Traveller’s Notebook

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah

With breathtaking views, luxurious rooms, rejuvenating spa therapies and a state-of-the-art golf course, this peaceful sanctuary is one of a kind

Nestled within 247 acres of protected forest, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah is a unique luxury eco-destination defined by long, white sand beaches, wide, azure lagoons and lush, green mangroves. It boasts exceptional biodiversity and is home to almost 60 species of bird, a fish nursery and off-shore coral. It also offers a championship golf course, kayaking, dune driving and much more. The resort is situated just 30 minutes from Dubai International airport. The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah is home to the Al Zorah 18-hole Championship Golf Course. Framed by verdant mangroves and punctuated by two large lakes, the perfectly manicured, 700,000 square metre, 18-hole, 72 par golf course has been designed by Niklaus Design to offer exceptional playability, variety and challenges. An eco-friendly tram connects it to other locations within the resort complex. The mangrove forests around it function as an area of dedicated environmental conservation – the only one of its kind in the Emirates. The Beach Club at Al Zorah is equipped with several options to explore and indulge your adventurous side. There are shaded trails for walking, jogging and cycling, as well as dirt bike and go-karting courses along with facilities for paragliding and bungee jumping. The rooms and suites at the resort are luxurious and spacious with private balconies, while the villas have private, temperature-controlled pools. In the hotel’s chic indoor and al fresco restaurants, guests can enjoy the finest international cuisine while taking in panoramic ocean vistas. The Oberoi Spa in Al Zorah offers Western, Eastern and signature Oberoi massage therapies, Turkish hammams and Ayurveda. There is also a children’s activity area and a shallow swimming pool for toddlers and young children. The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah will be opening in early 2017.

The Oberoi Marrakech, Morocco

Relive the romance of ancient Marrakech within an oasis of calm, with spectacular views of orange orchards and snow-capped mountains

Paying homage to the palaces of ancient Morocco, The Oberoi Marrakech, Morocco is nestled within 25 acres of fragrant citrus orchards and ancient olive groves. Located just 20 minutes south of the city centre and the international airport, it abounds in beautifully landscaped gardens punctuated by stunning water bodies and offers magnificent views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The Oberoi Spa in Marrakech is an oasis within an oasis. Situated on a private island on a lake within the orchard, it is a relaxing, light-filled space spanning 2,000 square metres. Guests can experience Ayurvedic and Moroccan-inspired treatments as well as Balinese, Western and Oberoi signature rituals. Its facilities also include Moroccan hammams, a temperature-controlled indoor swimming pool, a temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Yoga sessions are also offered in the gardens or under the shade of the citrus trees. Guests looking for a luxury dining experience in Morocco will be delighted by the wide range of authentic, traditional Moroccan and international delicacies served in The Oberoi Marrakech, Morocco’s Mediterranean restaurant – its speciality Moroccan restaurant. It features a meticulously-researched menu inspired by Morocco’s vibrant cultural heritage and captures its signature flavours to perfection. In keeping with the resort’s signature emphasis on authenticity and luxury, the spacious, modern rooms are adorned with hand-crafted Moroccan design features, served by a 24-hour personal butler and Wi-Fi enabled. All villas and suites have a private, heated pool and spectacular views of the orange orchards. The exquisite Presidential Suite, with traditional Andalusian design elements, also features a large private terrace. The resort also has a library, a function room.

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