4 incredible wellness escapes that are just a plane ride away from Riyadh

4 incredible wellness escapes that are just a plane ride away from Riyadh

For those seeking the perfect getaways crafted to offer deep relaxation and rejuvenation, these domestic and international escapes are a must-know
05 December 23

In between life’s mundanity and madness, a moment of serenity might seem like a distant dream.

But if you live in Saudi, that escape is closer than you think. Its capital is well connected to the world, with flights from Riyadh to some of the best wellness destinations out there.

From world-class care in an unmatched location to self-care sanctuaries a short flight away, here’s our curated list of retreats that go beyond a typical spa day to bring you one-week programmes – for that much-needed respite and rejuvenation. 

Close to Home

HABITAS AlUla, Saudi Arabia 

Flight Time From Riyadh: 2 hours

Where better to begin your wellness journey than right here at home?

HABITAS AlUla is set in the heart of Saudi’s protected Ashar Valley. This distinct destination combines the beauty and tranquillity of the desert with mindfulness and holistic wellbeing practices – providing an exclusive setting for those looking to escape the city and reconnect with nature.  

Ideal for Saudi residents who want to unwind without venturing too far from the Kingdom, HABITAS AlUla offers daily yoga sessions, meditation, and spa treatments. Guests can also explore the region’s culture and take part in outdoor activities such as desert hikes and stargazing. The peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking surroundings offer the perfect opportunity to break away from the daily grind and find inner peace. 


Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman 

Flight Time From Riyadh: 2 hours to Dubai (plus 2 hours travel time by car)

If you want a wellness retreat that’s a short flight from Saudi, Six Senses Zighy Bay is it.

Nestled in the mountainous Musandam Dibba peninsula, close to Ras Al Khaimah, this destination is a blend of contemporary comfort and Omani traditions. 

At this resort, your wellbeing is paramount. The experience begins with an onsite doctor who assesses your overall health – through detailed questions, body measurements, and body mass analysis. This assessment guides your personalised dining schedule. 

When it comes to wellness activities, there’s morning yoga, guided meditation, rejuvenating spa treatments, and wellness consultations. And it offers unique experiences as well, such as paragliding arrivals and Arabian cooking classes. 

You can also immerse yourself in a world outside its doors. Explore the local culture, hike through the Hajar Mountains, or swim in the inviting waters of the Gulf of Oman – a few reasons why Six Senses Zighy Bay is the perfect choice for a week-long wellness retreat. 


Further Afield

Lanserhof Lans, Austria 

Flight Time From Riyadh: 6.5 hours to Munich (plus an additional 3 hour flight to Innsbruck, or plus 2.5 hours travel time by car from Munich)

If you're willing to spend more time in the air, Lanserhof Lans in Tyrol offers an exceptional wellness programme that makes for rewarding travel time. The inaugural Lanserhof facility was established in 1984 and has since earned recognition as a pioneering destination. Famed for its holistic approach, merging natural healing with cutting-edge medical practices, it offers a distinctive atmosphere where guests receive comprehensive care.  

If you’re looking for a profound connection with nature, this destination is definitely for you. It’s a deliberate respite from city life, with a family-centred ambience. Entrust your wellbeing to the skilled medical professionals and therapists of this transformative sanctuary. 

The programmes at Lanserhof Lans include medical consultations, detox treatments, nutrition guidance, and daily fitness activities. And Tyrol’s stunning Alpine landscape sets the stage for relaxation and renewal. You can enjoy mountain hikes and forest bathing, and relax in the resort's impressive spa facilities.  


SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain 

Flight Time From Riyadh: 13 hours (flight transfers may be required)

For a more extensive wellbeing experience, SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain’s Alicante region offers a one-week option that focuses on holistic healing, nutrition, and rejuvenation. Though a bit further, its comprehensive wellness programmes make the flight well worth it. 

SHA Wellness Clinic is renowned for its fusion of modern medicine and ancient eastern therapies. The week’s schedule is tailored to each guest's needs, combining nutritional therapy, fitness activities, and holistic treatments. You'll undergo health assessments, receive personalised dietary plans, and engage in activities such as yoga, meditation, and therapeutic treatments. 

The retreat's calm setting along the Mediterranean coast adds to the overall experience, allowing you to fully unwind whilst on your wellness journey. Whether you're looking to address specific health concerns or simply wish to reset your lifestyle, SHA Wellness Clinic offers a rounded approach to wellbeing.