The peaceful, tawny expanses of AlUla’s Ashar Valley are a magnificent, almost spiritual place, full of outstanding natural beauty and steeped in history. Thanks to its peace and isolation, it’s the perfect setting for a well-being escape, away from it all but just a 2.5-hour flight from Dubai. The most luxurious resort in this ancient Saudi Arabian valley is the brand-new Banyan Tree AlUla – which opened in October 2022 with beautiful tented villas, many private pools, two great restaurants and wellness facilities.
This month, the first Banyan Tree in the Kingdom, a brand known for its focus on wellness, relaxation and rejuvenation, is hosting an exciting programme for guests to reset and recharge in collaboration with the world-famous fitness programme Barry’s Bootcamp.
Running from 25 to 28th May, the ultimate well-being retreat allows guests to experience the magic of Saudi Arabia’s AlUla while resetting and re-recentering this summer, enjoying not only Barry’s classes but yoga, meditation, spa treatments and more. The three-night package includes four of Barry’s Bootcamp signature classes, known across the world for their ability to transform body shape, health and mindset.
Guests on the new AlUla wellness retreat will also get full board, dining at the hotel’s two restaurants, including authentic Thai Saffron and traditional Middle Eastern Harrat – with views over Maraya Concert Hall – and a healthy cooking class to ensure health and well-being continue at home.
Banyan Tree AlUla’s spa and wellness area is also a highlight of the trip, and guests will get a 30-minute spa treatment and 30-minute relaxation, per person, per stay, perfect for decompressing after a high-octane Barry’s session. The now famous Rock Pool is also available for guests, sandwiched between the cliffs and overlooking the vast Ashar valley and desert. Well-being classes are also included in the stay, along with airport transfers to and from the resort. Finally, making it a truly memorable break, a destination dining experience in the historic Ashar Valley is also part of the itinerary – with the property offering breathtaking dinners in the valley, desert or caves.
From Banyan Tree AlUla, it’s a short drive to Maraya – the world’s largest mirrored building and a famous concert hall with a calendar of concerts and events – Hegra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site home to Nabataean tombs, and Old Town AlUla, along with sites like Elephant Rock.