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Focus: Top 10 hotel spas that make us swoon

9 - Desert Palms Spa, Dubai

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The Emirates are renowned for their high standard luxury hotels. Eat sumptuously, spoilt for choice; you may spend more time deciding where to eat rather than doing the actual eating! Travel throughout the world with your palate. In the UAE, everything is possible: escape to the slopes for a spot of skiing at an indoor resort kept at -1C, take a helicopter and fly over the new palm islands, or embark on a cruise aboard a typical Middle-Eastern boat. Fancy a game of golf? With the uncountable golf courses on offer, again, the hardest part is choosing which to go to! The cities bustle along busily at all hours of the day making it hard to escape urban stress. Thankfully you can retreat to one of the elegant resorts created - far from it all, right in the middle of the desert; it could be the perfect place to indulge in a few days at spa hotel; all of which have the very latest treatments and products. We like the Desert Palm Hotel Spa in Dubai, with its impactful Arabian theme where local ingredients are used in all treatments. The speciality of the Desert Palm is the re-energising Insecham rose petal crystal and milk honey bath. A contrast to the rest of Dubai, the Desert Palm is not what you expect with its low-rise structure and green gardens. Elegant and neutral, with undertones of Arabian design. The staff is attentive and takes time to talk you through the treatments before agreeing which one is best suited to you. The treatments, although some may seem a little unusual involving 24 carat gold lip balm, really work. Once the treatment over, the staff serves the guests trays of herbal teas and dried fruits - a very welcome appetiser after an hour's relaxation!

Doubles from 195. Tel: + 971 4323 8888 / www.desertpalm.ae

Photo: Desert Palms Spa

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