What: Bee My Honey
Where: SensAsia Urban Spa
The deal: Dhs1,140 for 120 minutes and get a second treatment at 50% off
One of our top local haunts, you’re always made to feel welcome at SensAsia. And tell the man in your life not to be terrified at 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, then a warm milk, honey, black sesame and almond oil wrap finished off with 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 then rubbed until every last kink and knot is gone. We all know that Valentine’s Day is one of the most stressful dates on a couple’s calendar so somewhere where both parties can be pampered with zero distractions is 100 per cent win/win.
INFO: 10am-10pm, 04 422 7115, www.sensasiaspas.com
What: Couple’s Retreat Package
Where: Waldorf Astoria Spa, Palm Jumeirah
The deal: Dhs1,695 for 110minutes
The perfect custom-made treatment, on arrival at the spa you’re asked to select your favourite scent from the Serge Lutens range – Serge is one of the world’s premium perfume gurus and we recommend all ladies invest in a bottle of his Fleurs d’Oranger. You’ll get to sample it here as they spray a little into the massage oil. Once you’ve settled in to one of Dubai’s poshest spa suites – complete with matching massage beds, private sauna, steam cubicle and Jacuzzi bath tub – the treatments are carried out by a male therapist (for him) and a female therapist (for you). And 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 then a shared shower, and conclude with a very gentle massage for you and a firmer massage 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/hotels/uae
What: Amara Couples’ Journey
Where: Amara Spa, The Park Hyatt
The deal: Dhs3,000 for 180 minutes
Stepping into the 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 that comprises everything form Balinese and Hawaiian techniques to a satisfying Thai stretch before finishing with a 60 minute 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
Where: The Address Downtown Dubai
The deal: Dhs2,800 for 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 remove Neodymium magnets, which sounds very scientific, but feels amazing. Next enjoy a super-relaxing massage with special 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 exfoliating, facial and massage. Three hours might be too long for some people to stay lying down but being rubbed down in 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
What: Falling For You
Where: Talise Ottoman Spa, Zabeel Saray
The deal: Dhs3,800 for 120 minutes
The award-winning Talise Ottoman Spa are 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 relaxing massage or two-hour blue refresh Hammam treatment – housing the Middle East’s biggest Hammam facilities, we thoroughly recommend this option! Finish up with canapés and refreshments in the couple’s majilis and leave with an exclusive personalised couple’s 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
The deal: Dhs1,400 for 90minutes
A relatively new Dubai spa, The Oberoi is fast gaining a reputation for its professional service and luxury atmosphere. And with one of the most comfortable couples’ massage room comprising a standalone bathtub, washroom and steam room, you’re led there to change into robes, slippers and a ‘one size fits all’ disposable pants. Next choose between three aromatic oils – we recommend the fragrant lemon and ylang-ylang or the revitalising blend of rosemary and geranium - before plunging your feet into bowls of warm water for a quick wash. The massage techniques here are bespoke, rather than influenced by any particular discipline, and are delivered through a series of gentle strokes, soft enough to allow you to fall into a relaxing half-slumber. Post massage, enjoy a choice of fruit juice, water or ginger tea, before spending a little time while soaking in the milk and rose petal bath.
INFO: open 24 hours a day, 04 444 1410, www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-dubai
What: Palm Retreat
Where: Anantara The Palm Resort and Spa
The deal: Dhs1,875 for 180 minutes
The Asian inspired sanctuary that blends Thai tradition with Arabian mystique and as soon as you enter the spa, you’re immediately transported to an eastern heaven. If you’re looking to treat your better half this Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing quite like the Palm Retreat couple’s treatment. The three hour treatment starts with a relaxing floral foot ritual before you’re moved to a steaming herbal bath and left to relax for a while. Next up is the Arabian Exotic Scrub which works to remove dead skin cells before you’re all wrapped up in an Arabian Exotic Wrap which works its magic while you drift off into an almost trance-like state. Once you’ve showered, 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
ONE AND ONLY
What: Couple’s Massage and Rejuvenating Facial
Where: ESPA, The One and Only Royal Mirage
The deal: Dhs1,900 for 120 minutes
This lush treatment takes place within tranquil confines among your very own private haven. A selection of oils are on the menu and after deciding which you and your partner would prefer, it’s time to get comfortable as you 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 the first cold touch of products used for your facial to get you glowing for the night ahead. Don’t be surprised if you don’t remember much more after that as the next thing you’ll be conscious of is being gently aroused from your state of deep relaxation when it’s all over. Unlike a typical couple’s treatment, you’re pampered in separate rooms but instead this gives a universal feel-good factor that can be enjoyed by yourself and your significant other or with your best friend, before you hit the town.
INFO: 10am-9pm, 04 440 1040, royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com