It’s no secret that achieving good health and wellbeing requires action on all manner of fronts, both physical and emotional. But when Good teamed up with Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre for a wellbeing morning involving staff from the clinic’s spa retreat, restaurant and holistic health centre, we were amazed to find some simple changes can make a huge difference. Here, the clinic’s experts bust some myths about what it really means to live a holistically healthy lifestyle…

Get & Stay Well

While many of us would like to take a more preventative, 360-degree approach to our own and our families’ health, knowing how to apply the principles of complementary medicine can be daunting. We sat down with DHTC’s managing and medical director, Dr Maria Ridao Alonso, to find out all you need to know about holistic healthcare.

How does the Get & Stay Well clinic differ from standard medical facilities?

We bridge modern science with ancient wisdom to provide integrated, personalised, and preventive therapies that bring forth wellness in our clients. Our ultimate purpose is to create a warm and caring environment that allows each client to achieve a well-balanced lifestyle that is essential for wellbeing.

What unique services and treatments do you offer?

Get & Stay Well meets a broad spectrum of needs, from treating chronic medical conditions to creating programmes that simply maintain good health and wellbeing. We provide a healthy balance of alternative and modern-day treatments, including traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and cupping, homeopathy, Ayurveda treatments, colon hydrotherapy, nutritional coaching, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and gynaecology.

What are the most common misconceptions new patients have about holistic healthcare?

When people hear the term “holistic,” they often associate it with organic therapies and sceptics dismiss it as a trend. The truth is, holistic healthcare makes use of both conventional synthetic medicine and natural remedies, opening up the possibility of a wide range of treatments, from homeopathy to antibiotics. Furthermore, patients aren’t forced to undergo only one form of treatment; if anything, the holistic approach is most flexible, encompassing a patient’s physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and striving to create a balance of all three aspects to treat a huge range of specific conditions. In addition, we find that as soon as some people hear the phrase “holistic treatment” they stop listening, believing that its either too expensive or a naive trend. Truthfully, though, holistic healthcare is steeped in stable theories and reputable research. Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre strives to make it available and affordable to all and though the approach seems innovative, it’s been studied and practised for centuries.

Have you seen an increase in the number of people looking to take this 360-degree approach to health and wellbeing in recent years?

In the last five years there has been an explosion of interest towards natural resources and medicine is on the forefront. The sector is growing rapidly in the UAE and so has the number of clinics offering alternative and complementary medicine. We expect it to grow further as the perception towards complimentary medicine continues to change positively.

Feel Well

Offering 50 curated treatments, from relaxing massages to promote better sleep to Ayurvedic therapies and advanced facials to target all manner of skin conditions, the Feel Well retreat takes the traditional spa to a new level. We asked retreat manager Natalie Ivanusic for her insider pick of the top treatments for body and mind.


Dhs1,500 for six sessions

This intensive facial treatment programme of six weekly sessions combines cold light low energy laser to regenerate firmness and a potent performance mask to retexturise and revitalise the skin, leaving it firmer, smoother and visibly youthful.


Dhs440 for 50 minutes, Dhs595 for 90 minutes

This head to toe treatment promises to leave skin glowing, courtesy of a deep cleanse, exfoliation and three treatment masks using top-end Organic Pharmacy products to decongest, firm and hydrate the skin. Relax with a hand, arm and scalp massage followed by a lymphatic face and décolletage massage using rose quartz and acupressure techniques to cleanse the lymphatic system.


Dhs525 for 80 minutes

Revitalise, tone and purify with this active body therapy using Ayurvedic aromatherapy. Begin with a zesty exfoliation, followed by a mineral rich clay body masque infused with green tea for an ultimate detox. The treatment ends with intense nourishment from a bespoke selection of infused body butters, lotions or oils.

Eat Well

Run by wellness chef Patrick Ikinofo, Eat Well restaurant follows a sustainable purchasing programme, sourcing ingredients locally wherever possible, and is described as the first science-based nutrition venue in Dubai. It also serves as an intolerant diner’s dream, with a culinary nutritionist-designed menu catering to literally all palettes, from vegan and paleo dieters to gluten- and sugar-free die-hards.

Here, chef Patrick shares his recipe for miniature berry ‘cheesecakes’, a vegan treat that’s not only beautiful but so tasty, your guests won’t even realise it’s virtuous…

Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Zabeel 1, Oud Metha, Dubai, Get & Stay Well Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun to Thur 8am to 8pm, Feel Well Sun to Thur 8am to 8pm, 9am and 6pm, Eat Well Sun to Thur 8am to 8pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3351200 or (054) 4766326.

Taxi: Oud Metha Road, Al Ain bound, opposite Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf.