The Best Spa Hotels in Dubai, UAE

La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk in Dubai is perfect for a spa getaway
La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk in Dubai is perfect for a spa getaway | Courtesy of La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk, Dubai, Autograph Collection / Expedia

In a resort scene where luxury, pampering and an international spirit converge, this sun-blazed holiday city has some of the world’s finest spas. Whether a skyscraper with views of the sea and skyline or a sprawling resort set in tropical beachfront gardens, your Dubai base is likely to have an impossibly serene spa – usually with lashings of marble, enormous hammams and oud-scented relaxation lounges. And if it doesn’t, one of the city’s best will be a short taxi ride away.

Park Hyatt Dubai

Close to the airport and souk-filled old town, in Dubai Creek, the Park Hyatt is famous for its overwater restaurant, Boardwalk, lavish brunches at Traiteur Brunch and undulating infinity pool styled like a beach, with loungers on the sand. But its Amara Spa, too, sings with stylish simplicity – book the two-hour Amara Signature Ceremony, where you’ll be scrubbed down with Dead Sea salt and then cocooned in a nourishing full-body wrap.

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

The Jumeirah hotel brand has a handful of glorious resorts across the city, each appealing to a slightly different crowd but all with sumptuous Middle Eastern design, fabulous destination restaurants and an Arabian-Nights-vibe Talise Spa. This skyscraper hotel, with its futuristic glass-pod elevators leading the cutting-edge design, is away from the beach in swanky Za’Abeel. However, its spa makes it feel like an urban oasis, in addition to an enormous gym and outdoor pool in which to stretch your limbs.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff

La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk, Dubai, Autograph Collection

Well located for business meetings and city conferences, this Marriott property has room to play and work. It’s home to a seemingly floating dining terrace surrounded by water, a swish wine bar for tastings and nibbles, and a peaceful spa, set away from the hubbub. Essential-oil scents fill the latter, thanks to upmarket Neom products, and expert therapists conduct swish, results-driven Anne Semonin facials. The light-filled rooms are modern, with polished-wood floors and murals sketched on the walls.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City

Dubai’s Media City is close to public beaches and local marketing and publishing companies, making it a hub for after-work socialising. The Grand Plaza hotel’s wellness scene starts at its mellow rooftop pool, with its thick, white-cushioned daybeds and elegant palms, and extends to sauna and massage therapists, along with a techy gym with huge windows looking out over the city. The overall look of this skyscraper hotel is modern elegance, with high-ceilinged restaurants and glassy spaces making the most of the view.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff

Address Montgomerie

The luxury Address brand started in Dubai, focussing on microscopic attention to detail and first-class guest services – it now has several hotels across the city. The Montgomerie is a country-clubby stay in the golf-mad area of Emirates Hills, with an 18-hole course, wedding-cake exterior and glossy, lush gardens. As well as a bracing round of golf and an outdoor pool, there’s a world-class spa, with low-lit, wood-panelled treatment rooms and invigorating aromatherapy massages.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge

DAMAC Maison Cour Jardin

Set away from the coast in smart Business Bay, the Dreamworks Spa inside DAMAC Maison Cour Jardin draws on the spa traditions of Southeast Asia – including Thai and Balinese massages – in its orchid-dotted, mosaic-tiled spa. This family-friendly hotel also has a vast, lounger-trimmed pool backed by a verdant living wall and a well-stocked gym, along with spacious rooms decorated in soothing, understated shades.

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace

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  • Zabeel House by Jumeirah, the Greens

    Cutting-edge interior design and hip, convivial dining spaces characterise this hotel set in the Greens, a sought-after development close to Dubai’s public beaches and Jumeirah Palm development. Its millennial-feel, Brooklyn-esque Native Club is no less fabulous, with crocheted bean bags and hammocks by the vast outdoor pool and chic wooden floors and potted palms in the training zone, where group classes help you get a sweat on, and “more than a gym” is the motto.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Palazzo Versace Dubai

    Donatella herself unveiled this Versace-themed, palatial resort, with a spa fit for the fashion crowd, complete with shimmering black mosaic tiles, mother-of-pearl detailing, two hammams and facials employing luxe ingredients from caviar to 24-carat gold. Elsewhere, you’ll find rococo furniture and embroidered fabrics inspired by Italian palazzos, high tea in marble-clad Mosaico and swish loungers and towering palms around the enormous swimming pool, with its base embossed with a huge Versace Medusa-head logo.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Taj Dubai

    India’s luxury hotel brand brings a service-centred opulence to Dubai’s Downtown, with its highest skyscraper suites blessed with views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The Jiva Spa taps into India’s traditional healing traditions, such as ayurveda, with Indian head massages, herbal compresses and coconut exfoliation all on offer. Rooms and suites give a flavour of the subcontinent with carved-wood headboards, brightly embroidered fabrics and thick, expensive rugs.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace

    The Oberoi

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    Another mega-fabulous Indian brand, the Oberoi has a vast, thoroughly modern spa using the vegan, cruelty-free Aussie brand Sodashi. Book an au naturel treatment such as a pink clay mask or a green tea body scrub, then retreat to your suite, bright with colour-pop paintings and fresh flowers, as well as eternally elegant wooden floors and cream sofas.

    These recommendations were updated on January 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.