Top class fitness retreat
Desert Palm is a top class luxury resort nestled away from the hustle and cacophony of Dubai. The large gym, awesome swimming pool and eye pleasing lush green Polo ground are too inviting to slack on your fitness goals. Trainers (free weights, functional training, boxing, etc.) at the gym are top class to go with nutrition plans.
Raj – March 2018
Life changing experience
The Healthy Retreat at Desert Palm was a life changing experience for me and unlike any other weight loss program I have been to. A lot of spa programs give unrealistic diets that are near impossible to follow, however the Healthy Retreat gave me meals that kept me satisfied throughout the day and were easy for me to follow once I resumed back to life in the real world. I originally planned a stay for 4 nights but extended my stay to 10 as I was delighted with the results I was getting! I lost 5kg/10bs by the end of my retreat.
Desert Palm is a beautiful resort 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. It is a world of its own with countless polo grounds and abundant greenery, just the type of atmosphere needed when trying to detox or lose weight.
My favourite part of the program was the spa time at the end of the day, probably one of the best spas in Dubai! The Healthy Retreat Desert Palm is truly a gem for those looking to shed a few pounds or have a few days R&R from their hectic lives. Highly recommended!
Maheen – January 2018
The most perfect start to the year
I spent 4 nights at The Desert Palm in January and lost 5 lbs, followed by a further 2 lbs that same week. This was the most perfect start to the year for me: beautiful, lush surroundings, the most incredible outdoor pool (largest and most luxurious I’ve ever had the pleasure of swimming in), delicious nutritious food and fantastic sports facilities. I loved my private tennis lessons and PT sessions. All staff at Desert Palm made me feel very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. My spa treatments at the end of the day were divine. My only wish was that I could have stayed longer!
Kay – January 2018
What’s not to love?
A big highlight of the retreat for me is Katie’s versatility with the daily workouts and activities. Everything changes each day so there’s never any monotony. She is excellent at adapting each day to the needs of each client, even if their fitness levels are very different. She even manages to make time for a one-on-one session. She is encouraging and enthusiastic and it’s evident that she is passionate and enjoys every moment of the business she has created. What’s not to love? From the beautiful rooms, views of the sea, glorious sunshine and delicious food!
Emily – 6 July 2017
I felt immediately welcome upon arriving at the Marjan Island retreat
From hypoxic swimming, kettle bell challenge, boxing, paddle boarding, cycling, yoga and rebound trampolining, I enjoyed a variety of activities over the week. Aided by a controlled but varied diet I’m more than happy with the results I achieved. Thanks to Katie and her team at the Healthy Retreat Company.
Nicola – 11 May 2017
The Healthy Retreat is a fantastic way to kick start a healthy lifestyle through fitness instruction, nutritional guidance, and an array of spa treatments. I don’t know of any other program in the UAE that offers such a complete program.
Dayna – 24 April 2017
I will definitely come back!
The great thing about this programme is that Katie is really flexible and you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with, and feel supported. The food was delicious and really healthy. I loved the range of activities and the people that I met- everyone was friendly and genuine.
Sarah – 9 April 2017
This retreat is absolutely super
It is a flexible retreat and delivers great results by a hugely professional team. Highlights for me were cycling, the mountain visit, 1:1 training and dynamic stretching.
Jane – 13 February 2017
Achieved my objectives!
I came to The Healthy Retreat Co. to start turning back the clock on 5 years of bad exercise and eating habits. In 7 days Katie has got me thinking differently about myself and given me a great start towards my targets. Each day is demanding and long but if you make the commitment it pays off.
Seb – 31 January 2017
The best healthy vacation
I read about The Healthy Retreat Company when googling health programs in Dubai. I wanted a program that combines healthy food, exercise and relaxation at the same time – so this program was ideal. Every exercise was beneficial but my highlights were the outdoor activities, especially on the seashore, like kayaking. This was one of the most beneficial and healthy vacations I have ever had! Thank you Katie, I look forward to coming back soon.
Dalia – 19 January 2017
I spent two weeks at the Healthy Retreat Company. I have done similar boot camps in the past and had high expectations. I was not disappointed. Everything, including the venue, people, schedule, food and massages were superb. The results were also impressive. I lost a few excess pounds, got stronger and learned new ways of working out. Katie is an amazing coach. She puts a great daily program together but not only instructs us to do it but does it herself. That way, she has a good understanding of what people are going through. At the same time, she is also flexible and adjusts the schedule and pace as needed. I will keep the correct forms and the repetitions I have learned going forward.
