Searching for a luxury escape sans jet lag when the world opens up again? These resorts are only a short flight (or drive) away from Dubai.
Anantara Maia, Seychelles
One of the newest luxury resorts to open on the dreamy Seychelles archipelago – and the country’s first Anantara property – the Anantara Maia Seychelles is hidden among 30 acres of lush forest garden, overlooking Anse Louis beach on the southwest coast of Mahé. Home to just 30 secluded private villas, each offers a dedicated villa host available 24/7, sounds of palm trees flexing in the warm breeze and turquoise waves lapping pure white sands make for a haven of relaxation. What’s more, Seychelles is currently welcoming travellers from the UAE with open arms, so you really have no excuse. To book, visit Anantara.com/en/maia-seychelles
One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro
The opening of One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro in March not only marks the luxury hotel brand’s first European resort, it is also the second One&Only to offer the world-famous Chenot Escape (following the Desaru Coast resort in Malaysia) – a transformative wellness journey designed to reset the body through tailored programmes and state-of- the-art treatments. Nestled close to the entrance of the beautiful Boka Bay, expect detox menus, fitness schedules, toxin-releasing massages, a tennis club, fitness centre and more – all with a generous side of Riviera-style luxury. To book, visit Oneandonlyresorts.com/portonovi
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Take an hour’s drive from Dubai and you’ll arrive at the regal resort of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, home to one of the most Instagrammable infinity pools in the city. Set on the powder white sands of the Arabian Gulf coast, this beachside paradise is inspired by opulent Middle Eastern palaces, with gold domes, fortress-like roofs and Arabesque arches. Indulge in its new winter staycation offer for an affordable way to spend the day sipping mocktails on the hotel’s manicured private beach before losing yourself at the elegant Waldorf Astoria spa, which features herbal baths, flotation beds and blissful treatments. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Residence and Village. To book, visit waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
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