Where: Banyan Tree Al Wadi
How much: Dh2,050 per day
Contact: 07 206 7777, www.banyantree.com
OK, so it might cost more for a day than some flights, but this luxurious oasis an hour’s drive from Dubai offers the ultimate peace and tranquility for a daycay with your hubby. Price includes a private villa for the day with your own temperature-controlled pool, three-course lunch for you both, a full body massage in the spa, plus either falconry or archery in the afternoon before you head back home. If you need to get away from the hustle, splashing out on a day here will leave you feeling serene.
SUN VERSUS HAIR
Keep hair healthy and protected with Lancaster’s Multi-Repairing Oil Serum. Dh110
A perfect day out
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
How much: Dh590
Contact: 04 453 0456
Who doesn’t love Jumeirah Zabeel Saray – the perfect blend of relaxed and stunning means this is the perfect place to destress without worrying whether you look stylish enough (because nobody is looking), or whether your food will be nice (because it definitely will). Their ‘summer daycation’ deal includes day access to beach and a 59-metre infinity pool, a 45-minute Turkish Hammam experience or 45-minute Sultan’s Massage and lunch. Plus – complimentary access for little ones to Sinbad’s Kids Club!
BUFF IT UP
Prep skin with this Frangipani and Monoi Salt Glow by Elemis. Dh195
Where: The One & Only Royal Mirage
How much: Dh300
Contact: 04 426 1100
One of the original elegant hotels on the Dubai coastline, The Royal Mirage is the perfect spot for a break away from it all. Quiet, serene opulence and choice of two lovely poolside restaurants for lunch – The Palace Pool Bar and The Beach Bar & Grill. Dh300 per person if you make a reservation, or Dh400 for walk-in bookings. The spa and hammam is nearby and offers pre- and post-natal massages and treatments.
We love the Nuxe suncare range – natural products that glide on smoothly without leaving any oilness, and they smell great! Dh79
Where: Park Hyatt
How much: Dh300
Contact: 04 602 1234
There is something about the energy in the air on the Deira side of the creek that makes it feel more exotic, which is why Amara Spa at Park Hyatt has our vote as one of the most blissed out spots in town. Treat yourself to a 60-minute pregnancy massage (Dh520), or a 90-minute Mother-to-be Package (Dh910 including 45-min massage, 45-min facial and a spa meal). Both treatments include access to pool, fitness and wet room facilities. Alternatively, pool access is Dh300 during weekdays Dh350 over weekends.
Keep lips hydrated and pouty with these Comfort Lip Oils from Clarins. Dh100
Where: Sofitel Dubai The Palm
How much: Dh250
What’s not to like about the stunning Sofitel hotel on The Palm? With six swimming pools to choose from, you can find as much action or calmness as you so desire. If you take the kids, waterfalls, water slides and curved pool shapes will keep them entertained. If that’s not enough, Amura Kids Club will come up with the goods. If your hubby is getting bored, eco golf on the beach, whereby he can pitch golf balls off the beach into the sea, where they will dissolved into fish food. If you fancy some privacy, get yourself a cabana. Book your daycay online.
SAFE IN THE SUN
Shiseido’s sunscreen for sensitive skin and for babies and children is perfect for pregnant mums looking to avoid toxins. Dh184
How much: Dh100
Contact: 04 399 4141
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is a great relaxed spot to hang with friends, to take the kids, or just to go and zen out with your favourite magazine for the afternoon. Prices start at Dh225 for the other weekdays and Dh350 on a weekend. However, if you go to the Westin on a Wednesday, you can enjoy a fab rate of just Dh100 including 25 percent off F&B and 40 percent off spa treatments at Heavenly Spa. For kids, there are loads of pools to keep them busy and the lifeguards are super-friendly, and the kids club is great fun for all ages. Don’t miss the steak salad and the curly fries on the pool menu. Alternatively, your day of chillaxing can spill over into an evening in Bussola.
We love these pool accessories from Ban.do – a watermelon bag (Dh150) and a heart-shaped adult floaty (Dh120) – available from namshi.com