Looking for an easy to organize, last-minute escape from Dubai for the upcoming Eid holiday? We get it; you simply might not have the time to deal with arranging visas, booking expensive flights, or pondering over long-drawn itineraries. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with these resorts in the UAE and Oman, located in awe-inspiringly gorgeous locations, that promise a relaxed, fun, and totally Instagram-worthy holiday. Whether you’re an adrenaline-chasing adventurer, a beach goddess, wildlife enthusiast, or desert-loving yogi, here are six UAE and Oman hotels for an unforgettable Eid getaway from Dubai.
Go on a Wildlife Safari at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort
A wildlife safari isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of resorts in the UAE but guests at the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, one of three Anantara resorts on Sir Bani Yas Island, are treated to exactly that on what is perhaps the most unique ecosystem in the UAE.
Enjoy the serenity of the desert island in their rustic but luxurious villas, some with private plunge pools overlooking the Savannah landscape and its resident gazelles. Rise with the sun and head out on a safari to see giraffes, Arabian Oryx, antelope, and cheetahs in the wildlife park. Afterwards, dine on African cuisine at Savannah Grill, and we’ll forgive you for believing you’re on another continent.
Discover Cultural Heritage at Al Ain Rotana in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi’s second city, Al Ain, though just over an hour’s drive from Dubai often slips under the radar, but for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities, it’s both ideal and easy to get to. The narrow, palm tree-flanked roads are not as busy and the skyline is happily marked by an absence of skyscrapers. Add to that its historical forts, traditional markets (including a camel market), palaces, museums, and a UNESCO World Heritage oasis, and Al Ain has all the ingredients of a short but interesting getaway.
Besides its proximity to Al Ain’s cultural sights, Al Ain Rotana is an excellent choice for many reasons; its newer Al Falaj wing boasts modern, comfortable, and beautiful accommodation (the suites are especially luxurious) and a private pool area, the spacious sanctuary-like Zen spa spread over two levels (try the Hot Stone therapy and the hammam), several dining and entertainment venues, and impeccable service.
From live cooking stations and a variety of international cuisines at Zest and Middle Eastern favorites with a side of belly dancing at Min Zaman to salsa dancing, and delicious Polynesian cuisine at Trader Vic’s, there really is something for everyone. The party continues at their elegant Moodz Lounge Bar with a resident DJ playing into the early hours of the morning.
Escape to a Desert Sanctuary at Al Wadi Desert in Ras Al Khaimah
There’s nothing like a tranquil desert retreat in the heart of a rugged wadi in Ras Al Khaimah to recharge your batteries. Surrounded by the desert dunes of Al Wadi Nature Reserve in Wadi Khadeja, at Al Wadi Desert, you’ll stay in spacious and luxurious private villas, each with its own plunge pool, designed to provide contemporary amenities with an Arabian touch.
Once you’re ready to leave your dreamy villa, there’s a host of activities to choose from such as bird-watching, safari spotting Arabian Oryx, foxes, hares, and gazelle, mountain biking, falconry, archery, fishing, horse-riding, night walks, or exploring the desert on camelback, Bedouin-style.
After the active pursuits of the day, the one-of-a-kind Rainforest Experience, a holistic hydrothermal full-body treatment at the Al Wadi Spa, is a great way to relax. You can choose to dine at one of three restaurants or for a more exciting experience, book a traditional dinner on the dunes or in an Arabian watchtower, both with personal servers of course.
Enjoy a Beach Staycation at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort in Abu Dhabi
Venture far into the Western region of the UAE to enjoy a beach staycation at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, a two and half hour drive from Abu Dhabi. The luxurious resort boasts a large pristine stretch on the Jebel Dhanna beach, perfect for those who’d like to enjoy quality beach time working on their tan or go fishing just off the coast.
Guests can also visit the neighboring Sir Bani Yas Island by boat and experience a game drive, go on a nature walk, or mountain bike around the island. After you’ve had your share of activities, rejuvenate with a treatment at their Body & Soul spa. Their contemporary Italian restaurant Zaitoun serves delectable and perfectly prepared fine cuisine in a romantic setting.
Ultimate Luxury at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman
With a spectacular setting in the Musandam Peninsula, Zighy Bay is an easy two-hour drive through dramatic scenery across the UAE’s Dibba land border into Oman. At Six Senses Zighy Bay, the fun begins even before you arrive; you can choose to get there in style by paragliding over the bay while a resort vehicle brings your luggage.
The resort itself is designed like an Omani village; a cluster of cobblestone walls housing spacious villas, built traditionally from natural stone and wood, each with a garden, patio, and outdoor pool, complete with modern amenities. While some villas are located on the beach, still others come with private in-villa spas.
Other than lazing on the gorgeous private beach of the resort, you can rock climb, paraglide, mountain bike, hike to local villages, snorkel, scuba dive, go on a sunset cruise or enjoy a sunset drink and canapés over a campfire on the Sabatyn plateau. The resort’s various restaurants specialize in traditional fare from locally sourced ingredients.
Go Hiking at Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman
While the rest of the region endures scorching summer temperatures, Oman’s Jabal Akhdar or ‘Green Mountain’ enjoys temperatures that are lower than those in the capital Muscat by at least 15°C making it a fantastic summer getaway.
Nestled in the Al Hajar range at 2000m above sea level, with jaw-dropping views of Jabal Akhdar, Alila Jabal Akhdar is built with stone and wood to resemble an Omani village, in harmony with the landscape of dry wadis and sparse shrub vegetation.
While on the outside, the resort’s villas and suites look just like a traditional home, the interior is both luxurious and modern with a walk-in wardrobe, Lavazza coffee-maker, bathtub, rain shower, and a private mountain view terrace.
Take a dip in the resort’s outdoor infinity pool with the scenic rugged landscape as your backdrop, and as the temperature dips in the evening, move to the warmer indoor Jacuzzi. A big part of the Alila experience is dining at Juniper Restaurant; delectable Omani cuisine prepared from organic and homegrown ingredients and served under a starlit sky. At night, away from the city lights, stargazers are treated to a dazzling display of thousands of stars.
The resort offers guided hikes to hidden wadi trails, caves, abandoned ghost towns, and living Omani villages with terraced farms and it’s a great way to see some incredible scenery and learn about the local culture. There’s also a Via Ferrata course for both beginners and experts.
Article written by Natasha Amar, Publisher, Writer and Photographer from TheBohoChica.com