Need to know
Up to 15 tents, for private groups only.
Noon, check-in at 2pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $2126.50, excluding tax at 17 per cent.
Rates include continental breakfast of breads, cheese, labna yoghurt and jams.
Here’s the magic thing about Magic Camps: they can set them up almost anywhere. Check out the red-sand Abu Dhabi alternative, or take an Omani adventure up in the mountains or down by the Indian Ocean.
1 May to 31 August
At the hotel
Communal tent for lounging and dining, quad bikes. In rooms: Bottled water, soft drinks, snacks.
Our favourite rooms
The tents are all set up in the same way, so they’re all favourites. Depending on the layout of your camp, pick a pitch near the communal tent if you’re feeling social, or further away for total privacy.
Sunglasses (duh), and a tube of ache-soothing Deep Heat: you’ll be doing a lot neck-craning up to the stars.
Unfortunately the camps are not suitable for wheelchair users.
Pets aren’t allowed… unless of course it’s a camel. See more pet-friendly hotels in Dubai.
Over-2s welcome. Cots can’t be provided (children stay in their own tents), but baby mats and baths are available on request. If you're travelling with children, ask about extra bed rates for littles when booking.
The old maxim goes ‘Take only memories, leave only footprints’, but at Magic Camps even the footprints don’t last long before a gust of wind buries them in a new layer of sand. With no access to mains electricity, the camp uses mainly solar energy and candles for lighting. The shampoo, hand sanitizer and soap are organic. The toilets are the old-fashioned type – no water, just sand.