All experiences at this ultra-luxury mountain glamping resort

Jebel Hafit Desert Park is now operated by Pura Eco Retreats…

Living in the revolving center of a hypermodern city comes with many immediately identifiable benefits. But for a balanced life, we recommend from time to time looking for opportunities to reconnect with the natural world.

There are many beautiful places in the UAE where you can listen to the call of nature, but few have the appeal of Jebel Hafit Desert Park. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jebel Hafit is the highest peak in Abu Dhabi, located in Al Ain, about a 90-minute drive from the capital city. And the park has just reopened for a new winter season.

Stay

Now operated by Pura Eco Retreats, the team that brought you those beautiful glamping bubbles on Jubail Island, the camp offers static accommodation in high-end tents, as well as pitches for those who wish to bring their own tarps and poles.

For those who accept the BYOT (bring your own tent) invitation, there are many different sized pitches, and each one comes with a rustic fire pit for toasting marshmallows, singing songs, telling tall tales and animated ghost stories, or just watching. upwards. the fiery balls of gas flickering at you from the void. Prices start at around Dhs162 per night.

Do you prefer something a little more polished and elegant? There are air-conditioned Bedouin-inspired ‘traditional tents’ with minibars (around Dh375); Sky Bubble Tents – Equipped with panoramic windows and a telescope, making this the perfect choice for sky nomads chasing awe (limited to two adults, from Dhs765); and Skylight Domes that come with air conditioning and a TV (sleeping up to two adults and two children, from around Dhs720).

To play

Tourists come here to hike the heritage trails, ride mountain bikes (rental available), enjoy dune buggy tours, ride camels, and breathe in the rare fresh air (and lack of light pollution) that contributes to perfect conditions. for astronomy.

Those with a thirst for history should make the trek to the two Jebel Hafit archaeological sites. One, a Neolithic excavation, dates back 8,000 years, while the other, a 5,000-year-old tomb, was excavated in 1959 on the orders of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

If you’re interested, you’ll have to be quick, the season is coming to an end soon.

Dine

Breakfast rates are available at fixed accommodation, and the website promises that “exciting dining experiences” are coming soon. There is, we know, a Hafit Foothills Lounge, which opened at the end of March this year. It currently offers dinner (barbecue) and a show.

For more ideas on where to get your glamp, check out our guide to the hottest camping spots in the United Arab Emirates.

You can book your stay now at jhdp.ae, or by calling: (03) 711 8362

Images: Pura Eco Retreats

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