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.”