In Dubai the sunshine is always glorious, but if it ever gets too hot there are plenty of watering holes where you can dive in and cool off. Visit one of the water parks in Dubai to enjoy the rides or just give the kids the chance to let off some steam. And if you’d like something a little more soothing, don’t forget about Dubai’s spas too.

1) Aquaventure Waterpark

They like to do things big in Dubai, and Aquaventure is no exception. There are some nerve-racking rides here, like the Leap of Faith that plunges you 27.5 metres (90 feet) down a clear tube surrounded by sharks and rays. But it’s not all about the adrenaline, there are lots of gentler rides and cool pools for toddlers and little ones. You can find seclusion and tranquillity here too, with strolls along the Lazy River and the waterpark’s very own Atlantis Beach, where you’re free to relax and take in the sun.

2) Dolphin Bay

Atlantis, The Palm is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. So it’s no surprise that the facilities here are pretty exceptional too. Like Dolphin Bay, for example, where you can dive into the water and swim alongside 6 friendly dolphins. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take a scuba dive tour and get to see the dolphins’ habitat underwater. Or if you prefer not to get wet, you can make the most of the photo opportunities and have your picture taken with a dolphin. They’re bound to smile for the camera.

3) Wild Wadi Waterpark

 

With over 30 attractions, not to mention plenty of eateries and cafes, you could spend all day here at Wild Wadi, one of the most popular Dubai water parks. Take a roller coaster ride through the water, plunge down slides or just float along a calming river. You can even try your hand at surfing, on the Riptide Flowrider. And don’t miss Tantrum Alley, where you get to stand right in the eye of a storm. There are lots of activities for the little ones too, including child-friendly pools, small slides and climbing frames. You’ll find Wild Wadi next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, just in the shade of the Burj Al Arab.

4) Talise Ottoman Spa

The tradition of hammam spas is one you’ll want to get to know. Relaxing in a Turkish steam bath with a beautiful backdrop of Arabic tiles around you can become addictive. Talise Ottoman is one of the best-known spas in Dubai, with a cocoon-like atmosphere, and lots of treatment and relaxation rooms. Lie back and relax.

5) One&Only Spa

Based at the Royal Mirage, the One&Only Spa is tucked away in a verdant garden, and is hugely popular with the locals as well as some international A-list celebrities too. Why not take a treatment and gaze up at the beautiful mosaic stained glass ceiling. You’ll want to come back for more.

6) Saray Spa

This beautifully secluded spa contains a Turkish-style hammam at its centre, as well as lots of treatment rooms and pools. If you’d like a truly luxurious treatment, we recommend the golden Arabian honey facial mask, or the massage using 24 carat gold-infused oil. You’ll find Saray at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai’s tallest hotel.

7) Rixos Royal Spa

Situated at the Palm on the East Crescent, Rixos offers plenty to revitalise you after a hard day sightseeing or shopping. From deep cleansing massages to shallow wading pools as well as an ice fountain and a Hammam spa, you’ll find everything you need to relax right here.