Dubai can be a city full of excess. Some of the best restaurants and bars in the world, and as a bustling global business hub, it is commonplace to be over worked, over fed and often in need of a weekend out of the city.
Well may we introduce, the Alma Retreat. Only an hour's drive from Dubai, Alma is the perfect get away for those seeking detox, creativeness, and a chance to switch off through a 4-day retreat, created to inspire a healthier body and happier mind.
This is not your usual luxury weekend spa retreat. Instead, you will find a grounded, honest approach to health and wellbeing. The no nonsense angle will make even the grumpiest, less exercise-prone amongst us attempt a downward dog. Some of the best international yoga instructors, alongside military level PT, (it isn’t all sitting and stretching unfortunately guys) come together to create a bespoke heath retreat that is different to the rest. First rule, nothing is compulsory, it’s very much a join in what you like and sit out of anything you don’t situation. Thankfully.
The impressive team of local and international Alma instructors use the 'nature gym' concept. Mornings begin with sunrise meditation and a walk through the sand dunes, and conclude with stargazing around a bonfire bonding over your aches and pains. During the day guests have the chance to partake in a varied program of yoga, art and exercise classes, followed by guided meditation in the aromatic sweat tent. And another, rather unsuspecting highlight is the ice bath you do at the end of your stay, not just a key tactic to heal tired muscles but it actually ends up being pretty fun. The mostly vegan food is – said as a proud meat eater – out of this world. Who knew chia pudding could taste so good? An unlimited supply of beans, pulses, fruit, veg, healthy vitamin shots and antioxidants give you all the fuel you need for the action packed activities of high-intensity training and early-morning dune runs.
Normally a four day retreat, for those seeking further artistic flare or a more intense exercise boost, Alma offers specialized 'Alma Creative' and 'Alma Body and Balance' weeklong courses. A limited number of day passes will also be made available for visitors who are short on time, subject to advance booking. They are even now launching midweek corporate functions and event hire, yoga poses with your boss at 5am anyone? No, nor us.
The Alma Creative Retreat, running from 12th – 15th April, has been designed to bring together individuals looking to let go of the day-to-day and reconnect with their playful side. The program offers a mix of guided creative workshops and space for guests’ own artistic projects. Prices for the Creative Retreat weekend start from 550 AED per person for a day pass, 799 AED per person/per night in a shared cabin, and 999 AED per person/per night in a single cabin. All Alma bookings are inclusive of F&B, activities (and for overnight stays) cabin accommodation. Further details can be found at www.iamalma.com
Now we just need them to install some air con systems, so we can factor into our staycay plans during the summer. We will certainly be returning. See you there.