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The most romantic resorts in the UAE

Here’s our selection of the UAE’s best resorts for a memorable escape with your loved one

Summer has arrived! And for those stuck in the UAE, there are plenty of resorts to give you a taste of life beyond the sands. Here’s our selection of the most romantic hotels that will have you covered.

Al Zorah in Ajman is just a short, 40-minute drive from Dubai, but The Oberoi Beach Resort feels like a world away. If (like us), your plans to travel to exotic shores have been hampered by the pandemic, this luxurious beachfront property has all the makings of a distant tropical dream. You’ll be surprised that you’re so close to home, thanks to the idyllic setting of this resort that makes the most of its setting amidst one million square metres of protected mangroves on one side and the pristine sandy beach on the other.

Designed to help you switch off and disconnect from the world, The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah is equipped with everything and more for a truly spectacular holiday.

Pro tip: Book the Deluxe Suite with a Private Terrace at the property which promises both gorgeous sunrise views against the backdrop of the mangroves and sunset views beyond the beach.

Find yourself instantly transported into an Arabian dream with your loved one at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. This gorgeous property, nestled along Abu Dhabi’s western stretch, was crowned the “World’s Most Instagrammable Hotel” by Luxury Travel Advisor. A string of luxurious villas rises up from the fiery orange dunes of Empty Quarter (or Rub Al Khali as it’s locally known), offering a setting unlike any other in the heart of the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world.

To make the most of your stay, retreat to the award-winning Anantara Spa for a couple’s massage and at sunset, embark on a walk through the sands to take in the stunning views while spotting the local wildlife. And with a host of dining options to choose from, this promises to be a holiday experience in the UAE to remember.

It’s not just the island but the journey towards it that makes every visit to Zaya Nurai Island an adventure it itself. And it begins with the speedboat waiting to whisk you from the shores of Zaya Nurai Island. As you inch closer, the setting instantly transforms and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve reached Pacific shores. On the island, sleek beachfront villas line the property – which means every guest has the ocean for the backyard. On a particularly clear day, you might spot dolphins playing in the distance.

If you’re looking for a retreat that isn’t too far from the city yet feels like a world away, the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach truly fits the bill. Situated along the waters of the Arabian Gulf on one side and Dubai’s cityscape on the other, this is just the escape you’re seeking for a memorable break. Whether you choose to spend the afternoon relaxing poolside in your private cabana or sample world cuisines at the hotel’s dining venues, rest assured you’re in for a treat.

Lining the beachfront on the shores of Al Hamra Beach in Ras Al Khaimah are 32 lavish villas, designed with unadulterated luxury in mind. That’s the essence of a holiday at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach. Relaxation is guaranteed, thanks to the resort’s opulent setting. Each villa boasts a private swimming pool while there’s also a gorgeous beachfront if you’re looking to soak up the winter sunshine.

The only hotel nestled among the dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this property takes adventures to a whole new level. With Dubai’s largest untouched nature reserve in the backdrop, Al Maha offers a truly rustic experience, which sees gazelles coming right up to your doorstep to sip water from your private pool. It doesn’t get more secluded than this.

Nestled on the east coast of Sharjah, Mysk Kingfisher Retreat makes the most of its pristine surroundings and setting against the waters of the Indian Ocean. What sets this resort apart is exclusive access to a pristine ecosystem, where you can get up close to exotic flora and fauna. Here, you get to arrive in style on a private boat that whisks you away to your very own private island with a modern tent-style villa and private pool for the ultimate staycation experience.

The dreamy surrounds of Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa perfectly lends itself to a romantic break for two. Think dinner under the stars in the heart of the desert, where you’re surrounded by endless dunes! Perfect for couples seeking a bit of adventure during their stay, this resort offers authentic desert experiences with top-tier hospitality.

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