Health Travel Magazine - Digest 2024

5 reasons to choose the Middle East for your next wellness holiday

There’s much more to the Middle East than soaring sand dunes and futuristic cities. Discover everything this region has to offer with authentic, bespoke experiences and retreats at the region’s finest luxury wellness hotels, tailored to you by Health Travel’s expert travel specialists.

Meditation and singing bowls at Habitas AlUla

1. World-class hospitality

Famed for their hospitality, the people of the Middle East will welcome you with open arms, allowing you the privilege of experiencing authentic Middle Eastern traditions. From intimate cultural traditions shared with local families, to dune walking with Bedouins in the Negev Desert at Six Senses Shaharut, get a personal glimpse at these different walks of life and forge connections you’ll never forget.

Traditional Middle Eastern hospitality at Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

2. Religious and spiritual significance

The birthplace of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, the Middle East is home to some of the world’s most important religious and spiritual places. Discover Jerusalem, the Western Wall, the Holy Sepulcher, Mecca, the Sea of Galilee, and many more. Each year, thousands of pilgrims make the journey to these sacred sites, seeking peace and a spiritual connection – allow the profound significance of these holy places to wash over you and calm your spirit.

Jerusalem is one of the world’s holiest cities

3. Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine

Already immensely popular, the newly opened Zulal Wellness Resort in Qatar blends holistic healing with Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine (TAIM) for a unique wellness experience at the Zulal Serenity luxury spa. This immersive experience will sweep you away from the stresses of everyday life and transform your mind and body with rich, sensory experiences and meaningful wellness programmes.

Zulal Wellness Resort blends TAIM with holistic healing

4. The healing waters of the Dead Sea

One of the world’s first health resorts, and almost 10 times saltier than the ocean, the Dead Sea has great healing powers. The heavy salt content allows you to enjoy complete weightlessness, floating effortlessly in the calming waters for an otherworldly experience. The mineral-rich composition can also alleviate a number of health and skin conditions, including psoriasis, acne, arthritis, and chronic pain.

5. Unique Experiences

The Middle East prides itself on being unlike anywhere else, a land where impressive cities rise majestically from the desert, and cutting-edge modernity meets the birth of civilisation, so it’s only fitting that your wellness retreat here reflects that. Six Senses Zighy Bay specialises in extraordinary experiences, designed to fill your getaway with unforgettable moments. For a wellness retreat with a twist, make your grand arrival by speedboat or paragliding, charter a yacht, or dine in unique spots with stunning views. For incredible diving, head to Oman’s pristine coastline. Diving didn’t begin in Oman until the 1980s, meaning that its top diving spots are largely unspoiled and free from tourists.

Arrive at the resort by paragliding, speed boat or four-wheel drive
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