Glamping is in the midst of a huge boom right now – not least because, in a recent survey of what Brits are most excited for post-lockdown, spending time outdoors topped the charts. But the most luxurious way we’ve discovered that you can do that – so long as you travel a little further afield than the Cotswolds? The incredible five-star glamping experiences under star-lit desert skies on offer in Qatar.
With excellent visibility, rolling dunes and roaming camels, the Qatari desert is a glamper’s paradise. Options range from authentic Bedouin tents to cosy family cabins, via five-star luxury, air conditioning, decadent barbecues and dune buggies – and every single one promises an unforgettable stay.
With the return of travel, we are all about creating inimitable, one-of-a-kind, luxury experiences to treasure forever – and as far as they go, glamping in a moonlit desert and waking up to the turquoise Arabian Gulf has got to be up there.
Here are some of the best Qatar glamping experiences which you can book for when travel reopens, right now…
Regency Sealine Camp, Ash Shaqrā
Fusing modern luxury with traditional Arabian aesthetics, Regency Sealine Camp is set in one of the most beautiful locations you’ll ever visit, right where the desert meets the sea. This five-star glamping offering even features air-conditioned rooms with all the perks of a hotel – complete with cosy bathrobes, slippers, room service and Wi-Fi. It’s the perfect place for travellers to unwind after a day of exhilarating desert activities like dune bashing, quad biking or a charming camel ride. An advocate for sustainable tourism and conserving the Qatar coastline, guests will finish the day here with an unforgettable barbecue under the stars.
More info at regencysealinecamp.com
Private Campest, Dukhan Beach
Caravanning in Qatar may not seem like an obvious choice, but there’s a good reason it’s so popular among Qatari locals. With local provider Private Campest, travellers looking for outdoor luxury can book a stay in a fully furnished caravan at Dukhan Beach, which comes with a decorated outdoor area complete with cinema, barbecue and free Wi-Fi – providing the ultimate spot for nights with friends under the stars.
Check out @Private.Campest on Instagram
Outdoor 369, near Al Khor
Outdoor 369 offers families a dreamy glamping getaway. Located near Al Khor, the site comes equipped with unique features and homely touches to provide a beautifully comforting experience – right in the desert. Guests can spend the evening roasting marshmallows by the fire, sipping on a hot cup of chai or relaxing with a movie night – displayed on a projector for an awesome outdoor theatre experience. Cosy cabins take the place of tents, and are available for rent to ladies and families only.
More info at the @outdoor.369 Instagram
Sarab Camp, Mesaieed
Escape from the hustle of the city at Sarab Camp; a haven of relaxation in the middle of the vast sand dunes. Entertainment and local cuisine are provided, or guests can opt to bring their own ingredients for a barbecue. The camp has 16 clusters each consisting of six tents and a majlis, an Arabian-style social space for guests to come together and enjoy entertainment. The spacious and air-conditioned majlis are equipped with a TV, while the wider camp is has been designed with families in mind, with a host of entertainment for all ages; an outdoor play area, table tennis and foosball, plus an option to hire quad bikes for thrill-seeking adventurers.
Booking info at thetorchdoha.com
Overnight camping with 365 Adventures, Sealine Beach
Experience an Arabian night like no other with 365 Adventures. Located at Sealine Beach, the stay promises to be totally adventure-filled, with falcon handling and dune bashing just some of the activities on offer. Guests can indulge in a decadent Middle Eastern barbecue feast before spending the night in traditional Bedouin tents. In the morning, you’ll wake up to a stunning sunrise over the Arabian Gulf, enjoyed alongside an authentic Arabian breakfast – an experience to remember forever.
Booking info at 365adventures.me
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