In our opinion, there’s no better feeling than boarding a plane looking (and feeling) the part. It means landing at your destination ready to go, whether you’re hopping off the aircraft and straight into a business meeting or if touching down means you’re in full holiday mode, restoring you to your best form. This is what the spas inside Dubai International Airport do best.
“Long flights can be tough on your body and mind; a few good treatments before your flight or even during transit can be of great help,” says Marife Siriban, spa manager at Timeless Spa. To get your skin prepped ahead of your flight, book a 60-minute Timeless Classic Facial. After a deep cleanse and exfoliation, you’ll be given a hydrating mask that locks the moisture into the pores, leaving your skin silky smooth. If you can spare 120 minutes, book in for a Timeout package, which includes a revitalising massage and your choice of body scrub or facial.
Dubai International Hotel, Terminal 3, timelessspa.co (04 505 9555).
World of Wellness by XpresSpa
Frequented by those in the know when transiting through Dubai International Airport, XpresSpa is renowned for its relaxing massages. Whether you have just 15 minutes to spare, or if you have a full 90 minutes, book in for a pre-flight tension relief experience. On the treatment list, you’ll find a 15-minute or 30-minute foot massage. There’s also a 60-minute full-body massage which comes with free aromatherapy – talk about zen inducing.
Terminal 3, Concourse C
Paris-born Be Relax offers everything from express treatments – there’s nothing like succumbing to those massage chairs – to full spa services that use professional products. Those in want of some serious pre-flight rejuvenation should try out the spa’s laser treatment. The Genius Light Mask from Talika uses patented technology inspired by NASA to lift, tone and firm the skin. Wrinkles, be gone. It’s not light on the wallet, but if your touchdown destination is a special one, it could be worth shelling out for.
Terminal 3, Concourse A and B, Terminal 1, Concourse D