SENSASIA URBAN SPA
WHAT: Bee My Honey
WHERE: SensAsia Urban Spa
THE DEAL: Dhs1,140 for 120 mins; second session half-price
One of our top local haunts, you’re always made to feel at home at SensAsia. And tell the man in your life not to be terrified by the prospect of emasculation by rose water during this treatment as instead of the organic pyjama party vibe one might expect, it’s all dark woods and comfy chairs. The treatment – a honey-based body polish, a warm milk, honey, black sesame and almond oil wrap plus a 60-minute full-body massage – is designed to pack in all the exfoliating and moisturising goodness possible into two sweet hours, and it does a very good job! Once your masseuse scrubs you down, you’re wrapped up and rubbed until every last kink and knot is gone. We all know Valentine’s Day is one of the most stressful dates on a couple’s calendar, so somewhere in which both parties can be pampered with zero distractions is a definite win/win.
INFO: 10am-10pm, 04 422 7115, www.sensasiaspas.com
WHAT: Couple’s Retreat Package
WHERE: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
HOW MUCH : Dhs1,695, 110 mins
The perfect custom-made treatment, on arrival at the spa you’re first asked to select your fave scent from Serge Lutens’ range – he’s one of the world’s premier perfume gurus. We love his Fleurs d’Oranger scent and you can get to sample it here as they spray a little into the massage oil. The treatment takes place in one of Dubai’s poshest spa suites, complete with matching massage beds, a private sauna, a steam cubicle and a Jacuzzi, and are carried out by a male therapist (for him) and a female therapist (for you). Don’t be concerned about disrobing in front of a male stranger as your modesty is preserved at all times with towels in all the right places! Proceedings kick off with a footbath, followed by a vigorous body scrub and a shared shower, and conclude with a very gentle massage for you and a firmer one for him. Couples then have the option of spending the remainder of the time making use of the suite’s facilities.
INFO: 10am-9pm, 04 818 2222, waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/index.html
WHAT: Amara Couples’ Journey
WHERE: Amara Spa, Park Hyatt
THE DEAL: Dhs3,000, 180 mins
Stepping into the luxe Amara Spa is an experience in itself. Set amid the calm of the private courtyards, you and your significant other are led to a lush private garden to commence the treatment with a delicate rose petal hand and foot ritual. Following this, it really gets going with a 30-minute coffee and cardamom scrub designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite before you’re both wrapped up tightly in a sandalwood and rosewater body wrap. Next up is the 60-minute massage, which comprises everything form Balinese and Hawaiian techniques to a satisfying Thai stretch before finishing with a one-hour phyto-aromatic facial. Talk about a full-body experience! You’re then left to relax on the private terrace with a selection for spa cuisine. Stretching, relaxation and food – what more could you want from a three-hour spa experience? We’re hard pushed to think!
INFO: 9am-10pm, 04 602 1234, dubai.park.hyatt.com
THE ADDRESS DOWNTOWN DUBAI
WHAT: Ultimate Diamond Experience
WHAT: The Address Downtown Dubai
HOW MUCH: Dhs2,800, 180 minutes
For those of you who have a bit of spare cash to splurge on the definitive pampering session, this one’s for you! For the lady of the couple, the Ultimate Diamond Experience is a super-luxurious full-body scrub made from actual crushed diamonds. This bling-bling treatment is said to unlock energies that revitalise the body and uses neodymium magnets, which sounds very scientific but feels amazing. Next, enjoy a super-relaxing massage with Diamond Body, a silky hydrating and firming body cream. After feeling completely relaxed the experience ends with a facial, so you look as good as you feel. For the male it’s the City Escape treatment that gets our vote with an ocean salt body exfoliation, facial and massage. Three hours might be too long for some people to stay lying down but being rubbed down with jewels is OK by us. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!
INFO: 9am-10pm, 04 436 8755, theaddress.com/en/hotels/the-address-downtown-dubai
JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY
WHAT: Falling for You
WHERE: Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
HOW MUCH: Dhs3,800, 120 mins
The award-winning Talise Ottoman Spa is offering a 360-degree romantic experience for those really looking to impress, so much so that it even starts with a red-carpet entrance direct to the couples floor. From here you’re led to your own private room (complete with a Jacuzzi and sauna, FYI!) and served bubbles and strawberries while you sit back and prepare to relax. A bespoke experience, you and your loved one can choose to opt for a soothing massage or the two-hour ‘blue refresh’ hammam treatment – as it houses the Middle East’s biggest hammam facilities, we thoroughly recommend this option! Finish up with canapés and refreshments in the couples’ majlis and leave with an exclusive personalised couples’ gift. What more could you want?
INFO: 9am-9.30pm, 04 453 0456, jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-zabeel-saray
WHAT: Couple’s Ritual
WHERE: The Oberoi Spa
HOW MUCH: Dhs1,400, 90 mins
A relatively new Dubai spa, The Oberoi has one of the most comfortable couples’ suites with standalone bathtub, washroom and steam room. Choose between three aromatic oils for your massage – we recommend the fragrant lemon and ylang-ylang – which is delivered through a series of gentle strokes that allow you to fall into a semi-slumber. Then enjoy a choice of fruit juice, water or ginger tea before spending a little time soaking in the milk and rose petal bath.
INFO: open 24 hours a day, 04 444 1410, www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-dubai
WHAT: Dubai Romance
WHERE: Anantara The Palm Resort & Spa
HOW MUCH: Dhs1,200 for 120 mins
This Asian-inspired sanctuary blends Thai tradition with Arabian mystique, and as soon as you enter the spa you’re transported to an Eastern heaven. The treatment starts with a relaxing floral foot ritual before you’re moved to the sauna and steaming herbal bath complete with Jacuzzi and rose petals and left to relax for 20 minutes. Once you’ve showered and changed into disposable underwear, lie back and enjoy an Arabian massage before retiring to the relaxation room for refreshments. It’s a truly indulgent escape!
INFO: 10am-10pm, 04 567 8140, dubai-palm.anantara.com
What: Couples’ massage and rejuvenating facial
Where: ESPA, One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
How much: Dhs1,900, 120 mins
This lush treatment takes place amid your very own private haven. A selection of oils is on the menu and after making your choice, you’ll unwind to the tinkering of blissful sounds from the East. Beginning with the massage, you’ll hover somewhere between the real world and the land of nod and 50 minutes later you’ll be briefly awoken to a facial to get you glowing for the night ahead. The next thing you’ll be conscious of is being roused from your state of relaxation when it’s all over. Unlike a typical couples’ treatment, you’re pampered in separate rooms, but this gives a universal feel-good factor which can be enjoyed by yourself and your significant other before you hit the town.
INFO: 10am-9pm, 04 440 1040, royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com