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4 staycations that showcase the UAE’s fascinating heritage

You know what you need after a four-day break, don’t you?  Yes, you got it, another break and these staycations at these four historical beauties in the Emirate of Sharjah are just the ticket.

You might not be ready for a break just yet but that’s okay as these staycations are available all summer long. You will need to leave the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, however, and travel to Sharjah, so before you book, you’d be wise to check for any COVID-19 testing updates in order to re-enter Abu Dhabi.

We don’t usually direct people away from Abu Dhabi, but book any of these four summer staycations and you’ll be getting a window into the UAE’s incredibly fascinating heritage and Sharjah’s diverse natural landscape, giving you insight to a side of the UAE you may not have experienced before.

These staycations packages perfectly meld luxury and heritage within the UAE’s natural landscape. So, let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

The Chedi Al Bait Sharjah, and the three eco-retreats – Mysk Kingfisher Retreat, Mysk Al Badayer Retreat and Mysk Al Faya Retreat – all developed under the Sharjah Collection brand, and managed by ‘Mysk by Shaza’, are ideal for a lively long weekend, a day’s staycay, and also offer the option of booking a room, a tent or even the entire retreat for, let’s say, a wedding.

Take the Chedi Al Bait Sharjah, which  yields indulgent spas, a menu to die for and fascinating glimpse into UAE history and culture. The five-star luxury resort, which was named the UAE’s most luxurious hotel in 2019, provides an exclusive ‘Home away from home’ packages that aim to pamper.

The three retreats of  Mysk Kingfisher, Mysk Al Badayer Retreat and Mysk Al Faya Retreat, are all set on the east coast of Sharjah.

Mysk Kingfisher Retreat will encourage you to take it easy and absorb Kalba’s rich nature and biodiversity. The eco-retreat looks out onto the Al Qurm Nature Reserve, famed for its rich biodiverse ecosystem of mangrove forests and rare species of birds, turtles,  fish and deer.

Valid until the end of September 2020, staycation packages here start from AED 999, and there are deals that include spa treatments, in-tent BBQ, and more.

Head to the undulating dunes to discover Mysk Al Faya Retreat, which sits in the foothills of the sandy mountain range. Here, you’ll get to explore the majestic Mleiha d\Desert and partake in adventurous and thrilling experiences provided by Shurooq’s Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism. From saltwater pool access for ladies only from AED 500 plus, Al Faya Retreat’s staycation deals offer individual rooms from AED 1,199 upwards and even the choice to ‘own’ the five-room retreat for AED 2,500.

You could also choose to experience traditional Arabian hospitality at Mysk Al Badayer Retreat, a tranquil desert stop that is set against the sweeping dunes of the famous Al Badayer Desert in Sharjah. Room rates here start from AED 320 and tent rates from AED 1,100

Choose this retreat and you’ll get access an indoor pool and health club, not to mention those dune bashing desert adventures.

Book Mysk Al Faya Retreat and The Chedi Al Bait Sharjah and you’ll get complimentary tickets to the Mleiha Archaeological Centre, Al Noor Island, Al Montazah Parks and City Sightseeing Sharjah. This offer is available for a maximum of two adults plus two children (per room, per stay) for a limited period.

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