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7 mesmerising desert destinations, perfect for beau and you to escape the winter

Are you two planning to escape the winter chill? Here are 7 desert towns suggested by users for a memorable getaway.


1. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

"I liked: Seeing the desert and driving through it."

A Arcangela

1. Too warm; Food is good and catered for all tastes. 2. We booked a desert evening safari, spent a day in the Yas' island parks and went Sightseeing as well. All great! 3. Abu Dhabi is an amazing city with impressive sights. I highly recommend the desert tour and the parks (Waterworld and Ferrari) for the ones up to an adventure. If not renting a car, make sure to research and negotiate prices with taxi drivers beforehand to avoid being taken advantage of. De-stressing tips: Hotel swimming pool and private beach, Cycling, Shopping in Marina Mall. Adventurous activities: Dune bashing with the desert safari tour, Rides in Yas Waterworld, Rides in Ferrari World. Sightseeing places: Sheik Bayed Mosque - favorite, Presidential Palace, Etihad Towers, Corniche beach. Romantic experience: Star glazing at the end of the desert safari tour. I liked: Seeing the desert and driving through it. 

2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

"We enjoyed the desert safari tour most."

R Ray

Excellent. We stayed in Atlantis Dubai the water park was amazing, the restaurants were welcoming and the food was very tasteful. We visited the emirates and Dubai malls, the malls were simply amazing the big Brand shops were very friendly. We enjoyed the desert safari tour most. Dubai is just a beautiful, peaceful city to visit. Food experience: We went to Ossiano restaurant and the food was amazing. We also went NOBU and Saffron and their food was also very excellent. My kids enjoyed NOBU most. Adventurous activities: In Atlantis, we did a lot of activities in the water park and we extremely enjoyed being there. Sightseeing places: The desert safari tour was amazing. Romantic experience: Dining in the Ossiano restaurant with my wife, just watching the fishes(so many of them). Simply amazing. 

3. Doha, Qatar

"Desert Safari was great."

M Matthew

Doha was amazing. We loved the souk and the atmosphere around the place. Highly recommend Damascas one restaurant, service was 10/10. The best moment was the visit to the newly opened museum in Qatar. An architectural masterpiece. Sightseeing places: Desert Safari was great. Museum of Qatar was a masterpiece. Museum of Arabic art- 10/10, Souq? Romantic experience: Perfect evening meal in Damascas one and boat trip across from the old town to the city centre after. I liked: The people, culture, cuisine and activities. 

4. Fuerteventura, Spain

"It's a desert technically and I love the volcanic bare landscape."

L Lola

I love Fuerteventura. I've been to the other islands but this one stuck. The combination of heat and wind works for me. It's a desert technically and I love the volcanic bare landscape. I stayed in Corralejo before and this time Jandia. The beaches are postcard beautiful. We rented a flat via Airbnb and it was good, although next time I will look for a flat with a/c, essential in August. 


5. Tenerife, Spain

"Romantic experience: Desert date."

J Jane

Very hot, lots of restaurants well priced, Siam Park close by, beaches close by. De-stressing tips: The beach. Adventurous activities: Pedalos in the sea, Siam water park. Sightseeing places: Siam water park. Romantic experience: Desert date. I liked: The weather, close to attractions, range of restaurants. 


6. Phoenix, United States

"[V]isited the desert botanical gardens."

K Kalpana

Weather was great! Hot and sunny with highs of up to 30 degrees Celsius during the day. At night it would drop to a cold 12/13 degrees Celsius so take something to wrap up warm in the evenings. A lot of the local food was Mexican so take some time out to try some local Burros, enchiladas and tacos. We hiked up the Piestewa Peak which offers great views of Phoenix and visited the desert botanical gardens. We stayed at the Ranchonde lots Caballeros for 3 nights also which enabled us to experience the ranch life - we took part in horseback riding and skeet shooting which was fun and should not be missed! We also drove out to the desert for campfire drinks! You enjoyed: I loved hiking up to Piestewa Peak. We managed to see all of Phoenix from there. Wish we had time to go up Camelback mountain which was higher! Staying at the Rancho the low Caballeros was my highlight though - it's such a beautiful ranch. We could watch the horses exercising in the mornings! We rode on horseback and tried our hand at skeet shooting! We visited the saloons in Wickenburg and drank with the locals and tried line dancing! Adventure activities: Horseback Riding, skeet shooting, Hiking. Places you saw: Hiking Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain and hole in the rock. Desert Botanical gardens. Heard Museum, the Rodeo, Bluegrass Festival was on during the weekend of 8-10 November, Drinking in Saloons, Eating Mexican food, Wickenburg. 


7. Las Vegas, United States

"[S]uch a beautiful desert surrounding it."

T Tony

Discovered the joys of Freemont Street. It is a must for tourists. Full of free live bands, cheaper food and an exciting and more innovative street life. Vegas gets more and more expensive. Paid 25 dollars for a buffet meal which is far more than I would pay at home. Had a really good time though. It is so very big. Don't think I could do more than a couple of days but then there is such a beautiful desert surrounding it. Off to the Grand Canyon today. Sightseeing places: Freemont Street was the best. The strip is always very lively and diverse. Really like Cromwell casino for an old Vegas style casino with cheap drinks. Romantic experience: A French experience in Bally's which was going so well until we got the bill for drinks. Friend's experience: Listening to live bands in Freemont Street and watching people fly along the street on zipwires. I liked: The vibrance and scale of the whole place. 

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