Need to relax but no time for a holiday? Try one of these relaxing retreats
If you’re seeking a healthy escape and can’t take time off for a holiday, there’s no better place to be than Dubai at the moment. From a luxury yoga retreat at Madinat Jumeirah to a beachside detox in Zighy Bay, we couldn’t ignore the number of health retreats popping up in the emirates in the next few months. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your yoga or simply get some respite from a busy schedule, there’s a retreat for you. Here, we preview four and speak to one of the organisers.
Yoga and wellness retreat at Talise Spa Madinat Jumeirah When: Thursday September 19 to Saturday September 21. Ideal for time-poor health fiends who want to immerse themselves in yoga for the weekend, this convenient retreat is perfect for anyone looking to escape the daily grind. ‘For anyone who hasn’t been on a yoga retreat, they provide time to switch off, reflect and discover internal peace, improve wellbeing and create mental empowerment,’ says Dubai-based Livia Anzaldo, founder of Yoga Retreats and hatha yoga instructor. The package includes a two-night stay at the luxury Dar Al Masyaf villas as well as all meals and snacks, use of hotel and Talise Spa facilities and educational seminars.
Though the focus of the retreat is yoga (retreat-goers will participate in more than six hours of yoga in total), the stay also includes a cooking class and talks on nutrition and digestion. ‘Both days will have seminars, classes and educational sessions, including a lifestyle talk about finding the right balance in life,’ she says.
The retreat is open to yogis of all levels, though Anzaldo says that it’s not suitable for beginners with no yoga experience. ‘Throughout the weekend various different yoga methods will be practised, sessions will range from invigorating yoga to awaken the body and mind, to toning and strengthening for the body, detoxifying yoga to promote wellness, atmospheric yoga on the beach at sunset for relaxation,’ she says.
Aimed at anyone wishing to improve their overall health and develop more yoga experience, Anzaldo also says it’s the ideal social setting to meet fellow health buffs with like-minded lifestyle choices. Better start perfecting that cobra. From Dhs2,080 per person per night, including accommodation. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818). Booking only available online at www.jumeirah.com/mjyogaretreat.
Weight-loss retreat at Hatta Fort Hotel When: Tuesday October 1 to Saturday October 5. Dubai’s answer to The Biggest Loser, this five-day escape is designed to help people take control of their weight loss and walk away armed with the tools for implementing an effective exercise regime. Organised by Dubai-based personal training initiative Healthy 4 U, the retreat includes five days of exercise, four nights’ accommodation at the Hatta Fort Hotel, all meals and snacks, a full body composition, health talks and a full post-retreat package and body-screening test. Book early, as only 20 places are available. From Dhs5,399 for two people sharing a room (buddy scheme offered), Dhs6,399 for single occupancy. Healthy 4 U (050 157 3552).
BeUtiful body retreat at Six Senses Spa, Zighy Bay When: Saturday October 4 to Monday October 7. Do you consider yourself somewhat of a Dubai celebrity? Does your idea of a detox involve your own private pool villa? Set in one of Oman’s most exclusive resorts, this three-day retreat combines juice cleansing, meditation, personal training and yoga to help participants understand and nurture their bodies. As well as a juice detox supplied by Detox Delight, the daily programme includes early-morning yoga, a personalised nutrition and wellbeing plan, meditation, nutrition workshops, free time for spa treatments and early evening yoga workshops. Dhs6,500 (not including accomodation ). Email email@example.com
Yoga retreat at Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi When: Thursday October 3 to Saturday October 5. Enjoy a weekend escape with this laidback luxury yoga retreat in the capital. Dubai yoga instructors Caroline Leon and Sabine Schaffer host this beachside retreat, which revolves around morning and evening hatha and flow-yoga sessions, while the rest of the days are open for participants to enjoy the hotel and pool facilities. The retreat includes accommodation for two nights based on double occupancy, buffet breakfast, two meditation sessions, four yoga classes and a welcome dinner. Dhs2,490 per person for two nights, book at firstname.lastname@example.org.