Inside Dubai’s secret beachside camping resort Banan Beach

The quaint spot is just 20 minutes’ drive from Dubai Marina

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We recently told you about Dubai’s secret beach camping resort tucked away on the coast of Jebel Ali.

And since it piqued our interests, we've been desperate to explore Banan Beach.

We ditched our laptops for the day and headed to the secret camping spot to take a breather from city life, and as you can see from these pictures our efforts were justly rewarded.

The camping resort is all hammocks, campfires, and serene shorelines, and it only takes 20 minutes from the Marina to get here by car.

The resort puts on full-moon yoga and serves up wood-fired pizza, because camping doesn’t mean you have to slum it food-wise.

As our pictures show, brightly coloured wooden tents sit in rows along the shores among hammocks and swings facing out onto the sea.

If you want to get active with some al fresco sports, you can have a go at 12 different water activities or try your hand (or clenched fists) at beach volleyball.

If you’re here for the chills you can relax on a fire-side beanbag while devouring some fresh meats from the barbecue - or find a serene spot for some beachside meditation.

If bedding down on the beach http://www.timeoutdubai.com/aroundtown/features/79406-dubais-31-best-bea... isn’t quite to your standards, then you can opt for chalet accommodation, which ranges from rustic and quaint to some pretty upmarket options.
From Dhs350 (tents, per night) from Dhs1,000 (chalets, per night). Banan Beach, Jebel Ali (050 501 6413).

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