In March, Admiral Travel's Malaka and Ryan Hilton returned to Dubai & Abu Dhabi to attend a meeting for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Advisory Board members and discovered an exciting option for travelers to layover en route to Asia and Africa.
Those taking advantage of the superior service on Etihad Airways through Abu Dhabi or Emirates through Dubai have the enviable option of enjoying two of the region's most compelling resorts. It's a great way to break up the long haul flights.
Located approximately an hour apart by highway, The St. Regis Abu Saadiyat Island Resort and Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa each offer a fantastic stay on their own, or combined for a sublime city/beach/desert experience.
The St. Regis Saadiyat is located on an island in Abu Dhabi that is becoming a premier destination in the Middle East. It has all the luxuries you would expect from the St. Regis brand - the legendary butler service, sublime service at the Iridium Spa, inspired dining at your choice of seven venues on property. Views over the Persian Gulf and the combination of beach and city atmosphere make the stay distinctive. With more than five miles of unspoiled beach, the option to visit Ferrari World, the Guggenheim or the Louvre or play courses designed by Kyle Phillips and Gary Player, Abu Dhabi definitely captures the imagination.
Not far away, in Dubai's Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa features luxe tented accommodations, replete with plunge pool, that blend completely into the desert. Taking its name from the proudest of dune dwellers, the Arabian Oryx, this Luxury Collection resort simultaneously celebrates wildlife and the Bedouin culture, lending an unmistakable sense of place.
Al Maha is home to numerous species in additional to oryx, such as Arabian and sand gazelles, Rueppell's fox, Arabian red fox, hares, and the Ethiopian hedgehog. The oryx was once on the brink of extinction, however, since reintroduction in 1997 over 300 are roaming the desert freely.
Relish the Arabian traditions, take in the scenery and watch the wildlife. Together, the St. Regis Saadiyat and Al Maha offer a beautiful, balanced, relaxing and transformative experience.