Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 28 March 2020

Abu Dhabi has a new beach lounge and it's all about mindfulness and holistic living

Shala is a Bohemian concept which translates to 'home' in Sanskrit, and it aims to incorporate meditation and yoga sessions in the future

Bohemian beach lounge Shala recently opened within Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. Courtesy of Shala
Bohemian beach lounge Shala recently opened within Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. Courtesy of Shala

Those looking to find newly-opened beach lounge Shala, located within Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, need only follow the dreamcatchers located within the property.

The former rooftop area of the Mediterranean restaurant Beach House has recently been revamped and launched as a separate concept on Friday, February 21. With its name derived from the Sanskrit word “home”, Shala aims to be a one-of-a-kind concept in the region that combines farm-to-table food with a more “holistic approach” to life.

That means those entering the beach lounge will have the option of leaving their footwear at the door and will be greeted with a special ritual by the team.

“We wanted to create a place where people can feel like they’re connected to themselves and in the moment,” says Doris Hecht, general manager, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. “We realised that we’re blessed to have a beautiful location on Saadiyat Island, with views of the beach and the water, and wanted to create a space where guests can meet new people, feel relaxed and just be themselves.”

Besides sunset and water views, guests can expect interiors that are in keeping with the Bohemian chic concept, including dreamcatchers, white fabrics, wicker lanterns and furniture made out of natural wood.

Meanwhile, on the menu are healthy bites influenced by locally-sourced produce, including a vegan tartare (made from beetroot), smashed avocado with banana chips, grilled lamb chops with salsa verde, and roasted cauliflower with labneh, zatar and pomegranate.

“There is a focus on vegan and vegetarian options, with the idea being that even non-vegetarians can enjoy these dishes when they’re perfectly prepared,” says Hecht. “Other than that, the menu is all about highlighting the natural flavours of the ingredients.”

Vegan tartare from Shala. Courtesy of Shala
Vegan tartare from Shala. Courtesy of Shala

While food and interiors are important aspects of any lounge, the establishment aims to differentiate itself by incorporating wellness sessions that are in keeping with its ethos. “We will be having yoga classes, meditation exercises and self-care workshops that people can take part in. The idea is that it’s a place you can come with friends – some might want to hang out in the lounge, while others can try out some of the experiences. You no longer have to disrupt your life to have a self-care moment,” says Hecht.

The beach lounge will be collaborating with professionals in the health and wellness industry for these workshops, that will take place on the lawns or beach by the lounge. Some of these sessions will be complimentary.

For information on the classes, guests can email theshalalife@gmail.com or follow the brand on social media.

Updated: February 23, 2020 05:29 PM

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