Lifestyle

Arabian nights

With Middle Eastern temperatures climbing the wrong side of 40 degrees Celsius, just the thought of venturing outside is enough to bring you out in a hot sweat. Not so in the Mediterranean, where snow can still be seen of the peaks of the Lovćen mountain range which sit above the nautical village of Porto Montenegro - a perfectly idyllic summer setting. The thermometer in the Bay of Kotor will struggle to rise above 30 this month, leaving you free to explore the historic Mediterranean culture, lush cuisine and stunning scenery.

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Shangri-La,

Qaryat Al Beri

Whether you’re heading out for an evening’s entertainment, or treating yourself to a staycation, then the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, is the place to be when the sun goes down.

Located on the banks of the Khor Al Maqta, the resort’s Westerly-facing façade guarantees you a majestic sunset of orange rays that dance on the canal and swathe the hotel’s white sand beach in warmth. Head to the hotel’s gazebo and the setting sun will drop behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, making for an unforgettable view and with it, the Qaryat Al Beri is lit up by a plethora of subtle lights that accentuate the hotel’s fine Arabic décor.

As the evening moves on, you can either head to the hotel’s souk via an abra ride along the resort’s winding waterway, or head to one of the Qaryat Al Beri’s four restaurants.

www.shangri-la.com

The Ritz Carlton,

Al Hamra Beach, Ras Al Khaimah

If you really want to get away for a week or weekend, then set your satnav to the ever-popular Ras Al Khaimah and in particular, the Ritz Carlton, Al Hamra Beach. Here you can experience five-star luxury in a beachfront villa, with the hotel’s after dark experience defined by the flicker of a thousand dancing candles.

Here, subtle lighting creates a tranquil tone in each of the 32 luxury villas, with your private swimming pool refracting the luminescence as you take a cooling dip under the stars.

Exotic sundowners are served every day at the bar lounge and for those who want a more private experience, dinner can be taken in a secluded beach cabana overlooking the crystal blue and unspoiled waters of Ras Al Khaimah. Getting away from it all has never been so easy.

www.ritzcarlton.com/alhamrabeach