Who says our work-life balance should remain level? Laura Brown tips the scales in favour of a relaxing sojourn to the world’s best spas.

Recently winning the coveted title of The Middle East’s Leading Desert Resort at the World Travel Awards for the fourth consecutive year, this local gem is a great weekend retreat for those staying in the country for July and August. Bab Al Shams recreates an authentic desert experience that is true to the heritage of the United Arab Emirates: the Arabic adobe-built village is set in an oasis of palm trees and narrow cobbles alleyways, while an undulating backdrop of unspoilt sand dunes creates a tranquil refuge for guests. The luxurious spa menu, which includes signature treatments such as the Blissfull Desert Rose Experience and the Desert Deluxe Duo, restores tired, sun-damaged bodies. The Satori products, made with locally sourced ingredients such as rose water and frankincense, smoothes and revitalises your skin during massages and facials. Only a short drive away from the bustling city of Dubai, this is the perfect

Bab Al Shams, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Laura Brown for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia – Interiors