The Middle East is full of gorgeous locations, but where are the most luxurious resorts for your destination wedding or honeymoon? We’ve done all the research for you.
One & Only The Palm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: One & Only The Palm sits on a peninsula offering beautiful views of landscapes as well as the ocean. The resort is known for blending tradition with contemporary Arabian décor. The Palm’s three restaurants, Zest, Stay, and 101, are all run by chef Yannick Alléno, proud receiver of a Michelin star. The resort is proud to present its guest the opportunity to golf only a short distance from their gorgeous grounds. Also while staying at One & Only The Palm, guests can relax and enjoy on the resort’s private beach or in the pool or go deep-sea fishing. The resort will help make your visit perfect with sand-skiing, camel caravans, and a trip to the Dubai Racing Club, “the world’s richest horse race.” The Palm has held many weddings and honeymoons and would be happy to make your dream come true.
Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:
Branding itself as a “magical experience in Abu Dhabi,” Emirates Palace is the definition of luxury with its private marina overlooking the beach. The resort is known for its amount of privacy, its authentic Arabic architecture, and its luxury spa, perfect for newlyweds. It seems almost impossible for this resort to disappoint as it owns nine restaurants in Abu Dhabi, which all offer favorites from around the world.
Le Gray in Beirut, Lebanon: With the sun in mind, each of the rooms and suites in Le Gray were designed to feel light and positive. The resort provides a contemporary atmosphere as the staff wishes to keep the guests relaxed and content. La Gray believes in a more casual setting as the staff states, “we have no fussy dress codes,” however with their top of the line gym, spa, and beauty salon you’ll feel as pampered as a princess. The rooftop pool and outdoor restaurants are sure to win your heart.
Qasr Al Sharq (Waldorf Astoria Jeddah) in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia:
In the kingdom of Saudia Arabia, Qasr Al Sharq is definitely fit for a queen and will make you feel like one with stunning Old Arabia themed décor and views of the red sea. Between the butler service and three dining possibilities all in the resort, the Qasr Al Sharq is sure to treat you like royalty. There’s a fitness center and spa so you and your new hubby can stay fit and relaxed on your honeymoon.
Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman:
Located right on the beach of the Sea of Oman and between beautiful mountains, this resort is the perfect spot for a wedding. The staff at the Al Bustan Palace are willing to do everything possible to make your “I Do’s” sound, look, and feel perfect. Specializing in romance, this hotel offers candle lit dinners on the beach and pools that seem to spill over right into the ocean. After eating at the Al Khiran Terrace Restaurant you’ll never want to leave.
The Middle East will treat you and your fiancé like royalty no matter where you chose, but we hope our favorites will help you make your decision with ease.
Victoria Pallien is a writing major studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is set to graduate one quarter early in March of 2017. With a strong interest in fashion, love of culture, and her experience in her high school theatre arts program, she is looking to incorporate all her passions as she builds herself a career in writing and editing in New York.