Most tourists heading to Dubai won’t venture outside of the city. However, the Dubai Desert is a wonderful place full of wildlife and extraordinary beauty. On your trip to Dubai it might be nice to book a stay in one of the luxurious Dubai hotels in the Desert. I have put together a list of the best Hotels in the Dubai Desert for you to choose from!
Located in Margham, Al Badayer Retreat features 5-star hotel rooms and luxuries, and two restaurants right in the middle of the Arabian Desert. The hotel is 57 km from Dubai International Airport and serves as a great spot for international tourists who seek to enjoy the desert in Dubai.
The hotel accommodation includes numerous facilities that will make you feel like you are in the city and not in an actual desert. Along with a complementary buffet or continental breakfast, the hotel also has a health club for fitness enthusiasts. A total of 31 air-conditioned rooms and apartments are available in various categories and price ranges and all guests will get a minibar, an espresso coffee maker, an electric kettle with complimentary tea bags, and a hair dryer in their rooms. In addition, all rooms feature smart TVs with satellite channels and guests are welcome to use the free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.
Each room has a private indoor pool that overlooks the mesmerizing sand dunes around the hotel. The 24-hour room service ensures your stay at the hotel remains trouble-free and guests can park their cars at the hotel parking facility for an additional charge.
One of the reasons why I like Al Badayer Retreat so much is because you will be able to see an amazing array of stars at night. I also enjoy the fact that every single unit has a private pool that won’t be overlooked by others. If you are looking to enjoy the luxuries of the Dubai Desert this Dubai Desert Hotel is one for you!
2. Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa Hotel in Dubai Desert
Al Maha is a combination of a luxurious resort, hotel, and spa services in the Dubai Desert. Even though the resort is located at only a 45-minute drive from Dubai city center, the place feels incredibly remote. Being one of the largest resorts in the area, Al Maha features 42 private suites and guarantees panoramic desert views with free-roaming wildlife, such as camels and deer.
Exclusively crafted Bedouin-style tents integrate the Arabian heritage with modern luxury to provide an ecstatic Arabic experience to both international and local tourists. The suites are dispersed over a large area and some hills to provide a quiet and isolated atmosphere. All suites feature private temperature-controlled pools, private terraces for sunbathing, expansive bedrooms, and luxurious bathrooms. Guests can access free Wi-Fi internet everywhere on the property.
The on-property Al Diwaan Restaurant offers a wide range of meal options, from a buffet or a la carte breakfast to 3-course lunch and 5-course dinner, all-inclusive in the suite package. It has both an inside dining hall and a spacious outdoor deck that overlooks the fascinating sand dunes. For the guests who prefer to dine privately, the in-room dining arrangement is available at no extra charge. The experienced staff will lay out the table for guests in their suites to make sure they have the best dining experience. The on-spot Timeless Spa has experienced masseuses who provide the right massages for your relaxation. Additionally, the resort also boasts a fitness center and a centralized pool for socialization among guests. Free parking is also one of the free facilities available on site.
A number of recreational activities are available that are already included in the price. Guests are welcome to choose any two exciting activities per person per day, which include falconry displays, drive-through wildlife, archery, dune bashing, and especially camel trekking which is also a great opportunity for sunset photography in the Golden desert.
Three meals, a private pool, spa services, and wonderful desert activities make Al Maha the perfect destination for anyone looking for a getaway in the desert.
3. Bab al Shams Dubai Desert Hotel
Bab Al Shams is one of the best known desert resorts in Dubai. Sitting at a 45 minute drive from the Dubai Airport, Bab al Shams is tucked away in the Dubai Desert close to the Abu Dhabi border.
Bab al Shams is one of the favourite desert resorts for locals and tourists alike because of the amazing self-contained units and rooms and of course the large infinity pool overlooking the Dubai desert dunes. At Bab al Shams you can relax while getting a massage with a view on the desert dunes, or experience an action packed filled day with dune bashing and mountain biking in the desert dunes.
