Abu Dhabi

1. Anantara Spa, Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi

Control your own (beauty) destiny with a tailored spa experience. Star-crossed lovers can choose their own a 60-minute treatment, plus a 30-minute experience, to create their ideal spa ritual, delivered alongside chocolates and a red rose. Try a signature hammam with an Indian head massage for a spa day that refreshes both head and heart.

Spa by Design package, Dh1,490 per couple; call 02 656 1000.

2. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

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You can’t have Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolates, right? CHI The Spa understands those cocoa cravings, with its ‘chocolicious’ couples package satisfying your sweet tooth. Catering for two, the dessert-inspired treatment includes a skin-sloughing brown sugar scrub, followed by a chocolate-infused body wrap to help smooth and hydrate skin. Finally, you’ll be left to soak in a milk and flower bath to complete the decadent experience.

Dh1,300 per couple; call 02 509 8903.

3. Ritz Carlton Grand Canal Abu Dhabi

For Valentine's, get a gift from ESPA skin care along with roses and chocolates when you book any treatment (60 minutes or more) for two on the same day throughout February.

For spa reservations, please call +971 2 818 8051 or email abudhabi.spa@ritzcarlton.com

4. Iridium Spa, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

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Book a couples suite at Iridium Spa to take advantage of one of its three Valentine’s packages. Our favourite bundles a soothing half-hour session in the Jacuzzi aroma bath with a round of the soul-stirring Oriental body scrub, a rose petal foot soak and a take-home gift of an ESPA Aromatherapy Bath Oil. Don’t forget the signature one-hour organic aromatherapy massage, which sees your therapist use techniques from shiatsu, Thai massage, and trigger-point touch to decrease stress levels and helps the body to release love-dovey endorphins.

Romantic Indulgences package, Dh1,500; call 02 498 8889.

Dubai

5. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont The Palm, Dubai

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Fairmont The Palm has dreamed up two couples packages for a double dose of pampering at the Willow Stream Spa. The Romeo and Juliet Couples Romance package is inspired by roses, with a relaxing aromatic soak in a double berth couple’s bath, followed by a full-body light-to-medium pressure aromatherapy massage. Using a special Rose Bliss Balm to get your skin gleaming, it’s a far more pleasant ending than the one Shakespeare’s titular characters encountered. Or opt for the Be My Valentine Day promotion, which includes a Dead Sea salt scrub to get the blood pumping, an organic oil massage and a mini facial to leave the complexion feeling refreshed before date night.

Romeo and Juliet Couples Romance, Dh1,489 per couple (120 minutes); Be My Valentine Day, Dh1,489 per couple (90 minutes); call 04 457 3545.

6. Talise Spa at Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

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The Talise Spa’s couple’s package is all about peace and quiet, offering time to yourselves inside one of the fully-equipped spa’s luxury treatment rooms, stocked with its own private steam and Jacuzzi. Follow up with a 60 minute couples massage of your choice, choosing between such an aroma oil, deep tissue or Balinese massage. Complete the experience with a nice little nap in the relaxation room, aided by a chocolate and fruit plate served in the treatment room.

Couple’s retreat, Dh1,440; call 04 366 6818.

7. LIME Spa, Desert Palm Resort, Dubai

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A short drive out of Dubai, Desert Palm’s preppy polo fields feel like a world away. The Romance Me package at the resort’s LIME Spa adds to the staycation vibes with treatments designed to help you unwind. Pick between an Eminence facial or 60-minute massage in the private couples’ suite, followed by a blissful 15-minute foot scrub. Your visit finishes on a high note, with a light lunch for two at Epicure restaurant included in the promotion.

Romance Me package, Dh749; call 04 323 8888.

8. Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai

A couple’s massage is made memorable in the stunning surrounds of the Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The fully-loaded included amenities mean you could easily while away the day after the hour-long private suite massage, with the snow room, thalassotherapy pool, Turkish hammam, and sauna more than enough to keep you happy.

Couple’s massage, Dh1,220 per couple; call 04 453 0456.

9. The SPA, Palazzo Versace, Dubai

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One for the style set, The SPA at Palazzo Versace as luxurious as you’d expect. Relax into an extensive ritual of body scrubbing and massage using a rose-jasmine-orange blossom blend, plus an anti-aging facial massage according to ayurveda therapies. The package also includes access to the Moroccan hammam sanctuary, where a private Jacuzzi, monsoon rain shower and sauna await once your chakras have been fully re-aligned.

Love Is… package, Dh3,200 per couple (120 minutes); call 04 556 8870.

10. Armani/Spa, Armani/Hotel, Dubai

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Skip the shared changing rooms this V-Day and go all out in the name of a private pampering session. The Armani/Spa’s exclusive private couple’s room is the perfect touch of indulgence to take you treatment to the next level, with the relaxation ritual tending to both body and soul over two-and-a-half hours of bliss. Couple with full access to the hotel’s famed Armani Terme bathing and steam facilities and a tailored skincare gift for each of you to cap off a dreamy day together.

Couple’s Exclusive Treatment, Dh2,000 per couple; call 04 888 3282.

11. Waldorf Astoria Spa, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

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It’s an oldie but goodie for a reason, with lush strawberries and chocolate accompanying this 150-minute spa treatment that will engage all the senses. Hosted in the opulent VIP suite at Waldorf Astoria Spa, you and your partner will enjoy a skin-shedding exfoliation, before stretching out for a bespoke massage using rose essential oil. The romance continues with a bubble bath for two in your private Jacuzzi to completely unwind.

Romantic Retreat Experience, Dh1,750 per couple; call 04 818 2222.

