AROUND THE MID­DLE EAST

Pri­vate pools are an es­sen­tial honey­moon must-have. Th­ese suites and vil­las around the UAE tick that box – though you might be tempted to bring the whole fam­ily

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Ho­tel vil­las and suites with per­sonal pools in the UAE

DUBAI

Al Maha, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Desert Re­sort & Spa You can’t go wrong here, where ev­ery stand-alone suite – imag­ined as a re­gal Be­douin-in­spired tent – comes equipped with a pri­vate pool. Though it’s

less than an hour’s drive from the city, you’ll feel truly trans­ported tak­ing a dip amid an end­less sea of dunes. Suites from AED 1,999; 00971-4

832 9900, al-maha.com

Anan­tara The Palm Get the best of two worlds

in a one- or two-bed­room Beach Pool Villa: a pri­vate pool plus di­rect ac­cess to the beach. And with a per­sonal Villa Host on call, you can get that cold bev­er­age de­liv­ered with­out leav­ing the lounger. Beach Pool Vil­las from AED 5,643; 00971-4-567 8888, www.anan­tara.com/

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Bul­gari Re­sort Dubai All the villa cat­e­gories have

their own pool, but the sig­na­ture Bul­gari Villa, with an oval pool amid a 500sqm gar­den, is the stand-out for its post-swim ameni­ties such as a pri­vate cinema, in­door Jacuzzi and ham­mam. Villa prices on re­quest; 00971-4-777 5555,

bul­gar­i­ho­tels.com/dubai Meliá Desert Palm Set in an oa­sis-like patch of green just be­yond the city, this ho­tel’s modern vil­las have out­door rain show­ers as well as a pool. Sport­ing en­thu­si­asts should set­tle in at one of the Polo Pool Vil­las over­look­ing the cham­pi­onship polo field. Pool Vil­las from AED 2,678; 00971

4-323 8888, de­sert­palm.ae

Five Palm Jumeirah The ex­trav­a­gant FourBed­room Du­plex Suites here are spa­cious and, with their own Jacuzzi, am­ple ter­race seat­ing by the per­sonal pool and rooftop sun-loung­ing space, are a top choice for a get­away with a group of friends. Four-Bed­room Du­plex Suites from AED 8,700; 00971-4-455 9999,

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Jumeirah Malakiya Vil­las Hid­den amid the Mad­i­nat’s wa­ter­ways are a clutch of plush two

and three-bed­room vil­las. The re­sort’s most ex­clu­sive ac­com­mo­da­tion, they come with dayand-night but­ler ser­vice, and a pri­vate pool and ter­race, all de­signed in homey Ara­bian style. Villa prices on re­quest; 00971-4-366 8888, jumeirah.com

Lapita, Dubai Parks and Re­sorts, Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion The per­fect an­swer for larger fam­i­lies:

the three-bed­room Deluxe Villa, with airy in­door-out­door spa­ces un­der an is­land-style thatched roof, at this Poly­ne­sian-themed re­sort. The lap pool and Jacuzzi are per­fect for re­lax­ing in af­ter a day at the parks. Deluxe Vil­las from AED 7,350; 00971-4-810 9999, mar­riott.com One&Only The Palm At this in­ti­mate ho­tel, choose be­tween the Moor­ish-styled Palm Beach Ex­ec­u­tive Suite with Pool in the Palm Beach Man­sions, or one of the stand-alone TwoBed­room Beach­front Vil­las. With an ex­clu­sive lo­ca­tion at the end of the West Cres­cent, you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence both pri­vacy and fan­tas­tic views of the Ma­rina sky­line. Pool ac­com­mo­da­tion prices on re­quest; 00971-4-426 1099,

one­an­don­lyre­sorts.com

ABU DHABI

Anan­tara Sir Bani Yas Is­land Al Sa­hel Villa Re­sort

Ad­ja­cent to the Ara­bian Wildlife Park, ex­pect to spot pea­cocks and a gazelle or two from the deck

of the one- and two-bed­room Pool Vil­las. Done up in sa­fari style, the se­cluded is­land re­sort makes

for an ex­otic es­cape. Pool Vil­las from AED 2,463;

00971-2-801 4300, www.anan­tara.com/

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Park Hy­att Abu Dhabi Ho­tel and Vil­las Book one of the stand-alone vil­las along the beach, or a ground-floor Gar­den View or Beach View suite for your own pri­vate slice of Saadiyat pool par­adise. The 120sqm suites are just the thing for cou­ples seek­ing pri­vacy, and the large vil­las, up to 355sqm, beckon fam­i­lies for a week­end in the sun. Gar­den View Suites from AED 1,870;

