These 10 hotels in the Middle East are forerunners in offering rejuvenating therapies for all kinds of bodily aches and mental stresses. Expect everything from natural hot springs to indulgent treatments inspired by Cleopatra. By Bayar Jain
Give Yourself Up To Luxurious Therapies At These 10 Hotels In The Middle East
With its location on the bank of River Nile, this hotel’s serene vibe is no surprise. Its four room types and six suite variations provide just the right ambience for peace of mind, while its nine dining venues serve flavours of Egypt, Italy, China, the Mediterranean, etc. The spa only heightens your feeling of bliss. Apart from the expected spa and beauty treatments, it offers bespoke relaxation experiences, such as the Journey to Bridal Bliss (to help you shed pre-wedding jitters), the Royal Couple Package (a three-hour-long couple’s treatment at the Spa Royal Suite, inclusive of a bento box and river views), the Nile Journey package (a 90-minute-long experience, with a choice of body scrub and hour-long massage), and the Chocolate Delight (coffee scrub and chocolate oil massage). Inspired by local lore, the Cleopatra Bath Ritual involves a soothing milk bath with honey and rose petals to ease tension and nourish skin. fourseasons.com
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Perched on the famous Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort boasts 400 metres of private shoreline and the UAE’s only overwater villas. The resort’s leisure aspect embraces water in the form of three temperature-controlled swimming lagoons; thrilling water sports like wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, and water skiing; and bespoke experiences like fishing trips. The resort’s luxury spa has 24 treatment rooms, including a holistic cocoon room and Ayurveda room; five couple suites with a steam bath or sauna, experience showers, solo pool bath and whirlpool with Microsilk technology; Turkish and Moroccan hammams; Thalasso wellness treatments; Zaki Salon; and wet areas like aroma steam room, crystal and gemstone steam room, bamboo sauna, herbal bath, liquid sound pool, Kneipp walk, salt inhalation room, and ice grotto. The treatments span a broad spectrum: from traditional Ayurveda therapies like abhyanga and shirodhara to modern ones like IV therapy to innovative magnesium body treatments.
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This healing retreat in Miliou exudes calm from every corner. The boutique property can accommodate up to 150 guests in its 56 accommodation units, including garden suites, bungalows, and classic rooms. A swimming pool elevates the laid-back vibe. The showstopper, however, is the luxurious Pasithea Spa. The mineral-rich water of the Ayia Anastasia spring is channelled into three treatment pools for kinesiotherapy, rheumatology, and phlebology. These medical offerings are complemented by various wellness treatments. Think underwater massage, mineral hydrobath, sulphur mud bath, spring pool treatment, reflexology, Indian-style head massage, thermal mud bath, and much more. aasparesort.com
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Nestled between a desert and urban buzz, the palatial Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha offers signature suites and luxury villas with private pools—all sitting amid scented gardens. While the outdoor Grand Pool is great to wash away stress, it’s the lavish 14,000-square-metre Al Messila Ladies Wellness Retreat that steals the spotlight. The only ladies-only wellness retreat in Qatar provides hydro-thermal facilities in abundance. Picture three therapy pools, four hydro-wellness areas, flotation tanks, oxygen rooms, Kneipp walks, hammams, salt rooms, a Pilates studio with Cadillac beds and Wunda chairs, and a hair and beauty salon. At this resort, oriental heritage and techniques fuse with modern technology. So, while there are hammams, there are also luxe facials like the Diamond Whitening Facial that uses glycolic exfoliators and LED face masks. Moreover, the Al Messila Health Centre features an indoor pool, gym, tennis court, squash courts, boot camp equipment, and jogging tracks.
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It’s rare to find places that create an atmosphere of tranquillity, distinct luxury, and exclusivity. Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor in Manama does so effortlessly with its 78 pool villas and sprawling 10,000-square-metre spa with a unique rain forest and ice igloo system. The vibe permeating the premises dotted by swaying palms ensures relaxation. Savour a menu inspired by modern Khaleeji cuisine at Saffron, a high- ceilinged restaurant adorned with gold and maroon shades and traditional Middle-Eastern accents, and overlooking the resort’s grand outdoor pool. Or tuck into Japanese, Chinese, and Thai flavours at the creatively designed Keizo. Post a scrumptious meal, slip into bliss in a private temperature-controlled swimming pool and jacuzzi in your villa, which comes with personalised butler service.
