The Middle East provides a stark contrast between the modern cities of the Emirates, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and the traditional Bedouin way of life out in the desert. A fascinating place to visit, and great for those seeking sunshine as it is guaranteed at almost any time of year.
Bedouin chic in Oman
For complete luxury and secluded privacy, nothing can compare to Bespoke Luxury Camping in Oman. With a choice of breathtaking desert, beach or mountain locations, everything is tailored entirely around the guest. You will be waited on hand and foot with a chef, host and driver provided and guests reside in luxury on proper beds. A neighboring tent is set up next to an open fire where you can enjoy drinks and freshly prepared food in stunning surroundings.
Boutique luxury in Dubai
As one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai, the boutique One&Only The Palm certainly has a number of unique selling points. The location on the Palm Jumeirah allows guests to feel as if they are in a peaceful haven within the city. In our opinion the view at night from the hotel across the water to the skyscrapers and lights of the city is the best in Dubai.
Family fun in the desert
Deep in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter is Qasr Al Sarab, a stunning desert resort surrounded by dunes and pinky-yellow sand. This is one of the largest deserts in the world yet this hotel is located only 2 hours from the airport. Each day, different activities are offered such as archery, camel trekking, desert walks and off-road driving, so there is enough to keep everyone in the family entertained. We highly recommend the one and two-bedroomed villas that come with a private plunge pool and butler service.
Hideaway at Zighy Bay
On the little known Musandam Peninsula of northern Oman, Six Senses Zighy Bay resides in a secluded bay. It is most famous for the option to paraglide off the mountaintop into check-in, a truly unforgettable experience. The resort is designed in the style of an Omani village and is the perfect example of understated luxury. Each villa has its own enclosed pool and is located only a few steps from the huge sandy beach.
Journey into the Sahara
The famous oasis of Siwa is one of Egypt’s most isolated towns and boasts its own language and a number of mud-brick buildings. Every bump in the road on the long journey from Cairo is worth it when you arrive at the Adrere Amellal eco-lodge located on a huge salt-water lake. The lodge is unique - it's lit with candlelight instead of electricity and there are no phones or signal. In the surrounding area you can discover ancient ruins, swim in the oases and experience some of the best stargazing on earth.
The pristine waters of Egypt’s Red Sea offer a fabulous array of marine life and corals. It’s a haven for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts with beautiful angel fish, spotted parrot fish and a stunning collection of unspoiled corals. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is the perfect spot from which to discover the Red Sea. With a collection of beautiful suites, some have private pools, great restaurants and wonderful staff, this is the perfect place to stay to discover this beautiful coast.