The mystery of Arabia entices travellers for an adventure of a lifetime. In traversing the shadows of the desert dunes and discovering the colours of the souks, we gain an understanding of a world quite extraordinary and entirely different to our own. The excitement here is endless, from taking a sea plane along the shores of Dubai, to tasting local delicacies on a private mountain picnic overlooking small rural settlements, or sleeping under the abounding stars in the heart of the desert after a memorable camel ride; Arabia is a whole world of adventure at your fingertips.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman
Three hotels in one resort, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah is a veritable oasis in Oman and the perfect base for exploring the country’s rugged coastline, awe-inspiring mountains, deep canyons and spectacular underwater scenery, which are all jewels of the Middle East.
Al Bandar is great for spa lovers – Chi Spa has 12 luxurious treatment villas complemented by a herbal steam room, hydrotherapy pool and Jacuzzi. Stay between January - July to see green and hawksbill turtle hatchlings making their way into the sea for the first time.
Al Husn is perfect for couples in search of luxury and grandeur, with a private beach and infinity pool; this is the place to experience Shangri-La’s highest level of service. The rooms are the largest in Oman. For a romantic evening reserve a table on Sultanah’s terrace for wonderful views, or Shahrazad, which is like stepping into a Moroccan palace and serves sensational cuisine.
Al Waha is Oman’s first dedicated family hotel, home to the unique 500m Lazy River, Cool Zone Kids’ Club and Splashpad water play area, which children adore. Stay between October - April to enjoy a dolphin watching cruise in the stunning bay.
5 nights from £849 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Superior Room including breakfast. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 30% + room upgrade + 15% spa discount and food and beverage.
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi
A palatial style retreat in the Liwa Desert, part of the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world – Anantara Qasr al Sarab is a picture of adventure and romance in an oasis of unequalled tranquillity. Soak up the relaxing and private atmosphere in great comfort, while marvelling at the alluring colours of the shifting sand dunes rolling into the distance. The hotel is understated, yet regal; adorned by lush fabrics with earthy hues, gilded mosaics and decorative glassware, there are even jewel-embedded silver and bronze chandeliers adding to the opulence of this luxury desert retreat. At night the hotel is beautifully lit up with torches and the sense of peace under the twinkling stars is mesmerising.
Relaxing in the cool swimming pool is never dull with these views and the serenity of the Spa’s Vichy shower room or marble Moroccan Hammam is hugely enticing. However, adventure is at every turn here and a drive across the sand dunes is an awesome experience - truly unforgettable. Waking early for a sunrise walk in the desert is simply stunning, and guests can try camel trekking, archery, sand boarding, fat biking and even falcon shows during a stay full of excitement.
Dinner at Al Falaj is a must for a unique Bedouin-style dining experience under the stars.
5 nights from £1,119 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 35%
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Dubai
In a dream location on the eastern crescent of The Palm, with views of Dubai’s impressive city skyline, sits Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Showcasing Dubai’s first over-water villas, this resort offers a winning formula of fabulous design, impeccable service and a stunning location. Anantara has brought something innovative and different to the luxury Dubai scene and families in particular love the spacious Thai-style villas, which gently curve around lagoon pools to create a tropical oasis feel. After exploring Dubai - where the wonders are endless - experience deep relaxation at the impressive Anantara Spa, offering soothing therapies from Arabian and Asian origins. Then, prepare to be wowed by the fine dining; Crescendo offers international fare from live cooking stations, while The Beach House is a chilled out venue for Mediterranean cuisine. Mekong specialises in the tastes of the Orient and Bushman’s Australian Grill (our favourite) serves the most sumptuous steaks in Dubai.
Anantara fits the bill as an idyllic urban escape, with easy access to all of the highlights of Dubai from the Aquaventure Water Park to the Burj Khalifa and various shopping malls - this is a city, and a resort, quite unlike anywhere else in the world.
5 nights from £829 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Room on Half Board. OFFER: Save up to 40% + complimentary Half Board on selected dates
The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
This grand, Renaissance revival hotel brings the Ritz Carlton’s effortless style and superior service to the heart of Abu Dhabi and both families and couples will be enthralled by everything from the Venetian inspired architecture, to the superb à la carte restaurants and elegant atmosphere. The hotel has its own private beach, but you’ll also be just minutes from the city centre with everything you could wish to explore right at your fingertips. We think the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is well worth a visit and we can arrange a private guide to escort you there.
5 nights from £769 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 30%
JA Palm Tree Court, Dubai
Dubai is quite unlike any other destination – a doorway into Arabia and a thriving metropolis to explore. Right on the edge of a spectacular desert, it’s also home to a stunning coastline, which makes it a great destination for sailing and watersports, and it’s famed for its ultra-luxury hotels, fine dining and fabulous shopping. For those in search of some serious heat, and an intriguing insight into the Dubai lifestyle, JA Palm Tree Court is a fantastic option.
From the minute you arrive at JA Palm Tree Court you will be astounded with the wealth of facilities on offer and the inviting stretch of beach. We adore the spacious luxury suites that are big enough for families to share with gorgeous views out to the ocean or verdant landscaped gardens all around. The hotel is perfectly located for making the most of the sea, with windsurfing and kayaking, playing a round of golf in the sunshine at the 9-hole championship course, or discovering the beauty of the desert. You’ll also be right on the fringe of the city for exploring the highlights and hitting the incredible restaurant scene.
JA Palm Tree Court is a great place for a lazy afternoon, following a morning spent sight-seeing in the city. Cool off in the swim-up pool bar and in the evening have dinner at Divaz, a floating restaurant, before going to White Orchid Lounge for cocktails, live entertainment and amazing Asian fusion cuisine.
5 nights from £849 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Garden View Junior Suite including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 35%