Desert Resorts in Dubai
Located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha offers guests a chance to encounter the desert's wildlife and stunning vistas in style. The resort's private pool villas, Arabian-themed décor, and world-class spa create a truly indulgent experience.
An hour out of Dubai you’ll find Al Maha Desert Resort. This stunning desert oasis is home to individual villas complete with private pools, a main resort area where you’ll find all-day dining restaurant Al Diwaan, and a relaxing spa featuring single and couple treatment rooms. Guests can while away the day at their private pool, or head to the picturesque outdoor pool overlooking the sprawling desert dunes. Check in for a luxury staycation here, and don’t be surprised to greet your neighbours – Arabian Oryx and gazelles – as you enjoy breakfast on your alfresco terrace.
Just a short drive from Dubai's city center, Bab Al Shams offers an escape to the dunes. Its traditional architecture, desert activities, and tranquil ambiance make it a popular choice for a desert retreat. The luxury desert destination recently reopened after a refurbishment under the new management of Kerzner Group. Bab al Shams is less than an hour away from Dubai, located just off Al Qudra Road surrounded by endless dunes, nature reserves, wildlife such as oryx and gazelles, and man-made lakes. For those after a bit of adventure, there’s a host of amazing experiences on offer including fat biking, desert safari, archery, horse riding, and more.
Set over a sprawling 371,000 square metre landscape, Terra Solis Dubai can be found in a hidden oasis surrounded by endless dunes. The venue is a 30-minute drive from most locations in Dubai, making it the perfect escape from the city without a long car journey. The setting represents a true Arabian experience, as the building is reminiscent of Bedouin-style decor. Inspired by star constellations, guests can choose from three overnight experiences including 48 spacious and luxurious Polaris bell tents, 20 Perseid lodges, and six exclusive Orion pool lodges.
Desert Resorts in Abu Dhabi
Hidden among the sea of rolling, flame-orange dunes of the Empty Quarter, Anantara Qasr Al Sarab is one of the UAE’s best-loved Arabian escapes. A secluded desert oasis, there are 140 rooms, 14 suites and 52 pool villas on offer, all decorated with traditional arabesque touches with endless vistas out across the dunes. Separated from the main resort, the rooms are described as ‘secluded desert sanctuaries’, and the collection of swish villas each come with their own private pool.
Situated on the unique Sir Bani Yas Island, this resort provides a blend of desert and wildlife experiences. Guests can enjoy game drives through a wildlife reserve while staying in luxurious accommodations inspired by Bedouin traditions.
Drawing inspiration from a historic village, this Arabian-style desert resort sprawls over 22,000 square metres of tranquil desert. Comprising 13 villas with private pools, 90 traditional guest bedrooms, and six restaurants and bars, Al Wathba promises an idyllic escape. There’s a big focus on wellness here, with a 1000-square-metre pool and luxury spa that offers treatments and facilities such as hammams, crystal salt saunas and a dedicated cryo treatment room.
Desert Resorts in Al Ain
This rustic-luxe resort in Al Ain overlooks a natural conservation area, with uninterrupted views of the desert planes providing a postcard-worthy backdrop. Decor is Emirati-inspired and guests can look forward to traditional artwork, arabesque touches and timeless local details across the rooms, villas and suites.
Accommodation ranges from deluxe rooms to a three-bedroom villa with private pool and jacuzzi. For a relaxing stay, book a treatment at the spa or kick back in the cosy library. Those with a passion for adventure can enjoy ATV drives, ziplines or a desert safari.
Desert Resorts in Ras Al Khaimah
This resort in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is a true desert gem. Surrounded by dunes, it offers guests opportunities for horseback riding, falconry, and stargazing, all while staying in luxurious private villas. For the adventurous traveller, book a desert camel trek, a private archery lesson or bird-watching session, or just head out on a nature walk and soak in the surroundings. The desert resort boasts five dining venues including the newly opened Sonara Camp, farm-to-table Farmhouse, all-day dining at Kaheela, the open-sky Moon Bar and the relaxed Moorish lounge.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option that still offers a unique desert experience, the Ras Al Khaimah Desert Camp is a great choice. It offers comfortable tents, traditional cuisine, and various desert activities.
Desert Resorts in Sharjah
Mysk Al Badayer Retreat, Sharjah
Nestled amidst the serene sands of Al Badayer in the Emirate of Sharjah, Mysk Al Badayer Retreat is a true desert haven. Offering a blend of luxury and tranquility, this retreat invites guests to unwind in 20 luxurious tents, each featuring private plunge pools and a soothing coastal-inspired decor palette. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the desert and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the retreat promises a unique escape where modern amenities harmoniously coexist with the rugged desert landscape. Whether you're looking for relaxation by the fire pit, adventurous activities, or an encounter with rare bird species in the nearby mangroves, Mysk Al Badayer Retreat caters to all desires in the heart of the desert wilderness.
Located in Kalba, on the UAE’s east coast, Mysk Kingfisher Retreat overlooks the Indian Ocean and features 20 luxury tents complete with private plunge pools. Decked out in natural, calming hues for maximum relaxation, the rooms come with modern amenities while still keeping a pared-back coastal look. Chill by the fire pit at the main tent, or make your way to the spa space, where a selection of treatments are available. The neighbouring mangroves are home to a turtle breeding area, as well as many rare species of birds. For something a little more fast-paced, try archery, kayaking or paddleboarding, take to the mountains for a hike, or pay a visit to the nearby Mangrove Center.