Every unit comes with an en-suite bathroom with bath, a seating area and a little terrace from where you have panoramic views over the Dubai desert.
Bab al Shams is very much a place you van visit with your family. They often have planned activities for kids and even have a big play room with nannies to watch over your kids while you enjoy a meal in one of the fine dining restaurants on site.
This hotel was also featured in my post on the most beautiful Pools in Dubai.
4. Dubai Farm Al Lisaili
Located in Al Lusayli, the Dubai Farm Al Lisaili is a great place to spend your trip to Dubai in the midst of sand dunes. The place is at a distance of 40 kilometers from the Dubai International Airport and includes an artificial pond right in the middle of the golden desert. The famous Al Marmoom Heritage village and a camel race track are also nearby the farm.
The farm has two separate villas available on rent. The first villa sits beside the lake and includes one air-conditioned bedroom with an attached bathroom, a kitchen, and a sitting area. Due to its smaller size, it is an ideal accommodation for couples. The larger second villa is comprised of four air-conditioned bedrooms, an open kitchen and an expansive sitting hall and is designed for large families. The lake is the most interesting part of the farm, which has a small waterfall and an outdoor sitting area in the middle for guests. A kids camping area, lush green lawns are also available on site which gives the appearance of the countryside. In addition, bedouin-styled tents are available for the true essence of Arabian heritage. A bar and a spa tub are also a few amenities offered on the farm.
Anyone looking for a serene place to enjoy their time in Dubai should consider Dubai Farm Al Lisaili.
5. The Royal Vision Tourism bedouin camping in the Dubai Desert
Royal Vision Tourism is a professional tourism operator in the United Arab Emirates. Located in Al Aweer, Dubai, the company is notorious for its premium Desert Safari among tourists and ex-pats. The nearest airport to their campsite is the Sharjah International Airport at a distance of 34 kilometers but they offer direct pick and drop services for visitors.
One of their most sought-after packages includes early morning dune bashing, camel trekking, stay in Bedouin-style tents at their desert campsite, 5-star Arabic BBQ with unlimited serving, and an International open-air buffet dinner, including a provision for vegetarians. On request, the staff can arrange quad bikes for guests to ride on the sand dunes. Arabian outfits and henna designing are also available for guests to wear and take pictures in. After that, guests are welcome to enjoy three traditional live shows in the evening, including a Tanoura dance show, Fire show, and the famous Arabic belly dance show to end their evening.
In addition to desert activities and accommodations, they also have a cruise dinner service on the Dubai Marina. The cruise takes place on an Arabic-styled wooden boat known locally known as a dhow and dinner include a mix of Arabic and international cuisines along with fresh fruits.
Considering the wide variety of activities and services offered by Royal Vision Tourism, they are an excellent choice for tourists and residents alike.
6. Al Habtoor Polo Resort in the Dubai Desert
Al Habtoor Polo Resort is located right in the heart of Dubailand, at a 25-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. The resort features elegant villas that come with four bedrooms, BBQ deck, and a private swimming pool making them perfect for family staycations. In addition to villas, the resort also offers an array of deluxe suites that overlook the lush green polo fields through separate spacious balconies. Enthusiasts and patrons can enjoy live matches right from the comfort of their rooms during the Polo season.
Al Habtoor Polo resort is home to the Elixir Spa which offers six treatment sections including sauna and steam bathing facilities and a fitness center with qualified trainers. The resort also boasts five dining venues with open terraces made of terracotta material which also face the Polo grounds. Guests can enjoy exquisitely prepared Argentinian meat in the notorious Grill Pit steakhouse while watching their favorite players hit the ball downfield.
Some other recreational activities available on the resort include a playing area for children, polo lessons, horse riding, tennis courts, archery, snooker, and mini-golf to name a few. Guests can spend time around world-class horses, visit the stables or take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool.
With the number of facilities available, the resort is an ideal escape from the bustle and hustle of Dubai’s metropolis, especially for the equestrians.