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The Seven Best Spas in Dubai

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The Seven Best Spas in Dubai
It’s no surprise that Dubai’s spa scene is as extravagant, indulgent, and innovative as everything else about the UAE’s most populous city. Expert therapists from around the world ply their trade amid the emirate’s famous luxury and hospitality. In a city of next-level spas, here are seven of the best.
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    One&Only Royal Mirage Spa and Oriental Hammam
    Hammams are very popular in Dubai with locals, expats, and tourists alike. The beautiful hammam at the One&Only Royal Mirage has the distinction of being the city’s first (and arguably its most famous) and is notable for its Moroccan, rather than Turkish, style. Everyone who works inside this marble-clad, domed oasis hails from Morocco, as does every product used inside it. The beloved ritual begins with a steam to open the pores and continues with a meticulous top-to-toe bathing process using Moroccan black soap and ghassoul mud (a mineral-rich clay from the Atlas Mountains) and a deep exfoliation with a kesse mit. It can also include a cooling eucalyptus body wrap and sticky-sweet face mask. Other available treatments include massage with volcanic hot stones and an advanced anti-aging facial using specialized metallic gloves.
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    Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah
    Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah is the first in the world to offer the AlphaSphere Deluxe, which uses sound and color therapy, aromatherapy, and massage to regenerate the body and mind in only 25 minutes. Another popular therapy is Shiffa Arabian Nights, which uses heady, exotic oils like frankincense, sandalwood, and rose. If the 26 grand treatment rooms don’t appeal, you can enjoy a massage in a beach cabana or a Thai-style rubdown in a secret garden gazebo. Also keep an eye out for special visiting practitioners, like the recent stint by a Shaolin monk teaching meditation.
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    Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont The Palm
    Arabian hospitality is in full effect at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont The Palm, where every visit begins with hot towels and colorful chilled drinks. The global team is known for its attention to detail and care during such treatments as the cellulite-fighting Basil and Mint Energizer and the Sweetness Body Polish, which feeds the skin, leaving it silky smooth. London-based skincare pioneer Dr. Rita Rakus recently joined the team, bringing three noninvasive treatments with her. The superheroesque Red Carpet Facial uses radio frequencies to visibly tighten and lift your face muscles.
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    One&Only The Palm Guerlain Spa
    Recently reopened as a Guerlain spa, this glamorous destination at One&Only The Palm blends Parisian sensibility with Arabian style. With gently perfumed air and a light color palette infusing the arabesque decor, the 26,000-square-foot spa includes a private pool and a romantic couples’ suite designed for an updated French take on the hammam experience. Traditional treatments like Swedish or four-handed massage are available, as well as a trio of exclusive signatures unavailable elsewhere. These include Solar Evasion, which preps the skin for exposure to Dubai’s intense sun with Guerlain’s Terracotta Huile du Voyageur oil, and Dubai Harmony, an oxygenating treatment using flowing massage techniques and “ice bubbles,” orbs filled with cold blue liquid, to encourage lymphatic drainage.
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    Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
    The Middle East’s largest spa includes a majestic 42 treatment rooms, two saltwater thalassotherapy pools, snow rooms, a Turkish hammam (for those who prefer frothy olive oil bubbles to the Moroccan black soap ritual), and lemongrass-scented shared spaces for relaxing over Emirati dates and cranberry tea. There is plenty of Ottoman-inspired opulence via body and facial treatments that blend technology with the likes of diamond, gold, sapphire, collagen, and rose. After all, this is the place that once boasted a $6,800 facial treatment using a chain-mail mask of 24-carat gold.
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    Anantara Spa at Anantara The Palm
    This Asian-inspired retreat has countless nooks and wellness attractions for quiet relaxation, like the salt inhalation room, ice grotto, gemstone steam room, and liquid sound pool. East Asian influences are strong, with a dedicated Thai massage room and another for Ayurvedic therapies, but there are also Turkish baths that take place in an octagonal marble hammam dotted with floral tile work. The staff are well versed in innovative Western and ancient techniques and use ingredients inspired by the exotic landscape outside.
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    The Spa at The Palace Downtown Dubai
    This elegant spa takes a holistic approach to wellness on a smaller scale than some of the others on this list. Its treatments are inspired by Arabic traditions and use premium natural formulas by the likes of Natura Bisse, Shiffa, and Les Sens de Marrakech (which includes argan oil and prickly pear seed oil). One Desert Journey incorporates a desert sand and salt scrub followed by a massage using a special pouch full of Moroccan mint. The Queen’s Ritual uses salt from the Dead Sea and fresh seaweed from the Atlantic for a full-body polish and wrap, while the King’s version features an Ayurvedic scalp treatment, volcanic stone massage, and seaweed body oil.
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