Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 2017: The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery, the newest addition to AccorHotels’ distinctive MGallery collection of contemporary boutique hotels worldwide, welcomes guests from across the globe to the region’s first 360-degree holistic wellbeing resort, located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah.
DISCOVER THE UNIQUE QUALITIES OF THE RETREAT
As is characteristic of MGallery’s ‘Serenity’ properties within its portfolio of over 90 hotels, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery allows guests to embark on a transformative journey. Tucked away on the exclusive coastline of Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent, the beachfront destination houses 255 picturesque rooms and suites, all designed with natural elements, earth tones and a harmonising Feng Shui philosophy throughout.
‘We are delighted to have opened the first holistic wellbeing resort in the Middle East. Wellness is at the heart of everything we do here at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery. Our Retreats are designed to fulfil a variety of needs: whether the guest is looking for detox, weight management or mindfulness, we work together to create a truly unforgettable and transformational experience’ says Samir Arora, General Manager.
The infinity pool rises serenely above the pristine beach where guests can enjoy sunrise yoga or dip a toe into the Arabian Gulf. Air conditioned cabanas line the water’s edge with uninterrupted views of the Dubai skyline providing the scenic backdrop. Organic pressed juices are served on the hour, every hour to nourish the body while every evening the lobby is transformed with a candlelight ritual to calm the mind; each finer detail exemplifying the philosophy of pureness and wellness that runs throughout the resort. Guests can experience MGallery signatures such as Memorable Moments and Inspired by Her at The Retreat, all curated with authentic local discovery in mind. Memorable Moments - an exceptional experience of the destination that leaves guests with unforgettable memories - takes the form of chauffeur driven Bedouin breakfasts in the desert, to private candle-lit dinners on the beach. Inspired by Her addresses the needs of the contemporary female traveller with exceptional enriching experiences created especially for women. This includes a collection of wellness amenities, fitted silk bathrobes, and female led activities such as beach yoga for the novice or practiced Yogi as well as book clubs hosted at the resort and focused on dedicated themes.
360 DEGREE HOLISTIC WELLNESS SOLUTIONS
At the heart of the resort is the Rayya Wellness Centre, inspired by a 360-degree holistic wellness concept, offering organic based products and an uplifting relaxation and rejuvenation experience. Dubai Health Authority (DHA) endorsed wellness experts are on hand to advise and guide guests through every aspect of the wellness journey - from lifestyle coaches to expert nutritionists, a dedicated wellness chef, and a doctor of naturopathy.
Six tailor-made Retreats have been expertly designed to improve mind, body and spirit. Packages range from three to fourteen nights including programmes such as: Renew - focused on detox and cleansing; Revive - centered around emotional wellbeing; and Reshape - a dedicated fitness and nutrition package to attain a healthier, more complete lifestyle.
Treating dietary concerns, mood swings and food allergies is the expertise of the Glenville Nutrition Clinic (GNC). Brainchild of renowned Doctor Marilyn Glenville, the GNC is fully licensed to carry out medical analysis of guests. Completed by The Natural Health Practice (NHP), the clinic offers over 200 trademarked wellness products carrying the Dr. Marilyn Glenville seal of approval.
‘The first of its kind wellness resort in the UAE, R Hotels takes pride in bringing in a unique hotel concept through The Retreat Palm Dubai, MGallery. With the increasing demand on wellness tourism across the globe, the group has put in significant investments to carry out this project. We are confident that The Retreat Palm Dubai will stand out amongst the region’s competitive hospitality scene with its distinctive wellbeing packages, facilities and programmes and leave a lasting impression.’ says Sumair Tariq, Managing Director, R Hotels, from the owning company.
The unique Rayya Spa features a distinctive array of wellbeing therapies and signature spa treatments using the finest organic products exclusive to the resort, from Altearah, a French brand of organic cosmetic products for specialised colour therapy through to Salt of The Earth, a Utah based company whose salts are produced through the natural evaporation of the water from the ponds along the Great Salt Lake. Treatments include signature spa rituals such as 1001 Arabian Nights - including desert scrub, relaxing massage and camel milk facial - through to rejuvenating cryotherapy, detoxifying facials and the traditional Hammam. Spa treatments are personalised for guests to achieve truly lasting benefits.
