The Wanderlust

Bvlgari Resort Dubai

Where: Jumeriah Bay, Dubai

The Vibe: The Epitome of Luxury

USP: To switch off in true style and luxury whilst staying close to home, the Bvlgari Resort Dubai is the perfect place to do so. Having recently launched ‘Bvlgari Staycations’, it’s the ideal time to take advantage of the unsurpassed facilities and impeccable, considered service the resort has to offer. Driving over the bridge to this haven you’ll feel the calm wash over you in knowing that this level of luxury exists only in those who know how to attend to your every need whilst allowing you the feeling of an uninterrupted, private stay. We’re lucky enough to have stayed in a multitude of stunning hotels the globe over and this is one of the absolute best.


The Bvlgari Staycations menu consists of four experiences: B.FAMILY, B.PRIVATE, B.ACTIVE and B.BEAUTIFUL.

For a staycation getaway with the whole family, the resort’s B.FAMILY package keeps both the parents and children’s needs in mind with a two-night stay. While the children are supervised at the resort’s Little Gems Club, the parents can enjoy a spa treatment together getting 90 minutes of pure relaxation and peace. For dinner, guests will receive the best of both worlds enjoying a private family dinner in their villa one evening, and the second evening the children will be treated to a private pyjama party. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy some one-on-one time for dinner at Il Ristorante – Niko Romito with a special set menu.

Those seeking a truly private getaway, Bvlgari’s B.PRIVATE experience will ensure guests feel like the resort is their own home with this two-night stay. With an early check-in at midday, guests will immediately be treated to a family-style brunch. To start the day off on a high-note during your first morning at the resort, enjoy a personal 60-minute training session with a WORKSHOP Performance Specialist. Wind down in the evening with a private masterclass with the resort’s expert mixologist, which will then lead into a BBQ dinner.

Bvlgari’s third unique package, B.ACTIVE, is catered for guests seeking a getaway, but being able to continue to stay active. With a series of wellbeing activities, spa treatments and personal training sessions, guests will receive a special two-night program to meet their needs. Included in the program are two 60-minute training sessions with a personal trainer, one 60-minute yoga class and two 60-minute spa treatments at the Bvlgari Spa. A healthy lunch and dinner will also be included in the experience.

Finally, for those looking to experience the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, Bvlgari’s B.BEAUTIFUL experience is perfect. The one-night stay includes three-hour Royal Lulur Treatment for two at the Bvlgari Spa along with manicure and pedicure at the Y12 Salon. Ladies will also receive a luxurious hair mask treatment, as well as a cut and blow-dry. For the men, they will be treated to a traditional Italian beard shave and haircut. As the sun sets, guests will enjoy an Aperitivo at Il Bar followed by a three-course set menu at Il Ristorante – Niko Romito.

Overall, the Bvlgari Resort Dubai is the ideal place to recuperate, reset and reinvest time in yourself after months of staying put at home.

The details: Located in Jumeriah Bay, Dubai, the Bvlgari Resort is a short 25-minute drive from Dubai Airport. The Bvlgari Staycation experiences start from Dhs2,800 and are inclusive of daily breakfast and early check-in at 12.00pm. For reservations email or call +971 4 777 5555.

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Where: Ras Al Khaimah

The Vibe: The modern Bedouin

USP: Escape to the golden dunes of the desert where the stars look brighter than the sun and the facilities are as luxurious as you’d expect of a Ritz-Carlton property. The all-pool-villa resort is offering a culinary Desert Bliss package. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner will be delivered at allocated time slots with selected beverages. To make your stay extra special, the team will arrange little treats throughout, including a romantic bubble bath with a side of strawberries and cream. Don’t forget to check out the 45-minute interactive Falcon and Owl Show and take advantage of the complimentary private beach access at the nearby The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach which can be reached by a dedicated shuttle.

The details: Located in Al Mazraa, Wadi Khadija – Ras al Khaimah, this is the ideal distance from Dubai for a staycation. Prices start at Dhs4,200 per villa, per night for two adults up to two children under 12 years. Children under 12 years stay and dine on a complimentary basis. For reservations call +971 7 206 7777.

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Where: Dubai

The Vibe: Luxurious Arabian Dwelling

USP: Set amongst a wildlife reserve, this is the perfect escape for a weekend away. On your way there, the tranquil vistas of golden sands and views of the Hajar mountains will keep you company. The tented Bedouin-style accommodation complete with ornate doors and antiques and wooden chests, majlis-style courtyards, lantern-lit outdoors all give a warm sensation of luxurious Arabian living. Your stay is tailored to suit you and the choice to do as much or as little rests with you. Midnight swims in the pool, falconry, sunset camel rides, mouth-watering meals, stargazing and complete privacy (you might get a surprise visit from a curious gazelle) are all on the menu along with service that is second to none.

The details: Located a mere 45 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, it is located at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai Al Ain Road. Suite rates begin at Dhs3,400 per day during weekdays and Dhs3,950 per night during weekends.  Children of ages 10 and below are not allowed. For reservations call +971 4 832 9900.

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Where: Zighy Bay, Oman

The Vibe: Rustic Luxe

USP: If you’re putting plans in place for your next getaway out of the country once borders open, why not look close to home in Oman? For the ultimate relaxation, escape to the secluded and serene setting of Six Senses Zighy Bay. The luxury villas have a rustic vibe, each coming with their own pool giving optimum privacy for guests. Whether you fancy a trip to the spa, a calming fishing session or just lounging on the beach, this is the place to rejuvenate and recharge. As night hits, enjoy dinner at the array of different dining options at the resort which features both local and international cuisines.

The details: A two-hour drive from Dubai Airport, this is a great option for a staycation that really feels like you’ve travelled somewhere far away.  Prices start from Dhs4,875 for a pool villa for two adults. For reservations call +968 2 673 5555. Please note Zighy Bay is yet to reopen. 

Zaya Nurai Island Resort‎

Where: Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi

The Vibe: Fancy Bohemian

USP: Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Zaya Nurai Island is the perfect destination to escape to paradise. So much so, you’ll feel the vacation mode switching on as soon as you get on the boat to the island. From a wide range of dreamy suites and rooms, Zaya Nurai Island has all the options you’re looking for with sea views and water villas. The island is surrounded by sweeping grass canopies combining all the elements for the dream location.

The details: Situated off the coast of Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, it’s easily accessible via a short speedboat transfer and minutes travel time from Abu Dhabi city. Suite rates begin at Dhs3,125 per day during weekdays and Dhs5,000 per night during weekends. For reservations call +971 2 506 6222.

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