Accompany us on a curated journey to Dubai, Oman, and the Empty Quarter - regions that have become stars in the realm of luxury destinations. Discover the impressive contrast between the Arabian desert, mountains, ever-rising skylines, and ultimate luxury. We invite you to uncover the largest uninterrupted sand desert, which spans over 4 countries and boasts breathtaking oases. The unparalleled beauty and traditional charm of the Oman Sultanate will mesmerize you. We ensure your complete immersion in ancient Arab culture, history, and cuisine. Through private, personalized tours and experiences, guests of Art In Voyage will find themselves living the other side of the Arabian Nights fables, with truly fulfilling endings.
Frenchman Mikael Audebert, has been in the business of making dreams come true for hundreds of travelers since 2000. Born with the “itch” to travel and owner of vast experience in the travel industry, he has extensively explored the four corners of the earth and continues to do so several times a year, as leader of our Escorted Voyages Division.
Mikael moved to the U.S in 1992 to pursue a career in tourism. From the very beginning, he saw the end of the traditional travel agency coming and quickly developed a customized approach to more individually-tailored, travel planning and travel management for his clients. As a result, Mikael and Art In Voyage have received impressive recognition for professional excellence, including being named to the Orlando Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, Watermark Media's “Most Remarkable Person of the Year” for 2013, the Orlando Business Journal's 2012 list of “Businessmen to Watch” and has received numerous awards for his charity work in the Orlando., Florida marketplace.
And, when we say that we don’t send you anywhere that we haven’t been, we aren’t kidding! Mikael is so committed to vetting guest’ interests before booking them, he even personally checked out the paragliding launch pad at Six Senses' Zighy Bay in Oman. The view is one of peace, quiet and absolute beauty and the thrill is running toward the cliff for a 10-minute flight. It’s now his favorite spot, too!
When Mikael is not traveling the world, or creating new journeys, he flies his plane over the Western Cape.
There is no describing the beauty of South Africa without including the kindness of its people, the extraordinary culinary experiences, the exceptional wine and the 150+ National Parks, each offering a little bit for everyone.
How can one not be proud of one's home region. Provence continues to win my heart at each visit, and I proudly showcase it to guests who, without any surprises, get to fall in love with its people, its food, its wine and most importantly, its endless and diverse exceptional scenery.
While my best moment in Sri Lanka was riding the train, in 3rd class please, through the jungle and tea plantations (with live music on board from joyful locals), I fell in love with its people first and foremost. A patchwork of cultures and religions that seem to co-exist in peace with great pride.
Amid the mystic desert charm of Rub al Khali or Empty Quarter and the rugged beauty of Oman's Zighy Bay, allow us to transport you to a universe of Arabian delights, traditions, and unparalleled magnificence.
Decadent cuisine meets high-end fashion, vibrant nightlife, and old markets. In a region where dreams are never too extravagant to execute, find yourself captivated by the amalgamation of cultures.
On arrival in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, we whisk you to the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world and the incredible Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. After settling in, a spa treatment awaits. We then enjoy a riveting camel ride with champagne in hand. In the evening, a 3-course traditional welcome dinner will be served amid golden sand dunes, where you will be waited on by your private butler.
After an optional morning yoga session, we embark on a tour of Liwa. Here, we discover a historic site that emerges like a mirage from the Empty Quarter. Amid the dry desert landscape, the verdant oasis symbolizes the energy of life, captivating and romantic in essence. Indulge in a massage, ATV ride across the dunes, or learn about falconry in a private session. Tonight will be at leisure.
After a leisurely morning, we journey to Dubai and after settling in, we have arranged a memorable evening. We begin with a private sunset cruise onboard our yacht, where we indulge in champagne and canapes. The evening continues with dinner and wine, at one of Dubai's most glamorous eateries. For guests interested, we end the evening at a local lounge, enjoying traditional music and entertainment.
This morning we enjoy a private and guided walking tour of both the old and new Dubai. We uncover the history behind what started as a fishing town as well as its remarkable souks and gold markets. We then travel downriver the “Dubai” way, an absolute must when in the Emirates. A traditional cooking class and lunch have been arranged for your enjoyment. We then indulge in a private and unique sunset experience at the top of the Burj Khalifa. Dinner will be at leisure, with our finest recommendations and insights.
