Between a glamping experience and an island getaway, there’s something for everyone.
With fall in full gear, the time to start planning weekends away is now. And if you reside in the capital, there isn’t one, but two great options to choose from considering Pura Eco Retreat Jubail Island and Jebel Hafit Desert Park have now reopened – and they’re both designed to help guests restore equilibrium and escape everyday stress. These secluded eco-retreats honour Pura’s spirit with earthy aesthetics and clean design complemented by unrivalled comfort, making visitors feel at one with nature.
Pura Eco Retreat Jubail Island, the brand’s signature experience for adults, is back for its third season. Whether you’re planning an overnight stay, an intimate dinner, a sunset tea, a small gathering, or a large wedding, Jubail Island’s Pura Eco Retreat promises picturesque views of the mangroves. Creating a sanctuary of mindfulness and tranquillity on Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi, the retreat pairs the secrets of a holistic lifestyle with lavish glamping. Here, you can stay in Chic Domes from AED 1,500 (inclusive of breakfast and an activity of your choice). The activities on offer include sound healing, yoga, mangrove kayaking, horse riding, and cycling. And with its natural beauty and array of birds, Jubail Island is the perfect location if you’re looking to escape from the city within a matter of minutes.
Pura Eco Retreat Jebel Hafit Desert Park meanwhile, is based in Al Ain and welcomes explorers to leave the creature comforts of city life for its rugged terrain and hypnotic views. At 4,000 feet above sea level, this glamping site is nestled below the Jebel Hafit Mountain and designed for those who crave adventure or simply wish to relax under the stars by a private campfire. It’s also ideal if you’re intrigued by the storied beehive tombs that have stood in the desert for 5,000 years. Guests can stay in Skylight Domes, Sky Bubbles, Traditional Heritage Tents, or at the public campsite that’s best suited to groups or families. Here, the bespoke experiences include hiking, camel riding, guided buggy tours, and electric skateboarding.
“Pura Eco Retreats are a combination of tailored hospitality, quiet living, tranquillity, and encouraging guests to build a collection of precious moments that inspire enjoyment towards the simplest things in life and nature – these are the cornerstones of the lifestyle, Pura Vida, Pure Life. Pura, which takes its cues from the exuberant Costa Rican way of life, captures the essence of nature’s rhythms to help you become more present in the here and now,” say Pura’s co-founders. “In order to pave the way for future ecotourism in the area, we at Pura Eco Retreats hope to satisfy your wanderlust through life-altering experiences. Pura Eco Retreats are a place to reconnect with nature in a place of rare beauty to re-energise, relieve tension, disconnect from the world, and sleep under the stars.”
GO: Visit www.staypura.com for reservations and more information.