Locals say that to discover the true character of Abu Dhabi, visitors must experience the vast expanse of its interior, where endless deserts, enormous salt flats and fertile wetlands support a huge variety of bird and wildlife and the Bedouin culture that shaped the formation of the emirate.
Situated on the edge of the desert 30 minutes from Downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi, is perfectly positioned for guests to explore the natural landscapes and Bedouin history of the UAE capital. Here, 103 rooms and villas showcase traditional mashrabiya architecture, Arabesque design and Bedouin style furnishings, in an understated palette of neutral colours evoking the spirit of the desert.
Guests can explore independently or on guided tours, uncovering natural wonders such as the Al Wathba Wetlands, home to 4,000 greater flamingos, the mighty sabkhas (salt flats) or the surreal landscape of Fossil Dunes, where wind-sculpted sandstone rock formations rise from the desert; or learn about camel racing and falconry from local experts.
Back at the resort, Al Wathba Spa provides the ultimate tonic after days spent exploring, with a programme of immersive healing rituals and relaxing body treatments and the chance to unwind in a traditional Turkish hammam, healing crystal salt sauna or the IceLab Cryo experience.
Formerly part of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Al Wathba is the first member of The Luxury Collection in the UAE capital, joining Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai as the brand’s second desert resort in the UAE.