Located in the middle of a desert, Alma Retreat is unlike any other one I’ve seen in the UAE. Situated in the middle of the desert at Ras Al Khaimah, this retreat focuses on three main things (very much like Om Nom Nirvana) on the heart, mind and body. The entire luxury retreat consists of 15 tented rooms to provide an exclusive intimate environment for a maximum of 30 people.
The retreat was founded by Sarah Arnold, who is a certified service and change management consultant, with over 18 years senior IT leadership, strategy and sales experience in IBM and Microsoft AS WELL as a certified Sivananda Yoga teacher and Vipassana meditation alumna.
The retreat was launched in January 2017 and I can’t wait to go for a weekend! These retreats run for 2 days. The descriptions of the different types of retreats at Alma are as follows:
1) Alma Heart
This program focuses on karma, music, art and dance. This kind of retreat lets you express yourself through different mediums such as art and dance workshops, music and chant meditations to get you out of your daily routines into a happy space. They have different types of programs at each retreat, so no retreat will be the same as the other.
2) Alma Body
For obvious reasons (read here) , I am very keen on this particular retreat. This type of retreat focuses on nourishing the body as well as keeping it healthy. The workouts include yoga, HIIT, hiking and meditation in addition to ways to nourish yourself. I’ve seen the bulletproof program on their website; and it’s the only retreat I’ve seen that allows meat. The rest are vegan.
3) Alma Mind
I think this is definitely the most interesting of the lot. This program involves meditation, hypnosis and coaching which seems really riveting to those who are looking to inflict a positive change in their lives.
Special Offers & Costs
Huzzah! So guess what?
Starting in March, Alma Retreat is offering a special wellness weekend rate of AED 749 per person or AED 999 per room, including accommodation, food and all activities. Wellness weekends include 1 night’s accommodation and 2 days of mind and body activities plus all meals and refreshments courtesy of their partners Detox Delight. Transfers to/from Dubai available at AED 300 each way. The establishment also holds exclusive rentals for 30 people up to AED 5,000 and a membership program; where for an annual fee you can enjoy a monthly retreat and a huge list of perks including discounts of 50% on exclusive rentals (for when you’re retreating in a group), unlimited access to all digital products including meditation and hypnosis (to carry on all the good work at home) and 10% off all the fabulous products sold on site. It costs AED 1,000 per month and is available between October and May.
In order to enquire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971503105922.
Update: Alma Retreat is no longer in existence as of May 2022