The resort celebrates Emirati culture through design, cuisine and memorable desert experiences.
Desert getaways are a must! Especially for those of us who are unable to travel at this time of the year. Believe it or not, you can enjoy a tranquil desert escape that will make you feel like you’re on holiday, just a 30-minute drive from the heart of Abu Dhabi city. The Al Wathba Desert Resort and Spa has just joined the Marriott Luxury Collection portfolio and is definitely worth checking out. With a design reminiscent of a historic desert village, it is an intimate retreat suffused with natural beauty, unique tranquillity and extraordinary experiences that showcas authentic Arabian hospitality. Inspired by native architecture and the destination’s rich history, the resort’s 103 guest rooms and villas feature traditional Arabesque flourishes, mashrabiya detailing and Bedouin accessories. Understated interiors and neutral tones sit in harmony with the desert landscape that wraps around this extraordinary hideaway. The villas come with spacious indulgence, private plunge pools and a patio that boasts panoramic views of the desert landscape.
Six dining venues lend themselves to a range of unique epicurean experiences. Bait Al Hanine offers a generous menu, including a wide selection of Lebanese classics for all-day dining. Al Mabeet features authentic Emirati cuisine in an understated desert setting. Hayaakom, a Bedouin-inspired lounge, serves afternoon tea and sandwiches. Terra Secca is a trattoria-style, classic Italian restaurant that offers guests a theatrical view of the kitchen and chefs. Meanwhile, Al Mesayan is an intimate rooftop venue that serves as an ideal spot for stargazing or dune watching, while Panache offers a relaxed pool respite. Nestled within a picturesque garden, the hotel’s spa is seen as the pinnacle of the entire hotel experience. Guests at Al Wathba can enjoy a range of health and wellness rituals in a contemporary setting. With 11 treatment rooms, the spa also boasts relaxation areas including a healing crystal salt sauna, traditional Turkish hammam, unique cryo experience, an open-air yoga pavilion, invigorating ice shower as well as steam rooms, plunge pools, and snow caves.
Al Wathba Desert Resort and Spa offers cultural immersion opportunities to discover the rich heritage and history of the region. Guests can discover the nearby Fossil Dunes, while those seeking a little adventure can tour the surrounding desert on horseback. The Al Wathba camel race track educates guests about the UAE’s 7th century tradition and skilled falconers offer private shows of the UAE’s national bird. The resort is also home to diverse flora and fauna, including 4,000 greater flamingos that call the Al Wathba Wetlands home. Guests can take a guided tour of the sand flats and dunes for an insight into their inhabitants and bird migration patterns as well as discover the medicinal uses of local plants by Bedouin tribes.
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