From the outset Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi was conceived as a large upmarket desert resort. It includes a full spa and wellness centre and individual villas as well as more standard hotel keys, all within the confines of an outer village wall.
Courtyards, narrow streets and shaded gardens all offer selected views out to the desert beyond whilst retaining the feeling of seclusion and protection of the village. Within these spaces, the inclusion of pools and water features further adds to the feeling of serenity and relaxation.
Although notionally modelled on an old Arabian Village, the resort is a mix between traditional and contemporary elements, with a pared down architectural aesthetic complemented by a similarly pared down interior approach.