Alternative holiday ideas

Escape typical hotel confines with’s offbeat lodgings

Staying at regular hotels is so mainstream, so conventional. Perhaps it’s time to inject your holiday with some more offbeat lodging that encapsulate the quintessential “Arabian Nights” charm of the MENA region. has a number of destinations that break the norm and will let you experience an authentic Bedouin lifestyle, starting with the Banyan Tree Al Wadi resort.

This tranquil haven in Ras Al Khaimah promises superb views of Al Hajar Mountains and plenty of adventure, thanks to its setting within a nature reserve in Wadi Khadeeja.

While you’re here, try spotting wildlife such as Arabian gazelles and oryxes. If you think you’ve had an enough of the desert, head to the neighbouring Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach, where watersports including scuba diving and fishing await.

If that doesn’t float your boat, other options include the Arabian Oryx Camp in Oman, the Sahara Safari Camp in Morocco and Wadi Rum Caravan Camp in Jordan.
Banyan Tree Al Wadi package from Dhs15,208 for seven nights (transport extra). For bookings and more information, visit

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