Arabian nights under the stars are best sampled among the sand dunes and we went off-road to bring some of the best desert resorts in the UAE.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
The five-star property located just a short drive from central Dubai is one of the most popular with the locals and tourists who are looking for a traditional escape with all the comforts. Make sure to book dinner at Al Hadheerah desert setting with huge buffet and entertainment for all including camel rides and musical performances.
Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort, Ras Al Khaimah
Recently taken over by the Ritz Carlton group, the resort feels like a far off escape into the natural wilderness. Each of the Bedouin-inspired luxury villas are spacious with a private pool and the spa delivers an experience like no other with a walk-through water therapy.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
You will struggle not to fall in love with resort set in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter desert. The world-class property has a sense of heritage and grandeur with great staff and a setting picturesque setting. The rooms have views of the enveloping dunes, some with terraces or small gardens, while the rest of facilities offer pool, spa and restaurant.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Located in the Dubai Desert Coservation area, Al Maha showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins. The first desert resorts remains a strong favourite among those who are looking for a romantic escape with stand-alone tent accommodations decked out in an Arabian style with oriental carpets as well as a pair of binoculars for some endangered scimitar-horned Oryx spotting.