If you want to make the most of the UAE’s natural landscape in the height of luxury, Al Maha Desert Resort is the ultimate getaway. Although this is a guest-only resort, each of the hotel’s suites features its own private plunge pool, so you can relax in a tranquil and secluded setting, with nothing but the dunes and passing Arabian oryx to keep you company. Each pool offers shaded, unspoiled views of the sweeping plains of the Hajar Mountains massif, as well as private decking and sun loungers.
Best for: the ultimate desert luxury
Cost: Pool use is for villa guests only. A stay at Al Maha Desert Resort starts from Dh2,107 per night.
From Dh2,107; Dubai-Al Ain Road; 04 832 9900