When you’re looking for an ideal honeymoon location, never rule out the dynamic charm of the Middle East. Here, there is an eclectic collection of burgeoning cities and peaceful hillside resorts where couples can truly find a unique getaway. Honeymoon guests are given wonderful room benefits ranging from complimentary dinner options and room upgrades, to personalised gifts and cocktails. JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel in Dubai and Shangi-La’s Barr Al Jissah – Al Husn in Oman are both two great examples of resorts with gorgeous rooms and ample space.
‘Set among the dunes of Dubai'
At Bab Al Shams Desert Resort And Spa you will find elegance in another world; expect the finest facilities and service affording you every comfort during your desert adventure. Children are catered for in Aladdin’s Kids' Club enabling families to visit with confidence, whilst parents can indulge in a range of treatments and massages at the Satori Spa & Health Club - a peaceful haven in the desert, featuring individual treatment rooms plus a dedicated room for couples. Activities further out include desert dune horse riding, camel caravan tours and desert drives with gazelle and oryx watching. Enjoy unique dining at the resort with seven restaurants and bars on offer, with highlights including a traditional Arabic restaurant with Lebanese singers and a rooftop lounge with amazing desert vistas.
‘Private Beach Front Location – Spa & Wellness’
Occupying a prime beach front location, The Chedi Muscat is set in 21 acres of gardens and boasts 370m of private beach. Rooms and suites around the hotel offer stunning views of the Gulf of Oman, the Hajar Mountains, or the elegant water gardens. Three pools adorn the hotel, including the Long Pool, a 103m long pool that is the longest in the Middle East. There are also dedicated adults and family pools, as well as tennis courts, a Health Club, and a Spa and Wellness Centre. International cuisine, from authentic Middle Eastern dishes to light Mediterranean bites are available at the seven bars and restaurants.
‘2000 M Above Sea Level – Mountain Air & Starry Skies’
Situated in the Mountains, inland from Muscat, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort overlooks a dramatic canyon and desert landscape. The resort has just 82 canyon view rooms and 44 private pool villas. Leisure activities include archery, climbing, photography, painting, tennis, cooking, stargazing and much more. The Spa has a hammam, sauna and steam room and a range of signature treatments. Dining options include Al Qalaa which is inspired by traditional Oman forts and Bella Vista an Italian poolside venue.
‘Pool Villas – Beach and Mountains’
Zighy Bay is located on the headland in the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. Accommodation comprises of a range of spa or pool villas and suites, many having access to their own pool and garden. The Six Senses Spa offers a range of holistic treatments in-villa or at the spa itself and there are a wide range of activities to take part in including scuba diving, rock climbing and sunset cruises. You can also paraglide into the resort as an exhilarating way to arrive. There are three dining options which include a hilltop gourmet experience, regional dining at the Chef’s Table, as well as bars to enjoy mocktails, cocktails and ice-cream.
'Refined Luxury and Impeccable Style'
Positioned on the west peninsula of the Palm Jumeirah, One&Only The Palm is set amid landscaped gardens and cascading fountains and also has its own stretch of private beach. The accommodation comprises of rooms and suites situated beachside. Water sports on offer include sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, Hobie Cats, and kayaking; on dry land you can play tennis. The Guerlain Spa offers a place to relax and unwind, and there is a fitness centre with classes and training sessions. The resort has 3 restaurants and bars, including the 101 Dining Lounge and Bar which is situated overwater with incredible views of the Dubai skyline. The One&Only boat takes guests to and from One&Only Royal Mirage just minutes away where you can easily access the city.
Experiences and Hospitality the 7* Way
The iconic sail of Burj Al Arab overlooks Dubai and the Arabian Gulf and Ocean. The 202 duplex suites have one, two or three bedrooms and can accommodate couples, groups or families. The Terrace which fans out into the Gulf and has two pools, dedicated butler serviced cabanas and a restaurant and bar. Further leisure facilities include Talise Spa, fitness centre, squash court and indoor pool and water sports available are windsurfing, diving, sailing and kayaking. All guests receive complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water park for the duration of their stay. The hotel has 9 restaurants and bars in total serving international cuisine.
‘Desert Oasis - All-Pool Villas’
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert is a secluded retreat housing a collection of all-pool villa accommodations, designed in a Bedouin nomadic style with views of the surrounding desert. Indigenous antelope species roam the grounds freely and can be viewed from the comfort of your terrace. The Al Wadi Nature Reserve spans 500 hectares across the Ghaf Tree wooded valley within Wadi Khadeeja and can be explored through a range of activities offered by the hotel. After a day of discovery, indulge in a holistic therapy within one of the spa’s pavilions. A range of restaurants offer the finest examples of Middle-Eastern and Indian cooking.
‘Beachside Villas – Natural Beauty & Cultural Heritage’
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach blends with the natural beauty of the area and embraces the cultural heritage. Lining the beach are 32 Bedouin themed luxury villas with private plunge pools and direct beach access. A resort infinity pool overlooks views of the ocean and the spa invites you to relax in one of four spa pavilions. When it comes to dining, both Arabic and international dishes are on offer and is a private dining option. The sister hotel is only 20 minutes away and here guests can enjoy a range of desert activities.
‘Culturally Entertaining, Lavish & Well-Equipped’
Nestled between the Hajar Mountains and the crashing cerulean waves of the Indian Ocean, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort envelopes guests in a wave of requiescence and unparalleled indulgence. The resort is located on a 230m stretch of golden beach which is exclusive to the resort. Charming, spacious rooms offer inspiring panoramic views, as well as a swathe of luxury and comfort. Cultural excursions, stunning dive sites and a luxury spa will be enough to enchant mature guests, while children will love the video arcade and cinema. The resort features a range of restaurants and bars as well as an optional all-inclusive meal plan.
'Island Oasis in the Middle East'
Anantara Banana Island Doha brings the magic of the Maldives to the Middle East. Find this remarkable island hideaway complete with sea view rooms, spacious overwater villas and 800m of private shoreline perfect for the most romantic sunset strolls. Situated just a thirty minute luxury catamaran ride from the heart of Doha, guests can experience the isolation and tranquillity of an Indian Ocean getaway without the extensive travel. Banana Island is a dry resort and does not serve alcohol, but delicious cuisines promise to fill each evening with delight. Sample Indian, American-style and traditional Middle Eastern dishes in one of the resort's incredible restaurants. There's an abundance of things to do on this little slice of paradise, with a bowling alley, private cinema and even a surf pool. You'll never be looking for something to do.
‘Grand and Lavish with Sublime Service’
This stunning waterfront resort resembles an elegant marble palace and is designed around cooling pools, fountains, lush gardens and intimate courtyards. Sharq Village & Spa welcomes you into a grand lobby setting the scene and mood that puts you at ease instantly. There are 300m of private coastline on which to relax, while shops and an indoor souk make a shopaholics' paradise. An expansive Six Senses Spa provides a myriad of treatments and therapies plus a full service fitness centre. The resort houses nine restaurants and lounges each with individual style and character including rooftop and beach club settings. Both romantic and family-friendly, this hotel offers an excellent base for all those who want to visit Doha.