View across the camp - Banyan Tree

The ‘wow’ factor: Banyan Tree Al Wadi is a superb five-star resort near to Dubai. It provides both a peaceful retreat and a desert adventure, from £275 per night. Located just 45 minutes from Dubai airport, Banyan Tree Al Wadi rests in 100 hectares of private
nature reserve, home to indigenous plants and wildlife. Within easy reach are both the waters of the Arabian Gulf, or the majestic Al Hajjar Mountains, which enable choices of camel riding, or deep-sea fishing, while desert safaris are thrilling. A falconry at the site
provides another sample of Arabic life. The spa is truly a top-to-toe indulgence, rejuvenation and well-being is the aim.

Did you know? There is a rooftop Moon Bar that serves shishas against the outdoor backdrop of an immaculate desert sunset. Visitors experience a romantic nomadic adventure from a bygone age in an oasis of serenity.

Getting there: Return flights from Heathrow to Dubai cost from around £328 inc. taxes. Several carriers operate routes to and from. Included in the resort charges are transfers from Dubai.