Rayya Fitness offers a state-of-the-art gym, tennis court and yoga studios. Parents are also afforded peace of mind as they rejuvenate, with the resort’s Rayya Kids offering that includes a selection of amenities and activities exclusively for children. A fully supervised indoor and outdoor play area, with special children’s entertainment including yoga, is available.
WORLD CLASS DINING EXPERIENCES
The property features four exceptional dining concepts promoting healthy gastronomy, serving an array of nutritious food and beverage varieties made from local, organically-sourced products.
The resort’s signature restaurant, The Social Kitchen, fully encapsulates the healthiest of Levantine cuisine, while Chapters is the inspiring lobby café; an inviting living room like social space which is a signature of the MGallery brand. The bright and contemporary Vibe offers delectable fruit and salad bars as well as á-la-carte options from breakfast through to dinner, and plays host to afternoon cooking classes with the resort Wellness Chefs, demonstrating the preparation of nourishing recipes designed specially by the Nutrition Clinic. For alfresco living, Ripples poolside bar showcases a selection of the finest locally-sourced fruit and vegetable juices, as well as a food truck parked poolside and serving a nutritious mix of street food from across the globe. MGallery has 90 existing fascinating addresses in addition to 30 others under development. Each hotel is inspiring, enhances local discovery and shapes memorable moments. With a compelling mix of Heritage, Serenity and Signature hotels, each MGallery is original with its own story to tell. MGallery will expand its collection with captivating new hotels in the coming months including MGallery Doha, Qatar; MGallery Livorno, Italy; and MGallery Istanbul, Turkey.
About the Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery, part of AccorHotels Group and is the first MGallery property in the Middle East. Its architecture, design and services are inspired by “Serenity” - one of the hallmarks indicative of the MGallery brand - a collection of boutique hotels worldwide, both inspiring and individually styled where “art de recevoir” enhances local discovery and shapes memorable moments. Situated along the exclusive coastline of Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent, the resort offers 255 rooms and design-led suites as well as four world-class dining options, showcasing an array of healthy cuisine choices. The world’s first Rayya Wellness Centre housed within the property offers a variety of all-inclusive retreat packages that have been expertly designed for relaxation and rejuvenation to improve mind, body and spirit. The wellbeing resort also features a dedicated Rayya Fitness Centre, Rayya Spa and Rayya Kids Club.
About MGallery by Sofitel
MGallery by Sofitel is AccorHotels’ collection of inimitably enchanting, unique boutique hotels to discover the world and beyond.
MGallery by Sofitel has 90 unique and fascinating addresses in 24 countries around the world, all of which are havens for those who relish off-the-beaten-track experiences. Each address is remarkable for its singular personality and deep-rooted local history.
AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,200 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 23th, 2017: Ing-on Pachmanee has been appointed as Wellness Chef at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel. With more than 15 years of culinary experience, the passionate individual has an abundance of knowledge in nutritional produce and cooking methods, having worked across some of the finest hotels worldwide including Bangkok, London and Dubai.
Pachmanee’s vision for health and wellness was first realized when she worked for The Baan Thai Wellness Retreat in Bangkok, where she gained a wealth of proficiency in creating healthy and delightful dishes, as well as playing a key role in opening and establishing the new outlet in the market. She also worked as a Sous Chef at Tenface Bangkok Hotel for six years, where she was in charge of managing all kitchen activities and maintaining health and safety standards demanded by the hotel in both service and operations.
“I’m excited to join the team and work together to take our guests on the ultimate journey of wellness and transformation. says Pachmanee. Our superlative F&B offerings each have health and wellness at heart, we will use organic, fresh ingredients in all our dishes “I look forward to building and growing the team to establish the outlet’s name and reputation in the market.”
