• UAE

    Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort
    & Spa, Dubai

    Best for: Privacy seekers.
    The lowdown: Away from Dubai’s metropolis, The Palm sits on the edge of the breathtaking Palm Jumeirah. Think high-end luxe; pristine private beaches and 24-hour butlers. Reserve a sea-facing suite, sink into your huge stone circle bath and enjoy some peace.
    The indulgence: Book in at the So Spa for the invigorating Four Hands Butterfly Massage.
    What to pack: A Melissa Odabash kaftan, plus glam eveningwear.
    From AED1,040; sofitel.com

    UK

    Dolphin House, Pimlico,
    London

    Best for: Time-poor city slickers.
    The lowdown: This oasis in the big city is a tranquil respite from London’s busy streets. The Hammam-style spa takes its influences from Morocco with salt-infused steam rooms to soothe weary bodies and minds. Book into one of the Calmer Clinics where reiki, reflexology and acupuncture ensure you’ll walk out feeling anew.
    The indulgence: Polish up with the 23 Carat Gold Body Ceremony.
    What to pack: Your one-piece. Pre-treatment, try an invigorating aquAllure underwater spin class.
    Spa days from £119, dolphinsquare.co.uk

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    TRUE BLUE
    Take in the distant Dubai skyline (right) and retreat from the hustle of the city (below)

    EAST MEETS WEST
    The Moroccan- inspired spa takes a holistic approach

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