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The Lighthouse Retreat: A Tranquil Haven in Ras Al Khaimah

The adult-only retreat in a stunning seaside location offers an opportunity to reset mentally, physically and emotionally while away from the stresses and demands of modern life.

Fostering our own self-care with a much needed and deserved wellness break is one of the top ways to restore positive energy levels and reset our mind and body’s natural rhythms. As well as getting those tempos to tip-top levels, a retreat gives us the opportunity to recharge our batteries and take on healthier habits within a supportive environment. Changes that are made during a health retreat provide a steppingstone to a more balanced life and can have numerous long-lasting benefits.

The Lighthouse Retreat, the Middle East’s first year-round holistic wellness and detox retreat, is the perfect option for unplugging and nourishing the mind, body and soul. The sanctuary in Ras al Khaimah’s Al Hamra Golf Club was opened in 2020, with the intention of helping guests take a necessitated pause from their uber busy schedules and to create space for themselves to slow down and reconnect with their inner selves to find balance. An adult-only offering, the Lighthouse Retreat offers everything under one roof, including healing therapies like Reiki, Sound Mandala and Desert Grounding, as well as coaching, meditation, yoga and much more. The Lighthouse Retreat’s wellness programme is also supported by two healthy food options: a mostly raw plant-based meal plan or a liquid detox that includes juices, soups and smoothies. The food options do not include processed carbohydrates, meat, dairy products or caffeine, helping guests experience a truly detoxifying cleanse.

Here are some of the best ways to rejuvenate and detoxify at The Lighthouse Retreat, according to their experts.

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Activate the Shakti in you

Get your inner energy dancing through the ancient practice of Kundalini yoga. A combination of breathwork techniques, movement and sound that activates and generates energy, it’s an intense practice that shakes and wakes you up. The truly exhilarating Kundalini yoga also opens the mind, giving us a sense of the fullness of who we are and releasing the ego, thanks to the stillness between poses.

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Discover Reiki Energy Healing

We are energy because our bodies sense it, feel it and use it every second of the day. Reiki Energy Healing is a profoundly nurturing therapeutic treatment to calm, soothe and heal your body, mind and soul. This session can be delivered individually or as part of a group and incorporates a guided meditation and receiving Reiki energy. The talented team at The Lighthouse Retreat work with the chakras to bring your mind in alignment, nourish your soul and nurture your body. The best part is you just lie back and relax and allow the magic to happen.

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Try The Fire & Ice Experience

The Fire & Ice session is the ultimate option for a quick body recovery, what’s more it’s offered with a stunning view of the lagoon. Once you've warmed up after using the authentic Himalayan salt in the hot sauna to purify the air and improve breathing and blood circulation, it’s time to take a dip in the lagoon or sink into the custom ice baths. Submerging in icy water has many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, helping weight loss and promoting better sleep. It can even help focus the mind. While it can be a challenge to get in for the first time, releasing those feel-good hormones is always worthwhile.

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Make Time For Paddle Boarding

The Lighthouse Retreat makes it all about balance as they test yours as well as your agility while exercising on a paddle board. First, there’s the calmness of yoga with some dedicated breathwork and specific postures like vinyasas and asanas. Whether it’s the planks or inversions, the paddle board yoga flow is a must. And if you really want to test your balance and stamina, then the paddle board HiiT, which entails a powerful and energetic routine, is the way to go.

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Take a Trip to the Red Desert

The desert is alive with transformative power, so it’s not a surprise the team at The Lighthouse believes in its healing energy. This programme incorporates an afternoon desert session for grounding, using the healing power of the sand. This takes you on a unique journey to inner peace and connection with the higher self. The session includes a grounding walk, meditations on the dunes and a lovely picnic while watching the sunset.

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