For more information on The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel visit http://www.theretreatpalmdubai.com
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 2017: In celebration of Global Women’s Equality Day on 26th August, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel announces its partnership with Evolvin’ Women, a UAE social enterprise that forms part of the UN WOMEN task-force for women’s empowerment initiatives in the Middle East.
The partnership will entail a roundtable series focused on women’s empowerment and driving women in business within hospitality in the region. The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel and Evolvin’ Women aim to support the seven Women’s Empowerment Principals (WEPs) set by UN WOMEN, and provide guidance to businesses on how to employ women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
Samir Arora, General Manager, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, explains: “We are proud to partner with Evolvin’ Women to promote this important initiative, and to host the first women’s empowerment round table. We believe that gender equality and empowering women should be a key focus area across all industries and hope to use these roundtables to further drive this in the region.”
Women’s empowerment in the hospitality workforce has become a business priority due to its commercial rationale. Research has shown that 70% of the workforce in travel and tourism worldwide is made up of women. Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin’ Women, said: “Businesses require a solid set of standards and guidelines to drive women’s empowerment successfully, so addressing this will give organisations a strong competitive advantage. We are honoured to have The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel on board as a partner, to help spread our message and further encourage support. Companies committed to implementing our framework and to supporting the UN WOMEN’s WEPs are also committing to help the UN achieve its goal of gender equality and empowering all women and girls.”
Strategising and maximising women’s potential
A key topic of the first round table will be women in senior management positions within the industry. Although women make up the majority of the global travel and tourism workforce (70%):
Launching in September, the bi-monthly sessions at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel will start on Tuesday, 12th September. Each round table will be led by prominent women in the fields of business and hospitality. The seven sessions will focus on a range of topics, including:
Arora continues, “Women are inspiring: they’re discerning, dedicated, and determined. This is why MGallery by Sofitel launched its bespoke “Inspired By Her” concept – a range of tailor-made services and amenities exclusively created for female guests - to pay homage to the strong, intelligent and independent women who make up the team and the community. The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel was launched by a predominantly female team, and we continue to be inspired by them every day.”
The round table discussions are by invitation only.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 05, 2017: The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, the newest addition to AccorHotels’ distinctive MGallery by Sofitel collection of contemporary boutique hotels, is set to become the first holistic wellbeing resort in the Middle East. The exciting new property is scheduled for soft launch in summer 2017 and has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the German Medical Wellness Association.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Lutz Lungwitz, President of German Medical Wellness Association and Vanessa Waldow, Director of Sales and Marketing, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel. This collaboration has followed the recent partnership agreement signed with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) which is set to boost wellness tourism in United Arab Emirates.
With Wellness Tourism projected to grow by more than 9% by year end (2017), nearly 50% faster than overall global tourism, the market is well prepped for the opening of the UAE’s first holistic wellness resort. Part of MGallery by Sofitel’s Serenity Collection - an assortment of boutique hotels worldwide, who’s architecture and locations are inspired by serenity, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, promises true relaxation and restorative wellbeing.
Situated along the exclusive coastline of Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent, the idyllic resort will offer guests a unique and tranquil environment in the heart of vibrant Dubai. The beachfront destination will showcase 255 luxurious rooms and suites, designed with natural elements, earthy tones and harmonizing feng shui, synonymous with serenity and calmness. Guests will be able to enjoy world-class dining options including a specialty restaurant highlighting local epicurean delicacies and a unique café - offering a selection of healthy food and beverage options made from local, organically sourced products.
Featuring the world’s first ever Rayya Wellness Center offering 360 degree holistic wellness solutions, guests can choose from a variety of all-inclusive retreat packages, expertly designed for each individual to embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation to improve mind, body and spirit. Rayya Fitness will showcase a state of the art gym, tennis court and yoga rooms whilst Rayya Spa will feature a distinctive array of wellbeing therapies and signature spa treatments using the finest organic products exclusive to the resort.
