5 Luxury Middle Eastern Resorts To Head To This Year

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A holiday in the Middle East offers a unique experience that is a perfect amalgamation of luxury, relaxation and fine dining. Breathtaking landscapes are one of the highlights of Middle Eastern escapes. Apart from being a gateway to ancient cultures, exotic markets, and golden deserts, the region is well known for its hospitality.

A stay in any of the luxurious resorts of the Middle East will offer its travelers an exclusive combination of mystical landscapes, luxe interiors, and modern amenities.

Here is a list of 5 luxury Middle Eastern resort escapes where adventure meets relaxation.

1. Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort

It is located in the Musandam Peninsula of Sultanate of Oman. This five-star eco-resort is a true beach paradise. Each of the 82 Omani-style villas has their own private pool and outdoor shower. The resort offers a wide array of activities such as sunset cruise, paragliding, mountain biking, snorkeling, and scuba diving among many others. Fine dining, wine tasting, and Yoga classes are some of the other perks of staying in this haven. At Six Senses Zighy Bay, you are only limited by your imagination and of course your wallet.

2. Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Located just outside Dubai, this exclusive resort is nestled in the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The resort has 42 individual suites each equipped with its own temperature controlled swimming pools, fine handcrafted furnishings and artifacts.  The spa offers signature treatments that use only organic ingredients. Guests can also enjoy the Jacuzzi, sauna, and gymnasium to truly unwind themselves. While there, one can also try a hand at falconry and archery or opt for a signatures desert safari, nature walk or camel trek.

3. Banana Island Resort

This luxury island getaway can be reached by a half an hour catamaran ride from the Doha Port. The hospitality begins in the ride itself. Guests are offered coffee, dates, and newspaper during their short journey. Once there, guests are given a grand welcome with drummers. cheering staff and cool drinks. The spa not only offers holistic therapies but also doctor fish foot therapy. The resort has 141 accommodations and 11 of those are Maldives-style overwater villas with private pools. A point to note is that Banana Island Resort is an alcohol-free resort.

4. InterContinental Mountain Resort and Spa

Huddled in the midst of  Mount Lebanon, this luxury mountain resort is located in Mzaar,  Lebanon. You can ski directly from the resort as well as enjoy activities such as hiking, climbing, biking, and rafting. The resort houses one of Lebanon’s leading spas along with a heated indoor swimming pool and cinema. Guests can choose to stay in the elegantly designed classic rooms or in the spacious suits. While there you can also look forward to getting a taste of the classic Lebanese mountain cuisine at the resort’s signature El Hor Tent restaurant.

5. Ma’In Hot Springs

It is located very close to Amman, the capital city of Jordan. Ma’In Hot Springs is an ideal location for people who are looking for a relaxed and pampered Middle Eastern resort escape. The therapeutic hot springs and waterfalls add to the serene and welcoming atmosphere of the resort. The rooms are designed using natural materials that highlight the beauty of the surroundings. Guests can avail a variety of different services but the Cascade Spa is the jewel of this oasis with signature treatments that provide a truly rejuvenating experience.

With the upgrading and addition of new destinations, the Middle East will only continue to be a magnet for world-class and luxurious holidays.

Milan holds a Masters in Business Administration and has taken a self-inflicted exile from the paid workforce to look after her twin daughters. She is trying to find the answer to the most dreaded question of any stay-at-home mum,”What do you do?”

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