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Escape to this hideaway set on the white sands and crystalline waters of Abu Dhabi. The retreat comprises 12 exclusive ocean-front villas with Ottoman-inspired interiors set on an island dotted by swaying palm trees. The Anjana Spa—the largest on Saadiyat Island—recreates an Ottoman sensory journey with its combination of Turkish, Moroccan, and Far Eastern signature treatments. At the heart of the spa is a Turkish hammam that crafts experiences rich in minerals and sea aromas. Those looking for an offbeat experience can head to the Snow Room, the only such facility in Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, couples can head to the VIP suites for some romantic indulgence in paradise. rixos.com
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Sitting just off the coast of Downtown Doha, this unique resort is accessible by a private catamaran. The 800-metre-long shoreline is a welcome sight, while its 141 sea-view rooms, suites, beach- and over-water villas guarantee a tranquil stay. Those looking for a bit of holiday fun can use the in-house surf pool, dive centre, VIP cinema, bowling alley, putting greens, and F1 simulator. On the other hand, the Anantara Spa and Balance Wellness Centre is ideal for rejuvenation. The retreat houses four single treatment rooms (paired with a steam room), three couple suites, one Thai massage suite, and Moroccan and Turkish hammams. An indoor pool, ice well, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, and private facial, manicure and pedicure room add to the indulgence. For a holistic approach towards healing, consider the Wellbeing Programme, or
choose from therapies ranging from infrared detox to Vichy shower therapy, a floatation pod rich in magnesium, and Ayurveda. anantara.com
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Few things define rejuvenation better than natural hot springs, and Ma’in Hot Springs Resort & Spa understands this. Located close to the south-east end of the Dead Sea, one hour’s drive from Amman Queen Alia International Airport, this resort celebrates the therapeutic powers of Ma’in hot springs. The resort houses four waterfalls in the public area, and two more in the resort area—each with temperatures of 30°C–37°C—that double as natural thermal pools. The Natural Waterfall Hot Springs hover around 42° Celsius and are reportedly beneficial for weight loss and skin health. Beyond the natural waters lies The Cascade Spa that features 10 treatment rooms and a steam cave. Opt for the Dead Sea Mud Body Wrap—a brisk dry brushing followed by a black Dead Sea mud cleanse and massage.
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A stay in Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, located in Abu Dhabi, is a filmstrip of pristine beaches and sublime sea views from spacious villas paired with private pools. The spa’s 15 treatment rooms offer organic rituals, such as the 75-minute-long Jumeirah De-stress Massage that channels the power of aromatic oils to melt stress or the hour- long Rasayana Detox Body Buff that stimulates cell renewal with walnut shells, tulsi, wild turmeric, and limbu; innovative therapies, such as the Cryo Energy Facial that uses cooled, purified air with a mini 111CRYO face machine to ease puffiness; and indulgent treatments like the Celestial Black Diamond Non-Surgical Lift Facial that uses science-led formulas with diamond powder, surgically-inspired masks, and aesthetician-grade exfoliating acids to smoothen skin. A Moroccan bath and hammam, too, find a place. Fitness enthusiasts can head to Bodyism for classes ranging from boxing to barre, yoga, and more.
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Rising from the soft sands of the Palm Jumeriah Island, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah harbours a 200-metre-long private beach, two temperature-controlled pools, six restaurants and lounges, and sea-facing rooms and suites. A plethora of options await you at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. The 3,200-square-metre facility offers over 50 luxurious treatments in 12 rooms and two couple suites. Moreover, it boasts hydrotherapy facilities, thermal relaxation rooms, whirlpool hot tubs, herbal steam rooms, and hammams. If you want to up your wellness quotient a notch, opt for one of the Spa Suite Journeys by Amra. These treatments employ 24 karat gold, black pearl, AMRA oils, Rhassoul mask, and other exclusive ingredients.
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