ROMANCE IN THE DESERT THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
ROMANCE IN THE DESERT THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
For a Valentine’s to remember, UAE residents and visitors can book into the unique Arabian Nights Village heritage resort half way between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi for a day or overnight stay.
The village management has come up with some inspired packages designed to impress which are available for both Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th.
The day package comes in at AED700 for two and is a safari amid the towering, awe-inspiring dunes of Al Khatem. Included in the price is a 2pm pick up from Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi for the luxury coach journey to the village, which is designed to reflect the UAE’s heritage.
Once at the village, the guests can try camel riding, dune bashing in a 4x4 with a highly experience driver who will tackle the enormous dunes. Once back at the village the couple can enjoy romantic ‘Bubbles On The Dunes’ sun-downers as they watch the magnificent sun set over the awesome desert. The couple can then get temporary body tattoos in the form of henna painting from a skilled designer before taking their floor seat for an international buffet dinner, complete with a bottle of grape refreshment, while enjoying a transfixing performance from the resident belly dancer and relaxing to the strains and songs of the resident Oud player, whose renditions are ancient poems set to music.
Before boarding the luxury coach at 10pm for the transfer back to Abu Dhabi city, the guests can warm themselves by the evening bonfire and reflect on a Valentine’s like no other. Cameras and phones are a must for the unique photo and video opportunities.
“The village offers a once-in-a-lifetime romantic desert adventure, far from the madding crowd this Valentine’s Day.” said village manager, Rashad Kudsi.
Those wanting to celebrate with a Valentine’s stay can opt for the Dreamy Desert Nights Package which is AED2,600 for two. This begins with the 2pm luxury coach pick up from Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi for transport to the village where they’ll check into a ‘heritage’ style home, with a private terrace and double bed. During the weekend the couple can enjoy camel riding, dune bashing, the romantic sundowners and they’ll also have access to the village’s ‘Oasis’ swimming pool.
They can also have a henna tattoo before joining the international buffet dinner, complete with a bottle of grape refreshment, and enjoying the belly dancer and oud player. Together the couple will toast marshmallows on the bonfire before retiring to their desert retreat for the night. The next day the couple can enjoy a continental buffet breakfast in the atmospheric Al Maqam restaurant or on its dune-facing terrace then join activities, swim or sun-bathe before the noon transfer back to Abu Dhabi city.
For reservations call+971 2 676 9990 or visit www.arabiannightsvillage.ae
Arabian Nights Village is a product of Arabian Nights, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading corporate travel companies. The Village is the emirate’s first-of-a-kind desert retreat which reflects Abu Dhabi’s rich culture and heritage yet delivers luxury and quality service now synonymous with the destination.
Nestled between the pristine sand dunes of Al Khatim – a 70-minute drive from Abu Dhabi city – the Village is an unprecedented fusion of traditional desert dwelling and modern amenities, offering a truly memorable desert experience. Guests can opt for day desert safaris, packed with activities, or overnight stays in beautifully designed and air-conditioned beits (homes) and tents. Group, corporate and incentive packages are also available.
The Village is also a complete digital detox retreat with the accommodation being devoid of TVs and WiFi, leaving guests free to enjoy, uninterrupted, the peace and quiet of the surroundings and stunning desert skies.
The roll-call of celebrity guests who have chosen to relax in the Village include Latino star Ricky Martin, British Olympic medallist, Tom Daley; Irish celebrity chef, Rachel Allen; American three-star Michelin Chef Christopher Kostow and Formula 1™ stars, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard.
The Village has earned a Travellers’ Choice recommendation from TripAdvisor and a couples and friends recommendation from Switzerland’s HolidayCheck.com after achieving a 5.3 out of 6 guest satisfaction score.