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5 Best Massages in Abu Dhabi

By Chris Boyle


ANANT ARA SPA at emirates palace

Discover a world of relaxation, rejuvenation and beauty at these fabulous spas

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Treatment & Facilities: This spa’s highlight is an elaborate and exclusive Moroccan-style hammam where opulence is paramount.

The spa features seven treatment rooms, comprising three double spa suites with Jacuzzi tubs and steam showers, two double spa rooms with attached shower, one double traditional Thai massage room and one Vichy shower room with heated marble for all water-based treatments.

Signature Treatment: Gateway to Arabia. Immerse yourself in the rituals of a traditional hammam, soaking up the therapeutic steam laced with essential oils, followed by a skin scrub, deep-tissue massage and time in the cooling Ice Cave. Afterwards, retreat to the traditional majilis, where you’ll be served sweet cookies and herbal tea.

Anantara Spa at Qasr Al Sarab


Treatment & Facilities: Through its holistic practices and elegant setting, this spa offers a sensual escape from everyday stresses and strains.

Designed around central hammam healing baths, it offers treatments based on time-honored rituals for cleansing and revitalizing both body and soul.

Signature Treatment: Three-Day Anantara Recovery (200 minutes). This balanced series of treatments promises to boost your physical, emotional and spiritual harmony. Start with an in-room milk bath to relax your body and refresh your skin. On day two, experience a floral foot bath ritual, followed by a Thai Herbal Compress Massage or a Traditional Thai Massage. On the next and final day of your journey to recovery, you’ll glow with the rejuvenating Anantara Signature Facial Treatment.

Christine Tilbury, Spa Manager

+971 2 886 2088

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, 1 Qasr Al Sarab Road


CHI, the spa at Shangri-La

Treatment & Facilities: After a long day, indulge in a signature spa treatment in one of 11 treatment rooms at the renowned CHI.

This unique spa concept integrates traditional ideas about chi, the universal life force, to attain personal health and vitality through authentic Asian wellness treatments.

Signature Treatments: CHI Balance Massage, CHI Healing Stone Massage, Element Vitality Massage and Thai Herbal Harmony.

Nancee Ong-Wee, Spa Manager

+971 2 509 8900

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, between the Al Maqta and Mussafah bridges

Anantara Spa at Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Treatment & Facilities: This spa offers pampering beauty treatments, Thai and Ayurvedic massages and two-day spa journeys.

It has four treatment rooms, a tranquil outdoor area, a salon for beauty treatments and two steam rooms and sauna facilities.

Signature Treatment: Sands of Time (135 minutes). Feel the healing power of sand lift away your tension, create energy and induce a sense of physical and spiritual renewal. The treatment includes a floral foot ritual, revitalizing sport massage and rejuvenating sand compress.

Phornseenie Mekrasmeethorn, Spa Manager

+971 2 801 5281

Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Sir Bani Yas Island


ESPA at the Yas Hotel

Treatment & Facilities: This spa, created by renowned New York design firm Richardson Sadeki, exudes both a modern and minimalist feel.

Inspired by the traditional hammam, the spa is a sanctuary dedicated to rest and relaxation, featuring nine private treatment rooms each offering a wide variety of innovative ESPA treatments.

Signature Treatments: The spa’s carefully conceived signature body treatments include The Yas Detox, Sun Escape and Tension Soother.

Aoibheanna Bonner, Spa Manager

+971 2 656 0862

The Yas Hotel, on the Yas Marina, Yas Island

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