Luxury staycations across the UAE

From water villas to desert lodges, the UAE has a lot to offer in terms of holiday experiences
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Why travel for a vacation when you live in a country that has manmade islands, large uninterrupted deserts, and the world’s tallest building? In case you weren’t familiar with luxury staycation spots in the UAE, here are our top 10 must-tries.
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Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara: Nestled in the world’s largest uninterrupted desert, Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Sarab is likely one of the UAE’s most luxurious desert resorts. While it allows its visitors to experience a private villa with a private pool and luxury amenities, it also allows them to experience desert adventures like camel trekking, dune bashing, desert sailing, and falconry.
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One & Only The Palm: The best part of this hotel is its views. Because it’s located on the Palm Jumeirah, it boasts a clear view of the Dubai skyline. Additionally, it houses its own private marina, where you can rent your own luxury yacht. The marina is also the place of a high-end restaurant, 101 Restaurant and Lounge.
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The Cove Rotana: It’s located on a natural water inlet in Ras Al Khaimah, which makes The Cove a must-try five star resort. Also stretching across a private beach, the resort’s architecture is designed in traditional Arabic style. It houses lagoons, green gardens, and water activities. Its accommodation is intended for families or groups of friends.
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Al Maha Resort: If you want a desert experience but still want it to be luxurious, Al Maha Resort is probably your best choice. Consisting of private villas entailing their own swimming pools and garden area, Al Maha is quite often referred to as a “desert oasis.” Additionally, as the resort is situated in the Dubai Desert Conservation Resort on Al Ain road, its visitors get to encounter desert creatures like the Arabian onyx and gazelle.
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Madinat Jumeirah: Comprising three hotels, Madinat Jumeirah is made up of Arabic-style buildings, water passages, and greenery. Its hotels, Al Qasr, Mina Al Salaam, and Dar Al Masyaf, each have their own private beach, pool, and a diverse selection of restaurants. The latter, we might add, include “Pier Chic,” the UAE’s only independently water-floating restaurant.
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Anantara The Palm Resort: You don’t have to travel to the Maldives to experience a water villa, you could just drive to the Anantara beach resort on the Palm Jumeirah. With the only floating water villas in the UAE, this resort is definitely a must-try staycation for that reason alone.
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Emirates Palace: Abu Dhabi’s most talked about hotel is worth all the chatter. Aside from the fact that it is enormous, it is also probably the most luxurious hotel in the UAE after the Burj Al Arab, which can’t be compared size-wise. If you merely visit one of the bathrooms in the palace, you’ll know what we’re talking about. It’s also situated on the beach and has a private marina, two swimming pools, and leisure activities like camel riding and water sports.
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St. Regis Island Resort: Located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, the St. Regis has a large private beach area and three swimming pools. Each room in the resort has its own private balcony. In addition, the property boasts eight high-end dining venues.
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The Palace: The best part about this Downtown Dubai hotel is the fact that it’s situated across the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. Did we mentioned that it surrounded by a lagoon, greenery, and is right next to Souq Al Bahar? From some of the hotel rooms’ balconies, you can even get slightly splashed by the fountain.
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Burj Al Arab: This is a no-brainer when it comes to must try staycations in the UAE. Even if you can only afford to stay at the Burj for a weekend, it’s worth it. Why? It’s the Burj Al Arab – an iconic hotel, it’s in the middle of the sea, and it’s super fancy!
Wed 09 Dec 2015 03:28 PM GST