In an ideal world, we’d while away our days relaxing in luxury spas - but that isn’t feasible for those of us who, you know, have to pay the bills. So when do you fit in your pampering? After dark, of course. There are an amazing number of options, and it’s growing. Friday rounds up the UAE’s best late night spa offerings – from spas that are open around the clock, to ladies-night deals, to sleep-inducing pampering treats to get you ready for the land of nod…

Late-night openings

Softouch Spa, Kempinksi Hotel, Mall of the Emirates

How late? 24 hours a day

Work really, really late? No worries – this Dubai spa is open around the clock, offering luxurious spa facilities and pampering treatments 24 hours a day. If you’re struggling to sleep late at night, why not pop in for the spa’s Sleep Treatment (Dh900 for 120 minutes)? It starts with an aromatic mud wrap, to help alleviate aches and pains, and follows with a lavender-infused full body massage to help you unwind, decompress, and relax into much-needed rest. The treatment concludes with a nourishing scalp massage, which further relaxes the mind and promotes sleep.

Call 04 341 0000

Emirates Grand Spa, Emirates Grand Hotel

How late? Until midnight

Located on Shaikh Zayed Road, making it easy to swing in after work or a late flight, this hotel spa is open until midnight to allow you plenty of time to relax after dark. There are 13 luxurious treatment rooms to ensure there’s room for all the late arrivals, each with their own private steam rooms for additional relaxation. Add it to your little black book pronto. Prices start at Dhxx.

Call 04 323 0000

CHI, Shangri-La, Hotel Dubai

How late? Until midnight

Treat yourself to some ‘me time’ after a busy day at work with a late-night treatment in the serenity and calm of CHI, the spa based on the fourth floor of the recently renovated Shangri-La Dubai. Available between 9pm and midnight, the Late Night Spa Experience includes a 60-minute relaxing body massage, for Dh480, and with the addition of a facial, it’s Dh680. You’ll also get full access to the spa facilities – and when you are ready to head home, you’ll walk away with a ‘home sleep kit’ to extend the benefits of your ultra-relaxing night in the spa.

Call 04 405 2441

Ladies night, spa-style

Forget drinks and nibbles in an overcrowded bar – and instead, gather up your girlfriends for the ultimate ladies night – in a spa.

So SPA, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort

How late? Until 10pm, every Tuesday

Costing Dh250 per person and taking place every Tuesday night between 6-10pm, a range of beauty stations is set up around the spa to get your pampering fix as you natter – and if you want to extend the occasion, you can upgrade (for an extra Dh75 per person) and enjoy three glasses of bubbly at Porterhouse Bar when you’ve changed out of your fluffy robe and back into your party dress.

Call 04 455 6677

Talise Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

How late? Until 9.30pm every Monday

Monday is the night to mark in your diary for a trip to this incredibly luxurious spa on the Palm. Bring along your friends for a ladies night to remember (Dh580 per person), with a 45-minute Hammam treatment each, followed by a 60-minute full body massage, with complimentary refreshments. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you inside, you’ll also walk away with a gift as a souvenir of your late night spa trip. And believe us, this spa is the ultimate escape from city life.

Call 04 453 0456

The Spa, Fairmont Dubai

How late? Until 10pm every Tuesday

If you have more time, this Tuesday treat includes a relaxing afternoon where you can sit back, relax, and get pampered, with a healthy lunch and an hour of yoga and meditation to wash away the stresses of the day. But if you are working late, no worries – as this treat is open until 10pm and will include a choice of two pampering 30-minute treatments, along with access to the luxurious facilities. The whole experience comes to just Dh349 per person, which is relaxing for your bank manager, too.

Call 04 311 8800.

Spa at Anantara The Palm

How late? Until 10pm every Wednesday

This spa ladies night offers amazing value, with the Dh399 fee including access to the wet room facilities, a 45-minute hammam treatment, a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, healthy refreshments, and a spa gift to walk away with. With such beautiful surroundings, it’s the perfect way to relax and revive after a day at your desk – and you can catch up with friends while enjoying the aroma steam room, herbal bath, crystal and gemstone steam room, salt inhalation room and experience shower – and we think that beats battling for space at a crowded bar.

Call 04 567 8888

Sleepy treatments

Lavender Bliss at Raffles Spa, Raffles Dubai

How late? Until 9pm

Struggle to fall asleep at night? Book yourself in for this luxurious treatment (Dh979 for 120 minutes), which is specifically designed to prepare you for a full and restful night when you hit the sack. The treatment begins with a two-step rejuvenating full body scrub, followed by a warm wrap with pressure point massage, and a full body massage with warm, healing stones. As you relax, breathe deeply to inhale the lavender notes – and head home feeling well rested and rejuvenated.

Call 04 314 9870

Hot Herbal Bag Massage at ARMANI/SPA, The Armani Hotel

How late? Until 10pm

Set aside some time to calm, detoxify and ease muscle strain with an 80-minute massage that combines herbs and aromatherapy blends for the ultimate relaxation. The treatment uses ancient Asian massage healing techniques to promote sound sleep when you get home and climb into bed. The treatment costs Dh690 for 80 minutes and includes full access to the Armani Terme bathing facilities and spa lounge.

Call 04 888 3282

Zerobody Relax Floating Treatment at ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm

How late? Until 10pm

Science proves that the body, when free of the need to continually regulate its temperature and gravitational alignment, can finally start to unwind – and this is why spa floating experiences are such a great pre-bed treatment. This version, available at ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis The Palm (Dh250 for 30 minutes), is even more convenient as it combines all the benefits of flotation, but without having to actually get wet – meaning you can pop in on your way home from work for a sleep-inducing treat.

Call 04 426 1020