Best known as the place where Prophet Muhammad changed the prayer direction to Mecca, Medina in Saudi Arabia is a well-known Islam pilgrimage site. While you’re here, treat yourself to some relaxation and pampering at the top spas and wellness hotel in the area – all bookable with Culture Trip.
For those lucky enough to visit, time spent here is both a cultural and spiritual experience. As an oasis in the desert, with an abundance of stunning Islamic architecture, Medina sounds idyllic, and it really is. There is plenty to explore here – but, first, it’s time for a little rest and relaxation.
With lavish rooms, mosque views and marble bathrooms, this hotel has luxury written all over it. With its great location, the Oberoi is just a 12-minute walk from Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque), 7km (4.3mi) from Quba Mosque and 10km (6mi) from the historic Mount Uhud. The food offerings include a Japanese eatery, an Indian restaurant, an English-style tea house and a buffet-style dining space – offering everything from Arabic to Western cuisine.
Plush suites fully equipped with all the amenities will greet you in this super-friendly hotel, where nothing is too much trouble. There is an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including a yoga room, a fitness centre, a sauna, an outdoor pool and even a kids pool, and all the suites are fitted with air conditioning. Certain suites offer a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, a kettle and a kitchen, too, which is ideal for couples. For those keen to explore, the Old Bazaar is within relatively close walking distance.
This super-indulgent hotel sits in a modern building with classic Arabian touches and is located in the central area – just a 5-minute walk from the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque. Wooden furniture and warm orange tones feature in all the accommodation, with each room offering a flat-screen TV, a work desk and a minibar. Some rooms also have a separate living room and dining area – while you also have the choice of four restaurants within the complex.
These suites present an understated luxury with subdued tones and high-end finishing touches – such as contemporary bathrooms complete with spacious showers, high-end toiletries and even a grocery shopping service – in true Marriott-style. There’s also a free continental or hot breakfast included. Downstairs, you’ll find a spa, an impressive indoor pool and a hot tub – plus a well-equipped gym with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and a sauna and steam room.
A palatial hotel set just outside the haram, Shaza Madinah combines sophistication and location in effortless style. The concierge (or Morafik) will see to all your wellness needs with his extensive list of contacts – offering a personal connection to the local environment, ensuring your stay in the holy city is even more rewarding. Add in the relaxing – and equally – luxurious rooms, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
As the largest hotel in Medina, Anwar Al Madinah offers extensive facilities to families, couples and solo travellers. As well as being the nearest hotel to the Prophet’s Mosque, it is also directly connected to the impressive shopping mall. Upgrade the already swish accommodation for your own hot tub, or pop downstairs to the fitness centre – or just wait until you’ve gone to either of the a la carte or buffet restaurants, and work it all off afterwards.
Refined, contemporary and luxuriously polished, this wonderful and welcoming hotel sits in the heart of the Radiant City. Your wellness journey starts in the tastefully designed hotel rooms, furnished with varying shades of Italian marble and generously appointed with contemporary amenities, such as high-speed wifi and satellite TV. Downstairs, you’ll find flavourful international and Arabic cuisine at the Al-Roshan restaurant, a barbershop – no singing, though – and a wonderful spa with a very tempting pool.
Uniquely positioned on the first line of the holy Haram, near four historic mosques, this luxury hotel has stunning views of the city – but you may prefer to concentrate on what’s inside. The restaurant serves continental, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine – along with delicious pastries, cakes, snacks and drinks. Work on your wellness at the well-equipped fitness centre, and decompress in the sauna and steam room after a day spent exploring this enchanting ancient city.