Banan Beach Resort
It’s always nice to have a tent and a hammock by the sea already set up before venturing to the great outdoors, so if you you like that kind of luxury, Banan Beach Resort is your go-to spot. To add some adrenaline to your glamping vacation, there are 12 different water-sports to try out, along with yoga sessions and volleyball. Don’t worry, you can still say you went camping if you stay at the decked out chalet with its own mini-pool –we won’t tell anyone.
From Dhs350 (tent), from Dhs1,000 (chalet). Jebel Ali, Dubai (050 501 6413).
Just outside of Fujairah and into Oman you’ll find Sheesa Beach, where temperatures are a lot cooler than Dubai at this time of year. Try an overnight stay at this tour operator’s plantation camp in Dibba. There are 15 tents on site that can accommodate up to 12 people each, and the package includes a buffet dinner and breakfast, Arabic tea, coffee, juice, water and fruits. There are bunk beds, but you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bags, towels and toiletries. There are also showers, basins and toilets, and even the option to combine your camping with a dhow cruise or speedboat trip around the gorgeous coast.
Musandam, Oman (02 683 6551).
The Longbeach Campground
Camping doesn’t always have to involve spending hours trying to pitch a tent and squeezing into an uncomfortable sleeping bag. At The Longbeach Campground in Ras Al Khaimah, guests are treated to deluxe tents with king-size beds, cosy décor and sea views. The beachfront site has panoramic bubble tents – which offer spectacular vistas of the night sky – and each comes with a private hot tub and bathroom. Or, if you really want to up the home comforts, check in to a safari suite tent which has its own private terrace and indoor bathroom. There’s also beach volleyball, and you end your days at a barbecue dinner with live cooking stations every night.
Dhs700 (deluxe tent), Dhs800 (family tent), Dhs1,399 (safari suite tent), Dhs1,999 (bubble tent). Ras Al Khaimah, binmajid.com (07 221 9736).
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