If you’re the kind of traveller who likes to seek out new destinations before they become touristy, take a look at Ajman. The smallest of the UAE, it enjoys the glorious sunshine and beaches of its better-known neighbours, but with lashings of culture, an eclectic culinary scene and one of the world’s largest indoor dinosaur exhibitions! Unlike some nearby Emirates, it’s not a dry state, so you can partake in a few drinks during your holiday. And you’ll find it slightly cheaper than Dubai and Abu Dhabi, leaving more in your budget for an extra special hotel.
The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah
Unlike anything else in the area, The Oberoi Beach Resort features contemporary Italian architecture and sleek minimalist interiors that take their cue from Scandinavian style. Everything is neat and angular with muted neutral colours, offset by the occasional soft lime, deep royal blue, or dark wood finish. A huge narrow 85-metre infinity pool surrounded by immaculate teak loungers faces out to a private stretch of beach. There’s a separate kids pool, as well as a children’s club. The mangrove forest next door is great for bird watching, while the spa offers Ayurvedic and Turkish Hammam rituals in its multiple mini buildings, connected via walkways. Guests can dine in two restaurants, or order food in-suite via the private butler service.