The latest health news is in! Max & Aegle is Meydan’s massive new gym, while the first Bodyism in the UAE lands at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. Eywoa launches a new SUP morning at Yas Marina, Chi The Spa in the Shangri-la Hotel will use ZENTS, an organic line from the US in all their treatments, and there are lots of healthy options on the new menu at Market Kitchen in Abu Dhabi’s Le Royal Meridian.
Max & Aegle at Meydan
Meydan in Dubai has opened a 500,000-square-foot wellness destination for up to 2,000 members, called Max & Aegle. The business is based around the trademarked concept of “Macro Health,” incorporating the mind, body and soul rather than isolated fitness objectives such as losing weight or building stamina. The aim, say the owners, is to make sure “every member feels energized, not fatigued, and informed and not instructed.” The fitness area is spread across two floors, with cardio, weight and circuit areas. There are dedicated studios for high intensity interval training, boxing, yoga and cycling. Outside, there is an Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s splash pool, 1,400 meter running track, two dedicated areas for outdoor fitness training and a yoga lawn. A healthy eatery is on the way too.
Yearning to get out on the water but just don’t know how? Ease in on a standup paddle board – and do it this weekend with Eywoa, the Yas Island water sports people. Every Friday from 9am to noon they offer single, double, XL or race board rentals from Dh80. Lessons are Dh20 if you have your own board. Get a fun tour in the water along the marina by their trained instructors. Enter from Gate 2. To book call 050 562 6383.
BODYISM at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Resort
The Jumeirah at Saadiyat Resort’s new wellness offerings include the first Bodyism Wellness Center in the Middle East, only the fourth outside the UK. The London-based brand takes a holistic approach to food and exercise, focusing on four pillars: mindset, nutrition, movement and sleep. The company offers a range of classes – pilates, yoga, boxing and barre are all on the menu. It also advises the resort’s restaurants on offering healthy breakfasts, salads, coffees and shakes. It will also sell its range of plant-based supplements on-site, which include vitamins and minerals in capsule form and different powder varieties designed to boost metabolism, promote sleep, help hair and nails, restore muscles and boost energy and gut health.
ZENTS at Chi The Spa
A big change at Chi The Spa in the Shangri-la Hotel, in keeping with the trend toward gently scented skin care products free from harmful chemicals. The chain has adopted the Boulder, Colorado based line ZENTS for use in all their treatments. The company was started after the owner experienced a brain injury, one that left him in pain and with a limited ability to taste and smell. The line includes body washes, scrubs and a lush shea butter body balm. In addition to unscented products for those with skin conditions who can’t tolerate fragrance, there are four gentle, natural aromas derived from flower and plant essences.
New menu at Market Kitchen
Market Kitchen is one of the most likable and reliable eateries in Abu Dhabi. The Le Royal Meridian space has a new chef, manager and a completely revamped menu. Focusing on simple dishes with three to four ingredients each, many of those sourced from and reflective of the UAE (head chef Jhon Faver Martinez, from Colombia by way of Barcelona, likes to visit the local markets). Among the healthy options are a selection of ceviches, kale salad, braised brisket croquette and both the braised lamb shank with eggplant and the orange and rosemary poussin, which includes a succulent tiny chicken that has been roasted for seven hours and served with caramelized carrot mustard and broccolini.
Featured photo: Eywoa
Ann Marie McQueen
Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.