Staying in town this summer? Well, you don’t always have to hop on a plane bound for a distant land to escape the heat! As long as you have a nice pool to chill by, getting through the UAE summer isn’t that hard. And with plenty of hidden gems across the country, it’s easy to find your slice of paradise close to home for a splendid staycation. Here are our top picks.
It’s just like the Maldives… but a lot closer to home. Get to Zaya Nurai Island’s discreet welcome centre on Saadiyat Island, and from here, you will be whisked away on a speedboat to this tropical paradise. One look at the place and it’s hard to believe a magical destination such as this exists in the UAE. Think giant hammocks in the middle of the sea, the ocean for your backyard, lush greens and coral blues as far as the eye can see. You’d be easily forgiven for thinking you’ve reached a remote hideaway in the Pacific.
Nestled between the dramatic Hajar Mountains and a serene stretch of private beach on Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula, this ultra-luxurious hidden gem makes for an unforgettable stay. The style here is rustic chic with over 80 indigenous stone villas set among date palm trees. Go barefoot and feel the sand beneath your toes as you explore the lush property and don’t be surprised if you come across the odd wandering mountain goat.
If you’ve got secluded luxury on your mind, there’s no place you’d rather be. This newly opened eco-lodge boasts a stunning location within the mangroves of Kalba, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Retreat to one of 20 luxury tents, all equipped with a private swimming pool for leisurely dips or simply soak up the sun admiring the views before you.
Lose yourself in this five-star property’s stunning landscaped gardens and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another realm. Green and peaceful, the resort beckons you to make the most of its lush surrounds. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous and would like to venture outdoors, the popular aqua zone Wadi Adventure is not too far from the property.
Imagine floating in a breathtaking infinity pool overlooking a craggy canyon at one of the world’s highest resorts. It’s an Arabian dream come to life. You can also admire these serene views from your very own sanctuary in the mountains. And in this peaceful space, where the tribes of Oman’s mountain dwellers once resided, you can enjoy your very own luxe summer staycation.
The desert is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind when you’re seeking a summer getaway, but at The Ritz-Carlton, you might feel differently. This picturesque desert resort boasts luxury Bedouin-inspired villas, equipped with modern amenities and a private pool, which means, you’ll never have to leave the air-conditioned comfort but can make the most of the outdoors with stunning views of the desert (and wildlife grazing in the distance) from your abode.
A true oasis in the bustling heart of Dubai, this gem of a property is just the spot to be if you’d only go some place within 15 minutes of drive time. Serenity abounds throughout this estate and on a lazy summer day, you can retreat to a plush villa and enjoy a leisurely dip in your private pool.
Located a mere 45 minutes from Dubai, this hidden haven on Ras Al Khaimah’s shores makes the most of its stunning surrounds by the Arabian Gulf. Whether you’re looking to get your game on with golf on the adjacent 18-hole championship course or unwind at the spa, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on your summer staycation.
Abu Dhabi’s favourite beachfront address, Saadiyat Island’s impressive setting will instantly transport you to the French Riviera. Mix up the ambience with world-class hospitality and you have yourself the ideal break. Make the most of your time at the resort by booking yourself a treatment at Iridium Spa.
Locals will tell you nothing comes quite close to this resort’s extraordinary charm. Located on the waterfront of Pearl Jumeira, you can enjoy panoramic views of the ocean from every corner of the property. Sounds like just the summer escape we need!
Dreaming of an exotic Kenyan safari? Forget the hours of flight time and head closer to home instead. Sir Bani Yas Island beckons you to experience nature at its best with its thrilling combination of rugged terrain and turquoise blue waters. Escape to the comfort of your luxury pool villa and admire indigenous wildlife from up close as you recline on your lounger, or get up close to these fascinating creatures by booking a safari.
If you’d like a tailored summer escape, get in touch with us at 800-CONCIERGE.