5 Spas & Wellness Retreats across the Middle East
Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
The holiday season is still in full swing, the time of year that families and friends spend more time together hours on end, having fun, celebrating the months passed, or head over to some great spots around town to ring in the year to come. But when all the holiday madness passes and the winter season continues, what better time to find ways to unwind and relax? The season, with its cool temperatures and cozy atmosphere, presents the perfect time to focus on your wellness, and thankfully the region is home to some of the best spas and wellness retreats around! Let’s take a look at five worth checking out and checking in.
Assila Spa (Saudi Arabia)
If you’re looking for a relaxing yet luxurious pampering day, then book a session at Assila Spa, one of many services on offer at Assila Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is a great way for women to enjoy a full body massage, and can ve followed by a manicure and pedicure. Located on the 17th floor of the hotel means that it also comes with a great panoramic view of Jeddah, allowing guests to rejuvenate in a tranquil and breathtaking setting. The spa also caters to men on the 18th floor with a handful of facilities such as a fitness club, swimming pool, sauna room, and steam room.
Rayya Wellness (UAE)
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, which prides itself as the first 5-star family-friendly wellness resort in the region, is home to a wellness retreat that helps guests reconnect with themselves. Rayya Wellness has many services and facilities to choose from, which includes the spa, nourishment, recreation, a kids' club, retreats at a seaside setting, yoga sessions, and sports. In addition, Retreat Palm Dubai offers packages to its guests, which may include either of the services provided by Rayya Wellness.
Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort (Oman)
Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is popular for its ambience, but what makes it stand out is where it’s located: at the top of a canyon. Of course, this makes a serene location for the resort’s luxury spa as guests are greeted by a trickling fountain and bakhour incense. The spa prides itself for its healing powers by implementing rose water and pomegranate. There are a handful of facilities and programs that cater to one’s needs, alongside healing therapies, yoga sessions, and nourishment. As one of several hotels and resorts by Antara, Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is situated at the top of Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain), making it one of the highest resorts, and a two-hour drive from Muscat, Oman.
The Silk Valley (Lebanon)
The Silk Valley Resort and Wellness Retreat is situated at the historical Hamada Silk Factory, overlooking the Arbanieh - Broummana Valley in Lebanon. The spa provides soothing massages to guests, but you can also sign up for any of their beauty packages such as manicure, pedicure, waxing, gel and acrylic, and more. In addition, it comes with the following amenities: a gym, indoor pool, and sauna.
Spa Royal Mansour (Morocco)
Situated within protective walls of the imperial city, Royal Mansour Marrakech is a luxury hotel that offers its guests an experience of being in a city within a city. Spa Royal Mansour provides the hotel’s wellness programs that help guests with rejuvenation, immunity boost, rebalancing, and weight loss. It also has wellness consultants who can help with personalized approaches to one’s wellness needs. They include sports coaches, therapists, yoga teachers, and practitioners of Chinese Medicine.