12. Ritz-Carlton Spa, Ritz Carlton Dubai, DIFC

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Learn for yourself the power of touch at this interactive couple’s spa experience, with the Ritz-Carlton’s spa therapists teaching their techniques so you and your partner can re-create the relaxing rituals at home. Starting with pressure point release for the feet, you’ll then be walked through a hands-on shoulder and foot massage workshop. School’s out with a customisable 60-minutes full body massage for each of you, complemented with a massage oil candle in your favourite fragrance.

Dh1,900 per couple; call 04 818 2222.

13. Ahasees Spa & Club, Grand Hyatt Dubai

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Valentine’s Day is made of sugar and spice, and everything nice, according to the Ahasees Spa & Club. Its scrumptious couples package for this year involves a 30-minute rosehip facial, featuring a skin-brightening and antioxidant-packed cranberry mask. Adding extra sweetness is a 60-minute spice-infused massage, which is more on the functional and firm side, using soft tissue manipulation to reduce muscle spasms and pain. Tender loving, indeed.

Couple’s treatment, Dh1,000 per couple; call 04 317 2333.

14. SensAsia Urban Spa, Emirates Golf Club Dubai

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Couples that golf together, stay together, according to SensAsia at Emirates Golf Club. The spa is catering for sporty duos with a package that’s designed to take a load off of your shoulders… and feet… and scalp. After a head, neck and face acupressure massage targeting the miniature muscles that hold tension, it’s on to the hour-long side-by-side massage, which incorporates deep pressure and long strokes, aiding in correcting posture and releasing the lactic acid build-up in stiff and sore muscles.

Recovery For Two package, Dh1,150 per couple or Dh1,050 if booked and paid for before February 14, 2018; call 04 417 9999.

15. The Heavenly Spa, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City

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Rock your date’s world with a bespoke hot stone massage for two at The Heavenly Spa. The aptly-named Romancing the Stone deal gives each of you a 50-minute muscle-meltingly good massage using a traditional hot rock technique. Follow up with a little R&R in the couples’ relaxation area.

Romancing The Stone Experience, Dh890 per couple; call 04 437 3300.

16. The Spa, Address Dubai Marina

Proving that there’s truly nothing diamonds can’t improve, the Love and Beauty Ritual at The Spa in the Address hotel includes a shimmering diamond dust exfoliation, sandwiched between a rose-laden foot bath and a damask rose absolute oil massage followed by dark chocolate, sparkling juice and strawberries served in a private relaxation balcony room.

Dh1,100 per couple; call 04 436 7424.

17. Conrad Dubai

Ricci Capricci Beauty Salon and Brando Men’s Grooming, the in-house salons at the Conrad on Shaikh Zayed Road in Dubai, have teamed up for a Valentine’s gifting idea to please both him or her. Treat him to a royal shave, haircut and manicure with the Brando Men’s package, to leave him looking suave. Men can pick up a personalised gift certificate for the Ricci Capricci package for the woman in their life – it features a hair treatment, blowdry, mani and pedi – the perfect pre-night-out pampering session.

Women’s package, Dh400, Ricci Capricci Beauty Salon; call 04 352 1333. Men’s package, Dh400, Brando Men’s Grooming; call 04 379 7888.

Offer valid from February 10 to 17, 2018. 

Northern Emirates

18. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Fujairah

Those looking to getting in touch with their softer side will appreciate the package on offer at this oceanfront resort. The in-house spa’s 90-minute Valentine’s Day treatment will see you scrubbed down from head-to-toe with a sumac-infused invigorating coffee scrub from local beauty brand Hammamii, before a relaxing massage using anti-aging argan oil to leave limbs smooth and supple. A romance-themed healthy pink juice awaits you in the relaxation area following your massage.

Dh550 per person; call 09 204 1035.

19. NINE Degrees Spa, Fairmont Ajman

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Pamper yourself and your partner to the ninth degree at this Ajman hotel spa with a discounted deal for Valentine’s Day. The deluxe hammam package will leave you and your partner feeling your best – hit the slab in the traditional hammam and be scrubbed, stretched and soaked in a deep-cleansing ritual that lasts for 90 minutes.

90-minute hammam for two, Dh1,900 per couple (normal price Dh2,380); call 06 701 5656.

20. Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa

While you could never have too many massages, what makes this couple’s treatment special is the surrounds of the stunning of the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah’s spa and the ever-calm presence of the resort’s super-Zen staff. After your massage for two, add on a FHF Farmhouse Fresh facial for a completely kissable complexion. The Lemon Pudding Pie Comfort Food Brightening Facial is particularly lush.

Couple’s massage, Dhs650 per couple, and Lemon Pudding Pie Comfort Food Brightening Facial, Dh325 each; 07 228 8844

Spa offers are valid until the end of February, unless otherwise indicated.

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How about a gift on the side?

Show the special lady in your life that you care, or treat yourself, with a V Day-ready beauty gift.

1. Look of Love gift box, Lipstick Queen, Dh295, beauty-solutions.me

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A trio of petal-pink favourites to add a little flush to your lips and cheeks.

2. Make-up bag, Tatty Devine, Dh130, Virgin Megastores

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This super-sized pout can stash away all your on-the-go beauty necessities.

3. Back to Relax Soothing Gel Mask, Dh190, Thank You Farmer, misspalettable.com

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Refresh and replump skin ahead of date night with a hydrating but not heavy Korean cult buy.

4. Splendida Rose EDP, Bulgari, Dh445, Paris Gallery

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A rosy scent will put a spring in her step. Bulgari perfectly captures the notes of dewy-fresh blooms.