Encouraging a rejuvenating trip, travellers can immerse in mindful pursuits and wellness experiences in the “nature” Emirate of the UAE

With Wellness Day approaching, what better time to reconnect with a wellness focused journey at Ras Al Khaimah’s natural surroundings with this year’s theme #MagentaNature emphasising the importance reconnecting with nature has on mental wellbeing.

Researchers have determined that spending time in nature greatly affects our brains and behavior, leading to decreased anxiety and stress. With 91% of adults reporting high or extreme levels of stress in 2023, there is a heightened focus on wellbeing.

Wellness Focused Journey

This has led to Wellness Focused Journeys being labelled as the fastest growing, with people seeking holidays to rejuvenate and de-stress. Typically, a wellness trip involves activities such as yoga, spas, and meditation, but the ‘Dopamine Travel’ travel trend focuses on seeking out travel experiences that provide a high level of excitement, novelty, and pleasure, much like the dopamine rush. Experiencing a complete break from daily routines triggers the release of dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline, enhancing feelings of wellbeing, boosting performance and activity levels.

Rapidly on the rise, Dopamine Travel is centred around surrounding oneself in nature, creating mindful moments, and providing an escape, unlike traditional wellness retreats. Ras Al Khaimah, renowned for its dynamic vistas, including majestic mountains and awe-inspiring coastlines, stands as the ideal destination for nature and adventure-driven holidays, boasting a plethora of outdoor activities.

Activities for Adventure Enthusiasts

Get ready to embark on an ultimate adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Ras Al Khaimah! Be sure to visit Jebel Jais, the region’s adventure hub nestled in the cloud-piercing Hajar mountain range. Step outside your comfort zone and dive into the wilderness on one of Ras Al Khaimah’s many hiking trails, offering over 80km of pure exploration. This opportunity allows visitors to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with nature. Trailblazers can explore ten trails and hikes tailored to varying experience levels. Beginners and families will enjoy the Wadi Showka Dam trail, featuring marked paths, gentle terrain, and scenic vistas. Those craving a tougher challenge can tackle the Wadi Ghalilah Dam to the Jebel Jais trail, a physically and technically demanding 9.5-mile loop, that takes about 12 hours to complete. Additionally, each year Ras Al Khaimah hosts HIGHLANDER, a global hiking challenge of 31 miles through the iconic Hajar mountain range. Admire the impressive vistas of the Emirate’s stunning panoramas, a well-deserved reward after conquering the trail.

Nature Camps and Retreats

Wellness Focused Journeys

Located at 1770 meters above sea level atop Jebel Jais, Camp 1770 is the highest camp in the UAE, offering a serene camping experience for hikers exploring the Emirate’s mountain trails. Due to its altitude, in the Middle East’s summer months, Camp 1770 has cooler temperatures, allowing outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy comfortable hiking and camping experiences. Explore a range of programs, offering wellness seekers and active lifestyle enthusiasts a distinctive summit-inspired wellbeing journey to disconnect and reconnect with nature, complete with delicious Emirati cuisine. Hosted in autumn, The Wim Hof Method Retreat offers a remarkable journey into the power of inner strength, holistic wellness, and nature’s profound healing embrace. The healing power of the majestic mountains creates the ideal backdrop for self-discovery and inner healing as participants delve into the science behind the Wim Hof Method practices, engage in ice bath sessions and breathing exercises.

Alternatively, Camp 1770 hosts the Summit Series, its signature adventure programme offering guided treks along the majestic Hajar Mountains for those who want to test their fitness and mindset to experience what it feels like to summit a signature high-altitude mountain. Travellers stepping out their comfort zone to reach the summit of Jebel Jais at an altitude of 1,934 and catch the sunrise over Oman are sure to be left in awe. Other activities include outdoor yoga retreats, guided meditations under the stars, and enjoying sustainably sourced meals prepared by local tribes.

Step into Nirvana Retreat, where lush greenery and tranquil lakes create a sanctuary of eternal bliss. Dedicated to fostering self-discovery, holistic healing, and a harmonious connection with nature, this retreat is a transformative journey towards inner peace and balance. Here, guests embark on a journey of discovery from sensory awakening to culinary harmony, holistic health, and mindful practices, each step closer to an enlightened self. Try the Art of Detox Package where guests can experience the therapeutic benefits of walking alongside horses, a unique way to connect with nature and find inner peace.

Wellness Focused Journey

For a more luxurious experience, the Rainforest at The Ritz-Carlton Spa set within The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert combines European hydrothermal culture with Middle Eastern bathing rituals, creating a rejuvenating sanctuary in the Al Wadi desert. The experience includes 16 different stations, each traveling one step farther in the journey to relaxation. After the Rainforest treatment, guests can relax in the brand-new desert villas, which provide ample room for relaxation and rejuvenation.

For further details on activities and accommodation options in Ras Al Khaimah for your next holiday, go to visitrasalkhaimah.com/.

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