Abu Dhabi cleaned up at the 2016 World Spa Awards, walking away with six of the 24 possible titles — and it’s easy to see why.
From traditional hammams beneath marbled mosaic domes to 24-carat gold facials and diamond scrubs, the UAE capital has a spa offering that razzles and dazzles. Just don’t expect it to come cheap, as the majority of spas are housed in the city’s five-star hotels. For travelers willing to splash out to unwind in the most sumptuous of settings, here are 10 of Abu Dhabi’s finest.
Emirates Palace Spa
Winner of the World’s Best Hotel Spa 2016 award
The celeb-favorite, ultra-decadent Emirates Palace hotel is all about Arabic glam.
Massive domes and gold leaf decorate the interiors, while rooms come with marble baths and private butlers.
The spa has a similar vibe with Moroccan-inspired spaces with draped curtains and opulent fabrics.
Offering guests the chance to be painted with gold and massaged with diamonds, the A Day of Gold package features over-the-top ingredients.
The nearly six-hour process includes a hammam using gold soap and a gold clay body mask, a 90-minute massage with diamond-infused oil, lunch, a 24-carat gold facial and a Bastien Gonzalez pedicure. Cost: $1,140.
The Bespoke Massage starts with a personal consultation then stretches into 60 minutes of massage-based luxury. Cost: $181.
Emirates Palace Spa, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi; +971 2 690 9000