Health Travel Magazine - Digest 2024

The Best Luxury Wellness Hotel Openings of 2021

Forestis, Italy

With the continued rise in demand for wellness getaways, some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts continue to open their doors with new wellness concepts and experiences. Take a look at some of the most unique and exceptional new luxury wellness destinations.

The luxury wellness scene has remained strong and has opened up new opportunities for us to indulge in our health and well-being in the world’s most picturesque locations; starting from Saudi Arabia’s northwest deserts to the Southern Tyrolean Alps. Take a look at this hand-picked selection of the best Health Travel portfolio luxury wellness hotels which opened this year.

1. Zulal Resort, Qatar

Zulal Resort, Qatar

Zulal, which translates to “purified water,” is inspired by historic journeys across the Arabian Peninsula in search of water, the seed of life – a concept that encapsulates Qatar’s history, culture, and heritage.

Located in a private coastal location to the north of Qatar, Khasooma, this new wellness destination offers therapeutic and lifestyle enhancement treatments based on traditional Arabic and Islamic wellness principles. Zulal will also be the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Islamic Medicine, a holistic approach to healing based on Islamic medicinal historians and herbalists, as well as reflective, mind-body therapy.

2. Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Hidden in the northwest deserts of Saudi Arabia, experience meaningful historical and cultural experiences whilst enjoying the traditional luxury and otherworldly environment of Ashar Valley.

Here you will be immersed in the ancient Nabatean civilization and local culture, with weekly cinema screenings of regional cultural films and documentaries, local art exhibitions, and discussion lectures exploring the region’s culture and history.

With a programme centred on the hotel’s one-of-a-kind model, the hotel focuses on shared rituals, such as sunset ceremonies or “sound sensorama.” You will also nurture yourself with locally inspired spa treatments and wellness experiences, and be able to be active in breath-taking nature, with activities such as canyon climbing and trail biking.

3. Forestis, Italy

Forestis, Italy

The unique new FORESTIS mountain retreat lies in a sheltered and sunny location on the southern slope of Plose mountain in the South Tyrolean Alps, directly opposite the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site.

FORESTIS Mountain Retreat’s unique location in the alps, its exceptionally pure Plose spring water, the fresh mountain air and mild climate all have a positive impact on health and well-being. Inspired by the natural philosophy and wisdom of the Celts, who developed their vast knowledge of healing in the forests and mountains, the FORESTIS spa combines four natural elements – air, sun, water and climate. These elements are integrated into their treatments and active experiences.

Hike or bike through the Dolomites in any season, and ski or snowshoe through dense forests in the winter. After that, you can fully relax in a forest tree circle ceremony or a private spa experience for physical and mental regeneration.

4. JOALI BEING, Maldives


Open your heart to the timeless wisdom of the sea, the sand, the sun and the stars. The newly opened JOALI BEING is the ideal place for a journey of self-discovery and renewal, set among crystalline lagoons, pristine beaches, and lush coconut palms.

The Maldive’s first nature-immersive wellbeing island retreat, with 68 private villas, is nestled on the secluded island of Bodufushi in the Raa Atoll. The resort’s curated offerings are woven around the Four Pillars of JOALI BEING – Mind, Skin, Microbiome, and Energy. They focus on exhilarating adventure and soulful relaxation, as well as customised nutrition and interactive learning. All programmes are tailored to individual lifestyles and goals.

5. Kuru Private Resort, Finland

The unique new luxury retreat Kuru in Saimaa, Finland is set on a secluded steep forest hill slope above a lake. For those seeking a private hideaway to relax and recover from the stresses of daily life this could be the perfect destination.

Kuru eco-luxury retreats and comprehensive programmes are designed to promote relaxation and can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual. It consists of 16 private Lake Villas in peaceful and picturesque settings. Kuru offers a variety of stress-relieving and relaxing activities such as breathwork classes, meditation, Tibetan sound bowl sessions, and yoga to help you to unwind.

If you’re looking for some adventure, try a snow safari, ice swimming guided cold exposure programmes, or tour skating on quiet winter lake nature in the winter. In the summer, treat yourself to an atmospheric yacht cruise or go seal spotting on a fun jet ski safari.

6. Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Where history is ancient and comfort is modern, Six Senses Shaharut in the south of the Negev Desert is where sunsets meld into the orange dunes to become an inky sky scattered with stardust.

Newly opened Six Senses Shaharut is built into a dramatic cliff on the horizon, which is often referred to as the meeting point of heaven and earth. Inspired by local rocks and pigment, the villas blend into the wild desert landscape, and are furnished through collaborations with local community artisans.

Discover what your body truly requires with the Wellness Screening and Sleep Upgrade programmes. Set out to explore the magnificent desert landscape of the Shaharut area on a Camel Trek or stargaze in desert skies away from the bright city lights.

If you are excited about the new hotel openings as we are and want to reserve a holiday, get in touch with our Health Travel Wellness Travel Specialists via our online form or directly on WhatsApp.