All in all, I had a wonderful time, feel much better and am glad to have met some great people.
Haddis – 3 January 2017
Lovely hotel and food
Thanks Katie for a lovely 5 days! Great variety of activities, great location, great food and your personal approach meant that everyone’s needs were catered for. I really appreciated the 1-1 training sessions with you and am delighted that you taught me how to swim. All the best for the future!
Jo – 8 December 2016
The people there are incredible!
I stayed at The Healthy Retreat for over a week and I was impressed with the results I was able to achieve. Not only physically, but mentally. For nearly 40 years I’ve been scared to go on a bike, but with the encouragement of Katie I managed to get on one again!!! It was like I had never stopped cycling! I also improved my swimming skills – a few years back I had lessons for over 6 months and I got nowhere. Here with Katie in only 5-6 lessons my swimming improved massively. I’m so happy I chose The Healthy Retreat, in fact I enjoyed so much that I’m already planning my next one.
Juliana – 24 November 2016
I truly had a fantastic time!
Upon booking the retreat I was quite nervous as I have never done anything like this before. I was very unfit and worried I would not be able to keep up. Katie phoning me after my enquiry put me at ease and she understood all of my concerns. I met some lovely people and I have laughed, cried but most importantly got healthy, lost weight and feel focused and refreshed. Katie was understanding, supportive, pushed you but never to the point you wanted to give up. Good job healthy retreat.
Cat – 18 November 2016
Fantastic personal training
I only spent 4 days at the retreat but those 4 days were jam packed with fun exercise, water activities and clean healthy eating. Katie made the whole experience fun, varied and genuinely had an interest in my success. She was patient, fun, positive and had a real sense of wellbeing for all her clients – I can honestly say Katie was the best PT I’ve had the opportunity to work with. I will be back in the New Year…
Julie – 13 November 2016
Great location and variety of activities
I really enjoyed my time at the Healthy Retreat Company. Katie was wonderful and did a great job at getting everyone to try new things and push our limits.
Shayda – 9 November 2016
So much fun and variety
I would recommend Katie’s retreat to anyone who wants a kickstart with their health. Whether it be a big kick or a gentle nudge, she is available and always ready to give you that extra encouragement to reach your goal, with a joke and a smile to keep you upbeat even when you are feeling exhausted. My only regret is that I can’t stay longer.
Harriet – 28 October 2016
All the activities were really good fun
This was a great retreat for me – the main reason being that Katie listened to what my issues were and tailored everything to suit me accordingly. This made me relax and try everything. I learned new things and had fun whilst doing it.
Mani – 16 September 2016
I had such a brilliant time!
Katie was totally amazing. She’s very motivational, knowledgeable and easy to be around. A big highlight was learning how to swim effectively and properly, even though I thought I was a strong swimmer before I went and I am still practising the hypoxic swimming that Katie taught me here at home, I feel quite the pro!
I really loved the boxing, and the kayaking, and even paddle boarding, I stood up for a nano second before panic set it but got a fab work out sitting down on it whilst getting some sun at the same time.
There were so many highlights every day. Each day I felt I was closer to becoming a healthier me, from making the right food choices and learning better, more effective ways to work out.
I came away with so many highlights that are easily transferable into normal life at home. I will definitely return. It’s the way forward for anyone wanting anything from a healthy break away from the hustle and bustle to a complete mind set change to improve yourself long term.
Lisa – 24 August 2016
A tough but fantastic experience
Katie strikes the right balance of being friendly but strict in a way that suited my needs perfectly. She makes the environment so welcoming. Food is healthy and delicious – there are lots of chefs who cater for the healthy portion controlled plan. My favourite activities were the sea swims, gym calorie challenges and island walks. Katie is very patient and caring. When you feel exhausted she picks up the mood so that you can keep going! If she wasn’t so supportive I wouldn’t have lost the 5kgs and 12 inches in 13-days. I would have liked to stay for longer so that I could have kept losing weight but I have booked again for September to continue with what I have started.
Sona – 27 July 2016
You’re definitely in the right hands to help you move forward
I have to mention Katie, my (and your-soon-to-be) personal trainer is one of a kind. Not only does she ensure there variety in the sessions but also that there is adequate time to rest. She makes sure breakfast, lunch and dinner is in line with our weight loss program (and future new diet habits!) and she is AWAYS THERE. Whether it’s to listen to you the day you feel low, whether it’s to motivate you and encourage you to the end of each exercise, pushing you beyond what you ‘thought’ were your limits, or whether it’s to arrange bikes, kayaks or fresh healthy juices while you’re resting. You’re definitely in the right hands to help you move forward. Always made me think – when was her break?!
