The Variety of Accommodations in the Middle East
Much like any region in our vast world, the Middle East holds its own wonderment, beauty and customs that make it unique. The Middle East could be categorised as the most important, fascinating and rewarding areas of the world as it witnessed the birth of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It is quite literally a living, breathing, open air museum. It holds an awe inspiring array of ancient cities, historic buildings and some of the most important monuments in the world.
Some of the most significant cities in the world are to be found here: Cairo, Jerusalem, and Istanbul, along with the ruins of similarly epic ancient cities – Petra, Persepolis and Ephesus. Any region with this bountiful history is set to have some of the most luxurious, intriguing and unique accommodation. So here is a guide to the variety of accommodation for travellers in 2013.
You can’t mention the words luxury and Middle East without turning your attention to Dubai. It is the epitome of luxury on a grand scale and this is one of the reasons that Dubai has become such a popular tourist destination by countries across the globe. If you are heading to Dubai this year, then I must stress that you have a look at staying at the Habtoor Hotel and Spa Resort. In this hotel you will be overwhelmed by the touches of Arabian grandeur, the 5 star hotel brings together modern comforts, Arabian hospitality and magnificent views of the gardens and beaches. The hotel has 446 spacious rooms and suites as well as an onsite spa, restaurants and shops. It’s a mini town experience.
On the grounds of the hotel you will find beautiful pools, poolside bars and tropical gardens alongside the immaculate beach. It is the classic picture of a paradise island.
For the Backpacker
The Middle East is a popular backpackers region due to the vast expanse it covers, so if you are looking for short term accommodation for your trip, then here is one of my favourite hostels the region has to offer. Set in between the Dead Sea and the desert, The Jericho Inn at Moshav Vered, Jericho is the perfect place to lay your head in between towns. This quaint, little hostel is often frequented by backpackers due to its isolation, spacious garden area and clean rooms.
This is the perfect ‘pit stop’ for exploring the surrounding Judean desert hikes and the shores of the Dead Sea, or if you simply want to relax, why not lie in one of the hammocks in the gardens.
One thing that the Middle East has to offer is many, many unusual places to visit and mirrored with this is a wealth of unusual accommodation. If you want a holiday with a little difference then you must check out these beauties.
Sinai Bedouin beach camp in Egypt is a must for all eco travellers and animal lovers alike. This camp built on the beach offers their visitors the chance to relax on the white sand beaches, scuba dive, kite surf and visit the canyons. This is not your average campsite adventure! The rooms are all based within traditional huts and include, beds, tables and chairs – very basic but very cosy. They do have electricity available for you to use also – but many choose to come here to get right back to nature.
If this is getting your mind racing, then why not also look at a holiday in the desert – yes nothing other than desert! At the Oman desert retreat camp in the Wahiba sands, you will be able to partake in a real and authentic Arabian holiday. The tents are traditional in style and offer double beds, private toilet facilities and even mobile network coverage – yes you can even check your twitter account in the middle of the desert. There are only 32 tents, so it is very small and gives off a nice community feeling; if you do want to explore the neighbouring towns then you can arrange transport from the campsite.
Sponsored post: Thank you to Accommodation.com for this sponsored post and photos. The article was written by Cass Brookes. Cass has over 5 years journalism experience writing for the travel and retail industries. When not writing, she loves to explore new and exciting destinations.