Hop on a flight to Dubai and you'll realise within seconds of landing there are really no limits on luxury in this gulf city. Hardly a surprise considering Dubai's reputation as an economic hub, and it's particularly true in the rest and relaxation department – as the opulent spa treatments in Dubai demonstrate...
Burj Al Arab, Assawana Spa and Health Club, Dubai: 'Romantic Moonlight Swim'
If just relaxing in a seven-star hotel isn’t romantic enough, those who still have a little cash in their wallet can splurge on the Assawana Spa’s Romantic Moonlight Swim on the 18th floor of the Burj Al Arab. For Dh 7000 (£1,220), you and your partner are treated to an hour-long massage and an equally lengthy private swim in a luxuriously decorated pool, including rose petals and candles; then covered up and warmed with monogramed bathrobes and glasses of champagne. Expensive? Perhaps. But you should see the price of the room.
Grosvenor House, Retreat Health Club and Spa, Dubai: 'Black Ice'
The sand along Dubai’s beaches is beautiful in its own right, but when it comes to body scrubs it certainly can’t compare to the Tahitian black sand half a world away. Thankfully, those ebony granules are imported and stored in the Grosvenor House’s Retreat Spa and Health Club. The spa’s Black Ice facial uses sand of volcanic origins, formed by cold ocean water breaking apart molten lava in the Pacific, to rejuvenate, brighten and detoxify as well as awaken the senses. Dh 1100 (£192).
Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, Dubai: 'Japanese Nightingale Facial'
Most people hope to avoid bird droppings. But some (including A-list celebrities) choose to have it smeared over their faces. The Japanese Nightingale has provided geishas with centuries worth of soft supple skin from this most organic of products and it thrives to this day in places like the Biolite Aesthetic Clinic. Would another bird’s droppings do the trick as well? Hard to say. But we don’t recommend scraping up what you can off window ledges just to save Dh 1100 (£192). The faeces here is sanitised and odourless, as well as crushed to a fine powder. While it may sound uncouth, you won’t know the difference.
Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, Dubai: 'Placenta Diamond Facial'
For Dh 2500 (£435) at the Biolite Aesthetic Clinic you can also have your face covered with a placenta mask. Sure, having your face lined with the placenta of a barnyard animal is right up there up with bird excrement, but this mask is said to replace old cells with new and can help with rosacea, acne and sun damage as well as just provide a more youthful and radiant look. Here again, the waste is formed into an unrecognizable powder.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Talise Ottoman Spa, Dubai: 'Velvet Nights'
This couples' treatment will start you off with a body polish and then a jacuzzi infused with goat’s milk – a rather odd, but time-tested treatment for reinvigorated skin. As the jet streams in this jacuzzi knead away your tensions, the goat’s milk does what it has done for centuries: leaving the skin silky smooth. After that, an hour-long massage with a rose-oil enriched balm. Dh 1675 (£292).
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About the author: JimmyJimmy Dawson
Jimmy Dawson is a freelance writer living in Dubai. He has written for We Are Here Dubai, The Randomer, and Discover. He runs long distances, travels even further and when his two kids and wife allow it, cranks the guitar amp up to eleven.