You can exercise anywhere. You can have a trainer anywhere too. But one who truly cares and believes in you and shares your weight loss purpose and target as her own is someone who will definitely help you in making those lifestyle changes that you’ve been so wanting to do.
Reena – 17 July 2016
A rewarding experience
I was fortunate to book during a quiet time of the year so almost had a 1:1 experience which was great. A WIDE selection of activities and there was always more on offer! Loved the fact that there were a few additional challenges thrown in there to keep me on my toes. Thought I would flag at some points but Katie was encouraging and never pressurised me into anything. In fact I was impressed with myself for all the extra things I did do. The juicing was relatively easy – a fab selection of juices brought directly to your hotel room and they were yummy! All in all a rewarding experience – it got me back on track, I lost over 4kg in 6 days and I have picked up lots of handy hints! Thanks Katie for your patience and encouragement – I will be back.
Helen – 4 June 2016
I felt both energized but also very relaxed when leaving the retreat
I spent 4 days at the retreat and was very happy with my time. The variety of different activities and sessions was perfect to get me more motivated and feel more passionate about training again. I really enjoyed learning the front crawl thanks to Katie, but also everything from boxing or cardio on the beach to tennis. The food at the retreat was very good – healthy, clean and tasty. And the spa was fantastic! I had a Moroccan hamam that I can truly recommend! My goal was to get more energy, spend time on my own and get more motivated to continue training back home which I have so far. I felt both energized but also very relaxed when leaving the retreat. A perfect combination.
Caroline – 26 February 2016
My experience at the Healthy Retreat was fabulous! I felt like I gained my fitness, health and drive to workout back again! It was a wonderful experience to take part in the programme with my mother and sister. Katie really made sure that we could all be challenged but still have fun and motivate each other in group sessions. I have taken many different training sessions and ideas back from my experience to use in my daily life. Thank you for the jump start back into a healthy lifestyle! It is just what I needed to prepare for my upcoming wedding!
Monica – 24 February 2016
Absolutely excellent programme would recommend to anyone who is serious about losing weight. It’s hard work but no pain no gain.
Yasmin – 19 February 2016
More than I could have hoped for
After a few difficult years personally I had put on quite a bit of weight and become really inactive, unfit and generally unhappy. Trying to get back in to things and staying on the right track long enough to see changes was proving quite hard and from previous experience I knew that the retreats run by Katie and her team would be exactly the kind of environment, encouragement and motivation I needed to start getting on top of things again. However, I didn’t quite anticipate that in the two weeks on the retreat would change things around physically, mentally and visibly quite as much as they did, The results were more than i could have hoped for and we have both come home in a far better and healthier head space than before! Before the retreat, my husband and I were both hitting a brick wall with weight loss and getting fit again but with the help of the personal trainers we both turned a corner. The location was perfect, the schedule was really well thought out and fun. Katie and the team were really motivating and encouraging throughout the whole stay, we couldn’t recommend them and their approach highly enough. It was also great meeting and hanging out with everyone else on the retreat, we had so much fun, everyone was so friendly and like-minded and we feel like we made some really great friends along the way. Thank you Katie once again for helping me sort myself out as much as you did, honestly you have no idea how much i was struggling to get on top of things before coming out to the retreat. You and your team made it fun and achievable and we didn’t stop laughing throughout the whole retreat.
Anna – 5 February 2016
I’m a return client and I’ve had an excellent experience at every retreat I’ve attended. Every retreat my fitness level has improved, taking me from a level where I could barely run to running a half marathon. The retreats aren’t only good for your fitness, they have an impact on your mental wellness and positivity.
Jane – 5 February 2016
I went to the retreat to lose weight and gain courage exercising again. The highlights for me were the activities I thought I would dislike but ended up loving; triathlon, assault course, volleyball. I also re-discovered a love of swimming. The personal trainers are very encouraging yet structured in their approach.
Danielle – 5 February 2016
Amazing fitness holiday!
As a man who hates the gym, this type of retreat is amazing at making fitness fun. The team games are a highlight which have you laughing all day long. The Water Sports were an added bonus which I loved. The location and team of trainers/bootcampers made this a holiday I will never forget. Can’t wait to do this again.
