Arabian heritage meets bespoke luxury at Sharjah’s most coveted staycation spots
Rich in art and cultural attractions, and with stunning natural landscapes to discover, Sharjah’s unique blend of modern marvels and old-world charm is a magnet for intrepid travellers. Today, the emirate is firmly on the radar as a leading destination for a luxury holiday. Here are three of the best staycation spots to escape to…
Al Faya Lodge & Spa: the boutique bolthole
Looking at this stunning rustic retreat, you wouldn’t guess it was once (in the 1960s) a simple grocery store and café. Boasting a fresh new look, Al Faya Lodge & Spa now sits on the crimson sands of Mount Alvaah as the latest addition to the Sharjah Collection, a group of boutique hotels scattered across the emirate. Whether it’s lounging by the open-air saltwater pool, indulging in an Arabian style spa retreat or marvelling at the thousands of stars from the rooftop terrace, the lodge is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The Chedi Al Bait Sharjah: the stylish abode
Feel right at home and bask in true Arabian hospitality at Al Bait Sharjah. Located at the heart of Sharjah, the 53-room boutique resort is a unique collection of five preserved heritage houses that were once owned by esteemed Emirati families. It’s also home to impressive architectural sights, including the UAE’s only round wind tower, as well as an in-house museum that showcases the city’s rich history. Retreat to the spa for a soothing massage, cool off in the outdoor swimming pool, or sit down at the Arabic restaurant for a true taste of Arabia as trained chefs cook up a delicious spread of local delicacies.
Kalba Kingfisher Lodge: the exclusive eco-retreat
Immerse yourself in the stunning natural wonders the emirate has to offer at Sharjah’s new five-star eco-tourism resort, Kalba Kingfisher Lodge. Offering comfort and privacy in spades, the boutique hotel is set against an unspoiled backdrop of the Indian Ocean and a forest of mangrove (Qurm) trees, which is home to a number of fascinatingly beautiful kingfishers and other rare bird species. Wake up to the sound of crashing waves from any of the 25 luxuriously appointed tents, each with its own swimming pool, and lap up the views.
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