Mark Sunday, June 19, in your diary – it’s Father’s Day. But what do you buy a man of discernible taste? As far as we’re concerned, few things beat the luxury of peace and quiet and one-on-one attention. So skip the cufflinks and tie this year – the surprise of a spa or salon package would be a fab treat even as he rips open his card and tucks into breakfast-in-bed on the big day.
We’ve trawled some of the country’s best spas, salons, and barbershops to find out the perfect pampering packages for Dad.
The Ultimate Urban Daddy at SensAsia Urban Spa
Location: SensAsia at Emirates Golf Club and Palm Jumeirah
To book: The treatment can be purchased as gift voucher, either from the spa or as an online e-gift. For information and bookings, call 04 417 9820 (Emirates Golf Club) or 04 422 7115 (the Palm), or visit www.sensasiaspas.com
Why Dad will love it: Discounted for Father’s Day, this pampering package includes a 60-minute Knead-It Massage, followed by a 30-minute Gentleman’s Facial. Using deep-tissue techniques, it is the perfect way to relax hard-working, stressed-out Dads, as stubborn knots and areas of tension are kneaded away. With dimmed lighting and relaxing tunes, he can totally zone out as the therapist gets to work. As an added bonus, the facial that follows promises to refresh, revive and rejuvenate his tired skin.
Cut, Shampoo, Condition and Hot Towel finish at Chaps & Co
Location: Ground floor, Goldcrest Executive Tower, Cluster C, JLT
To book: Call 04 551 6192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Dad will love it: With a brushed concrete floor and swanky chairs, Chaps & Co barbershop exudes old-meets-new style. Dad can pretend he’s part of the cast of Mad Men as he sits back in the chair and lets the barber get to work – and with each appointment only taking roughly 30 minutes, it’s the perfect package for men who don’t like to sit still for long. Using products from cool haircare brand Rahua (which names Johnny Depp among its fans), the barber will pay attention to the twist of his crown as he cuts, shaves his neck, and finishes with a refreshing face and head massage. He’ll feel like a new man – and he’ll look like one too, but in the very best of ways.
Gentlemen’s Tonic Royal Shave at Shuiqi Spa & Fitness
Location: Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
To book: Gift vouchers are available for purchase at ShuiQi Spa & Fitness. Alternatively, email email@example.com or call 04 426 1020
Why Dad will love it: He’ll leave the spa fresh-faced and cleanly shaven – but this treatment is about more than just a shave. It’s a pampering, relaxing facial that rejuvenates the skin and aids tissue regeneration – so it’s perfect for Dads who are worried about the odd wrinkle appearing, without you needing to book a treatment that mentions anti-ageing in the title (not the best gift, admittedly). Dad will love the truly luxurious surroundings of the spa too, so he’ll be refreshed for days after he heads back to his fast-paced city life.
First Gear Man on the Move Package at Pastels Salon
Location: Jumeirah, Ritz-Carlton Dubai Marina, and Mercato Mall.
To book: Call 04 388 3534 (Jumeirah), 04 399 5016 (Ritz-Carlton), or 04 344 7883 (Mercato) or visit www.pastels-salon.com
Why Dad will love it: If he likes to take care of his appearance, treat him to this super quick, but no less luxurious, package at Pastels salons across Dubai. Perfect for Dads with little time on their hands, the package includes a haircut, manicure and pedicure. That’s not all – Dad will also have no less than four or five therapists working at the same time, to ensure he is groomed superfast and leaves feeling perfectly preened and ready to face the world again.
Ramadan Offer at Talise Ottoman Spa
Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah
To book: Call 04 453 0456 or email JZSRestaurants@jumeirah.com
Why Dad will love it: If he likes his spa experiences to be super luxe, look no further than Talise. The surroundings make it one of the grandest spas in Dubai, and it includes a Turkish hammam, steam room, jacuzzi, two saunas, snow room, four outdoor cabanas, and an indoor salt water swimming pool. This special Ramadan package includes a 60-minute Detox Hamman, self-meditation in the garden, and unlimited access to all the facilities, so he can stay all day, making it a Father’s Day he’ll remember forever.
Happy Father’s Day Body Reviver at InterContinental Festival City
Location: Spa InterContinental at Dubai Festival City
To book: Call 701 12 57 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Dad will love it: Dad will take one step into this luxurious, serene spa and feel his shoulders instantly relax – and that’s before he’s even jumped on to the treatment bed for a 90-minute full body massage using specially selected essential oils to ease tense muscles. The treatment concludes with a foot massage – and for just Dh150 extra, you can add a 30-minute head massage to the package for the ultimate feel-good factor.
CRYO Full-Body Session
Price: From Dh350
Location: FitRepublik in Sports City, Energy Plus fitness club in Al Ain, and Abu Dhabi Country Club
To book: Call 052 789 1122 (Sports City), 03 721 1022 (Al Ain), or 050 404 1022 (Abu Dhabi), or email email@example.com
Why Dad will love it: So Dad isn’t the kind of guy to step into a fluffy robe and slippers? No problem. Treat him to a Cryo session this Father’s Day. Plunging him into super-low temperatures between -120 and -160°C, the cool (and fast, at just three minutes) treatment promises to make Dad feel and look younger and more energised. And if he’s nursing an injury from the gym or his latest football match, he may even find his recovery is accelerated. One way or another, it’s not a Father’s Day he’s going to forget anytime soon – and when he feels better for it, he’ll only be thanking you.
TOP 10 TREATS
Take your pick from our selection of grooming gifts to bring a smile to his face this Father’s Day…
Shiseido Men Starter Kit Dh96, Bloomingdale’s
Sachajuan Stockholm Hair Wax Dh115, Harvey Nichols
Swiftblade Hair Clipper Dh640, Eideal.com
Clarins After Shave Energizer Dh180
Dubai Beard Club Beard Oil from Dh89, Facebook.com/dubaibeardclub
L’Occitane Cédrat Gift Set for Men Dh587, Loccitane.com
Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum Dh680, Wojooh.com
Slendertone Abs Dh1,050, Sun and Sand Sports
Vaniday Grooming Gift Card Dh150, Vaniday.ae
Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak Dh285, Elemis.ae