This ultra chic desert eco-retreat is tucked into the billowing dunes of Dubai’s largest conservation area – 225 sq kms of your own personal desert. Guests stay in seriously smart private pool villas with tented rooftops. Everything in the suites is arranged to make a stay at Al Maha as pleasurable as possible, from the the Bvlgari toiletries to the thoughtful field binoculars provided for you to examine the glorious desert wildlife outside your door. The resort has won nearly a dozen major awards since opening. Al Maha brilliantly mixes traditional Arabian style with European luxury – you can ride camels into the dunes one moment and have a facial at the blissful Timeless Spa the next. Activities include dune bashing in 4×4 jeeps, learning about the art of falconry, or riding Arabian horses at dawn through the desert, while nimble gazelles and desert Oryx race past. Children aren’t allowed, which creates an atmosphere suited to relaxation and romance. Seductive evenings begin as the sun sets behind the champagne coloured dunes and millions of stars emerge across the desert sky.