Dubai is known for its five-star spas, along with their five-star prices, so we were delighted to stumble across somewhere a bit different. The Serenity Spa offers a welcome change of pace, with cheerful service and a warm family-friendly atmosphere to boot. Treatments, with massages starting from Dhs175, are available in a refreshingly chilled-out environment - you can even book the kids in for swimming lessons or face-painting while you get pampered. We plumped for a Swedish massage and a facial, followed by a relaxing steam and sauna and while much about the spa is basic (there are only two treatment rooms and the pool is pretty small) the treatments themselves are as good as you’d get at any of Dubai’s pricier spots. If you’re looking for a quality treatment over five-star luxury, this is a good place to start, as well as a timely reminder of the more affordable options on offer. Where else could you grab a year’s peek spa and gym membership for Dhs1700 and feel comfortable bringing the family along while you grab a massage? For more details on the spa and the offers available log onto www.serenityspadubai.com or call 04 294 3500.