Oman for Wellness

Oman is increasingly being recognised as a health and wellbeing destination, with links to Ayurvedic medicine and luxurious spas and wellness resorts springing up across the sultanate.
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Blessed by sunshine all year, Oman offers a vitamin D boost to get energy levels up and boost immune-health. But it is also a haven for all manner of wellness activities, whether for those who enjoy getting the heart pumping or prefer lounging supine during an extended pampering session.

Relax

Decamp to the highest spa retreat in Oman at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar. The spa focuses on four wellbeing pathways; relax & de-stress, detox and weight loss, rejuvenate and mindful moments. A private hammam suite and thermal suites are ideal for shedding toxins, while sunrise yoga sessions and breathing the clean mountain air, add to the meditative experience. Or learn to make nutritious Omani and Thai cuisine using fresh produce from the chef’s garden.

Also sitting on the famous ‘Green Mountain’ is the Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel, Resort & Spa Oman, specialising in Asian healing techniques. The resort offers the much-feted Balinese style of massage, which blends gentle stretching of limbs with long therapeutic strokes and skin rolling. Afterwards, float in the infinity pool with its calming vistas over the mountains.

Meanwhile the Jumeirah Muscat Bay welcomes guests into its Talise Spa, with a range of therapeutic and re-energising experiences. Therapists use local and sustainable luxury products curated to reflect the natural surroundings of Oman. Talise Spa also features Hammam treatments, plus a sauna and steam room.

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Retreat

The Six Senses Zighy Bay, on Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, is a dreamy spot for detoxing body and mind on three, five or seven-night retreats. Its Detox at Zighy Bay retreat is designed to eliminate toxins and fatigue through personalised treatments, including a yogic cleanse and detoxifying therapies, alongside meditation and pranayama. Participants will notice improved digestion and a boosted immune system, plus a mental and spiritual reset. Complement the retreat with a Moroccan hammam and personalised detox massage, before heading to the private beach.

The Chedi Muscat Hotel & Spa overlooks the serene ocean, offering thirteen suites to relax and unwind in an aesthetic setting. The spa runs a wellness ‘daycation’ featuring Balinese massages, facials, and reflexology. For more active holidaymakers, there’s reformer Pilates equipment, a gym and a tennis club, plus the longest swimming pool in the Middle East.

The spa programme at Al Nahda Resort & Spa provides a space to relax and regenerate, diet and detox or just to be pampered. Guests will meet with a Wellness Consultant on arrival, to discuss their individual programme, with a choice of 65 treatments. This is made up of spa treatments including relaxation, beauty and medical, yoga, fitness and other activities, complemented by the hotel’s nutritious Spa Cuisine.

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Revive

Dust off the running shoes and put New Year’s Resolutions into action, during the Muscat Marathon which takes place every January. There are full and half marathon options available, plus the ambient temperature this time of year and flat terrain means the route is manageable.

Oman is also the ideal place to indulge in the rejuvenating benefits of nature. Nestled on a wild beachfront in the southern region of Dhofar, in Mirbat, Alila Hinu Bay is a nature and wilderness lovers’ paradise. Hike along the rugged coast, kayak in the lagoon, or try seaside mountain biking. In-house restaurant The Orchard uses locally-sourced ingredients served in an open air restaurant overlooking the natural surroundings.

Or seek peace and quiet in the Wahiba Sands desert, with its magical sandscapes and sublime mountains offering an escape from everyday stresses. The boutique Desert Nights camp is secluded 11km into the vast expanse, with six pool villas which defy the arid landscape. Once the sun sets, Omani feasts take place in front of a flickering campfire.

Become an Oman Ambassador

To learn more about Oman, take the online training course Oman Ambassadors at omanambassadors.com