After a morning at leisure, we depart for The Sultanate of Oman. Our accommodation will be village-style homes, boasting dramatic mountains alongside Zighy Bay. After traditional tea, we will be shown to our private villas, complete with private pools. Tonight, we experience the infinite horizon and golden views of the setting sun behind the Musandam Fjords, as we cruise in a Dhow boat along Haffa Bay. Devour canapés and soak in the atmosphere of the Musandam. Delight in a private dinner high up, overlooking the bay.
After an eventful couple of days, we leave you to your own devices. Although your hosts will be on standby to provide you with invaluable insights. We have also arranged a complimentary spa treatment. Choose from one of many options available at the award-winning spa. Other amenities available at the property include a paragliding descent from the mountains to the beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and more! Dinner will be at leisure - we recommend an intimate dinner served by your private pool.
After breakfast, we explore the village of the Sabatyn Plateau. After a scenic 1-hour 4x4 drive from Zighy Bay, we reach the plateau an impressive 1200 meters above sea level. We continue to Sabatyn, where the village stretches along a mountainside and boasts views of Wadi Al Bih. You will be dazzled by the abundance of petroglyphs, stone towers, and ancient houses. We return home in our plush vehicle, where we learn about traditional Arab cuisine with a private cooking class. In the evening, dinner is served on the beach, paired with divine wines.
After enjoying a languorous morning and light lunch, we board a private speed boat and make our way back to the Emirates along the breathtaking coastline. At the Marina, our private car awaits for the last leg of our journey to the airport. Or, should you wish to extend your stay to a downtown destination or the incredible Sir Bani Yas Islands, see the add ons! Remember that we are consistently willing to assist in furthering your wildest travel dreams.
On the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest sand desert – the Empty Quarter – beckons. Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara rises up from flame-colored dunes like a mirage, inviting adventure in the most luxurious of styles. Traverse the Rub’ al Khali by camel back, dine under desert skies, unwind with hammam and desert rose rituals at this incredible and relaxing Abu Dhabi resort. Expansive luxury refreshes, right beside open desert, enjoy pool playtime and savor intimate dining under the stars in our Pool Villas.
Combining Moorish and Mediterranean influences, this exotic resort in the heart of the city overlooks the Dubai Creek, marina and city skyline and is home to an award-winning spa, waterfront dining promenade, palm-fringed swimming pool and some of the most lavish rooms and suites in the city. The low-rise, sprawling resort has a calm, residential feel with plenty of space and privacy and a less-is-more approach to luxury. Whitewashed buildings with blue domes and bougainvillea-draped walls recall the Greek Isles while mashrabiya patterned woodwork, soothing desert-hued interiors and an exotic frankincense scent put it firmly in the Middle East....
Combining Moorish and Mediterranean influences, this exotic resort in the heart of the city overlooks the Dubai Creek, marina and city skyline and is home to an award-winning spa, waterfront dining promenade, palm-fringed swimming pool and some of the most lavish rooms and suites in the city. The low-rise, sprawling resort has a calm, residential feel with plenty of space and privacy and a less-is-more approach to luxury. Whitewashed buildings with blue domes and bougainvillea-draped walls recall the Greek Isles while mashrabiya patterned woodwork, soothing desert-hued interiors and an exotic frankincense scent put it firmly in the Middle East.
Nestled in Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula, where rugged mountains dive into vibrant emerald waters, across a powdery sand beach, the village-inspired resort offers a range of villas, suites and beachfront retreats, each with a private pool, traditional summer house and the time and space to find yourself. There’s something for everyone including eclectic dining featuring local and international cuisine, an award-winning spa and a plethora of unique experiences. An oasis built of materials sourced from around the region, the Omani enclave invites you to unwind in the cool indoors under high ceilings, in the colorfully cushioned living area or on...
Nestled in Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula, where rugged mountains dive into vibrant emerald waters, across a powdery sand beach, the village-inspired resort offers a range of villas, suites and beachfront retreats, each with a private pool, traditional summer house and the time and space to find yourself. There’s something for everyone including eclectic dining featuring local and international cuisine, an award-winning spa and a plethora of unique experiences. An oasis built of materials sourced from around the region, the Omani enclave invites you to unwind in the cool indoors under high ceilings, in the colorfully cushioned living area or on your bed made with soft cotton sheets topped with your choice of ergonomic pillows and a gentle fragrance if you wish. Refresh outside within the privacy of high mountain-stone walls, on your plumped-up sun loungers, shaded dining area by or in the private swimming pool.
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All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.