From the mindfulness of a wellness beachfront retreat
staycation to a series of tailored wellness programs are offered to pamper and
revitalize your wellbeing, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel boosts
your staycation by nourishing your soul, bringing out your inner spark and
empowering a balanced lifestyle with a memorable story to share. mylifestylenews
Wellbeing is essential and positive energy is what we all need, especially at this unprecedented time of various precautionary measures when we are out and about. With strict travel restrictions, a well-deserved staycation is hard to come by and you need to be cautious in planning, as we are not only looking for destinations that would mesmerize our travel, but the experience and the unforgettable memories (only for the good ones) to bring home matters.
With positive energy and eventually to rediscover yourself as well as your lifestyle, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel - the region’s first family-friendly wellness resort - offers a wellness retreat and service that is designed to suit your wellness goals and lifestyle, combining a thoughtful comfort as well as contemporary design tucked away in a sanctuary on the east crescent of the Palm Jumeirah Dubai.
A wide selection of in-depth curated bespoke wellness retreats are offered for a duration of one day to two weeks or longer with pre-arrival consultation to understand the baseline and individual well-being goals. The 24-hour Retreat and 1-Night Staycation is rather selling like hot cakes to help you disconnect from your busy daily routine and reconnect with yourself through inspirational retreat programs to rediscover your focus by living a healthier lifestyle.
Upon check-in, an arrival ritual aroma and color therapy infused with a pranayama experience takes place as an art of welcoming guests. A special energy bracelet is offered and the ritual is conducted by the resort’s Director of Wellbeing in a small Rayya Wellness Lounge adjacent to the hotel lobby to ignite your inner spark. A brief breathing session helps to calm our body and mind followed by picking up our preferred color card based on our current sentiment that transpires our mood followed by the matching aroma to soothe our body and mind. A rather relaxing few minutes to set our mind free and let go of the stone shoulder weight, unleash the negative vibe and make ready to activate the staycation mood.
We were upgraded to a corner premium one bedroom suite with a separate living room and extra guest toilet facilities separated from the King size bed room. The 337sqf room size was rather congested by the unwieldy lounge chairs especially in the living area that cramped up the space, creating a more claustrophobic airspace.
You may also have to get used to the intended closed curtain service even during the day to block the high summer heat from outside the long balcony that is overlooking the swimming pool as well as the Palm Jumeirah sea view with the distant Dubai skyline.
Premium one bedroom suite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at Vibe Restaurant offering a wide selection of nutria spread from the buffet. While healthy eating is more than just the food you eat, it is also the lifestyle you follow along the journey towards a healthier and happier you.
The buffet selection is rather fascinating - from its choice and nutrition value and a specially crafted dietary plan can also be arranged that is designed to help you achieve your wellness goals while enjoying delightful perks from their Rayya Nutri menu plan.
You can customize between slimmer, balanced, athletic, vegan or even a Paleo-friendly meal plans but one must know how to control your appetite by not overly indulging especially when you have signed up for your wellbeing retreat program.
A good spread of Nutria Menu Buffet
There is a beachfront infinity pool from where you can just chill and look at the views of the Palm and beyond, although when the hotel is very busy, the pool is not large enough to accommodate the deluge of guests. There is also a roped off area for swimming in the sea water, but the water in Dubai is not our favourite thing when it comes to enjoying a swim.
As the temperature was over 40 degrees, the climate controlled pool water was just the tonic for cooling down! Incidentally, adjacent to the pool is a foot reflexology stone path, walking on bare feet on the uneven sharp stones may seem quite tense at first but its helps to stimulate your blood flow circulation – no pain, no gain, as they say and quite equivalent to a good cardio warm up, we highly recommend that you give it a try on this ancient method of natural healing.
Various wellness sessions are organized for the reatreat program and a group meditation breaks for de-stress at the Yoga Sudio at Rayya Wellness in the late afternoon is organized. We headed to the Club Lounge for a short afternoon tea before a 60-minute spa treatment back at Rayya Wellnesss with an extended 15-minute oxygen therapy session at the relaxation lounge.
Freshly made detox drinks are ready for us to pick up at Chapters Lobby Café before we headed to the beach and to stretch out at the pool. Spice up your appetite with Sweet Shake, Chocolate Bliss, Pina Colada, Red Beet…just to name a few for you to pick on your prefer choice with various healthy, detoxifying and revitalizing ingredients made from fruits and vegetables. Simply refreshing and it is one of the best ways to quench your thirst after the spa treatment.
Relaxing Club Lounge
Before we called it a night, a customized detox in-room salt bath self care ritual awaits us when we returned to our room after dinner. Mediation music fills the air in the room for further relaxation and encouraging a deep sleep ahead.
A rather early morning (0645H) green detox shot is delivered and served in the suite follow by a group breath-work and core strength focus yoga session at the swimming pool deck lead by Anirban – our yoga coach aka Wellness Manager. The breath-work covers basic to advanced breathing techniques to help strengthen lung capacity and oxygen intake and help to reduce stress levels, anxiety, breathlessness and achieve by increasing awareness, relaxation and focus while the Yoga session helps you build self-confidence, improve posture, flexibility, balance, and strengthen core muscles. The late summer morning breeze was relatively promising and resulted in quite a pleasant journey to sweat and burn off a bit of the calories from last night’s delightful dinner.
Aniban then adjourned us to the Wellness Lounge for a InBody analysis with complete assessment with body composition balance, muscle-fat, water composition, segmental lean/fat, BMI analysis and even estimating the ration of waist and hip, diagnosis of obesity and internal age test to increase longevity. I was happy to score 83/100 that reflects the evaluation of my body composition with a normal BMI, a balance on upper and lower body balance evaluation that really made my day.
Breakfast starts at 0630H and ends at 1030H and we suggest to avoid the peak hours starting at 0930H where others wake up later to catch the last session for breakfast for which it can be quite long wait. Shruiti, the hostess/waitstaff controlled the flow quite well if you have given her your name before hand to wait for your turn and to be escorted to your table. When Vibe Restaurant is full, they are thoughtfully extended the breakfast venue at Bait al Nakhla Restaurant across the lobby to cater for busy crowd.
Staying fit, rediscover and reawaken your body with a well planned wellness retreat and yet being able to indulge in healthily curated culinary choice and disconnect from your bustling routine. Fuel your body, energize your mind and awaken you senses with a short wellness staycation retreat that truly helps to reconnect ourselves and be inspired for a healthier and splendiferous lifestyle. Are you ready to commit?
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 3.5/5
Room Amenities: 3/5
Food & Beverages: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel
East Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
P.O. Box 118237
Tel: +971 4 524 7777
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is a member of MGallery Hotel Collection
Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated.
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