With love in the air this month, we thought it would be a great time to share our top romantic resort suggestions, perfect for a weekend getaway with your loved one (and all less than 3 hours from home!)
Al Maha a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Located in Murqquab off the Dubai – Al Ain Road E66; approximately 50 Minutes from Downtown Dubai
This desert resort has been built to reflect the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins, with a focus on conservation and of course, luxury. Overlooking the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, there are a huge range of desert activities on offer and included in your stay – or simply relax in your own private pool, enjoy the extensive spa facilities and dine under the stars.
Did we mention no children under 10? Yep, this could be the ultimate parents’ getaway!
A Bedouin Suite with private pool is in the region of 5,000 AED per night. They are part of the Marriott Rewards SPG program so reward points may be redeemed here.
NB: Valentines Special Packages currently available including in-room couples massage, flowers & champagne on arrival and private dinner with personal butler or desert picnic under the stars. Day Spa only packages also available 20% off during February 2018.
Banyan Tree al Wadi, Ras al Khaimah
Head north along the E311, about 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport
Stunning 5 -star villa accommodation in the heart of the desert. Our mums love Al Wadi for its private pool villas and its secluded surroundings. For the more active, there are loads of activities available; they run a daily falconry show as well as everything from desert adventures and wildlife spotting through to deep-sea fishing. The rainforest spa experience and hydrotherapy pool at Amara Spa also come highly recommended!
(Note, not to be confused with Banyan Tree The Beach, which is currently closed for major renovations. Both hotels have relaunched in 2017 under the Ritz-Carlton brand).
You’re looking at approximately 2,400 AED per night, though keep an eye out for special packages.
Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort, Oman
Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, approximately 2 hours from Dubai International Airport. Note that due to its unique, remote location arrival is only by 4WD, speed boat or even paraglider! (Don’t forget to pack your passport! No additional Oman visa is required for UAE residence).
Sheer and utter seclusion and indulgence. With dramatic mountain views to one side and the sandy beaches of Zighy Bay to the other, you won’t get too much more remote. Each room comes with its own private plunge pool heated to your ideal temperature. If simply relaxing all day and enjoying the Six Senses Signature Scrub isn’t enough, you can take on something more adventurous, from their wide range of activities that include hiking to mountain biking and even water sports too. End the day on the perfect note with a sunset cruise on Haffa Bay.
Packages available from approximately AED 4,000 per night (NB blackout dates apply to their Arabian Romance package over 14-26 February 2018). They do offer some significant discounts during off-peak times though.
Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
In the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter, approximately 3 hours from Dubai via E11/E65
Exuding opulence and luxury everywhere you turn, this is a true desert oasis. You get a complete sense of isolation surrounded by the golden dunes of the Liwa Desert, but still the convenience of several restaurants, bars and pool nearby. Equally accommodating to both romantic retreats and family breaks, you will find a large array of desert activities on offer or indulge at the Anantara Spa with a huge range of spa packages.
Overnight romance packages start from 2,600 AED which includes late check out and couple’s massages. Cheaper rates are available for midweek and advance bookings.
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