Sand & The City – Escape to Abu Dhabi’s Jumeirah Desert Retreat

Sand and the City
Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort in Abu Dhabi

Discover the ultimate retreat in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s mesmerising desert at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa.

Opened in February, the newest addition to the Jumeirah portfolio is the quintessential Arabian-style property sprawling over 22,000 square metres of tranquil desert complete with a destination spa, villas with private pools, six restaurants and bars including Al Mabeet, a desert dining experience which captures the spirit of the past. A hideaway for couples or families seeking a tranquil escape showcasing Arabian charm and generous hospitality. Located just 40-minutes from Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa is ideal for a city sojourn day trip.

Wellness Retreat

Set deep within the mesmerizing desert landscape of Abu Dhabi lies Talise Spa, the luxurious wellness retreat at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. With the calming desert on one side and picturesque gardens on the other, the destination Talise Spa offers a sensory experience with 13 luxury treatment rooms complete with their own private terraces. Rejuvenation journeys include Turkish Hammams, snow caves, hot and cold plunge pools, crystal salt saunas and cryo therapy rooms. There is also a dedicated yoga platform for those who wish to find their desert spirit.

For anti-aging, try the the Red Carpet Facial by Margy’s Monte Carlo for a glowing anti-aging facial which guarantees skin transformation thanks to the precious active ingredients based on high purity, biologically active collagen.

To unwind, the resort’s spacious pool stretches out into the desert and expands into secluded inlets and coves, including a pool bar with in-water seating.

Elegant Cuisine

Cuisine draws inspiration from Arabian flavours and rustic tastes of Italy and the Mediterranean. Witness breathtaking sunsets from the rooftop bar as the glowing sun descends on the desert dunes.  Romantic poolside dining can be enjoyed at Panache or at the remote desert camp Al Mabeet, inspired by Bedouin traditions and the legends of Arabia. 

Arabian Desert Activities

Adventure seekers can enjoy biking through the dunes, nocturnal animal desert treks, Bedouin falcon shows every evening and even archery.

Explore the desert on horseback in search of the elusive Arabian Oryx, the symbol of Emirate heritage.

Guests can also discover a hive of gentle activity around the traditional courtyards and intimate spaces within the village square, bordered by the resort’s restaurants and souk. Additional amenities include a kids’ club, conference and meeting facilities.

Abu Dhabi

Located just 40-minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa is remote enough to provide escapism yet ideal for connecting to the city. Rising like an urban star from the stunning Gulf coast, Abu Dhabi has it all from the quiet sophistication of the Louvre and the contemplative Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to designer shopping at the Galleria. Wander off the beaten track to a natural wetland in the heart of Abu Dhabi or take a camel race track tour and visit a local camel souk. Evenings indulge in world-class restaurants and chic cocktail bars.

Executive Edge Travel Exclusive Offer

For 3 night stays or more Executive Edge clients will receive:

  • A complimentary desert activity per person per stay. Choose from fat bike rides, desert trekking, archery, knives and hatchets throwing or slack lining.
  • 1 day complimentary half board upgrade per stay
  • plus Executive Edge’s ‘Passport to Luxury’ Preferred Partner benefits (see box)

SALE DATES: June 15 – September 15, 2019

TRAVEL DATES: June 15 – December 24, 2019

With Executive Edge as a Preferred Partner of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, our clients receive exclusive amenities as members of Jumeirah’s “Passport to Luxury” program.


  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two
  • Room upgrade on arrival, based on availability
  • $75 food and beverage or spa credit, per room per stay
  • Early check-in and 16.00 late check-out, based on availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A personalised welcome amenity and card from the GM or Hotel Manager
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points throughout the guest experience
  • Complimentary one way airport transfer to suite guests.

For reservations, contact your Executive Edge Travel Designer on 1300 618 334 or email and ask for the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa exclusive offer.