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Hot List 2011

Armani/Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tel: 971-4-888-3888
Massages, $79-$250

What: On the third floor of the world's tallest building, in the first Armani Hotel, an oasis of understatement that's a refreshing change from Dubai's overstimulated gold leaf universe.

The look: Taupe silks, backlit alabaster, and feng-shui-curved walls in reception lead to a monastic corridor and eight brown-tiled treatment rooms. The domed thermal salon features sequential sauna, laconium, steam, and falling water chambers.

Who goes: Businessmen de-stressing and, on weekends, brand-obsessed Emirati socialites.

The treatment: There's no menu—you book a block of time; an Armani-clad consultant asks whether you want to end your treatment relaxed ("Mu"), pain free ("Liberta"), or balanced ("Fluidita"); and therapists evoke these pleasurable if vaguely coded states employing shiatsu and other techniques.

P.S.: Facials, more massage than medical, use Giorgio Armani's Crema Nera and Skin Minerals products.

Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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