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Have the urge to escape the city and spend a weekend away from buildings, traffic and the general stress of urban life? We have got you covered!

If you are in the mood to escape the stress of city life, then we have picked a few spots right here in the UAE that are easily reachable without leaving the country!

From Hatta, to Al Ain, Kalba or Dubai, there are many appealing options to explore in the country. They will allow you to unwind and chill out for a much deserved break and there is something for every budget.

Stay up to date with these outside the box options for your next weekend getaway:


Credit Image: Kingfisher Lodge Facebook

In collaboration with the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority, this new eco-hotel opened its doors mid 2018 and looks very appealing to visit.

Located within the Kalba eco-tourism project, Kingfisher Lodge is a modern and stylish five-star eco-friendly resort featuring 25 unique tents, some of which are designated for families and others for couples and single guests, with their own private pools and pristine views of the Indian Ocean.

Credit Image: Sharjah Collection Website

The accommodations overlooking the sandy pristine beach and the sea are designed to provide comfort, privacy and have a very warm feel as equipped with natural wood furniture.

Wondering what to do there? A weekend won’t be enough as guests have the opportunity to explore the nearby Al Qurm mangroves while kayaking, watch sea turtles, do fat biking by the beach, or visit the wellness spa on site.

Credit Image: Kingfisher Lodge Facebook


Credit Image: Kingfisher Lodge Facebook

We also heard about the Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre nearby that you may want to include in your trip, where the rich biodiversity of the regions mountain habitats is protected.

You can book your stay through Sharjah Collection by Mantis which is about to open three other resorts and hotels that we cannot wait to feature and include in this collection.

Where: Kalba

More Info: http:// sharjahcollection.ae/kalba

Video: https://www.facebook.com/KingfisherLodgeKalba/videos/173378293375640/



Credit Image: Banan Beach Dubai

Are you comfortable spending the night under a tent or in a chalet? If so, this newly opened spot offers both with 47 colorful tents and 5 chalets to rent by the beach. We haven’t visited it but are looking forward to exploring it as soon as the weather cools down.

The bright and colorful tents look so appealing! Don’t hesitate to follow their social media accounts, check their regular updates as watching their images instantly gives us holiday vibes. Banan Beach also offers outdoor sport activities, including yoga sessions, bonfires at nighttime and more…

The private chalets – equipped with jacuzzi – are suitable for families or group of friends for a small party and are available for day use only (2:00PM to 2:00PM) with complimentary 3 Tents.

Where: Jebel Ali

More Info: http://www.bananbeach. com/




Just an hour away from Abu Dhabi, reset your mind while visiting Telal Resort. We experienced a night there two years ago and still fondly remember how resourceful and relaxing our stay was.

The spacious bungalows are very cosy, comfy and well equipped. We really liked that the resort was totally surrounded by desert dunes and enjoyed our privacy at our own outdoor terrace. We loved the magical communal pool that has a unique shape, is surrounded by palm trees, rocks and is facing dunes.


We also have great memories of our breakfast there as the decor is impressive and makes you forget you are in 2018, in the UAE and almost feel like you are an adventurer in the 50’s exploring the world.



If you plan a three-day break with the family, the JA Hatta Fort resort could be the one to book. Located in Hatta, the resort has been under renovation lately and is the perfect family-friendly destination. It is a spot we actually visited six years ago already (before its renovation) and we loved waking up at dawn to observe the quietness of the place, watch the gorgeous green lawns and the majestic Hajar mountains surrounding the resort in the background.

While kids will barely leave the pool – their waterfall rock pool is an attraction on its own for the little ones- parents may enjoy playing tennis, try archery or enjoy mini-golf.

The chalet’s interior is quite spacious with a high wooden roof that gives a safari room look. Complete change of scenery!


Credit Image: JA Hatta Fort Hotel

Where: Hatta

More info:  http://hattafort.com/

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