Steve – 2 February 2016
Superb boot camp
Katie’s organisational skills are exceptional and all done with a smile. The activities are vigorous and are pushed to do your very best underpinned by a very, very professional and supportive group of trainers. Highlights for me were learning how to swim, meeting such an interesting and sociable group of people and the superb instruction from the personal trainers.
Gerry – 29 January 2016
The results far exceeded my expectations
I have really enjoyed the boot camps I have been on and the results I have achieved have far exceeded my expectations! Katie is fantastic at motivating me to keep on going. Her and her team have helped me so much on my journey to feeling fitter and healthier. The programmes are varied and the food is healthy and tasty. I have always met wonderful people that I have kept in touch with after the bootcamp. It is a holistic approach that makes exercise really really fun.
Emma – 29 January 2016
Improves overall wellbeing
I am a serial retreater and look forward to when Katie introduces new locations and venues. Each one is different and with it comes a new experience. The more effort you put in really does mean results. It’s not all about how much weight you lose when you’re on the retreat. It’s just as much what you do after. I did my first boot camp in June 2010 and since then my weight has never gone back to what it was then. And as for my fitness, it’s incomparable.
Joy – 28 January 2016
Brilliant detox retreat!
I’m not good at exercise and I don’t enjoy it, but for health reasons I booked the flexi programme in Dubai. It was brilliant! The team games brought out a competitive side I never knew I had, and it was perfect being able to dip in and out of activities I liked or lounge by the pool or beach and work on the tan. Katie is encouraging without being patronising or pushy. The portion control is very strict but delicious and I found I wasn’t hungry at all. Plus it was worth it to lose 6lbs and 3 inches off the waist and 2 inches off the hips in just 5 days*. I’d definitely come again with the new friends I’ve made. Thank you!
Emily – 28 January 2016
Amazing food and varied programme
I have thoroughly enjoyed my week in Dubai. A great location with good weather and the food at the hotel was amazing. My highlight was learning to swim correctly and something I will continue to do at home. The varied exercise programme made it seem we were not exercising at all sometimes. I’m going home lighter, fitter and happy. Thank you Katie for everything.
Julia – 14 January 2016
The retreat offered me the perfect opportunity to get back on track and restart my sporty life (after several months of non-activity). A combination of fitness sessions, games, healthy nutritional food and indulgent spa therapies. Particular highlights were the excellent food, facilities and weather for this time of year, as well as the personalised programme for each individual.
Zaim – 14 January 2016
I lost 6.1 kg in 10 days!*
I went to the healthy retreat because I wanted a healthy start to the New Year. I’m a 20 year old, living in Saudi and I used to be active but got lazy for the last year, when I became stressed about life. The environment at the retreat was just right, everyone was friendly and there was a good variety of exercise. The retreat helped me to overcome my stress and learn to love myself through exercising and healthy eating.
Nala – 12 January 2016
I lost over a stone in 9 days*, and I could feel it and see it!
I’d recommend this to anyone – if you’re fit and looking to be pushed or if you’re lazy, podgy and a little worried about bursting into the next clothes size but horrified at the thought of some sort of boot camp (yep, that’s me) then Katie can make a programme to suit you. She firstly looks at realistic goals, sorts out the type of exercise you’re good at or comfortable with and challenges you a little so you’re not taking the easy route out. The location is fabulous, the hotel has excellent facilities, the sea is warm, the juice is worth trying! I’d definitely consider doing this again, and send Katie my warm thanks for helping me see what I could achieve.
Phillippa – 2 January 2016
Particular highlights are the lovely hotel, varied activities, great food and the tailor made style of the programme. Katie is a great trainer with a positive, professional attitude and very understanding approach. Individual needs are always catered for effectively. I would definitely recommend this retreat.
Emma – 4 December 2015
Very unique retreat
For anyone who might have doubts if this retreat will be worth the time, money and effort I encourage you with no hesitation to give it a shot. You will only lose kilos*!
The retreat manager, Katie, put in a very sincere effort to make sure my goals were achieved. She in my view with her personal touch makes the retreat very unique.
Ahmed – 24 November 2015
The retreat experience truly changed my life
My goal was not so much to lose weight but to become fit because I was at an all-time low with my fitness level. I believe I’ve accomplished my goal beyond my expectations. I’m a much fitter, stronger version of myself and I love it – thank you Katie!
