Indulge in a luxurious villa or suite retreat and connect with the majestic local landscape while riding expertly trained Arabian horses with the Desert Exploration package
PARTNER CONTENT: Nestled amid the dramatic landscape of the Arabian Desert, Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, feels like a world of its own. An accessible escape less than an hour’s drive from the heart of the UAE capital, this idyllic desert retreat offers an alluring mix of intimacy, tranquillity, natural beauty and a hint of adventure, all suffused with indulgent luxury and local flair.
Surrounded by an endless sea of rolling dunes, Al Wathba invites you to step back in time and rediscover the timeless allure of classic Bedouin village of yore. A choice of 99 charming guest rooms, suites and villas await, spread across a serene oasis dappled with the lovely shade of palm trees and decorated with traditional artwork and fine Arabesque details.
Though boutique in size and spirit, there is no shortage of options when it comes to entertainment and dining, with a sprawling spa, a pool overlooking the desert panorama, globally inspired restaurants and activities that unlock the secret gems of this unique and unforgettable destination.
Desert Exploration staycation package
Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa offers a truly unforgettable staycation experience with its Zen-like, picturesque setting, world-class amenities and unparalleled hospitality.
The resort’s Desert Exploration staycation package allows guests to combine an uplifting villa or suite retreat with a one-hour horseback riding adventure. Connect with the majestic local landscape and discover the cultural traditions of the nation as you ride expertly trained Arabian horses that include a number of ex-endurance racers.
The famous stunt horse Cappuccino, who has appeared in a number of Hollywood and Bollywood hits, is among the graceful creatures available to ride at Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa.
The heritage hotel is set within beautiful Arabian-inspired architecture and decorated with traditional artworks and elaborately carved furniture that evoke deeply treasured Emirati traditions. Spacious and comfortable, the villas and suites are among the finest gems of this sumptuous hideaway, boasting private pools, expansive balconies and decadent Arabesque interiors.
Yearning to learn more about the fascinating history of the UAE? You need only to step out of your villa to discover the hidden secrets of the sands.
To further enhance your experience, indulge in a hearty gourmet breakfast within the warm and inviting ambience of Bait Al Hanine.
The Desert Exploration offer includes an overnight stay in a suite or villa, daily breakfast at Bait Al Hanine, and one-hour sunset or sunrise horseback riding.
Suite with private pool
Available with one or two bedrooms, the private and elegant spaces are ideal for couples, families and friends alike. Adorned with elegant, hand-carved wooden furnishings, classical artworks, Arabesque lamps, delicate mesh windows and designs influenced by the treasured traditions of the UAE, each enchanting suite is guaranteed to instil a sense of calm and comfort.
Providing every relaxing amenity imaginable, guests are invited to unwind in their own exclusive jacuzzi and plunge pool and spend quality time together out on their own private balcony or terrace.
Sheltered from the rest of the world with a bespoke decorative bamboo border and filled with luscious greenery, vibrant local flowers, sunbeds, comfortable seating and spaces for al fresco dining, the private and secluded ambiance ensures that everyone feels totally at ease and is able to switch off from the outside world and enjoy a peaceful and relaxing experience.
For discerning travellers seeking an indulgent desert escape with generous space and exclusivity, Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa’s 13 private villas offer an exceptionally spacious setting for a luxurious private desert getaway, plus a more expansive selection of deluxe facilities.
Available with one or two bedrooms, the grand villas are just as beautiful inside as they are outside.
Emphasising the sensational views and stunning setting, each comes with its own private outdoor area that looks out onto the shimmering golden waves of the desert.
Centred on a picturesque temperature-controlled plunge pool and surrounded by comfortable sun beds, cosy seating and blissful spots from which to lap up the desert sun or curl up with a book in the cooling shade, the villas transport each guest to their own paradise.
Surrounded by the awe-inspiring power of the desert dunes and infused with serenity, sophistication and local artworks, each villa contains a grand dining room complete with a large wooden dining table, plush living room finished with Arabesque accessories and a widescreen TV, palatial bathrooms and lavish bedrooms fitted with king-size and double beds.
For those travelling as a large party, the three-bedroom Royal Villa ensures that everyone has their own space to unwind. Spanning an enormous 360sqm (3,874 sqft), it includes a separate maid’s room, three bedrooms with private balconies, an exclusive gazebo and a dining room that can accommodate up to 10 people.
Looking to escape to a regal retreat unlike any other? The Royal Compound contains everything required for a treasured, happy, heartfelt and flawless family vacation.
Contained within its own private walled area and entered via a separate gate, the stately compound contains four decadent villas – a three-bedroom Royal Villa, a one-bedroom villa and two two-bedroom villas – and a Majlis, a traditional Arabic seating area designed to facilitate social gatherings.
Experience a wide variety of adventurous desert and lifestyle activities from horseback riding and camel riding to archery, falconry and much more.
Plus, a one-of-a-kind aquatic adventure awaits on the most popular wave simulator machine, FlowRider, offering an exhilarating and surreal experience of surfing amid the Arabian Desert.
Ensuring that younger guests are not missing out, young explorers are invited to try out an exciting pony-riding adventure, along with loads of other fun things to do for children.
Whether you want to relax, unwind or explore the unique attractions of the Arabian Desert, Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa has got you covered for that much-needed pampering.
For more information and reservations, visit alwathbahotel.com or call 02 204 4444
Follow Yalla – Abu Dhabi Life for all the latest news across the capital and beyond