Not every great vacation has to revolve around days of uninterrupted rest and rosé…
While the joy of a week spent sunbathing on a beach is undeniable, there’s a lot to be said for the proud sense of accomplishment that comes with leaving your lounge chair to do something productive, too. So think how good it would be to come back to the UAE with an improved mindset or a new skill. Here’s a look at some fantastic vacation destinations that promise a dose of self-improvement alongside that vitamin D supplement.
Sign up for a luxury bootcamp in Mallorca
It’s common to gain a little weight on vacation after a trip and it’s usually a sign of a trip well spent. But if you’re looking for a wellness week in the sun with guaranteed good food and the promise of shedding a few pounds, try The Bodycamp in Mallorca. Nestled in the heart of the island, The Bodycamp’s 25-acre rural country retreat offers 15 en-suite bedrooms with clean Mallorcan/Scandi decor blended with the beauty and charm of this stunning island. Guests participate in a week of fitness and fun with morning group workouts. You can choose not to participate in the afternoon schedule to relax and be pampered, take a bike ride to nearby villages, take a siesta by the pool or go to the gym .
The Bodycamp program runs from Friday to Friday with private or shared rooms available. Prices start from £1,895 all-inclusive. thebodycamp.com
Learn to box like a champion in Spain
This seven day trip will take you to a boxing camp located in the mountains of Guadalest, Alicante and offers you the perfect opportunity to get in shape, train and have a holiday all at the same time. Whether you are a beginner, advanced or a professional, world class boxing trainer, Coach Shahab and his team will provide you with a variety of workouts and plenty of workouts throughout a unique program. Coach Shahab will then give you the tools to maintain your fitness program when you return home.
Prices start from Dhs 3,960 per person and are organized by UAE-based company We Love Transformational Travel. For more information visit welovetransformationaltravel.com
Walk your why in South Africa
We all reach times in life when we know change is needed. Times when we could greatly benefit from guidance, an opportunity to step out of our lives and have the luxury of time for learning and introspection. Now imagine being able to do all of this as part of a five-day hiking safari in the real land of the “Big Five” – Kruger National Park in South Africa. Spend time in nature, work on what holds you back, find your purpose in life, and learn about wilderness, conservation, and bush with your expert nature guide.
Prices start from Dhs 4,535 per person and are organized by UAE-based company We Love Transformational Travel. For more information visit welovetransformationaltravel.com
Spiritual Healing in Chamonix, France
With places limited to just 10 women, this intimate Chamonix retreat taking place June 6-12, 2022 and hosted by UAE-based Vie Retreats, includes hypnotherapy sessions with retreat founder Joyce Youhanna, Feng Shui experiments with Lara Kait and Qigong experiments with Winnie Chang against the backdrop of stunning alpine scenery. The experience will also include culinary experiences from celebrity chef Niels Van Ors – an established name in the Middle Eastern and European culinary scene.
Prices start from 12,000 Dhs (shared bunk bed), 14,000 Dhs (shared double room), 18,000 Dhs (en suite room), 21,000 Dhs (master en suite room). Reservations can be made via email@example.com. For more information, visit
Maldives Children’s Wellness Retreat
Joali Being, the luxury immersive nature retreat in the Maldives, has launched a special week-long summer retreat dedicated to junior guests. “Joy of Being” program allows the resort’s littlest guests to disconnect from technology and connect with nature, discover the power of science, and discover the importance of well-being in a fun and creative way. The new initiative is meant to be an educational experience and includes workshops in jungle yoga, dance, sea gardening and herbalism.
Pprograms for kids are at the price of $150 (taxes subject) per night, per child, per stay in addition to accommodation costswhere the villas from $2,839 per nightyou. For more information, visit joalibeing.com
Learn to cook with the best chefs in Italy
The accommodation alone is enough to make your mouth water on a luxury Italian culinary holiday with Stirred. Between experiments in the kitchen and feasting on the results, expect visits to the market to choose the ingredients for your Italian spread, as well as visits to regional wine producers and artisan cheese makers to stock up after dinner. main course.
Stirred Travel is running six-night stays at Villa Casagrande, Veneto, or Masseria, Puglia, from May 22-28 (Villa Casagrande), with more dates available in June and September. remuétravel.com
Turning grief into gratitude in South Africa
Grieving is a natural part of being human. It can feel overwhelming and endless, with the emptiness ever present and deeply painful. This six-day retreat in an eco-friendly camp built under old river trees on the pristine banks of the Blyde River, Limpopo, will open a door to a natural sense of closure and allow you to re-engage with the world in a way more joyful way. During this six-day experience, you will be taken on grounded walks, mindful nature breakfast and picnics, contemplative game drives, while living in the present moment, all with the support and guidance professional entertainers.
Prices start from Dhs 5,700 per person and are organized by UAE-based company We Love Transformational Travel. For more information visit welovetransformationaltravel.com
Dj and Spanish lessons in Ibiza
Swap a boring classroom for the sunny shores of Ibiza, while learning to DJ and speak Spanish on this unique two-week vacation. Language lessons can be tailored to suit all levels and there are two DJ courses, for beginners and advanced students, taught by Pacha DJs, with the option to DJ in a venue with a professional DJ.
The II Ibiza programs start from 960 euros for two weeks. ii-ibiza.com