by Natasha Faruque
  • 1 minute read
  • July 14, 2021
Emirati Escapes: An Arabian Nights’ Fantasy At Al Wathba In Abu Dhabi

There is something deeply evocative about escaping to the undulating desert, immersing yourself in your very own 1,001 Arabian Nights fantasy. But, full disclosure: my fairytales always feature five-star service, spectacular gourmet spreads and complete seclusion and the Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa will fulfil the brief in every respect. Set amid seemingly untouched Abu Dhabi dunes, this property that oozes boutique-hotel vibes is a bit of an insider secret. The resort rises like a mirage from the dunes as you drive towards it, comfortably ensconced in its surroundings, modeled on a traditional village – but with every mod con you could think of. Fountains gurgle at every corner, as waterways trickle through the earthen courtyards; there’s a sense of serenity and you feel soothed as soon as you enter.

Al Wathba

The Arabesque style continues into the rooms and suites which are dotted around the resort; I would request one near the main pool if possible as that’s also closest to the multitude of eateries and the spa. Our spacious quarters included a stand-alone sunken tub that’s made for luxurious soaking, a huge shower plus a guest restroom, dining area and lounge plus two terraces. From the crisp, cinnamon-dusted pastilla and rich tagines, washed down with fresh mint tea at atmospheric Moroccan-accented Al Mesayan to casual pool-side lunches at Panache and international flavors at all-day dining Bait Al Hanine, the food was one of the highlights of our stay. The tranquil Saray Spa comes fully equipped with a Snow Room, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam plus hot and cold plunge pools and a hammam. Living in the Middle East, I have experienced my fair share of desert adventures and staycations; but for a full Princess Jasmine experience, this is definitely one I would hurry back for.

Find Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa at Al Wathba South, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Call +971 (0)2 204 4444 for reservations or visit

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