Dubai instantly calls to mind Las Vegas-style glitz, but Al Maha
couldn't be further from that image.
Set in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a private wildlife
sanctuary on the outskirts of the city, it's an exclusive escape
wrapped in a tranquil desert landscape, with gazelles and
endangered Arabian onyx (a rare breed of antelope) roaming
Check into one of 40 colonial-chic villas with a private pool
overlooking sand dunes. They are set far enough apart to ensure an
impressively private stay (it's the go-to spot for Dubai's sheikhs
at the weekend).
There's a great restaurant on site, but you must experience dune
dining - a magical night-time picnic by candlelight in the
Wow factor: Ride a camel into the desert to watch the sun set
over the dunes with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Flight time: Six hours 50 minutes.
Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or
visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or
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