The German Medical Wellness Association is a non-for-profit umbrella organization for Medical Wellness in Germany. A key target for the association is the development of international health hotels & resorts, the trade in goods and services in the medical technical division, tourism programs, and international exchange programs.
President Lutz Lungwitz welcomes the collaboration and says, “The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is a unique concept in the area and will showcase a new way of health-tourism in the Middle East, closing the gaps that were once present for health and wellness tourism, and positioning the UAE as an esteemed wellness destination.”
Samir Arora, General Manager, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, said: “We are proud to introduce the first holistic wellness resort in the UAE, the property provides guests an unrivaled resort experience, different to anything else offered in the Middle East. We are delighted to be recognised by an international body responsible for more than 20 years of success in advancing the wellness concept worldwide. Wellness is a self-responsible strategy we are all accountable for, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel allows for each guest to become an architect of his or her own wellness.”
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 30, 2017: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel Hotel, the first holistic health and wellness resort in the Middle East with an aim to drive wellness tourism in the region.
This collaboration is in line with the vision of the Dubai Health Experience, which is overseen and implemented by the DHA. The MoU was signed in the presence of Shaikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Head of Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman.
DXH was launched in April 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, as a continuation of ‘Dubai, a Global Destination for Medical Tourism’ project. DXH is a highly integrated programme that aims to promote Dubai as a global centre for the provision of medical tourism services with a target of attracting half a million international patients by 2020. It is estimated that numbers will increase around 13% per year and that by 2021 over 1.3 million medical tourists will visit Dubai.
Scheduled for soft opening in summer 2017, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel will promise travelers relaxation and tranquility within a natural retreat, with its architecture, design and services inspired by “Serenity” - one of the hallmarks indicative of the MGallery brand, a collection of boutique hotels both inspiring and individually styled where “art de reservoir” enhances local discovery and shapes memorable moments. Situated along the iconic coastline of Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent, the 255-room upscale resort will offer a range of guestrooms and suites, as well as the first Rayya wellness center providing a range of all-inclusive retreat packages designed to improve mental and physical well-being, wellness facilities including a gym, yoga room, tennis court and swimming pool. Guests will also enjoy access to world-class wellness consultants and well-being treatments, in addition to bespoke nutritional programs available across the hotels’ four food and beverage venues, which include a soon-to-be-revealed juice bar and dining concept.
His Excellency Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: “Our strategy is focused on building strong ties with Dubai’s finest healthcare providers to create an unparalleled experience for medical tourists. DXH group comprises today of 32 healthcare facilities in Dubai and the addition of this provider reflects our recognition of the importance of the wellness industry which aids preventative healthcare. Healthy eating and exercise are the pillars of good health and incorporating wellness in the hospitality industry is a positive trend.”
Dr. Layla Al Marzouqi, Director of Health Regulation and Dubai Medical Tourism Project, commented “ We aspire to position Dubai as the first medical tourism destination in the MENA region and to be among the top 10 medical tourism destinations in the world where DXH will be the ultimate gateway to the finest medical experts, premier accredited healthcare facilities whilst providing an incredibly unique experience in the iconic city of Dubai and wellness plays an important part of this vision.”
Samir Arora, General Manager, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, said : ‘In line with Dubai’s endeavor to climb up the healthcare as well as wellness tourism ranks and to establish the city as a medical and wellness tourism destination, we are proud to be a pioneer in introducing an all new unique concept in the region – the first holistic health and wellness resort and are very excited to become a strategic partner of Dubai Health Authority as the first Wellness Retreat in the Middle East. We are confident our partnership will strengthen Dubai’s reputation as the most desired destination not only among leisure, business travellers, but also among healthcare and wellness oriented visitors from around the globe, including GCC, Europe, Russia and other CIS countries’.
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is situated in a secluded location on the East Crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, just a short drive from the city’s shopping malls and tourist attractions. The resort is a 25 minute drive to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, 20 minutes from the IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park and Al Maktoum International Airport, and 35 minutes away from Dubai International Airport.