Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
If you haven’t discovered Abu Dhabi’s magical wildlife park resort on Sir Bani Yas Island, now’s the time. Take guided trips from the sprawling five-star hotel to see roaming Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs. Alternatively, go mangrove kayaking, snorkelling or swimming in the huge infinity pool.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
For a Dubai break, this hotel on the Palm Jumeirah is a lovely retreat with outstanding facilities. Suites boast 24-hour butlers and a private lounge. Or, try a beach villa with a roof terrace and pool. It also has a wonderful beach club brimming with sun loungers and offering fantastic service.
Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah
One of the emirate’s most beloved luxury hotels, Radisson Blu has plenty to offer for those wanting to unwind. Great restaurants — notably The Taste of India — and a top beach, massage and fitness centre make it popular among stressed-out executives. The resort is also centrally located, making it ideal for day trips around the city.
UAQ Marine Club
Get back to nature at this fabulous outdoor activities club in Umm Al Quwain. With first-class camping facilities, endless water sports options and cool Barasti chalets for hire, this is the perfect spot to enjoy some fresh sea air and barbecue dinners. There is also a really nice pool and restaurant for added comfort.
Banyan Tree Al Wadi
If you fancy spoiling yourself, then this glorious all-pool villa resort in Ras Al Khaimah is ideal. Set against the Arabian Gulf and magnificent Hajjar Mountains, this is the place to hide from the world. Treat yourself even further with in-villa dining prepared by a personal chef and a treatment at one of the best spas in the UAE.
Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort
Lesser known than other coastal resorts in Fujairah, the Miramar Al Aqah is truly a hidden gem. Ultra-luxurious and very private with unspoilt beach views, the resort particularly suits couples. In the evening, try a meal at the highly rated Sensasia fine dining restaurant, before heading to the fun but chic Blissdiscotheque nightclub.