Beach weekend or desert escape? The summer staycations to whisk you away from city life with Marriott International

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May 25, 2021

Head to Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah for a seaside getaway fit for the entire family, or escape to the peaceful desert dunes at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa.

We might never settle on the rural versus urban living debate, yet we can all agree that we need a break from city life now and again. Swapping the skyline illuminated by lightbulbs for star-lit skies, hustle and bustle for peace and quiet, and skyscrapers for sandy settings is a welcome change of scene.

And luckily for those in the UAE seeking a sandy escape, there are multiple ways to do so; either surrounded by the deep blue along the coast at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, or in the depths of the desert at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa.

Either way, you’ll be guaranteed beautiful scenery, luxury service, unbeatable amenities and most importantly, an invigorating break from everyday life. The only thing to decide is which is the perfect weekend retreat for you…

Family fun and adventurous activities at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah

Beach views that are hard to beat.  Credit |Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
Beach views that are hard to beat. Credit | Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

A weekend at this branch of the world-famous Le Méridien hotel chain is so much more than a beach resort – with the Indian Ocean waters to dip into, Hajar mountains to climb, watersports to take on and an idyllic pool to laze within.

In fact, the impressive range of activities competing for your time makes Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort the perfect destination for family weekends away.

While little ones can keep busy in the children’s pool or at the kids’ club, adults can chill poolside or head to the sea for a swim. Wherever guests place their towel for the day, they can enjoy postcard-like scenes with beach views, lush greenery and a mountainous backdrop.

Littles ones can play at the Kids Club. Credit | Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

For the adventure seekers looking to get a little closer to the fresh waters, scuba diving and snorkelling experts are on hand to guide them.

Making your trip as easy as possible, there’s no need to leave the resort here to taste exquisite foods from around the world. The all-inclusive resort in the heart of Fujairah boasts four restaurant options for everyone to enjoy. Head to Taste for authentic Thai cuisine, Views for fine fusion dining, Gonu Bar & Grill for foods fresh from the fire, or Baywatch Beach Bar for scenic sundowners.

And after a long day soaking up the surrounding beauty, every guest can go on to enjoy the best of Mother Nature, as each room at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort is strategically designed to offer breathtaking sea views.

Solitude and restoration at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Zone out from city living with a desert retreat. Credit | Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

And then there’s the desert side of the sandy offering; remote and peaceful, a weekend at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, will leave you with new perspectives.

A dose of luxury within the dunes, this beloved retreat is situated among the lush greenery of Dubai Desert Conservation Resort. Here, guests can easily explore the natural landscapes and wildlife unique to the UAE, just 45 minutes from the city centre. But while immersed in the wild, a stay at Al Maha is anything from rugged, as 42 luxe suites bring together the essence of Bedouin living with modern luxuries.

main swimming pool Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Feel the stresses melt away at this desert oasis. Credit |Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

From the one-bedroom offerings to the three-bedroom presidential suite, each accommodation comes complete with a private pool and is decorated with authentic handcrafted Arabian furnishings, antiques and artefacts.

While the peaceful abodes are hard to part with, Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa manages to persuade guests to explore, with its host of activities. Guided camel treks, horse riding, falconry shows, wildlife drives or dune driving can easily be added to the itinerary.

For an extra special evening, this luxe resort can tailor-make a dune dining experience with panoramic desert views and signature dishes served under the stars. Drinks over dishes? Opt for the Private Desert Sundowners Experience for a curated evening with sunset views. A romantic meal in? The 24-hour room service is like no other here, served on your private decking area or even in your private pool, with floating breakfasts being made to order.