Being able to swim is a dream come true for me and was the icing on the cake! Katie is an amazing trainer, so patient, compassionate and dedicated. She taught me how to eat without feeling deprived and most importantly to trust my body, push it to the limit and work hard because I can do anything!
Ayat – 31 October 2015
I hope to be back again next year!
I had an amazing week on Marjan Island (just wish I could have stayed longer!). I left nearly a stone lighter*, feeling much calmer and healthier than when I arrived. The island is magical. Away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai, yet with the luxury you associate with the U.A.E.
Katie is a fantastic Personal Trainer, who goes out of her way to get to know you and ensure that you get what you want from your week. Unlike other bootcamps where I have exercised all day every day, this time I wanted to ensure that I also got some “me”” time to relax , enjoy the beach and recharge. I was able to do exactly that and still achieve great results on the scales.
The hotel and surroundings provide great opportunity to do a range of activities, meaning that you never get bored: cycling, running, walking, boxing, circuits, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming…
I would highly recommend The Healthy Retreat Company. I hope to be back again next year!
Kate – 30 October 2015
Having spent 7 days at the Marjan Island retreat, I can safely say it has changed my life. The range of activities was impressive, with swimming (pool and sea), kayaking, boxing, kettlebells, gym work, circuits and so much more. Katie was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. The range and quality of food at breakfast, lunch and dinner meant it was easy to eat healthily. I would definitely recommend!
Rachel – 10 April 2015
Amazing food and accommodation
The whole experience has been brilliant. The weather was beautiful and I appreciated the ability to exercise in the shade when it got hot. The variety of the exercise made the sessions fun. I loved the kayaking and pedaloes! The food was so fresh, healthy and amazing and the hotel luxurious. Thank you.
Jane – 3 March 2015
The perfect location, weather and programme to jumpstart my fitness plans and see some results over a short period of time (7 days). A wonderful group of people and a wide range of activities to keep us motivated and eager. Many many thanks!
Nicole – 6 February 2015
The intructors maintain motivation all the time and can’t do enough to make your retreat perfect. They offer an outstanding experience that delivers great results.
David – 6 February 2015
The week was great. It was fantastic being part of a positive group and I always felt able to get individual direction and coaching. The Dubai resort was perfect – the accommodation and facilities were geared exactly to the retreat requirements. Varied and luxurious spa was excellent.
Kevin – 6 February 2015
I have visited several bootcamps in the last year and I find this one to be the most ‘personal’. Nothing is too much trouble and all sessions are challenging and fun yet run in a supportive way. Highly recommended.
Sam – 2 February 2015
The Dubai retreat exceeded my expectations. To be taught how to swim correctly for the first time in 50 years was truly brilliant – Katie you are an amazing teacher. The personal training sessions were instructive and totally motivating. There is something for everyone. Thank you for such a great experience!
Toni – 2 February 2015
Surprised by how much I enjoyed the whole experience
This was my first ever retreat. I was kind of nervous at first, thinking I wouldn’t be able to handle the rigorous schedule – but I surprised myself. It is amazing what willpower and great support can do, to kick-start your mind (and body). I instantly felt at ease with the team; the instructors were informal and fun and we built up a great rapport and friendship during the retreat. They tailored my personalised sessions to suit my fitness level, pushed me when and I needed it and congratulated me when I achieved it.
As someone who dislikes the idea of intense exercise, I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed the whole experience, in particular the group games. Mixing up the more traditional gym, swimming and cycling with fun sports was a great, it took the edge of what we were doing, and boosted us in the afternoons.
The Marjan Island location was fabulous, a wonderful hotel, delicious food, with the added luxury of a spa to treat yourself at the end of the day! I look forward to attending another retreat, and losing a further 2.5lbs per day*! Thank you!
Chelle – 23 November 2014
Had a blast!
I found the Marjan Island Retreat action packed and lots of fun – such a great team vibe from everyone. Considering we were all exercising and working so hard it was amazing at how much laughing went on. The personal trainers give it such a great vibe! I would love to come back again, a really fun way to lose lbs, keep diet in check and just look after yourself. Also found it so easy to continue after leaving the retreat. Has to be an annual treat to myself. Having been to a few retreats before, I found the luxury venue and team spirit really amazing at The Healthy Retreat Company.
Rose – 19 November 2014
*Disclaimer: weight loss and inch loss will vary from person to person depending on effort put in with the exercise programme and food consumed.