The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is scheduled to open in two phases – by mid-September and October 1.
General manager Samir Arora spoke to Hotelier Middle East and said the first and second floor along with one of the two restaurants will open by mid-September and phase two opening, which will be the official opening, will be done on October 1.
Claiming to be the first wellness resort in the UAE, The Retreat Palm is the first hotel is the country to host the Rayya Wellness Centre. It will offer a range of all-inclusive retreat packages ranging from three days to two weeks, with a special focus on women.
The resort on Palm Jumeirah also features lifestyle consultants including life coaches, NLP coaches, and health and nutrition coaches. Dr. Marilyn Grenville’s nutrition clinic (GNC) which is a women’s health clinic has opened its first clinic in region at the resort.
“The entire concept of the hotel is wellness driven, starting with construction which is Feng Shui compliant, so all corners, wherever possible, are rounded. We have used a lot of natural material – stone, linen, wood, and earthy colours.
“When it comes to food and beverage (F&B) everything is organic, right from the minibar. We don’t have things like Pepsi, Toblerone, or KitKat. These are things available upon request, but we stock the minibars with organic cola (tastes exactly like cola but is made from sugarcane), kale chips and spinach chips,” Arora said.
He also said the restaurant kitchens will not be using trans-fat oils to cook but rather coconut and olive oil. “We won’t be serving French fries, ketchup, white sugar or mayonnaise at any of our outlets, we’ll be serving avocado paste and home-made organic tomato sauce instead. That’s the sort of F&B we will follow here, he said.
Arora also pointed out that Dubai is not completely ready for a healthy lifestyle so there will some “compromises”. The hotel is use organic amenities and linen across its 255 rooms and suites.
“We are sort of an introducing to wellness, we are not ready yet to be a matured destination like Indonesia, Sri Lanka, or India. Will get there eventually.”