The Retreat Palm Dubai is Dubai's first five star wellness retreat, and it boasts a huge range of wellness facilities from its prime location on the outer edge of the Palm Jumeirah. Among those many facilities is Vibe - a health-focused wellness cafe and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, all with spectacular views over the shoreline and out towards the glittering blue seas of the Arabian Gulf.
The restaurant at Vibe is smart and elegant, with two large counters running along the edges of the room, and an arrangement of lime green chairs and polished wood tables in the centre. One counter becomes the buffet in the morning, at which point guests can come down for freshly squeezed juices, coffee, tea and healthy breakfast options. The other counter is a specialist juice bar at the far end of the room, where guests can choose from a wide array of fresh fruits in order to build their own custom juice.
There's also an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, with a selection of healthy dishes, prepared in Vibe's open kitchens. Starters include salads like quinoa, avocado and dried cranberry, and soups like green lentil, and pumpkin and coconut. Mains offer an eclectic mix of dishes, from beef burgers and chicken sandwiches to Middle Eastern mezze platters and pizzas. There's also a short selection of Indian and Malaysian dishes, such as nasi goreng and chicken biryani.
Just because you're on a wellness retreat doesn't mean you can't enjoy something sweet - Vibe has pulled together some healthy dessert options too, like an acai berry chia pudding with acai coulis.
There are also afternoon healthy cooking classes held by Vibe's wellness chef, as well as entertaining theme nights and a revitalising detox brunch on Saturdays.