9 Healthy Holidays In The Middle East

BY Danae Mercer / Sep 12 2019 / 11:00 AM

From horse riding to mountain climbing, here are the best healthy holidays in the Middle East — and not a single camping tent in sight

9 Healthy Holidays In The Middle East
Ali Wadi Equestrian Centre by The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman

Located in the Al Hajar Mountains, this resort offers hiking through historic wadis, climbs down the sides of cliffs, and an incredible spa for recovering. Temperatures are cooler than Dubai.

Anantara Al Jabar Al Akhdar by Anantara Al Jabar Al Akhdar Resort

W Muscat, Oman

With W Muscat’s Fuel Weekend in November, you can detox, retox and repeat. Daytime workouts come from trendy local gyms, while nights are left for chic parties.

W Muscat by W Hotels Worldwide

Jumeirah al Wathba, Abu Dhabi

Ride horses through the desert or swim in the 1000 sqm pool, then go on a nocturnal animal hike once the sun sets. This new property also has an incredible spa.

Jumeirah al Wathaba by Jumeirah

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Book into one of several personalized wellness programs at this ultra luxurious oceanfront property. Check into ‘Sleep’ for yoga nidra, meditation sessions, and low intensity training.


Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa

Play golf on the 27-hole course or swim in one of three pools. A gear-lending program means you’ll never be without workout wear, and the resort has jogging trails designed by New Balance.

Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa by Westin

Bulgari Hotel, Dubai

Guests staying on the private island can swim in a 25-meter spa pool or book into a series of personal training sessions at Workshop, Bulgari’s private boutique gym.

Workshop by Bulgari Hotel Dubai

InterContinental Fujairah

Snorkel or dive around Snoopy Island and more at this massive resort. There’s a gym with personal trainers and separate ‘families’ and ‘adults only’ pools.

InterContinental Fujeriah by InterContinental

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Go fishing, practice archery, ride horses, plant trees or hop onto a guided bike ride at this 1,235-acre nature reserve. Similar activities are available for kids as well.

Ali Wadi Equestrian Centre by The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Workout at London-import Bodyism, a boutique wellness studio, then head into the 2,700 sqm. Outside the hotel, kayak around the Louvre at night.