The Escape | The Telal Resort, Al Ain

BY Jade Chilton / Jan 21 2020 / 10:48 AM

The purest sand dunes and rich orange sunsets all captured from five-star luxury lodgings. Harper’s Bazaar Arabia takes a trip to Al Ain’s secret bolthole…

The Escape | The Telal Resort, Al Ain
Telal Resort Al Ain

The Telal Resort Al Ain, a private oasis surrounded by the vast landscape of the Remah Desert, offers a peaceful and scenic slice of the UAE in all its glory. Arabian Oryx and Reem Sand Gazelle roam the resort, while swans and exotic Houbara birds may be seen up close outside your private tented villa. 

Stay in the main building in a luxury room or suite, or a private lodge set in 80 square kilometres of beautiful conservation area. With a tented-style awning covering the resort you are made to feel at one with the place that Bedouin tribes of the Emirates once occupied.

The real wow factor of the resort, however, are the views. Prime position is from the shallow infinity pool that gazes out over the endless dunes. If not lazing the days away, explore the Green Mubazzarah hot springs – only 35 minutes’ drive – a magical and natural green spot at the foot of the Jebel Hafeet mountain, or look out for the authentic Zaman Lawal Heritage Village nearby the hotel for a unique souk experience.

Finish the day like a true Bedouin with a traditional Emirati feast. Just 50 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi and around 90 minutes from Dubai, it’s the perfect distance for an astonishingly recharging weekend.

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From Harper's BAZAAR Arabia's January 2020 Issue