and thoughtfully curated experiences.
While this wellness retreat feels very modern with its grey marble and understated palette, the therapies draw on ancient techniques with rare ingredients such as argan tree, black soap, and orange flower, as well as contemporary treatments such as bio-electrotherapy.
The treatment rooms include the Signature Spa Suite, a double Hammam Suite, hydrotherapy baths, private couple’s suite, and traditional Rhassoul chambers—an Arabian ritual involving steam and mud. There’s also a unique horizontal shower that’s definitely worth a try.
Dimly lit rooms cater to those who prefer to drift off into a pleasant doze during their treatment while brighter rooms are perfect for experiencing the hotel’s spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa.
Address: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day, from 9 am to 10 pm Price range: $$$ Website: www.addresshotels.com
ShuiQi Spa at The Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm is one of the most extravagant and exclusive hotels in the city so no surprise that the hotel’s spa is also fairly spectacular and a top contender for the best luxury spa in Dubai.
As befits a resort that takes its inspiration from the ocean, the spa’s name, ShuiQi, translates as water energy, and all the treatments draw on the power of water to instil relaxation and balance. Indeed, there are waterfalls and streams throughout the wellness retreat and underwater yoga on offer in the resort’s massive aquarium.
Enjoy a personalised message, a bespoke hydrating facial, or a figure-enhancing body-sculpting wrap. The spa also offers cryotherapy, whewherereby extremely cold temperatures are used to boost blood circulation, collagen production, and metabolism.
Those struggling with stress and sleep deprivation should try the ESPA Energy Balancing Treatment that combines body brushing, exfoliation, and acupuncture massage to restore inner calm.
Atlantis The Palm is also taking measures to make its operations more sustainable and eco-friendly with initiatives to support wildlife conservation and water management and energy water conservation programmes.
Address: Crescent Rd, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: weekdays, 9 am to 7 pm, weekends 9 am to 9 pm Price range: $$$ Website: www.atlantis.com
With its emphasis on natural ingredients, Jiva Spa is a great choice for those interested in eco vacations and sustainability. All products used at the spa are derived from Indian herbs, essential oils, and other special ingredients—and all are 100% natural.
The wellness retreat is one of the smaller ones on our list and offers a discreet and intimate atmosphere. There are four treatment rooms including a luxury couple’s suite with a double-deep soaking bath and a double shower. In addition, you’ve got a sauna, steam rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool, complete with a bar.
The treatments are inspired by ancient Indian techniques and include the prishta mardana treatment for stressed-out shoulders and the pavithri, which uses ginger and lime to detoxify.
Other charming touches include the garland of fresh flowers that guests are greeted with upon arrival, the traditional footbath, and lotus flower motifs scattered throughout the space.
Address: 3rd Floor, Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Blvd, Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day, 7 am to 10 pm Price range: $$ Website: www.tajhotels.com
Away Spa at W Dubai The Palm
W Dubai The Palm’s swish contemporary spa is the perfect combination of calm and characterful. In its own words, it’s ‘more fab than feng shui.’
Think vibrant murals, avant-garde space-age décor, and iridescent lighting. It’s kind of like a nightclub—and that’s what we love about it.
The treatments are equally creative. Take the Arabian Massage for example, which targets pressure points with a series of stretches combined with an immersive and locally-inspired soundscape.
There are also facials, hair masks, and even cryotherapy on offer, plus a couples suite, hammam steam room, and whirlpool spa. Massage beds are pre-heated and topped with wonderfully fluffy coverings. Afterwards, you can indulge in treats from the spa menu, such as manchego flatbreads and cucumber mojitos.
Marriott Hotels are also leading the way in eco-luxury, with environmentally friendly programmes to ensure sustainable energy and water use. This makes the Away Spa a great choice for those looking for a way to make their luxury holiday more eco-friendly.
Address: The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE Opening days and hours: every day except Tuesday, 11 am to 9 pm Price range: $$ Website: www.marriott.co.uk
Frequently asked questions about the best spas in Dubai
The best spa in Dubai is the Ahasees Spa at Park Hyatt Dubai. Other top-level spas in the city include Anantara The Palm Spa and ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis The Palm. Check out our rundown of the best spas in Dubai for more inspiration.
The main types of spas include Ayurvedic spas, which draw on ancient Hindu healing methods, medical spas, offering a combination of traditional spa treatments and medical services, and detox spas, where the focus is on cleansing and detoxification.
In Dubai, a Moroccan bath refers to a traditional hammam. A Moroccan hammam is similar to a Turkish bath and consists of a steam room where you spend time sweating and soaking before being rinsed, exfoliated, and massaged by a therapist.