00971-2-407 1234, hy­att.com

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Re­sort by Anan­tara Nes­tled amid the Empty Quar­ter’s dra­matic dunes, the Pool Vil­las range from one to three be­d­rooms, with in­fin­ity plunge pools from where you can take in the sun dip­ping be­hind the sand. The Royal Pavil­ion op­tion is ideal for cou­ples mark­ing an an­niver­sary. Pool Vil­las from AED 3,655; 00971-2-886 2088, www.anan­tara.com/

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Saadiyat Rotana Re­sort & Vil­las The Beach Vil­las (choose be­tween one or two be­d­rooms) at this newer open­ing on Abu Dhabi’s beachy is­land are done up in con­tem­po­rary, un­der­stated style – and set up so you can move from bed to per­sonal pool to beach with ease. Beach Vil­las from AED 5,000;

00971-2-697 0000, rotana.com

Zaya Nu­rai Is­land Each of the six spa­cious room cat­e­gories – vil­las with one to six be­d­rooms – on this pri­vate is­land comes with its own pri­vate pool. And some, like the Beach and Sea Houses, even boast two pools to spoil you for choice. The slick modern aes­thetic would be as at home in Mi­ami as Abu Dhabi. Vil­las from AED 2,800; 00971-2-506

6222, za­ya­nu­rai­is­land.com

AJ­MAN & RAS AL KHAIMAH

The Cove Rotana Re­sort All vil­las have pri­vate ter­races, but the two- and three-bed­room op­tions come with pri­vate plunge pools, too. Check in to one of the Premium cat­e­gories to en­joy a view of Ras Al Khaimah’s tran­quil coast­line. Two-Bed­room Vil­las from AED 1,800; 00971-7-206 6000,

rotana.com/the­coverotanare­sort

The Oberoi Beach Re­sort, Al Zorah Book the Premium One-Bed­room Villa with Pri­vate Pool (or the two- or three-bed­room va­ri­ety if it’s a fam­ilyand-friends sort of ex­cur­sion). Cool neu­tral colours ac­cented by dark wood cre­ate a so­phis­ti­cated at­mos­phere in serene Aj­man. One-Bed­room Vil­las with Pri­vate Pool from AED 4,300; 00971-6-504 4888, oberoi­ho­tels.com/

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The Ritz-Carl­ton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert Sump­tu­ous Be­douin-in­spired tent or sleek Ara­bian-styled villa? The invit­ing vil­las are cre­ated from a nat­u­rally cool­ing mud­brick, but it’s the vast tents that de­liver desert

lux­ury at its best. Ex­plore the sprawl­ing grounds by bi­cy­cle be­fore re­turn­ing to soak in your pri­vate pool. Al Ri­mal Vil­las from

AED 2,254; 00971-7-206 7777,

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The Ritz-Carl­ton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach The sea­side sis­ter prop­erty to Al Wadi Desert, this in­ti­mate re­sorts com­prises

just 32 vil­las, each beach­front yet pri­va­cypro­tected with its own plunge pool, an ex­pan­sive ter­race and ca­bana. In­te­ri­ors are bright and airy, and dec­o­rated in white with royal blue ac­cents to

re­flect the lo­ca­tion. Tented Pool Vil­las from AED 2,720; 00971-7-204 8888, ritz­carl­ton.com

From left: Am­ple out­door space at Five’s Four-Bed­room Du­plex Suite; from pool to sea in a Two-Bed­room Beach Villa at Anan­tara The Palm. Op­po­site, clock­wise from top left: Sir Bani Yas’ wildlife wan­der­ing close to vil­las at Al Sa­hel Villa Re­sort; take a se­cluded dip at Park Hy­att Abu Dhabi; a front-row seat to the Empty Quar­ter’sdunescape at Anan­tara Qasr Al Sarab; one of the ex­clu­sive Malakiya Vil­las in Mad­i­nat Jumeirah

From left: Gaze at RAK’s tra­di­tional forts from a tented villa at The Ritz-Carl­ton, Al Wadi Desert; modern style at Zaya Nu­rai Is­land. Op­po­site: Lots of loung­ingspace at The Oberoi Beach Re­sort, Al Zorah’s vil­las

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