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10 Luxury Desert Resorts in the Middle East
Want to spend a few nights in the Arabian desert but don’t want to sacrifice luxury? Well, we have the perfect resorts for you. Maybe you already heard about the glamorous desert resorts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but there are equally amazing Arabic adventures waiting for you outside this major cities. Here are the top 10 luxury desert resorts in the Middle East you don’t want to miss.
1. Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai
Al Maha Resort is a luxurious, romantic resort located around 65km from Dubai city center at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. It has 42 bedouin-inspired private and luxurious decorated villas with its own private deck and infinity pool. The resort also offers guests complimentary camel treks, flora and fauna tours, and even dune bashing.
2. Bab Al Shams, Dubai
Bab Al Shams literally means “gateway to the sun”. It is a five-star resort located just 23km outside Dubai. The hotel is an example of Arabic architecture in Dubai. It is a family friendly resort and offers lots of activities for kids and adults from sunset tours to belly dancers and henna painters. So, if you are looking for a glamping experience in the desert, this is a place for you.
3. Desert Islands by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
You will find the amazing Desert Islands by Anantara around 250km south of Abu Dhabi on Sir Bani Yas island. The resort consists of five-star hotel, water sports center and a wildlife conservation area. They offer lots of fun activities like kayaking, scuba diving, wildlife tours and even mountain biking. If you came for a relaxing weekend visit their famous spa for Bedouin-inspired treatments.
4. Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
Another luxury resort lies in the Liwa Desert around 165km south of Abu Dhabi. Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara has overwhelming views over the majestic desert. You can choose to stay in a room, suite or Bedouin-inspired tented villa. All rooms have sliding glass doors opening to a terrace with incredible desert views. The hotel offers cooking classes, tours to camel farms and falcon shows.
5. Desert Nights Camp, Oman
The Desert Nights Camp in Oman is a five-star resort located only two-hour drive away from Muscat, which is the capital fo Oman. The resort offers 30 luxurious Bedouin-style tents with en suite bathrooms and stylishly decorated rooms. You can enjoy many activities such as camel ride at sunset, dune bashing and even dune bike riding. Desert Nights Camp is an ideal place for your Arabian Desert adventure.
6. Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras al Khaimah
Banyan Tree Al Wadi is a luxury desert resort with 31 villas, spa facilities, nature reserve and access to Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach and eighteen-hole championship golf course at Al Hamra Golf Club. It is set against the magnificent Al Hajjar Mountains with magnificent views of the desert.
7. Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp, Jordan
Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp is located in the heart of Wadi Rum Protected Area. The resort offers luxury tents decorated with traditional Arabian furniture with incredible views over the Wadi Rum mountains. They offer different activities and excursions including camel ride, sand boarding and jeep adventures.
8. Telal Resort, Al Ain
Telal Resort lies on the outskirts of Al Ain and it was created solely for the purpose of educating visitors about the Emirati culture and history. The resort offers amazing luxury villas, gourmet restaurants, health and spa facilities and a range of activities such as falconry show, sand biking, camel and horse riding, safari trips, cooking classes and they also provide lessons in Emirati traditions.
9. Arabian Nights Village, Abu Dhabi
Arabian Nights Village is situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi desert and offers the most authentic and memorable Emirati cultural experience. The entire village is a masterpiece inspired by traditional and recent Emirati culture. Rooms are luxuriously decorated with private en-suite bathrooms and incredible desert views. The resort also offers an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace, and a restaurant.
10. Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in Oman. It is a five-star eco-retreat with an amazing setting. On one side you will have the incredible view of the dramatic mountains and on the other side, there is the pristine sandy beach of Zighy Bay. The resort offers everything your heart desires from private dining to wine tasting, yoga classes, and even sunset cruises.
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