Make a fresh start on a wellness retreat at this private pool villa resort in Salalah and enjoy a transformative travel experience
If you’ve pledged to improve your health this year, enrolling in a wellness retreat may give you the nudge you need to get started, and we know a great option on your doorstep. Nestled between a private beach and a freshwater lagoon,
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is offering health buffs an à la carte style retreat experience in serene surroundings. What’s more, the Balance Wellness by Anantara programme can be tailored to suit your individual needs, so whether you want to clean up your diet or build more activity into your day, you can feel confident that you are getting the most from the experience. Upon arrival, you’ll sit down with a consultant to discuss your goals. Depending on how long you’re staying (there are three-, five- and seven-day packages available), you’ll be asked to pick from a mood-boosting combination of nourishing meals, energy-pumping activities and rejuvenating spa therapies, and your wellbeing expert will draw you up a bespoke itinerary.
Staying full-board is part of the package, taking the stress out of planning what to eat and where. Sit down to a nourishing menu of healthy food created by renowned Italian vegan chef Valeria Agnelutto. Designed to detoxify and energise the system while delivering maximum flavour, dishes include Italian pasta e fagioli and chickpea burgers with rosemary and parsley and veggie mayo. The three-course meals also include delicious starters such as avocado tartare with cucumber and dates and raw tiramisu for dessert. Plus, each dish comes with a detailed nutritional breakdown and is accompanied by vitamin-packed raw juice.
Aside from your prescribed pampering treatments, a highlight of the wellness programme is experiencing the resort’s luxury hammam. Drawing on centuries of Arabian wellness, the ancient ritual starts with a muscle-relaxing steam bath in preparation for a black soap cleansing and kessa mitt exfoliation to sweep away impurities. Once you’re steamed and scrubbed, a Moroccan rhassoul treatment richly nourishes and rehydrates, leaving the skin silky soft. Other healing therapies to try include the kundalini massage and shirodhara: a unique ayurvedic therapy focusing on the head, to harmonise the entire body. If you’re staying for the long haul, you’ll also be able to take advantage of additional discounts on all spa and wellness treatments.
Feel more energised
Get your body moving with activity sessions that beat boring gym workouts into submission. Take part in yoga and go hiking in the beautiful mountainous coast of Salalah to get your circulation pumping and discover a renewed passion for being in the great outdoors. Your consultant can advise on easy ways to build more activity into your everyday life once you’re back at home so you’ll continue to feel the effects for months to come.
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